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Inga H. – That's how she rolls
Thanks to her stoma, Inga can now live a largely normal life – free and without pain. She can go out with her dog, swim and soon do other sports again. But she had to fight hard for this and overcome many hurdles. She tells REHACARE.com what these were and where she still experiences discrimination in public today.
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Elena Zubiaurre – That's how she rolls
Living with an invisible disability – Elena Zubiaurre knows how it feels. She lives with multiple sclerosis (MS). But strangers don't see it. That's why she would like society to be more careful and attentive. She tells REHACARE.com which everyday aids and auxiliary means should also be invented and why home office and mandatory masks are a blessing for her.
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Dietmar Sen – That's how he rolls
Dietmar Sen doesn't want to have to hide or be ashamed of his weaknesses. His message: "Let's be authentic!" He tells REHACARE.com which things he wishes for and what he misses from his youth.
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Alina Esleben – That's how she rolls
Instead of new assistive devices, Alina Esleben would like to see a normalization of accessible public spaces and transportation. On REHACARE.com she shares her thoughts on local production within the assistive technology industry and how she rolls otherwise.
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Hannah B. – That's how she rolls
More awareness in everyday life – that's what Hannah B. wishes from society in regards to disabilities and their various forms. On REHACARE.com, the 25-year-old from Berlin reveals who or what restored her lost self-confidence and how she rolls otherwise.
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People with vision impairments: The Dot Pad bridges the information gap
The new Dot Pad is not only smaller and lighter, but also much cheaper than conventional tactile displays – making them more affordable and accessible for people with vision impairments. Dot Inc makes the online world of images more accessible and aims to improve other areas as well. In our interview the Senior Manager Mergel Takam talks about the advantages and technology behind the Dot Pad.
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Research and development: crash tests ensure safe design standards
When it comes to mobility, safety requirements take top priority. To drive research and development in this specific area, the company newly founded a research and development company, which operates separately from the successful car conversion entity. Its competence center for mobile safety opened its doors in 2021 in Apen, Germany.
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Mobile, more mobile, Mobili Kit: For more mobility into the narrowest corner
When mobility declines, the step up to a wheelchair can be very costly, both emotionally and organizationally. Benoit Systemes has found a solution here: With the Mobili Kit, you can still make a U-turn in even the smallest hallway – and in your own favorite chair. Tanya Veraksa told us about the advantages of the Mobili Kit and the story behind Benoit Systemes.
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Mobility experience: sustainability meets state-of-the-art technology to support people with disabilities
To benefit people with disabilities, it takes more than a standard model to plug into the future. F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH collaborated with Electric Vehicle manufacturer e.GO Mobile SE to create this type of sustainable vehicle. REHACARE.com asked managing director and founder Frank Sodermanns what prompted the collaboration and learned about the little speedster’s countless possibilities.
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Reinventing the wheelchair wheel: greater independence with trivida®
Nobody expects the reinvention of the wheel and yet that is exactly what P+L Innovations GmbH has accomplished. In this REHACARE.com interview, the company’s managing director, Dr. Christine Pflaumbaum, tells us what makes trivida® so unique, explains the benefits of a detachable wheelchair wheel and gives us insights into the development process.
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Scientific progress: the Össur and Ottobock Research Trust Fund
The "Össur and Ottobock Research Trust Fund" offers to support research projects that analyze the applicability of human-machine interfaces for the benefit of prosthesis users and thus further advance research in prosthetics.
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HASE BIKES ramps up production and shortens lead times
HASE BIKES has commissioned a new production hall on the historical grounds of the former coal mine in Waltrop. Through linear assembly, HASE BIKES intends to increase production. With wheels from their own production, they want to become less dependent on external suppliers.
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Permobil takes further steps towards a sustainable business
Permobil has published its first annual sustainability report. In the report, the company explains its long-term goals for each of its seven focus areas, as well as progress to date. It also includes the personal stories of two Permobil wheelchair users.
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QUICKIE Nitrum wins Red Dot Award
After other numerous awards the QUICKIE Nitrum® from Sunrise Medical has received the Red Dot Award for Product Design 2022 from Germany. The company also unveiled new tools with the launch of QUICKIE Nitrum, including the highly innovative 3D visualizer and the illustration tool with augmented reality technology.
