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Kim Denise Hansmann - That's how she rolls

20/07/2016

Young, fully inclusive and on air in German TV: this is Kim Denise Hansmann. At REHACARE.com, she tells us what is important to her, what she fights for and what else she wants to achieve.
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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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Luisa Eichler - That's how she rolls

13/07/2016

Luisa Eichler loves enjoying the sun, singing and traveling. Just recently, she traveled from Würzburg to Berlin especially for a demonstration against the Federal Participation Law. For what else she campaigns alongside to such actions, what kind of language she would like to learn and what is going on with her hair texture, she reveals on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Marcella Becker and her son play with sand

Marcella Becker - That's how she rolls

06/07/2016

Marcella Becker is a proud mother of a child with autism. She wishes that people look over the rim of their tea cup. She would like to live in a world where it is normal to be different. A world where other people give her son obviously a ladder to pick an apple like all the others. What she also wishes for, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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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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Norbert Sandmann - That's how he rolls

29/06/2016

Fighting for accessibility in the head of local politicians and other decision makers and counseling other affected people, this is what is very important for Norbert Sandmann. That persistence can be worth the effort, he has already experienced on his own. How he sees life in general, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Heiko Mersch

Heiko Mersch - That's how he rolls

22/06/2016

Multicultural and diverse Berlin – this is where Heiko Mersch lives. However, he dreams of going somewhere else – far away: he wants to ride with his bicycle through the Outback of Australia. Where and with whom he wants to make a few fine adjustments and why of all things a woman should play the leading role in the movie of his life, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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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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Photo: Michael Hausmann

Michael Hausmann - That's how he rolls

15/06/2016

Michael Hausman has diabetes mellitus type 3 and had a stroke three years ago. Since then, he campaigns for more information about this disease and also runs a blog on this topic. Who always supports him and which question he wants to be answered, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Marcel Gerber

Marcel Gerber - That's how he rolls

08/06/2016

Family, friends and wheelchair basketball – these are the elementary things in the life of Marcel Gerber. His next goal: he wants to try driving a kart. Why Will Smith should represent him in the movie about his life and what he knows about God, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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"I have a real chance of winning gold in Rio"

01/06/2016

From water to land – Christiane Reppe has given up her long career as a competitive swimmer to successfully ride towards excellence with a handcycle after taking a brieftime out. REHACARE.com spoke with her about old and new achievements, the difference in the disciplines and the Rio Paralympics of course.
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Silke Naun-Bates - That's how she rolls

01/06/2016

Just daring to live happy and free against all reservations – that’s exactely the way Silke Naun-Bates chose. Her life nowadays as a successful author, partner and mother proves her right. Why she wishes for accessibility, although she does not really depend on it, and how she handles fear, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Agnes Gebler- That's how she rolls

25/05/2016

Those who are open-minded and interested in other people – also in those who are different – have less prejudices. That’s at least what Agnes Gebler thinks. But she also understands first fears of contact. What matters to her is the willingness to approach to others. What else is important to her and which questions she would like to be answered, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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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Melanie Eilert - That's how she rolls

18/05/2016

Enjoy every moment and make your own experiences – that is what is important in life for Melanie Eilert. Alongside her political interest, she is very passionate about musicals. How this fact would influence making a movie about her life, which musical actress could represent her the best way and what her answer to all questions is, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Anna Siuda - That's how she rolls

11/05/2016

Because of the fact that Anna Siuda is deaf, many people think she is not capable of doing several things. But she tries not to let herself be pulled down and campaigns for accessibility for everybody. What kind of dreams she has and what kind of advice she gives other people, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Ju Wheelymum - That's how she rolls

04/05/2016

Ju Wheelymum would like to shout it out to the world: "We exist – please see us!" The 30-year-old mother continuously writes for her blog to focus at parents with a chronical diseases and an impairment. On REHACARE.com she tell us who is her tower of strength and whose strange way of singing makes her happy.
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"Everything was perfect during my Oriental cruise on the Costa Fortuna"

02/05/2016

Jenny Bießmann studies, works, and lives in Berlin. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Network for Inclusion, Social Participation, Self-Determination and Assistance, NITSA e.V. She has spinal muscular atrophy and has seen a lot of the world inher power wheelchair. REHACARE.com spoke with her about her travel experiences and her recommendations for the tourism industry.
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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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Annika Möller - That's how she rolls

