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Photo: Tobias Polsfuß laughing with some of his housemates; Copyright: Daniela Buchholz

Looking for and finding inclusive shared housing options at WOHN:SINN

16/08/2016

A look at the living situation of many people with learning disabilities reveals they often only get to choose between living in care homes or their families’ homes. Many of them are not aware of the numerous inclusive shared housing options that gradually emerge in Germany and where people with or without disabilities live together.
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Photo: Woman during early education lesson with a little boy; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Sergey Novikov

Early education benefits children with disabilities

08/08/2016

Young children with multiple disabilities who are enrolled in the Head Start program have better literacy, reading and math scores than children who aren't in the federally funded program, indicates a new study by Michigan State University researchers.
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Culturally sensitive care: "Treating people equally and fairly but not the same"

01/08/2016

There are 80 million people living in Germany. This also means there are many different cultures living together. Schools and daycare facilities already provide special choices for children who speak another language. But what is the situation like in nursing homes and care facilities? And what exactly is culturally sensitive care?
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Photo: Marcus Rohrbach cuts fruits in kitchen, camera records scenes, computer screen in foreground

Will software automatically describe movie plots in the near future?

18/07/2016

In order to understand the plot of a movie an audio version is very helpful for visually impaired people. Authors watch the whole movies and describe what happens in each scene. But wouldn’t it be possible for a computer software to do this kind of work? Researchers work on developing a program which automatically generates movie descriptions and reads them out.
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Photo: Edith Grünseis-Pacher in a car

Driver training for people with disabilities provides new levels of safety and mobility

01/07/2016

Self-determination and mobility are important for everyone – and especially for people with physical and mobility impairments. Many people with disabilities that were caused by accidents are initially still insecure when they want to actively return to driving. To help them in slowly easing back into traffic, the Austrian CLUB MOBIL offers driver safety courses.
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Photo: Woman in a wheelchair using an elevator

Mobility

01/07/2016

Whether bus or train, whether car or plane – there are many means of transport that bring us to our destination. But what about accessibility? What kind of offers can people with disabilities use just like that? And what kind of special solutions do exist for them? Find out more in our Topic of the Month July: Mobility.
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Mobility on the go: Apps as everyday helpers

01/07/2016

They are small, colorful and helpful: the many apps on your smartphone screen. They tell us about the weather, they entertain us and can help us to manage everyday life better. More and more mobile applications are also being designed for seniors and people with disabilities – when it comes to providing assistance in navigation or traffic for instance.
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Mobility scouts test accessibility of long-distance buses

01/07/2016

Since January 1, 2016, all new long-distance buses need to include two wheelchair accessible spots. Starting on January 1, 2020, this applies to all intercity buses. This is stipulated in Article 42b in conjunction with Article 62, Provision 3 of the German Passenger Transportation Act (PBefG).
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Photo: Birgit Gebhardt

Blessing or curse? Using robots in the healthcare sector

21/06/2016

In the distant future? – But today already a reality: robot caregivers are designed to make the daily tasks of healthcare workers easier. Today these types of helpers are already being used in Japan. They lift people in need of care out of their beds, play cards with them or cuddle with dementia patients.
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Athletic competitions for all people with disabilities

01/06/2016

Sporting events like the Paralympics, Deaflympics or Special Olympics were named in reference to the Olympic Games. But ultimately all of these events still stand in the shadow of the Olympics. That’s reason enough to pay a little more attention to these sporting events for people with different disabilities.
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Practiced inclusion: wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball are prime examples

01/06/2016

Sports are exciting. Sports unite. This is especially true for team sports. When people with disabilities and able-bodied persons play sports together, we can rightly call it practiced inclusion. Great examples of this are wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. But what does practiced inclusion in sports really mean? And what about the representative role of the Paralympic Games?
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"Ability4Refugees platform wants to provide auxiliary means for refugees with disabilities"

24/05/2016

Many people who had to leave their home country traveled in a wheelchair or used crutches. The stress of this escape was at times even more exhausting and taxing for some than for others. REHACARE.com spoke with Sigrid Arnade (ISL e.V.) and Eva-Maria and Andreas Mohn (Andreas Mohn Foundation) about the Ability4Refugees platform that aims to improve the availability of auxiliary means for refugees.
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Accessible traveling: What does the industry sector offer?

