At the Steiermark Residential and Day Services, we provide day and residential services for people of all ages at the sites of Kainbach bei Graz, Graz-Ragnitz, Hart bei Graz, St. Ruprecht/Raab and Gleisdorf. Our main focus lies on intellectual disability, psychiatric disorders and dual diagnoses, autism, deafness or hearing impairment with additional needs and challenging behaviour.
Sports and exercise plays an important role in the service users' daily routine.
Our sports pedagogues offer a varied sports programme, including Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, figure skating, archery, Nordic Walking, cycling, tennis, table tennis, swimming, football and MATP (Motor Activity Training Program) in order to improve endurance, strength, coordination, agility, balance and responsiveness.
Some of our athletes have successfully taken part not only in National Special Olympics Competitions but also in the Special Olympics World Games. Every year we organize two great national competitions according to the rules of Special Olympics: A two-day Austrian Tennis Championship and an athletics competition for around 250 participants.
Our integrative circus, which can be booked for workshops, performs at national and international events and amazes the audience with juggling, acrobatics and fire shows.
Mag. Stefan Dullnig
Mag. Karin Brettner
Birgit Schneidhofer, BA
Mag. Stefan Dullnig is Deputy Head of the Sports Department of the Lebenswelt Kainbach. He holds a degree in sports science and has more than 10 years experience as a sports coach and event organizer for people with disabilities. He is a former triathlon and cross country skiing athlete. At Kainbach's Centre, where he has been working for the last 9 years, he coaches athletes in swimming, tennis, table tennis, archery, snowshoeing, cycling and Nordic skiing in order to enable them to take part in Special Olympics competitions. He accompanied some of them as their coach to the Special Olympics National Summer Games in 2010, the Special Olympics Pre Games in Athens in 2011, the National Special Olympics Winter Games in 2012, the Special Olympics Winter Games in South Korea in 2013, the National Special Olympics Summer Games 2014 and the Special Olympics Pre Games in Schladming in 2016.
Mag. Karin Brettner joined the Lebenswelt Kainbach twenty years ago. She has a university degree as a secondary school teacher for English and German and a certificate as Public Relations Manager. She works in the Department of Public Relations in Kainbach. Display is the third project funded by the Erasmus+ programme in which she has participated. Her function in this project is mainly as interpreter. She will also make sure that the project is disseminated properly in Austria.
Birgit Schneidhofer, BA is a skiing and Nordic walking instructor and has a Bachelor degree in Health Management in Tourism. She has been working in the sports department of the Lebenswelt Kainbach since July 2016. There she coaches athletes in swimming, tennis, table tennis, MATP (motor activity training program), archery and Nordic skiing in order to enable them to take part in Special Olympics competitions. During that time she has also been able to collect experience with the organization of two great national competitions according to the rules of Special Olympics.