27/04/2016

Berlin is beautiful! Still, now and then one can think about going elsewhere - like Annika Möller. Read at REHACARE.com if she will put this plan into action or if she will rather stay and enjoy the sun and Berlin’s air in Lichtenberg!
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Timo Ameruoso - That's how he rolls

20/04/2016

Timo Ameruoso wants to leave his mark. He would like to change something in our society – if necessary also with the help of some special tickets. To what extent his role models Muhammad Ali und Bruce Lee have to do something with it and why his coma many years ago made him want to travel to the USA, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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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Photo: Nicole Franke

Nicole Franke - That's how she rolls

13/04/2016

Her family and friends have a save place in the heart of Nicole Franke. But her biggest love is music. That’s why she is a passionate concert visitor who loves to support her artist on site. Who or what makes her laugh and what she thinks about pitifulness, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Christoph Gockeln - That's how he rolls

06/04/2016

Living one’s life open-minded and true is a matter of course for Christoph Gockeln. In his eyes everybody should also be able to laugh about themselves. He actually really likes to do it. What else is near and dear to the politically commited programer and which two public persons he has a special relation to, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Iris Westermann

Iris Westermann - That's how she rolls

30/03/2016

Whether young or old, disabled or not – people should live in peace and happiness with each other. Also their origin and skin color do not play a role, when it comes to Iris Westermann. For her it is the person itself that counts. On REHACARE.com she does not only tell us how tolerance can work out, but she also declares her love to her husband.
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Photo: Petra Ulbrich

Petra Ulbrich - That's how she rolls

23/03/2016

Petra Ulbrich wants all people to be kind to each other. But if this does not work on a large scale, then she wishes that it’s at least possible in her small family surrounding – for example in dealing with her children. What she has learned because of them and what kind of shared situations make her laugh, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Alexandra Hornig

Alexandra Hornig - That's how she rolls

16/03/2016

Alexandra Hornig wants to build bridges between the worlds in which people with and without disabilities live – separated from each other according to her. That is why she gives insights into living with a disabled daughter. She wants more tolerance and more togetherness without fears of contact, in order to live inclusion. How this could work, she tells us in REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Kübra Sekin

Kübra Sekin - That's how she rolls

09/03/2016

Kübra Sekin is interested in fashion, studies in Bochum, Germany, and is one of the hosts of the German JAM! web show. At REHACARE.com she tells us about her special way of laughing and what exactly makes her friends so special and important to her.
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Photo: Nicole Hotopp

Nicole Hotopp - That's how she rolls

02/03/2016

If it was up to Nicole Hotopp people with disabilities should have the opportunity to participate without help of others in public life much better than now. She wishes that accessible entrances or elevators for every building become a matter of course. Whether she would also like to go into politics because of this, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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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Peter Klocke - That's how he rolls

24/02/2016

Every person should be accepted by other people. This is the motto Peter Klocke lives by. That’s also why it goes without saying for him that every person should have the same possibilities and equal rights in our society. What else he really wishes for, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Anna Hartmann

"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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Photo: Corinna Baumhoer

Corinna Baumhoer - That's how she rolls

17/02/2016

Not every impairment is obvious at first sight. And if they are not able to see somethhing, the other ones often think you are healthy. This is an experience Corinna Baumhoer has often made so far. What many people don’t see and don’t understand: Her chronic disease brings her to her borders. Where they are and how she handles with them and her fellows, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Daniel Schließmann

Daniel Schließmann - That's how he rolls

10/02/2016

Whether expeditions in foreign countries or action sports – Daniel Schließmann can get enthusiastic about many things. What matters the most to him in this context is to share such experiences and to make them possible for everybody. If he is oriented towards idols for this and what a nature reserve has to do with it, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Anna Mühlhause

Anna Mühlhause - That's how she rolls

03/02/2016

People with disabilities should have equal rights and possibilities in all aspects of life. This is near and dear to pupil Anna Mühlhause – although it should be a matter of course. So also her opinion about feeling pity for disabled people is quite obvious. And she also tells us on REHACARE.com, what a wheelchair and a drive-through have to do with her biggest wish.
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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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Barbara Fickert - That's how she rolls