02/05/2016

It’s all about the destination – usually, choosing the vacation spot comes first, at least when it comes to travel. You gather information at a travel bureau or on the Internet and make a decision. Then you book a reservation, plan and pack your suitcases. But can people with disabilities also do things just like that? Does the tourism industry pay attention to their needs as guests?
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Tourism: Auxiliary means for accessible travel

02/05/2016

For their vacation planning, people with disabilities must rely on hotel information – when it comes to accessibility for instance – to be accurate and make sure the accommodations truly meet their needs. But what if you already had some bad experiences? Or what if there are simply no appropriate accommodations available in certain areas?
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Accessibility should be considered from the start for medical practices

28/04/2016

Disabled parking spaces, lower counters, stair lifts, and elevators – those are just a few of the provisions of an accessible medical practice. Yet many physician offices don’t meet these requirements. To make it easier for people with disabilities to find available accessible medical practices close-by, the "Accessible Practice" project has created a directory.
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Photo: Simon Janatzek talks about accessible smartphones

If you buy them, some smartphones are already accessible

14/04/2016

A quick check on your smartphone to see when the next bus leaves or letting your friend know via WhatsApp that you are running late: those are mundane situations for many people. Yet how accessible are smartphones actually for visually impaired and blind people? REHACARE.com spoke with Simon Janatzek. He is visually impaired and tells us which apps are helpful in everyday life.
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Accessible retail

01/04/2016

Whether food or clothes - everybody has to go shopping. But in many stores people with different disabilities cannot make their purchases independently and unconditionally. And also online shopping is not an accessible alternative for everybody. Get to know more in our current Topic of the Month April: Accessible retail.
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Customers with disabilities demand diverse accessible concepts

01/04/2016

Let’s assess the situation: we asked around the social networks. What do people with different types of disabilities experience day-to-day when they go shopping? We wanted to find out what barriers they encounter, how they deal with them and what they expect from the retail industry.
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Missed opportunities: Accessible online shopping

01/04/2016

First, the good news: technically, there should only be winners when it comes to this subject. Providers of accessible websites service the largest possible group of customers and generate the most sales. However, many people need to overcome obstacles in using most websites. This means all parties lose – both the webshop operators and users.
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"The Italian education system is a dream for students with disabilities"

01/03/2016

Italy enjoys an excellent reputation when it comes to the implementation of inclusion and accessibility. Many consider the Italian education system for example to be one of the most inclusive environments in the world. This is also one of the reasons why Andrea Schöne decided to study abroad for two semesters at the Forlì Branch of the University of Bologna in Italy.
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Being strong together – A deaf German in North Korea

01/03/2016

Robert Grund advocates on behalf of deaf people in North Korea. He is a fourth-generation deaf person himself. As the official liaison officer of the World Federation of the Deaf in North Korea, he wants to locally empower deaf persons to take charge of their lives and that of others. The first kindergarten for the deaf as well as an educational center for deaf are only the beginning.
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Inclusion is still no matter of course in Europe

01/03/2016

People with disabilities live all over the world, but their living conditions differ drastically depending on where they reside. Some countries are considered to be more hostile towards persons with disabilities while others almost seem to be a paradise – at least in comparison.
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People with disabilities worldwide

01/03/2016

What induces a deaf German man to actually fight for deaf people in North Korea? And how does a student of short stature experience her stay abroad in an Italian university? Take a look with us over the rim of the tea cup and get to know in our Topic of the Month March what moves people with disabilities worldwide.
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"Suse" helps abused and battered women and girls with disabilities

23/02/2016

Representative studies show: women and girls with disabilities face significantly more violence than women without disabilities. Yet they rarely seek help since their disability often makes access to therespective support systems difficult. The "Suse" Project offers affected persons accessible support services, for instance in the form of Easy English.
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Intelligent mobility assistants support the elderly

01/02/2016

Obstacles such as cobblestone streets, sloping paths or other barriers make the lives of senior citizens difficult. The more restricted they are in their mobility, the less they dare to do things. Then they often avoid going to their favorite park at the corner. The Assistants for Safe Mobility (ASSAM) project created intelligent solutions for walkers, wheelchairs and adult three-wheelers.
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"PIKSL focuses on the removal of digital barriers"

