Photo: Conny Runge while her Zumba® class; Copyright: private
Sport is her great passion, especially dancing. As the first certified Zumba® trainer, Conny Runge is now trying to establish wheelchair Zumba® as a fitness program. Which sports she would like to try and what else she is interested in besides sports, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
Photo: Christian Tiffert during his trip in Russia; Copyright: Christian Tiffert
"The boundaries are in your head! The rest is endurance and organization," says Christian Tiffert. Together with his seven assistants, the quadriplegics travelled 8,000 kilometres through Russia last year. Why he is afraid of a trip around Cape Horn though and what role his former professor plays in his life, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
For Tim Stratmann many things about human behavior are strange and yet it is him who often seems strange to other people. The 30-year-old is autistic, but only got the diagnosis at the age of 29. What he would like to do and why he asks people not to bend, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
Photo: An elderly woman catches ichó. The ball starts to glow in red-orange colors.; Copyright: ichó systems - icho-systems.de
Like the golden sphere in the fairy tale of the Frog King, ichó (Greek for echo) is meant to bring back lost motor skills and cognitive functions to people with dementia. The project of four former graduates of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences aims to offer individual support through a person’s favorite music or fairy tale.
Photo: Stefanie Trzecinski; Copyright: Johannes Franke
Maximum flexibility to encourage ideas, effectively sharing office space: coworking spaces have become a part of many major cities. In 2017, Berlin featured about one hundred of them, but none of them were comprehensively accessible. That’s something Stefanie Trzecinski from KOPF, HAND + FUSS gGmbH wanted to change. That was the moment, the idea for "TUECHTIG – Raum für Inklusion" was born.
Photo: Martina Gollner (left) and Christina Rieder, the founders of FullAccess; Copyright: FullAccess
Two music enthusiasts were fed up with the lack of leisure activity choices and programs for people with disabilities. That’s why Christina Riedler and Martina Gollner decided to set up their own business with FullAccess and try to make concert promoters aware of people with disabilities as prospective customers and thus contribute to making society more tolerant.
A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD), have authored a new article that identifies how Americans with disabilities are striving to work and overcoming barriers to employment.
By 2030, about 74 million people will be diagnosed with dementia – a number that experts have estimated because of demographic changes. Previous studies have identified that physical inactivity during midlife is a major but modifiable risk factor for dementia.
More than 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe are still unable to fully access healthcare. Good quality health services are still not a reality due to a host of issues from inaccessible facilities to lack of appropriate training for healthcare professionals and health policy makers.
Queensland Ballet and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) released the results of a joint project examining the health and wellbeing benefits of ballet for older Australians. The project found participants experienced higher energy levels, greater flexibility, improved posture, and an enhanced sense of achievement. They also felt happier and enjoyed a sense of community and friendship.
Parkinson's disease is often tough to treat effectively because symptoms can vary dramatically over a period of days, or even hours. To address this challenge, Johns Hopkins University computer scientists have developed a new approach that uses sensors on a smartphone to generate a score that reliably reflects symptom severity in patients with Parkinson's disease.
In February, the European Disability Forum was invited to a consultation meeting by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) in Brussels. They are currently working on a guidance paper to include persons with disabilities in the humanitarian actions they fund.
The World Academy of Sport (WAoS) has launched a new global Physical Education/Sport Teacher Training Centre in partnership with the UK’s University of Worcester, to deliver inclusive education around the world.
Whether in classic club sports or leisure sports, which become a lifestyle – sport offers for people with and without disabilities are becoming more and more diverse: Sports associations, for example, are increasingly ensuring that trainers are properly educated and the necessary structures are created. And wheelchair skating (WCMX) ensures fast-paced recreational fun in the halfpipe.