27/01/2016

A comfortable film night in the movies? Barbara Fickert would be glad to! But accessible, please! Because she has a severe vision impairment. And whether in the movies or on the streets – until now she has gained a lot of positive experiences with her fellows and their readiness to help her. But what actually would be a nightmare for her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Udo Sist - That's how he rolls

20/01/2016

Udo Sist would like to live in a tolerant society which faces and obstructs every intolerance and discrimination. But he knows that there are still many intolerant people he has to explain to "that we all are just human beings". Which further experiences he made with people as well as the media and who is one of his best friends, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Frenze Huth - That's how she rolls

13/01/2016

Frenze Huth may be young but already knows that one often has to fight in life in order to achieve ones goals. And she has a lot of goals. But she does not let her physical impairment impede her. What kind of concrete ideas she already has and what is near and dear to her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Christine Rupp - That's how she rolls

06/01/2016

The timing is something Christine Rupp has to complain about: The diagnosis Multiple Sclerosis came too early into her life. First, she was struggling with the diagnosis, but now she thinks: Full speed ahead! What else she wants to achieve with this energy, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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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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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Darleen Jobber - That's how she rolls

22/12/2015

Darleen Jobber wants to show people that she is living a happy life with her disability. For her this is no contradiction. The young woman wishes that people talk to each other more often in order to get rid of their fears of contacts. What she thinks about jokes about her disability and what kind of effect Facebook likes have on her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Thomas Olejniczak - That's how he rolls

16/12/2015

For Thomas Olejniczak a little dream came true concerning his professional life: He now sales clothes in a fashion store chain in Germany. Not many autistic people with learning disabilities get this kind of possibility. As a successful example of professional inclusion he has lately been awarded with the vilmA award. What kinds of wishes have not been fulfilled yet, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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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Caroline Régnard-Mayer - That's how she rolls

09/12/2015

Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has actually been a chance to take another path for Caroline Régnard-Mayer. This way she started writing, informs people with MS and their relatives. She is also head of a MS self-help group. So she really likes what she does. To what extent she takes her life and also the MS symptoms with a sense of humor, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Sabine Marina - That's how she rolls

02/12/2015

In order to educate people about Multiple Sclerosis and to sensitize them, Sabine Marina prefers films as the best way to do it. With the documentary "Kleine graue Wolke" (English: "Little grey cloud") she has already made her life into a movie. Who she would have also liked to see in her role and what she would like to do at Hamburg Central Station, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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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"The acting industry must be more open to persons with disabilities"

01/12/2015

Whether it’s the stage or a television camera – John Patrick Garth feels comfortable about slipping into the role of another person. He is an actor with all his heart and soul. Nevertheless, he is not always the first choice at auditions because as an actor living with spasticity, people often don’t have high confidence in his abilities.
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Michel Fornasier - That's how he rolls

25/11/2015

Michel Fornasier does not only want to build bridges between people with and without disabilities but he also wants to show what kind of possibilities medical robotics have to offer nowadays. To what extent he himself is a good example for this and which questions make him laugh and dream, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Jan Karres - That's how he rolls

18/11/2015

Jan Karres wants to give teenagers and young adults an understanding of the topic disabilities in a casual and humoristic way, in order to reduce insecurities in dealing with disabled people. And that’s exactly what he does on his YouTube channel. What kind of relation he has with Steve Jobs and why he would not want to be th Federal Commissioner for the Disabled, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Heike Führ - That's how she rolls

11/11/2015

Having a closer look and not judging too fast – that’s what Heike Führ wants from her environment. For, not every disability is obvious and perceptible for everybody. That’s why she campaigns for enlightenment concerning Multiple Sclerosis and its invisible symptoms. To what extent they also influence her life, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Ludger Steffens - That's how he rolls

04/11/2015

Judo means the world to him. Already in younger years Ludger Steffens started hunting for the colored belts. After some detours with sports like boxing or rugby and also two strokes later he rediscovered his love for the combat sport judo. What kind of role this sport plays in his everyday life, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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"Right now, sexual assistance is not financially supported by the government"

