Their work covers about 80% of needed care support in Austria – voluntarily and without payment, facing various obstacles arising from their situation. Given that the number of people in need of care is expected to rise by more than 60% by 2050, the number of relatives caring for them will increase dramatically as well. There are an infinite number of problems to be solved in the social sector.
Just one example: For many people, the internet is the number one place to get information about everything they want to know. But not everyone can use it. People with cognitive disabilities are excluded from many offers and sources of information on the internet. Performing an internet search is not as intuitive as many people might think. Neither is making sense of search results. Hence, a significant number of people cannot benefit from a regular web search.
Digital start-ups do see themselves as providers of solutions in any sector. But most of them have commercial success as their primary goal.
The Clara app connects informal carers with professional carers and experts from others fields and enables direct and personal exchange between them. Like that relatives receive the support needed in managing everyday challenges. www.alles-clara.at
Makes the online search process accessible for people with mental disabilities. frag-tobi.at
Supports parents when their children get into challenging situations. elternseite.at/de/home
Matches volunteers to help out and fix things in vulnerable households. www.josefbus.at