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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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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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Stylish and innovative design: taking it to the top with the Lifton home elevator
Raúl Krauthausen recently discovered how much an elevator can make your life easier and add accessibility to your home. These days, the disability rights activist uses the LiftonTRIO Home Elevator from Lifton GmbH to navigate his apartment in Berlin. Reason enough for REHACARE.com to ask the Liftstar Group what makes the Lifton home elevator so different from other systems.
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World Cerebral Palsy Day – for inclusion and social participation
I am here, we are here, and the world should know it – with this message, the World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 6 should not only draw more attention to the disease. It is also intended to raise awareness of the fact that there is still a lot of catching up to do in terms of the participation of people with cerebral palsy in many areas of society.
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Tokyo 2020: Paralympic Games in a "bubble"
The Paralympic Games in Tokyo were different than originally planned – not only for the athletes, but also for the technicians and other experts who helped turn the Tokyo athletic event into a success. Daniel Anlauf was on location as a technician of Ottobock – the official technical service partner of the Paralympics.
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Nora Hamann – That's how she rolls
More information about invisible diseases is urgently needed, says Nora Hamann. The 24-year-old knows from her own experience how important it is to exchange ideas with those affected, as well as other social contacts, in order not to lose hope even on gloomy days. What makes a good day for her and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Jonah Holtermann – That's how he rolls
Due to an abrasion, Jonah Holtermann's life was turned completely upside down. The 23-year-old thinks positively despite the challenges that still lie ahead. After all, in the interim it was touch and go whether he would survive at all. Thanks to which aids he is mobile again, how it felt to wear a prosthesis for the first time and what makes him roll otherwise, he tells at REHACARE.com
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Cassandra Mae Spittmann – That's how she rolls
Cassandra Mae Spittmann discovered the world of rhythm at the age of two. While she started out playing the tabla with her feet, the 19-year-old now elicits the notes with her hands. She has remained true to her preference for Indian music. With her voice and her songs, however, she is reaching an ever-growing audience worldwide. At REHACARE.com she tells us how she rolls otherwise.
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Anna Fee – That's how she rolls
If society doesn't provide accessibility, people have to do it themselves. That's why, Anna Fee has not only become active in the field of fashion. What "going your own path" means to her, why a flight was her greatest adventure to date and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Sebastian Schild – That's how he rolls
Sebastian Schild has made his strength his profession and helps others to lead a better life. The 36-year-old is a speaker, trainer and expert for inner strength, perception and mindset. Who he would like to philosophize with, what he cannot live without and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Silke Pan – That's how she rolls
Not making happiness dependent on external circumstances or other people and believing that the best is yet to come – that is Silke Pan's recipe for success. What the sport is an expression of, why she would like to ride on the back of a dragon from literature and how she rolls otherwise, she told us at REHACARE.com.
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Wheelchair trends 2021 – try and train for more mobility

Ottobock and association for disabled persons strengthen orthopaedic care in Rwanda
To improve access to orthopaedic care in Rwanda, Ottobock and the Rwandan organization UPHLS (The Umbrella of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities in the fight against HIV&AIDS and for Health Promotion) have developed and implemented training for rural health centers in Rwanda.
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A robot assisting elderlies
A research team at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Toyohashi University of Technology has developed a robot that can assist standing up, walking, and sitting down by estimating the user's state using a small number of sensors.
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Personalizing treatment for severe limb injuries
Researchers at the University of Missouri used small wearable sensors to gather data on how people use a prosthesis versus a transplant in everyday life following a traumatic hand loss.
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Study: No competitive advantage from prostheses
Amputee sprinters using running prostheses, or blades, have no clear competitive advantage at the 400-meter distance compared to sprinters with biological legs and, in fact, appear to have a significant disadvantage at the start, according to University of Colorado Boulder research.
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Exercise rehabilitation for managing symptoms of multiple sclerosis
Experts in rehabilitation research advocate for integrating exercise into the care plans of persons with multiple sclerosis. The central role of neurologists in clinical care offers an opportunity for them to promote exercise as fundamental for managing the physical and cognitive symptoms of MS.
