Photo: Prosthetic hand holding cutlery; © Touch Bionics

Interview with Claudia Breidbach

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? Click here for the interview

Photo: Prosthetic hand holding cutlery; © Touch Bionics REHACARE Magazine Prosthetics: "I build bridges between the technology, its users, the therapists and specialists"

Photo: Prototypes Lorm Glove; © Design Research Lab, Berlin

Interview with Tom Bieling, Design researcher

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. Click here for the interview

Photo: Prototypes Lorm Glove; © Design Research Lab, Berlin REHACARE Magazine "With the Lorm Glove, deaf-blind people gain access to information on their own"

Photo: Two girls peeling potatoes; © panthermedia.net/mjth

Accessible product design

Daily helpers are meant to be practical and easy to handle. Yet not every user shares the same prerequisites. This makes a product design that truly meets all needs difficult to achieve. This is the starting point of the Design für Alle (English: Design for All) design concept and where it wants to change things. Click here for the article

Photo: Two girls peeling potatoes; © panthermedia.net/mjth REHACARE Magazine Practical and helpful: When products benefit everyone

Photo: Many wheelchairs in Senegal; © Rollis für Afrika

Auxiliary means worldwide

Medical care with auxiliary means is not sufficiently regulated in every country in the world. The social system in Senegal for instance does not cover the cost for this. People with disabilities therefore need to pay for their own required resources. But what happens if that is not possible? Click here for the article

Photo: Many wheelchairs in Senegal; © Rollis für Afrika REHACARE Magazine Auxiliary means: Scarce commodities in Africa