26/01/2016

Digital transformation does not only cause problems for persons with disabilities. Companies are also facing digital barriers they need to overcome. The PIKSL Lab makes digital inclusion its priority: together, individuals with and without disabilities work on removing digital barriers. In this interview with REHACARE.de, Project Manager Tobias Marczinzik explains the PIKSL concept.
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"My disability provides new artistic prospects for me"

04/01/2016

Photography plays a pivotal role in the life of artist Markus Georg Reintgen. He has been in a wheelchair since an accident. Yet this does not prevent him from thoroughly observing and capturing his surroundings. In search of new motifs, the art photographer travels the world.
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Access without barriers to arts and culture!?

04/01/2016

Visiting concerts, going to the movies or venturing out on a field trip to the museum – all of these activities are not possible without limitations for many persons with disabilities since the cultural scene still presents numerous obstacles. Can we actually talk about inclusion in our cultural landscape?
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Culture Inclusive: a bridge between cultural enjoyment and inclusion

04/01/2016

The cultural landscape is changing because inclusive services are becoming increasingly important. Until now, there was a lack of information to comprehensively implement the notion of inclusion. The Culture Inclusive project offers assistance: you can find information about inclusive cultural institutions on a cultural map that can be filtered by disability criteria.
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January 2016: Arts and culture for everybody

04/01/2016

There is a demand for inclusive concepts in cultural landscape. While the people’s need for this is getting bigger and bigger, the offerings can only partly satisfy the demands. Find out which projects concerning cultural inclusion are already successful and might be pointing in the right direction for follow-up projects – in our Topic of the Month January: Arts and culture for everybody.
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Photo: Philipp Mahler with an avatar at MEDICA 2015

"The robot facilitates and promotes the connection between children"

15/12/2015

A robot that provides a link between hospital and classroom? The project Avatar Kids makes this possible: acutely ill children are able to actively participate in school activities with the help of a tablet computer. The teacher facilitates the communication. REHACARE.com spoke with Philipp Mahler of Avatar Kids about the opportunities this project provides.
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"Actors with disabilities are not being offered many roles"

01/12/2015

Sometimes dreams actually do come true: Carina Kühne never dreamed she would play the lead role in a movie that has since won numerous awards. Yet despite this success, things still leave much to be desired because the industry needs to finally embrace inclusion. REHACARE.com spoke with the actor about her view of the industry and barriers in people’s minds.
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"Judo is ideal for persons with or without disabilities"

26/11/2015

A change of gait pattern and paralysis on the right side of the body and particularly of the arm – at first glance, these consequences of a stroke don’t appear to be the best prerequisites to partake in the sport of Judo. Yet Ludger Steffens likes to prove the opposite is true. REHACARE.com spoke with the 63-year-old about successes and inclusion in martial arts.
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Living a self-determined life: Nothing about us without us

02/11/2015

Self-determination is a human right. Yet despite the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by many countries worldwide, this right cannot be acknowledged in an unrestricted manner: persons with various disabilities are still restricted by the structures surrounding them. They are constrained by society. This prevents them from living a self-determined life.
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"With the Lorm Glove, deaf-blind people gain access to information on their own"

01/10/2015

Directly and on-site – this is what communication currently looks like for deaf-blind persons. The Lorm Alphabet they use is a spelling alphabet and is directly lormed into the palm of your hand. Communication over distances is only possible via an intermediary. A glove is now meant to change all that.
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Kinaesthetics: "People learn to pay attention to their own body motions"

28/09/2015

Caregiving activities are physically exhausting. This is why it is important both for nursing staff and caregiving family members to optimize their physical movements. Sabine Sieben is a kinesthetic trainer and spoke with REHACARE.de about the kinesthetic concept and its advantages for in-home care.
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Photo: Volker Westermann holding a spoon

"Kitchen and cooking are a bridge to inclusion"

27/08/2015

Oftentimes, political questions lack a certain zest, a somewhat different kind of approach. Ever more frequently, this is also rumored to be the case for inclusion. Only a few people can disengage from such stubborn trains of thought. TV chef and host Volker Westermann is one of them. He spoke with REHACARE.com about inclusion found in cooking pots.
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"Sailing is the most inclusive sport"

03/08/2015

As a Paralympic discipline, sailing is being dropped. The decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to eliminate sailing from the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games is not just a bitter pill to swallow for athletes. The resolution is also going to have a long-term negative impact on this national and international recreational sport.
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Competitive sports with and without disabilities: Alone instead of together?

