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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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We won't stand for this! – Protests against the Federal Participation Law


Nothing 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.
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Can some types of fat protect us from brain disease?


An intriguing finding in nematode worms suggests that having a little bit of extra fat may help reduce the risk of developing some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
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Graded aerobic treadmill testing in children & adolescents with sports-related concussion


Graded aerobic treadmill testing is safe, tolerable, and useful in evaluating and managing cases of sports-related concussion in children and adolescents. This is the finding of a new study reported in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.
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Alzheimer’s: Cellular mechanism provides explanation model for declining memory performance


Alzheimer’s disease triggers memory and learning disorders. To date, the causes are poorly understood. Now, researchers of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) are shedding light on a possible mechanism.
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Culturally sensitive care: "Treating people equally and fairly but not the same"


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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Customers with disabilities demand diverse accessible concepts


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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Demographic change: More in-home care


Demographic change is a reality: there are more and more older people in Germany, Europe and all over the world. This increases the percentage of people that need care. They are not only being cared for in professional care facilities but also gradually more often at home in private settings.
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Assistance: "A dog does not judge and takes people as they are"


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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"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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