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Disabled people risk being left in the cold in a sustainable energy future
A new study reveals that disabled households in the Europe Union currently consume 10 per cent less energy than other households, as well as being 5 per cent more likely to experience energy poverty.
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A personalized exosuit for real-world walking
How we walk is influenced by different aspects, for example different grounds. But also our walking ability differs individual. This human and task variability is a major challenge in designing wearable robotics to assist or augment walking in real-world conditions. Harvard researchers now have developed a new approach for customizing assistance from a soft robotic exosuit.
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Permobil outlines ambitious sustainability commitments
Permobil announces its seven sustainability focus areas, including two innovative KPIs specific to the core business: quality of life for the people who use their products and driving workplace diversity, as well as reducing their CO2 emissions 70 per cent by 2030. Permobils focus is to drive the company to continuously do better for all its stakeholders.
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Prosthetics: stretchable pressure sensor could lead to better robotics
In the future, soft robotic hands with advanced sensors could help diagnose and care for patients or act as more lifelike prostheses.
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WeThe15 scoops European Award
WeThe15, the campaign launched in August 2021 aspiring to be the biggest ever human rights movement to represent the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities, has scooped a major European public relations award.
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Paralympics swimmer Josia Topf: mobile thanks to Space Drive and joystick
After passing his driving test, Paralympics swimmer Josia Topf was now able to take delivery of his adapted vehicle. Driving a car means freedom, independence and spontaneity for the 18-year-old.
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HASE BIKES 2022: new accessories
The year 2021 was devoted entirely to the new PINO. For the upcoming season, HASE BIKES' design team turned its attention to accessories. The underlying theme of these new products is safety and comfort.
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WheelAir and DIETZ Power announce partnership
With the first temperature and moisture control system suitable for any wheelchair, WheelAir brought a breath of fresh air to the everyday life of wheelchair users. Thanks to the partnership with DIETZ Power, even more wheelchair users will soon be able to enjoy the control over their core temperature instead of overheating.
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Assistance dogs improve the lives of people living with hearing loss
New research shows that assistance dogs trained to support deaf people, and those living with hearing loss, have positive and wide-ranging impacts on people’s lives.
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RaceRunning: the fleet-of-foot sport that’s helping kids with cerebral palsy
A new study from the University of South Australia is exploring the potential of a unique sport – RaceRunning – to help children with cerebral palsy improve their movement, social connections, and mental health.
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World’s first e-sport team of differently abled people fulfill their dream
Permobil launched its partnership with the e-sports team Lilmix.Para – five young men who are living with disabilities. An important aspect for the team members, who all have the same severe muscle-wasting disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), is being seen and heard, as well as realizing their dreams in e-sports.
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Robotics and artificial intelligence to improve rehabilitation
A Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) spin-off, Inrobics Social Robotics, S.L.L., has developed a robotic device that provides an innovative motor and cognitive rehabilitation service that can be used at health centres as well as at home.
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ZIPPIE Sphynx: tilt wheelchair designed for families on the move
Sunrise Medical is excited to expand the ZIPPIE® pediatric mobility line with the new ZIPPIE® Sphynx™. For busy families that are always on the go, this compact, transportable wheelchair has static tilt and recline to accommodate various client needs.
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Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen acquires majority stake in Funke Medical AG
Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH (HQIB) acquired a majority stake in Funke Medical AG in November 2021. The company is the German market leader in decubitus therapy systems. The high-quality solutions are used for treatment and prevention of decubitus and other skin damages resulting from extended immobility.
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Permobil’s Explorer Mini recognized as a TIME Best Invention for 2021
"We are honored for the Explorer Mini to be recognized by TIME as a 'Best Invention of 2021' and to be included alongside so many other groundbreaking innovations that are improving the lives of individuals around the world," says Bengt Thorsson, Permobil’s President & CEO.
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