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Ottobock successfully completes reinforcement with Livit
Ottobock has completed the acquisition of Livit B.V., one of the leading patient care companies in the Netherlands. Back in April, Ottobock had additionally strengthened its patient care network with another specialist in patient care, the Belgian company Orthomed, thus expanding its global network of care centers.
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Children with brain injury: Actigraphy as objective noninvasive measure of sleep-wake regulation
Researchers conducted a sleep study in pediatric rehabilitation inpatients. Children aged 8 to 17 years who were admitted for inpatient rehabilitation actigraphs were observed in the study. Actigraphy is a promising noninvasive method for measuring the rest-activity relationship in children with brain injury.
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Permobil's Explorer Mini receives further accolades with 2022 Edison Award
The Explorer Mini from Permobil has received the Edison Award 2022. It is the only electric mobility device for toddlers aged 12 to 36 months.
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BraunAbility Europe appoints Martin Iserö to Managing Director
Martin Iserö is the new Managing Director of BraunAbility Europe. He will oversee the day to day business on-site in Stenkullen, Sweden, Martock, UK and Kliplev, Denmark.
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Tech designed to aid visually impaired could benefit from human-AI collaboration
A study by the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology examined existing remote sighted assistance (RSA) technologies. The goal was to identify the vulnerabilities that the technology still has in order to improve the technology and enhance the experience for both visually impaired users and the agents who assist them.
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Sunrise Medical: innovative updates to QUICKIE Q700 power portfolio
Sunrise Medical announces the launch of the SEDEO® PRO™ ADVANCED, the new advanced rehabilitation seating system. It is packed with high-end power functions such as the Fully Programmable Pressure Relief Alert Reminders (PRAR). The QUICKIE Q700 M-Series power wheelchair will also feature new updates for example wider seat sizes.
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The world's first ecolabelled catheter has arrived
Some Wellspect products are awarded the official Nordic eco-label. LoFric® is also the first catheter to be attributed the label. The so-called Swan Ecolabelling stands for compliance with certain environmental criteria.
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PARAVAN GmbH supports Wilsingen music club
For the purchase of new uniforms the PARAVAN GmbH is supporting the voluntary work of the Wilsingen Music Association with 1,500 euros.
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Movao: Online community for amputees is launching in North America and Germany
Under the slogan "Move as one: Network, support and grow together", the worldwide online community Movao for amputees, prosthesis wearers and relatives is launching in North America and Germany. The aim is to provide people with amputations with information, an exchange platform, inspiration and tips.
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Online program improves well-being of stroke survivors
Study found that interactive, tailored healthy lifestyle program had positive effect on self-reported health and well-being in stroke survivors. The online program "Prevent 2nd Stroke" (P2S) inspires users to set goals and monitor progress across various health risk areas.
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Special visitors at the Ossenberg company for Audit
Various auditors have visited the Ossenberg company to check whether they have achieved all the goals for the Ecoprofit seal. The ECOPROFIT project supports its participants individually in the implementation of all measures to protect the environment. Ossenberg has also perceived various environmentally friendly changes and passed the audit "Ökoprofit Kreis Steinfurt".
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Touchy subject: 3D printed fingertip feels like human skin
Bristol scientists put finger on key to improving robot dexterity and performance of prosthetic hands. Using a 3D-printed mesh of mesh of pin-like papillae on the underside of the compliant skin, the team created the sense of touch in the artificial fingertip.
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Ottobock Talent days – a complete success
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, the health tech company Ottobock and the German Disabled Sports Association offered young people with amputations the chance to train with Paralympic stars at the Talent Days. In addition to the final race, important information about various aids could also be obtained.
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Medical products from Kalldorf for Ukrainian refugees
A truck loaded with 140 wheelchairs drove from MEYRA GmbH's corporate headquarters in Kalldorf to its subsidiary MDH in Łódź last Monday to support Ukraine.
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Responsive footwear to prevent diabetic foot ulcers
The University of Texas at Arlington has developed a self-adjusting shoe insole to relieve crippling pressure. The insole can automatically adjust and is designed to accommodate people of various weights.
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Rehabilitation psychologists: required specialists of tommorrow?
