Photo: Viola Winkels at her workspace; Copyright: BFW Bad Pyrmont
Many non-disabled people tend to feel sorry for people in a wheelchair. But Viola Winkels, for example, knows better than that: Not only did she rely on the rolling support when she was still able to walk, but she is now also actively on the road with her two wheelchairs and her handbike. What she is afraid of and what annoys her among people with disabilities, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
"Music can change the world because it can change people", said Bono of U2. For Emma Purcell music is everything and always around her. Well, the 24-year old British has a weakness for words, either written or sung or performed on a stage. What her dreams are and why J.K. Rowling influenced her, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
Claudia Grimm was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis almost seven years ago. With her blog she gives an insight into what it's like living with MS and shares her worries and fears with her readers. Why the self-employed web designer pleads for more love and acceptance in the world and why her dream of participating in a musical has failed, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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.
Photo: Blind Man touches the plug-in model of the Porta Nigra; Copyright: Ledwig
Visually impaired and blind people can now enjoy stunning visits to the City Museum Trier thanks to audio tracks, tactile reproductions, and replicas. Together with students who participated in the "Cross Media" seminar as part of their studies at the University of Trier, Design Professor Christopher Ledwig developed a one-of-a-kind multimedia service in Germany: the so-called "blind kit" trolley.
Countless Let’s Play videos on YouTube show that gaming has become an integral part of society. Whether people use consoles, PCs, laptops, smartphones or tablets, you can play on almost any platform. But what about accessibility in the age of better and better graphics and increasingly interactive game design?
Requiring physicians to report patients with dementia to state driver's licensing authorities is not associated with fewer hospitalizations from motor vehicle crashes. However, in-person license renewal laws and vision testing dramatically cut crashes involving drivers with dementia, according to a new study led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.
While most treatments for Alzheimer's disease focus on improving memory, researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center conducted a study aimed at slowing the decline of problem-solving and decision-making skills in these patients.
A special program that involves balance and eye movement exercises may help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) with their balance problems and fatigue, according to a study published in the January online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Disabled children in West Africa experience significantly greater violence than their non-disabled peers and all experience violence from they day they are born, finds a study published in BMC Public Health by Janet Njelesani, assistant professor of occupational therapy at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Rates of diabetes and hypertension are high among middle-aged and elderly people across all geographic measures and sociodemographic groups in India. This is the result of the first nationally representative study of those conditions in the country, presented by an international team of researchers from Harvard University, the University of Göttingen and the Heidelberg University Hospital.
An ethnic population at high risk for Type 2 diabetes achieved significant control of the disease through participation in community-based health programs, demonstrating that active intervention and culturally-sensitive education can reverse the course of certain illnesses.
A new study, published in the journal Systematic Reviews, conducted by researchers at the University of Liverpool and Newcastle University has identified the most effective initiatives for promoting respect and social inclusion for older people living in the community.
Health care report cards and quality ratings are intended to give consumers more information when choosing a care provider like a hospital or nursing home. Health economist Marcelo Perraillon of the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz evaluated whether a simplified rating system used by the website Nursing Home Compare motivated consumers to choose better-rated nursing homes.
Bionic reconstruction, whereby a patient's lifeless hand is replaced by a mechatronic hand, restores hope following accidents. However, not everyone is suitable for this programme – certain psychological preconditions must be fulfilled.
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.