02/11/2015

When persons with disabilities have relationships, they also want to physically express their love for each other. This is not possible for every couple without restrictions. Sexual assistants can be a solution. Katja and her boyfriend have chosen this alternative. REHACARE.com spoke with her about intimate moments and her open approach to this subject.
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Victoria Michel - That's how she rolls

28/10/2015

Victoria Michel says about herself that she is extremely scatterbrained and she can also laugh about it. The student is open-minded and curious about life and the world. That’s why she knows exactly what else she wants to experience. What she can get mad about and who she mentions in the same breath as Goethe and Schiller, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Peter König - That's how he rolls

21/10/2015

All people should be able to live the way they want to. But Peter König knows that therefor the concept of inclusion has to be lived by everybody – especially by decision makers. He himself does his bit to it every day. How he tries to make the town he lives in more accessible and what he thinks about the German inclusion activist Raul Krauthausen, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Patricia Carl - That's how she rolls

13/10/2015

She lives and loves the moment. Patricia Carl commits herself with much blood, sweat and tears for an inclusive dialogue between people. For her commitment for the Federal German Association for People of Short Stature and their Families she has also been awarded last year. What would make her think about a sit-in and why she sometimes prefers a book to a movie, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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JuSu Hubinger - That's how she rolls

07/10/2015

JuSu Hubinger is a mother of two children. That she gave birth to them after the diagnosis Multiple Sclerosis is as natural to her as the fact that she is living a fulfilled family life with MS. Which funny situations everyday life in a group of four has to offer and to what extend MS has an influence on it, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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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Prosthetics: "I build bridges between the technology, its users, the therapists and specialists"

01/10/2015

Whether it’s a walker or a prosthesis – handling a new everyday helper needs to be learned first. And who better to teach the best tips and tricks for handling them than someone who already uses these auxiliary aids every day? This was something prosthetic manufacturer Touch Bionics was thinking and made Claudia Breidbach, a user of a prosthetic fullhand made by TB, a so-called training manager.
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Katrin Langensiepen - That's how she rolls

30/09/2015

As a politician Katrin Langensiepen wants to show that also people with disabilities can do politics. That's why she is aiming for a good mixture of political commitment and the "classic inclusion topics". Why she should get herself a kick in the pants and what else she has on her mind regarding inclusion, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Carolin Fischer - That's how she rolls

23/09/2015

Carolin Fischer is able to laugh about herself and lives for modeling. It is really important for her to show that people with disabilities are beautiful – quite natural. No ifs, no buts. What kind of contribution her family made to her today’s self-confidence and why she would like to be a child again, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Vanessa Franke - That's how she rolls

16/09/2015

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. And what would Vanessa Franke have to lose when she made a long-cherished dream come true? Why this was literally a real altitude flight and how the neighbor’s cat can make the young woman laugh, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Mischa Gohlke - That's how he rolls

09/09/2015

Borders are relative to him! With the inclusion song "Being different unites us" (German: "AndersSein vereint") Mischa Gohlke and other artists showed us with the help of music, how holistically lived participation in a society can look like. To what extend all of us are disabled and how strong his love for music and his commitment for inclusion are, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Karl Matthias Schäfer - That's how he rolls

02/09/2015

Equal employment opportunities for everybody – if only. Karl Matthias Schäfer would be really happy about it if employers would no longer care whether somebody has a disability or not. What the blind chief executive officer thinks about politics concerning people with disabilities and how he feels about diving and sledge dogs, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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"The number of older drug users in need of care will increase considerably"

01/09/2015

Right now, the care sector is not prepared for this fact yet: drug addicts are getting much older than previously believed. At the same time, many typically age-related restrictions start to appear far earlier with them. This poses new challenges in health care provision.
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Christof Luckas - That's how he rolls

26/08/2015

In first place, Christof Luckas sees the person and not the disability he or she has. With his camera he therefore prefers teasing out the special personality of the portrayed person during the shootings. If he also makes them happy by doing that – perfect. Which country and its people photographically attract him the most, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Jennifer Sonntag - That's how she rolls

19/08/2015

She especially likes "lives with dents". And Sid Vicious does not hang at her walls as a poster anymore, but maybe he was a step on her ladder of knowledge. As an author and an artist, Jennifer Sonntag has pictures like these and a lot more in her head. They sometimes also help her when she is nervous. Read more as she shares some of them with us at REHACARE.com!
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Miriam Langhoff - That's how she rolls

