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Ricky – That's how he rolls
His relationships with his family, friends and God not only make Ricky's day, but are also his most important tools in everyday life. And with his modified bus, wheelchair and walker, he is able to compensate well for his limitations. Which positive experiences he has already had, how the supply of aids could be optimized and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Saskia Melches – That's how she rolls
Various assistive devices and a team of assistants help Saskia Melches to manage her active everyday life. Whether in or out of her home, she wants to lead as self-determined a life as possible. How society and the assistive technology industry could support her, what the jungle of Peru is all about and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Rebecca Brunner – That's how she rolls
Rebecca Brunner likes to take her life into her own hands and gives every day the chance to be the best. Her prosthetic leg helps her to always try out new things and overcome new challenges. What she wants from her fellow human beings, what is particularly important to her in the assistive technology industry and how she rolls otherwise, the social media manager tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Svenja – That's how she rolls
Getting used to an assistive device is not always easy. That's how Svenja felt about her wheelchair at first. But now she appreciates how much freedom and flexibility it gives her in everyday life. Which other aid she thinks should be invented and which special wheelchair she once discovered at REHACARE, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Antonio Hoempler – That's how she rolls
Whether it's festivals or downhill skateboarding – Antonio Hoempler loves action and adaptive sports. He also enjoys riding his handbike. With the support of friends and assistive devices, he can pursue his many interests. How he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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THERA-Trainer: Complete solution for gait rehabilitation
The goal of THERA-Trainer by medica Medizintechnik GmbH is to make it easy for people with restricted mobility to regain their lost mobility. That is why the family company has designed professional therapeutic products and robotic assisted complete solutions for all phases of lower extremity rehabilitation.
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Accessible traveling: foldable wheelchair by Revolve Mobility
How can traveling become more accessible and more self-determined for wheelchair users – especially when traveling by plane or taking a cab? This is the question Andrea Mocellin wanted to address when he started inventing Revolve Air. His solution: a wheelchair with foldable wheels and a foldable frame.
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Genny’s self-balancing and two wheeled wheelchair gets an upgrade – revealed at REHACARE 2022
Inspired by the self-balancing Segway, Genny Mobility developed a wheelchair equivalent. What started as a newbie on the mobility aids market, now is ready for its third generation. The new wheelchair will be revealed in two weeks at this year’s REHACARE. Francesca Belotti allows for a little glimpse into what we can expect.
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Status quo of the pediatric auxiliary aids and services supply: challenges, successes, and ideas
As children grow up and develop, their needs keep changing. If the response to their special needs for auxiliary aids and services isn’t quick and competent, it creates problems that could have been avoided at a systemic level, says Christiana Hennemann. rehaKINDis committed to improving the situation and giving constructive feedback to policymakers, the public and other important stakeholders.
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Spasticity Management: The New Exopulse Mollii Suit
Reduces spasticity, relieves pain, improves mobility: The Exopulse Mollii Suit is the world’s first neuromodulation suit that enables people with neurological conditions to enjoy a more active daily lifestyle. Daniel Hublitz knows how the suit works and who can benefit from it. He knows about the demands and requirements the new assistive medical device must meet.
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Inclusion in water sports: "Disability is no longer an issue once you get in the boat"
What does inclusive sailing entail? Just ask Elke Paatz. She practically grew up on a sailboat and has become disabled as the result of a sports accident. Paatz is the contact person for inclusive (adaptive) sailing on behalf of the German Sailing Federation (German: Deutscher Segler Verband), DSV.
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Physiologist from Bayreuth receives European Diabetes Research Award: New app enables safe exercise in type 1 diabetes
A study at the University of Bayreuth is evaluating an app that has already been developed to enable people with type 1 diabetes to exercise safely. The aim is for people with type 1 diabetes to be able to exercise without fear of dysglycemia. Bayreuth physiologist Professor Othmar Moser receives a European Diabetes Research Award.
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Wireless earphones work as inexpensive hearing aids
In a study conducted by the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, AirPods were tested as alternative hearing aids. The result was that the Aipods performed similarly to premium hearing aids in some aspects and could improve quality of life.
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Carbonhand 2.0 approved as a medical device according to the EU-MDR
The grip-strengthening glove Carbonhand® from Bioservo is now classified and approved as a medical device under the European Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR). The grip strengthening glove gives people with limited hand function additional strength and endurance in their grip and is equipped with sensors at the fingertips.
