As the largest Catholic lay event in Germany, the Katholikentag wants to be open to everyone. Whether with or without disabilities – everyone should be able to participate without restriction. Katholikentag wants to be a sign of lived inclusion, to break down barriers and to give all people the opportunity to celebrate, pray and discuss together during the five days.
Services and events for all
The needs of all participants are important to the Katholikentag. The staff design the programme and the venues so that everyone can take part. The circle of participants should be as large and colourful as possible. The Katholikentag is therefore particularly appealing to people with:
- Learning difficulties
- a mental or emotional impairment
- hearing impairment or deafness
- a walking disability or mobility impairment (rollator/wheelchair)
- visual impairment or blindness
- mental illness.
The Katholikentag provides various services for these people:
- In order to make the stay at the venue as pleasant as possible and to ensure the mobility of all participants, the Katholikentag offers a transport and escort service via various stopping points as well as accommodation in appropriate private and communal quarters.
- At three service points in Stuttgart there is the possibility to borrow wheelchairs and walkers or to book the driving and accompanying service.
- During the event days, ramps, video walls, induction loops, interpreters and special information material will help to reduce barriers as much as possible.
- There will also be a range of events for different target groups.
The staff of the Katholikentag are actively supported by experts from the host city and the diocese. For one year, they will form an advisory board, the Katholikentag barrier-free advisory board, and will accompany the planning and organisation of measures relating to barrier-free access. Those responsible are also building on the experiences of past Catholic Conventions. Based on this, each Katholikentag strives to set a higher standard for future events in the city and diocese, but also for subsequent Catholic Conventions.
During the Katholikentag there are various service points in the city centre for people with and without disabilities. Our staff will be on hand to deal with all your enquiries, concerns and wishes and will work with you to find a solution to your problem. Wheelchairs and walkers can also be borrowed at these service points, as well as the driving and escort service can be booked.
Rest facilities for a break are set up in various thematic centres.
New barriers through new concepts
The Corona pandemic has brought about many innovations and further developments. For the first time it is possible to buy eTickets and the detailed programme can only be found on our website or in the Katholikentag app. However, this means that for some people we are creating new barriers that they need help to overcome. Here we provide advice and support in advance and help with "step-by-step" instructions or telephone assistance. Here, too, our claim is that everyone should be able to participate without restriction.