12/08/2015

People should move towards each other so they can learn from this – regardless if they have a disability or not. Miriam Langhoff wishes for this and she could very well help to accomplish it: Her heart beats for acting. How could she better convey messages, if not this way? At REHACARE.com she talks about the things that matter to her also off-stage.
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André Byszio - That's how he rolls

05/08/2015

Accessible tourism means the world to him. For, André Byszio does not only advise professionally about this topic, but he also loves to travel the world privately. To which destination he did not dare to travel to so far and what he basically requires from the tourism sector, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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"We expect fewer injuries of blind and visually impaired swimmers from our pool wall warning system"

03/08/2015

When a blind swimmer is touched on the head or back by a tennis ball attached to a long pole by the so-called "tapper", then he or she knows that the pool wall is coming up. If this signal is given too early or too late, it can result in disqualification or injuries. Researchers in Leipzig, Germany, are currently working on an alternative.
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Christiane Schweiker - That's how she rolls

29/07/2015

An illness is not automatically a punishment, but a chance to discover oneself anew. This insight means a lot to Christiane Schweiker, because her own quality of life is near and dear to her. As long as possible she wants to be able to take care of herself independently and to be responsible. If and to what extend mean tripping hazards impair her doing this, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Annton Beate Schmidt - That's how she rolls

22/07/2015

She does not like all those terms for certain disabilities. That’s why Annton Beate Schmidt invented a different term for herself: Cripster. What exactly that means, what kind of questions relating to policy for the disabled she cares about and what she wants to tell people concerning disabled parking spaces, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Jenny Bießmann - That's how she rolls

15/07/2015

Jenny Bießmann is a very model of a globetrotter. If there are at least 25 degree Celsius, the final destination is almost perfect. According to her opinion all people with disabilities should explore the world and involve themselves actively in social life. How and thanks to whom she did this so far, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Alexander Abasov - That's how he rolls

08/07/2015

Trust and support from your boss is important. Alexander Abasov really appreciates the fact that his boss offered him a fair chance on the first labor market. What kind of role his boss plays in his life and which knowledge he wants to pass on, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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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Melanie Wimmer - That's how she rolls

01/07/2015

Having a penfriend is out of fashion? Not for Melanie Wimmer who keeps in touch this way intensively. Friends, family and also animals are near and dear to her anyway. She is also very interested in fashion and styling so that she acts this out in front of a camera as a hobby model. Why especially Kate Middleton should be playing her role in the movie about her life, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Sven Neeb - That's how he rolls

24/06/2015

With a ready tongue and "being bananas in a positive way" Sven Neeb watches his environment and our society. He is able to live without pity and overprotective help offered by strangers. But the implementation of inclusion and accessibility is very important to him. Why supply of auxiliary means would be his first action as German Federal Commissioner for the Disabled, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Lina Maria Kotschedoff - That's how she rolls

17/06/2015

"I am a blind fish," says Lina Maria Kotschedoff about herself. And every day she shows the world that her visual impairment does not restrict her. Especially with her professional experiences she wants to motivate people to believe in themselves and to fight for their own dreams. How else she would break down walls in the people’s minds, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Katarina B. - That's how she rolls

10/06/2015

The diagnosis Multiple Sclerosis (MS) does not mean that life is now less worth living. Katarina B. does not only have this opinion, she herself is also the best example for it. With her blog she wants to encourage people and give them hope. What everyday life looks like for her and which people influence her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Laura Gentile - That's how she rolls

03/06/2015

Like for many other young women fashion is an important everyday topic for Laura Gentile. That is why she shows on a regular basis in her blog that fashionable clothing and a wheelchair are not contradiction. But the Austrian woman also dreams of changing the world and more respect. Who made her the person she is today, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Oliver Straub - That's how he rolls

27/05/2015

From Lake Constance to Berlin – this is his aim. In order to pay attention to the so called Bundesteilhabegesetz (Federal Participation Law), Oliver Straub is going to travel this distance with his electric wheelchair this summer. Why this tour and his independence are so important to him and which role his personal assistants play, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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"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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"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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"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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