15/02/2017A federal law aimed at requiring equal insurance benefits for both physical and mental health care has increased the use of services by children with autism spectrum disorder without increasing the out-of-pocket costs to their families, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests.
30/01/2017At the meeting of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the European Accessibility Act, a proposal for a law that can potentially improve the accessibility of products and services sold in the EU, was high on the agenda.
04/10/2016The Federal Participation Law (Bundesteilhabegesetz, BTHG) is intended to regulate the legal status of people with physical and so-called intellectual disabilities. In June of this year, the bill was passed in the Cabinet and will take effect in January 2017. Yet there are many who are critical of the amendments.
04/10/2016Living a self-determined life in an inclusive society is an established human right, according to the UN-CRPD. With the ratification of the UN-CRPD the countries commit themselves to adjust their political legislation to the fundamental principles of the UN convention. But what does it really look like? Get to know more in the Topic of the Month October.
04/10/2016Nothing about us without us – this slogan, as defined by the UN-CRPD, is being brought up time and again. In Germany, it is currently more at the forefront than ever before because decisions made at the political level experience heavy backlash. People with disabilities adamantly and loudly protest on the Internet and on the streets against the upcoming Federal Participation Law.
01/10/2016It will take effect on January 1, 2017: the new Federal Participation Law (Bundesteilhabegesetz, BTHG). It is intended to fundamentally improve participation in society and encourage the self-determined life of people with disabilities. Yet never before has a bill caused so much backlash. Activists are demonstrating for their rights and are protesting the law.
01/08/2016Three for the price of one: in the future, training programs in pediatric, patient, and geriatric care are to be consolidated based on this principle. The so-called Pflegeberufsreformgesetz (English: Health Care Profession Reform Act) was already passed on January 13, 2016, by the German government. What does this reform mean for the future of health care services?