Social Security Research

Social inclusion of individuals with disabilities

From 2017 to 2021 a comprehensive “representative survey on social inclusion of individuals with disabilities” is being carried out. It is the first survey of this kind in Germany. At the heart of the empirical study are the opportunities of social inclusion and respective barriers experienced by people with disabilities or impairments.

Based on the ICF concept, the focus is social inclusion in various areas of life, with specific emphasis on the possibilities of self-determined lifestyle and the personal and technical assistance and remedies claimed by individuals with disabilities and impairments.

The survey shall apply to all groups of individuals with disabilities and impairments, regardless of their impairments’ nature and whether they live at home or in a facility. The goal is to representatively include all groups of individuals with disabilities.

The project is conceived as a participative research project with numerous individuals with disabilities and relevant experts involved.


Interviews with 16,000 individuals with disabilities in private households next to another 5,000 individuals without any adverse effects. 5,000 residents of inpatient care facilities shall also be interviewed as well as 1,000 homeless and hard-to-reach people.

The survey works on the basis of a saturated sampling concept with comprehensive screening (CAPI/CATI/CAWI/CASI/PAPI) in 250 municipalities nationwide. The study operates multi-methodically, multilingual with questionnaires in German, Russian, Polish, Turkish, English, and Arabic as well as with barrier-free survey instruments.

In addition to 40 biographical-narrative interviews with individuals with disabilities, 60 problem-related interviews focusing on specific topics and 25 focus group discussions with individuals with different impairments will be conducted to share experiences and perspectives.


Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Project period

2017 - 2021