Dr Hans Seiter makes regular donations to help institutions which care for the health of disadvantaged people, such as the Pfennigparade foundation in Munich and the Immenhofer school for hearing-impaired people in Stuttgart.
Graduating from school. Being able to work. Living in your own apartment. These are three completely normal wishes, which for some people with a hearing disability sometimes seem impossible. The Pfennigparade foundation and its 14 subsidiaries help to make these wishes come true.
At the start of the 1950s, the Verein Pfennigparade e.V. was set up when socially-dedicated people from Munich came together to do what they could to help people affected by the polio epidemic. What began over half a century ago with a call for donations, has developed into one of the biggest German rehabilitation centres for people with physical disabilities. Then the foundations for the objective of the Pfennigparade were laid: Create opportunities – design the future to help people with physical disabilities to have a fulfilled and active life.
The foundation runs kindergartens, schools, in-patient and outpatient accommodation, care services, workshops, an integration company and special funding offers, for example for people suffering from concussion. Over 1,500 people with physical disabilities and over 1,000 non-disabled people live, work and learn together at Pfennigparade.
Hearing-impaired children and young people are the focus of the work of the Immenhofer school. The employees at the Immenhofer school have faith in their work. With their teaching ability they want to support and help pupils with their development to prepare them for the future. They should be guided to take on responsibility for themselves.
Their goal is to integrate the children into society. The key basis of this is emotional security, a positive self-image and self-confidence.
This should be achieved by:
- Transferring education and knowledge
- Cooperating with the parents
- Individual learning in small groups, as well as groups with a mix of ages
- Benefit entitlement and good language skills
- Acceptance and promotion of different forms of communication (spoken language and sign language)
- Practical learning goals
- An open atmosphere in which everyone feels good
- An acceptance of the differences of everyone who is part of the school life