Leaders in the specialty say awareness is needed to grow the essential field. Rehabilitation psychologists assess and treat cognitive, emotional and functional difficulties. They need to be more active in promoting their unique contributions to health care.
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Wheelchair trends 2021 – try and train for more mobility

Parasports in the time of Coronavirus – restart and reset on hold
To overcome the challenges resulting from the pandemic, sports clubs and associations had to get creative. Reinhard Schneider, Chairman of the Disabled and Rehabilitation Sports Association of North Rhine-Westphalia e. V., knows about the future challenges disability sports face due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on sports associations.
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Height-adjustable, versatile and adaptive – wheelchairs for kids
A wheelchair should fit your needs and support your life wherever it may take you. In theory, you can find the perfect model from many available options. But for one group of people, the choices are more limited – children. Meanwhile, they are the ones in dire need of assistive technology that helps them play with their friends and fosters their independence.
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Labor force participation of people with disabilities in the time of Coronavirus – opportunities and stumbling blocks
Not many of us are lucky enough to find our dream job and stay in it until the day we retire. Sometimes this might be due to health and medical reasons, which could necessitate occupational rehabilitation. If people have a severe disability, Germany’s Federal Integration Offices, or Inclusion Offices along with the pension insurance providers are the responsible authorities.
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Rollators: lightweight mobility aids with style
They used to have an image problem. But now, rollators or walkers, are anything but boring or stuffy. For many, they are treasured state-of-the-art companions for everyday life and a way to express their personality.
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The right assistive technology promotes active sports participation
Whether it’s activities in the water, snow or at home – exercise is a great way to boost your health and feel better. A wide range of assistive technology also makes this an option for people with physical disabilities or mild dementia. Some of these tools allow users to enjoy sports in spectacular, beautiful backdrops – in both winter and summer.
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Lionel Messi and OrCam: Enhancing self-determination in the lives of people with visual impairments
Off the soccer field, professional footballer Lionel Messi is known for his commercials for Pepsi, Lay's or Dolce & Gabbana. Now he has also become the brand ambassador for OrCam MyEye and shines a bright light on this unique assistive technology. Why did the two decide to form this rather unusual partnership?
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Crisis-proof: moso navigates confidently through the coronavirus pandemic
Years of business expertise, in-house production, and new personnel competency – the Motion Solutions GmbH is well-positioned to withstand the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic and continues to offer its customers the best service. CEO Gierse discusses the role products like the COSEAT and EasyStand play in this setting and reveals the expectations the moso team has for the future.
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Accessible hiking in the mountains: The X8 off-road power wheelchair takes users to the top
From the valley to the hut in a wheelchair – and no shuttle bus or mountain railway required. Wheelchair manufacturer Sunrise Medical teamed up with various partners as part of a joint initiative to turn this idea into a reality.
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Joëlette Kid makes outdoor experiences more accessible
Going on new adventures with the whole family is fun for everybody. At least, if the necessary assistive devices meet the needs of their users. So does Joëlette Kid – the new all-terrain chair by Ferriol-Matrat. In an interview with REHACARE.com, Alison-Lore Bourget told us about the special features and how especially the children react to their new possibilities.
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Mobility: Small hand control systems with a big effect
Simple, ergonomic, reliable – the multifunctional handles, ACCEL BIKE and ACCEL QUAD, enable improved participation in a mobile and self-determined life. What the two solutions have in common and yet differ, Pierre Gouraud, International Sales of Sojadis Equipement, reveals in an interview with REHACARE.com.
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EXTRA: Made to measure sports wheelchair for a better performance
Solid and adapted – this is how auxiliary means for competitive sports such as wheelchair basketball should be. That's why EXTRA wheelchairs from Turkey offers made to measure sports wheelchairs to professional sports people. REHACARE.com talked to Demirhan Serefhan, Managing Director of EXTRA, about the importance of customization and valuable feedback directly from the basketball court.
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Photo gallery: A safe island for siblings
Since May 2020, the sibling support of the Angelika Reichelt Kinder- und Jugendhospizes Joshuas Engelreich (English: Angelika Reichelt Children and Youth Hospice) has been taking place in the newly created so called Geschwisterinsel (English: Sibling Island). You can gain a small insight in our photo gallery.
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