03/08/2015

Is a prosthesis an advantage? Researchers at Bournemouth University in England try to answer this question and examine to what extent lower limb prosthetics represent a competitive advantage in joint competitions of athletes with and without disabilities. During the past few months, the "Markus Rehm case" has attracted a great deal of attention – and criticism in Germany.
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Animal trauma therapist: "My dog taught me that emotional bonds do not have to hurt"

01/07/2015

Not all disabilities are visible. Especially psychological disabilities are often being suppressed or not viewed as such. It is still widely unknown that an assistance dog can help with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other psychological disabilities for example.
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Assistance: "A dog does not judge and takes people as they are"

01/07/2015

Dogs are man’s best friend. VITA assistance dogs are even more than that: they are partners for (canine) life. Whether it’s emptying the washing machine or helping with social contacts – they assist wherever they can. And they do so unconditionally.
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Helping dogs: Animal assistance in everyday life

01/07/2015

They pick up items, warn about dangerous situations or safely guide a person through traffic – assistance dogs for persons with various disabilities have many different duties and responsibilities.
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Photo: Dr. Ralf Suhr

"The reasons that lead to violence in care are complex and complicated"

25/06/2015

Abuse in care has many different forms and is still a taboo subject. The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day wants to shed a bright light on this issue. This year, the Center for Quality in Care, ZQP, introduced its new featured report titled "Preventing Violence in Care". REHACARE.com spoke with ZQP foundation president Dr. Ralf Suhr about seamless transitions and active prevention.
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Changing perspectives – changing mobility

01/06/2015

What difference do five centimeters make on a curb when you are in a wheelchair? How much does spatial orientation vary when you can barely see or cannot see at all? People without disabilities can find out first-hand answers that may help them choose to consciously change their own mobility.
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Photo: Dorothea Pitschnau-Michel

"World MS Day calls attention to the need for inclusion"

26/05/2015

Since 2009, the World MS Day calls attention to multiple sclerosis and the people who live with this disease of the central nervous system around the world. REHACARE.com spoke with Dorothea Pitschnau-Michel, Secretary of the German Multiple Sclerosis Society (DMSG), about this special day, which always takes place on the last Wednesday of May.
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"Persons with severe disabilities, who start their own business, need high-quality flexible models"

04/05/2015

One-size-fits-all solutions generally don’t work on a typical workday for persons with several disabilities. The often very diverse limitations also require a highly flexible work environment. Since most employers are not able to or don’t want to offer this type of setting, most persons with severe disabilities are often forced to become self-employed.
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Inclusive employment still needs help

04/05/2015

The primary labor market is not as easily accessible for persons with disabilities as it should be. And yet these potential employees are often well educated. Often however, lack of knowledge, experience and resulting insecurities are still barriers for companies. Still another barrier is the lack of compatibility between rehabilitation structures and company requirements. Education is essential.
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Networking for more inclusion on the primary labor market

04/05/2015

Recently, the special interest group Selbstbestimmt Leben in Deutschland was looking for ambassadors for inclusion – and Christian Habl is one of them. He wants to show that inclusion is possible and how it can be implemented. With his nationwide network to promote integrated employment of persons with disabilities, he also actively contributes by implementing the UN Convention.
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"Many people underestimate the economic impact of accessible tourism in Europe"

01/04/2015

There is a market for accessible travelling in Europe. Yet it only grows very slowly. But actually there is a huge demand, like a study has recently proved. So what do people with access needs really require? And what does the travel industry have to offer – already today and in future?
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Self-determined traveling with disabilities?!

