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Federal Participation Law: "Paragraph 99 makes a self-determined life impossible"


The 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.
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Big help for the little ones


It depends on many aspects when it comes to the supply with auxiliary means for children with cognitive and physical disabilities. Ideally, the everyday assistant accompanies the children through their childhood into adulthood and are always customized to their needs and aspirations.
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Driver training for people with disabilities provides new levels of safety and mobility


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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"Suse" helps abused and battered women and girls with disabilities


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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Living a self-determined life and getting older with great advice


Getting older raises many new questions and challenges. They run the gamut from health-related to very existential aspects such as old-age poverty for example. That’s why it helps to have competent experts available during this phase of life to ask for good advice now and then.
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Living a self-determined life through Personal Assistance


If you want to live an independent life, you sometimes have to take advantage of assistance services. What might perhaps sound contradictory to some, is obvious for many persons with disabilities: Personal Assistants make it possible for them to life a self-determined life. And once you have used this service, you won’t want to be without it anymore.
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Prosthetics: "I build bridges between the technology, its users, the therapists and specialists"


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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Cross-cultural care – personal or professional?


The range of services and information focusing on home-based and outpatient care is quite large. Yet oftentimes these services are not sufficiently targeted towards the sociocultural needs and expectations of people with an immigrant background. Now, the OPEN project that’s sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research wants to change this.
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Inclusive employment still needs help


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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"The patient’s needs determine the conversation in peer counseling"


Article 26 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities asks for the support of persons with disabilities in the form of so-called peers, who are in the same situation. The concept of peer counseling is therefore increasingly being implemented. Educational researcher Dagmar Marth has counseled persons with amputations both in a voluntary and professional capacity for nine years.
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