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New MTE trainers and Training MTEs in Austria

On May 6th two new MTE trainers and, for the first time in Austria, two Training MTEs were certified. This professional team will kick off the new round of training in fall 2022.

Emine Cam, Julia Hosek, Sylwia Pietr, Jacqueline Garas, Barbara Schmal-Filius, Melanie Fromm, Dr. Susi-Hilde Michael, Stefanie Gedenk, Dr. Frank Hofmann (from left to right)

After an intensive training course at the discovering hands training center in Berlin in March 2022, two MTE trainer candidates received the second part of the training from  April 25th until May 6th at the Austrian Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted in Vienna. Julia Hosek and Barbara Schmal-Filius are both excited about supporting discovering hands in the future: “Early detection can save lives. At the same time, discovering hands provides a meaningful income opportunity for blind and visually impaired people. It thus creates a wonderful synergy and is a best practice for inclusion. We are looking forward to meeting the new MTE candidates soon and are excited about accompanying them on their path to becoming a Medical-Tactile Examiner.”

At the same time, two Austrian MTEs were, for the first time in Austria, trained and certified as Training MTEs. Emine Cam and Sylwia Pietr are very experienced MTEs and have both been working with discovering hands for more than five years. They are looking forward to taking on their new role: “Working as an MTE is a great opportunity. We are honored to be able to share our experience and help other blind and visually impaired women to become an MTE.”

What is the difference between an MTE trainer and a Training MTE?

A Training MTE keeps on working as an MTE, but teaches some training segments during the training of new MTEs. In particular, they share their experience and practical knowledge. MTE trainers focus on the training. In addition to content delivery and knowledge transfer during the course, they support the search and application for internships in the inpatient and outpatient sector, consult doctors and medical personnel on the setting-up of a suitable workplace for blind and visually impaired people and facilitate the internship period.


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