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"Quantified Health System" provides patients with an overview of their health data
The "Quantified Health System" from the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS uses a fitness wristband that detects vital signs, processes this data statistically and sends it to the patient's doctor. This helps the patients to find right balance between self-care and activity in the future.
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Research: Robots to help people with disabilities in the kitchen
The Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bremen has equipped its new research lab with a kitchen and furniture to recreate everyday situations. An exact digital image of this lab, called a digital twin, has been developed. This is used by the international research community to help develop and test robotics technologies remotely.
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AI system to predict patients at higher risk for diabetes complications
Researchers at the University of Houston Primary Care Forecast have developed a clinical decision support system that uses Deep Learning to predict which patients are more likely to experience complications. The new Diabetes Complication Severity Index (DCSI) Progression Tool considers social and environmental circumstances in addition to disease history.
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Robot sleeves for kids with cerebral palsy
Robotic "clothing," is designed to help children with cerebral palsy gain control of their arm movements. The project by the UC Riverside engineers is taking a novel approach to create devices made of soft textiles that also allow for more natural limb function.
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Supporting caregivers of kids with developmental disorders: there's an app for that
A web-based, self-guided app with instructions in both English and Setswana is designed to be used by caregivers in South Africa. The app provides structured activities that encourage caregiver-child communication and can be implemented into daily routines. The app shows potential for advancing the communication skills of children with developmental disorder.
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Funke Medical honoured as a finalist at "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes"
Funke Medical GmbH was named "Finalist of the Year 2022" in this year's "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes" competition. For example, the medical technology manufacturer supports sustainable development and is one of a particularly committed corporate elite that continuously trains its employees.
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Indiana University researchers receive $3.96 million to test dementia care app
The I-CARE 2 randomized clinical trial will measure the impact of Brain CareNotes, a mobile telehealth application, on informal caregivers of patients living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. The Indiana University researchers receive $3.96 million to test dementia care app.
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ALS: Quantum partners with Team Gleason to provide seat elevation
Quantum Rehab® has entered into a multi-year sponsorship with the Team Gleason Foundation. Together, they want to ensure that no person living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) has to go without an electric booster seat like iLevel®.
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Sunrise Medical launches the QUICKIE ACCESS, a knee-pivot manual wheelchair
The company Sunrise Medical has announced the launch of the QUICKIE ACCESS. This is a manual wheelchair with knee swivel for independent locomotion with the benefits of tilt and recline.
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Etac joins university research project about residential bathrooms
The aim of the project of the Ergonomics Division at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) entitled "Making bathrooms safer for all" is to research, identify and develop normative solutions in the bathroom sector to increase functionality. It also aims to improve the working environment for caregivers and increase the autonomy and safety of users.
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Social media: Linguist researches inclusion of people with disabilities
As part of the "Digital Transformation" program, communicative strategies in social media for the inclusion of people with disabilities are being investigated. In addition to linguistic and communication science analyses, the research also focuses on formulation recommendations for companies, at the media, cultural institutions and political leaders.
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In-home wireless device tracks disease progression in Parkinson's patients
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other institutes have unveiled a home-use device that can monitor a patient's movements and gait speed to assess the severity of Parkinson's disease, the progression of the disease and the patient's response to medication.
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The need for less waste and more recycling in diabetes technology
A presentation at this year's annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes highlighted the need for sustainability in diabetes. Waste generated by diabetes products should be reduced. In the U.S., the Diabetes Technology Society (DTS) is spearheading efforts to reduce diabetes-related waste.
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High school students with disabilities achieve better outcomes in inclusive academic settings
A study from the Indiana University examines results of special education placements in Indiana schools. The result was that high school students with disabilities who spent 80% of their instructional time in general education classrooms performed better on state reading and math tests.
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Telehealth makes hearing health care more equitable
Digital health solutions can enhance audiology services in clinical and research settings. Research teams are currently expanding several hearing health audiological studies they have conducted in rural Alaska. Remote technology can provide quality health care access regardless of location, make clinical studies more robust and representative.
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German Federal Social Court Schedules Hearing on Classification of Exoskeleton Medical Devices
ReWalk Robotics, a manufacturer of robotic medical devices for people with lower extremity disabilities, has announced that the German Federal Social Court is scheduling a hearing on the classification of exoskeleton medical devices for people with spinal cord injuries.
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First inclusive E-Kart Slalom Trophy with final round at the Lausitzring
A total of 17 participants traveled to the Lausitzring for the finale of the inclusive E-Kart Slalom Trophy. The race offered young people with and without disability the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in direct competition.
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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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