Image: An adolescent boy uses a driving simulator; Copyright: Michael Todd, Vanderbilt University

Virtual reality helps teenagers with autism learn how to drive

29/07/2016

Astronauts and pilots use them. So do truck drivers and Formula One race-car drivers. Now there is a virtual reality simulator specifically designed to help teenagers with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, learn how to drive.
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Image: A computer circuit board; Copyright: UC3M

Guidance System with 3D sounds for the visually impaired

25/07/2016

The visually impaired will be able to use a new system of sensorial guidance that uses 3D sounds. The system was developed by Geko NAVSAT, a company that receives assistance from the Business Incubator at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) Science Park.
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Image: Naked feet on a wooden floor; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Piotr Marcinski

Sub-sensory vibratory noise augments postural control in older adults

13/07/2016

Foot sole vibrations lead to better mobility and an increase in the complexity of the postural control system.
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Photo: Edith Grünseis-Pacher in a car

Driver training for people with disabilities provides new levels of safety and mobility

01/07/2016

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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Photo: Woman in a wheelchair using an elevator

Mobility

01/07/2016

Whether bus or train, whether car or plane – there are many means of transport that bring us to our destination. But what about accessibility? What kind of offers can people with disabilities use just like that? And what kind of special solutions do exist for them? Find out more in our Topic of the Month July: Mobility.
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Mobility on the go: Apps as everyday helpers

01/07/2016

They are small, colorful and helpful: the many apps on your smartphone screen. They tell us about the weather, they entertain us and can help us to manage everyday life better. More and more mobile applications are also being designed for seniors and people with disabilities – when it comes to providing assistance in navigation or traffic for instance.
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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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Practiced inclusion: wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball are prime examples

01/06/2016

Sports are exciting. Sports unite. This is especially true for team sports. When people with disabilities and able-bodied persons play sports together, we can rightly call it practiced inclusion. Great examples of this are wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. But what does practiced inclusion in sports really mean? And what about the representative role of the Paralympic Games?
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Tourism: Auxiliary means for accessible travel

02/05/2016

For their vacation planning, people with disabilities must rely on hotel information – when it comes to accessibility for instance – to be accurate and make sure the accommodations truly meet their needs. But what if you already had some bad experiences? Or what if there are simply no appropriate accommodations available in certain areas?
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How can I help you? – An accessible shopping experience please!

01/04/2016

Wide aisles, a lot of room between the shelves, non-slip flooring and easy-to-read price tags – this is especially important for senior citizens and persons with disabilities when they shop. But in the real world, things are often very different: shopping carts that are hard to maneuver, narrow checkout aisles or undersized dressing rooms are all too common.
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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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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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Photo: Nicole Seifert

"Safe mobility starts with the right choice and adaptation of the wheelchair"

23/07/2015

Whether it’s a wheelchair or a walker – for people with disabilities, it is crucial to control their own mobility in a competent and safe manner. Yet not everyone truly feels confident in every situation with these assistive devices. That’s why REHACARE.com spoke with Nicole Seifert about ways to foster more trust in yourself and others.
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June 2015: Mobility

01/06/2015

Mobility has many faces. According to the physical restriction the requirements to it can be very different. Which aspects are important for people of short stature for example? How differently mobile can people be in public transport? And what happens if you change perspectives? You will get to know in the Topic of the Month June: Mobility.
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"Persons of short stature need to find their own kind of mobility"

01/06/2015

Going to the movies at night or for a beer at the pub around the corner – participation as equal members of society is defined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and many persons with disabilities view this as a given. In many areas of life, participation is also tied to mobility. Persons of short stature have very different approaches to this.
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Changing perspectives – changing mobility

01/06/2015

What difference do five centimeters make on a curb when you are in a wheelchair? How much does spatial orientation vary when you can barely see or cannot see at all? People without disabilities can find out first-hand answers that may help them choose to consciously change their own mobility.
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Mobility barriers in public transport

01/06/2015

It plays the same role in the lives of persons with disabilities, senior citizens or even parents with strollers: mobility. It ranges from your own physical mobility all the way to overcoming short and long distances. But what happens when your mobility is being restricted?
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Traveling with disabilities: Vacation without limits

01/04/2015

You need to be mobile if you want to travel. A fact that also applies to persons with disabilities. Yet the choices for accessible travel are slim. Oftentimes things also don’t work out because of inadequate service and poorly trained staff. That’s why the Weitsprung travel agency in Marburg, Germany, made it their mission to make travel dreams come true for everyone.
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A different perspective on accessible construction

02/03/2015

Is the access ramp too steep? Does two centimeters really make a difference when it comes to a threshold? Architects and city planners are always confronted with these types of questions. If they don’t have any disabilities themselves, they tend to quickly render the wrong verdict. This is why construction decision makers, who can assess barriers based on their own experience, are in great demand.
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Auxiliary means: Scarce commodities in Africa

02/02/2015

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?
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Inclusion is a human right – around the world

02/02/2015

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted at the end of 2006 by the United Nations General Assembly and took effect in 2008. But what is the situation like after seven years? What countries are implementing inclusion, which is requested in the CRPD and anchored as a human right and in what form? Here is an overview.
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