01/04/2015

What do people with disabilities experience when they plan their vacation? How well do they cope when they are traveling? And what exactly do they want? Questions upon questions. REHACARE.com asked around.
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Traveling with disabilities: Vacation without limits

01/04/2015

You need to be mobile if you want to travel. A fact that also applies to persons with disabilities. Yet the choices for accessible travel are slim. Oftentimes things also don’t work out because of inadequate service and poorly trained staff. That’s why the Weitsprung travel agency in Marburg, Germany, made it their mission to make travel dreams come true for everyone.
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Photo: Birgit Nofftz using a mask for speech recognition

"Speech-to-text interpreters assist in equal access communication"

26/03/2015

There is an alternative for hearing impaired or deaf persons, who are not able to or don’t want to communicate with the help of sign language: so-called speech-to-text interpreters reproduce spoken words into a text format onto paper, computer monitors or screens. REHACARE.de inquired with the German Association of Speech-to-Text Interpreters and gained some insight into this profession.
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"Inclusive housing is possible"

02/03/2015

Accessible construction plays an important role in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Exclusionary solutions are not accepted. Instead, there are requirements for aesthetics and simultaneous functionality and self-determination. Yet they have only made their way into construction practices in a limited fashion.
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A different perspective on accessible construction

02/03/2015

Is the access ramp too steep? Does two centimeters really make a difference when it comes to a threshold? Architects and city planners are always confronted with these types of questions. If they don’t have any disabilities themselves, they tend to quickly render the wrong verdict. This is why construction decision makers, who can assess barriers based on their own experience, are in great demand.
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Accessible construction in the public domain

02/03/2015

Whether people with or without disabilities, whether young or old – buildings with accessibility provide benefits for everyone in society. But reality is different. The argument accessible construction is too expensive is often put on the table, but it partially reflects the truth. When accessibility is taken into account in construction from the beginning, there are barely any additional costs.
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Photo: Hedwig Reiffs with a visitor and a wheelchair driver

"Comprehensive accessibility would benefit all of us"

12/02/2015

What is it like when you have to manage everyday life in a wheelchair? And what effects do age-related limitations have on mobility? Interested parties can experience this with the help of a wheelchair course and an age simulation suit. REHACARE.com spoke with Hedwig Reiffs from the Self-Help Organization of Physically Disabled Persons Bonn, who recently attended this kind of adventure day.
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"I wanted to give children in Palestine with physical disabilities the opportunity my parents gave me"

02/02/2015

Reading and Writing in Arabic, Mathematics, English and Science/Social Studies – being taught in these subjects is at least special for seven children in Palestine. The alternative for them would be absolutely no education at all. If the program Maysoon’s Kids doesn’t teach them no one will.
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Inclusion is a human right – around the world

02/02/2015

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted at the end of 2006 by the United Nations General Assembly and took effect in 2008. But what is the situation like after seven years? What countries are implementing inclusion, which is requested in the CRPD and anchored as a human right and in what form? Here is an overview.
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Photo: Lisa Polk und Christian Schinnerl

"hemdless is not just meant to represent disability fashion, but to also involve our society as a whole"

15/01/2015

Without a shirt. That’s the translation for the project name hemdless. It alludes to the fact that people affected by trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) usually have a hard time finding clothes that fit. Young designers Lisa Polk and Christian Schinnerl didn’t want to leave it at that. REHACARE.com spoke with both of them about the benefit of angled buttonholes and the "6th Shirt".
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"So far, there is no lobby in fashion for people with disabilities"

05/01/2015

Aesthetic fashion garments for people with disabilities is still a niche market. This is why a European network wants to make sure that manufacturers, researchers and the target audience itself work together on developing intelligent and affordable solutions in an interdisciplinary and cross-industry fashion. Aesthetics and functionality are intended to be equally connected and enrich the market.
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Inclusion in the closet: Fashion for all

05/01/2015

Whether it is classy or casual, plain or flashy – people are not just expressing their current disposition, but also their personality with their clothes. The choices on the market are many, since it typically offers something for everybody. But is this also true for people with disabilities? What do they expect from today’s fashion?
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New incentives: Fashion for people with disabilities

05/01/2015

Supply and demand determine markets – this also applies to the fashion industry. In theory, it is supposed to be. Yet a look at fashion for people with disabilities quickly reveals that many needs of physically impaired customers are not being addressed and met. Now more and more designers want to change this.
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