21/09/2016Pittsburgh-based Human Engineering Research Lab (HERL) has developed the first ever robotic wheelchair - the MeBot - capable of climbing steps and mounting curbs on its own. The innovation came up against other systems at the first Cybathlon, which will take place at ETH Zürich in Kloten, Switzerland on October 8.
01/09/2016Auxiliary means are indispensable for people with disabilities: They replace essential functions, support them and take the pressure of the people. This applies to adults as well as adolescents and children. Auxiliary means such as gripping and eating aids or wheelchairs can help them to participate in life in a self-determined and autonomous way.
01/09/2016It 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.
01/09/2016For people with Parkinson’s disease or paralysis, it's not always easy to put food into their mouths. It often doesn’t end up in their mouth, but next to the plate instead. To avoid needing to be fed, people with disabilities can choose among various assistive devices – depending on their needs. Ergonomically contoured utensils or tools to assist in grasping items are available to help.
01/09/2016Whether wheeled walkers, gripper tongs or wheelchairs – auxiliary means are diverse and come along with quite different possibilities of usage. They can promote mobility, maintain the independence of people with disabilities in everyday life and support communication, both privately and at work.
29/08/2016Each year, millions of people-especially those 65 and older-fall. Such falls can be serious, leading to broken bones, head injuries, hospitalizations or even death. Now, researchers from the Sinclair School of Nursing and the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri found that sensors that measure in-home gait speed and stride length can predict likely falls.
19/08/2016Reflecting back on incidents can help people manage their anxiety – though, traditional reflection aids such as written diaries are often abandoned. However, wearable technology could provide the solution.
15/08/2016Eight people who have spent years paralyzed from spinal cord injuries have regained partial sensation and muscle control in their lower limbs after training with brain-controlled robotics.
15/08/2016Three studies to be published in the August 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) report that combining two standard medications could lead to greater clinical improvements for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than either ADHD therapy alone.
18/07/2016In 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.
21/06/2016In 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.
24/05/2016Many 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.
02/05/2016For 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?
01/04/2016Wide 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.
01/02/2016Obstacles 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.
01/02/2016As we get older, there is a greater need for familiar surroundings that give us a feeling of security and safety. For many seniors, it is very important to live within their own four walls for as long as possible. Yet it is by no means a given that people can stay in their own home as they get old. Far too often, residences don’t meet their specific needs.
04/01/2016The 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.
15/12/2015A 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.
01/10/2015Directly 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.
01/10/2015A prosthesis user helps others how to handle their prostheses. Design researchers develop a glove which enables deaf-blind people to communicate much easier. And a competence network gives suggestions how products could be used by all people in the future. Find out more about all these topics in our Topic of the Month October: Useful everyday means.
01/10/2015Daily 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.
01/10/2015Whether 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.
23/07/2015Whether 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.
01/06/2015Going 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.
02/02/2015Medical 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?
02/02/2015The 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.