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Photo: Employees of the Arbitration Body: Anne Katrin Lutz, Dr. Rica Werner, Antje Halamoda and Sabine Tekir; Copyright: Die Hoffotografen GmbH

"The BGG Arbitration Body is a solid tool to file for rights violation complaint at no charge"

19/10/2017

The Federal Act on the Equalization of Disabled Persons (Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz), BGG, intends to ensure that people with disabilities don’t face discrimination. In December 2016, the BGG arbitration body was created. REHACARE.com checked with Anne Katrin Lutz and Dr. Rica Werner who can contact the staff in Berlin given applicable circumstances.
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Photo: An ambulance with flshing lights driving on a freeway; Copyright: panthermedia.net/BrianAJackson

Everyday life after the stroke unit

02/10/2017

While Germany is definitely in a good place when it comes to stroke prevention and treatment, post-stroke follow-up care has long been a neglected aspect. Meanwhile, life after a stroke is challenging for all stroke patients and one where they need all the help they can get. And the number of young patients keeps rising steadily as well.
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Photo: Stroke mentor during a consultation with a patient; Copyright: Stiftung Deutsche Schlaganfall-Hilfe

Stroke mentors: Coaching patients to lead a self-determined life

02/10/2017

They are already an integral part in Bavaria, Saxony, Eastern Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg: so-called stroke mentors. The first mentor began his work in 2011 in Dresden by helping people get back to their pre-stroke life.
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Autonomous driving – Mobility for everyone or wasted potential?

01/09/2017

We have navigation devices that talk to us, automatic lane keeping assist systems, adaptive cruise control, and cars that can park without our help. How long until we might simply be a passenger in our own car? And what options in terms of mobility does autonomous driving offer people with disabilities?
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Photo: Inklusion taxi with opened tailgate and an attached ramp with a wheelchair on it; Copyright: InklusionsTaxi/Herbert Schlemmer

Spontaneous mobility: Inclusion taxi, a taxi for everyone

01/09/2017

London, New York, and Sydney already have them – will Berlin be next? We are talking about taxis that have converted to become accessible. While London only issues licenses for wheelchair accessible vehicles, Germany still has a long way to go to get there. The "InklusionsTaxi – Taxi für Alle" project (English: Inclusion Taxi - A Taxi for Everyone) is not afraid to get moving in this direction.
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Photo: Broken lifts in suburban railway station; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Sozialhelden e.V. (CC by)

Competence in transportation: Mobility training for everyone

01/09/2017

Whether it’s riding the bus or the train – self-determined participation in public transportation involves some difficulties for many people with disabilities. Among many other things, this is due to broken elevators and a lack of accessibility at stations. That’s why it is crucial that people get informed and educated to get from Point A to Point B as autonomously as possible.
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Photo: Click-sonar coach Juan Ruiz while training with a kid; Copyright: Anderes Sehen e.V., www.anderes-sehen.de

"Long cane for children is a 'facilitator'– the chance to independently accomplish something"

17/08/2017

The long cane offers the possibility to be independent and effectively mobile as a person with visual impairment. Children in particular could get used to him in a playful way. The association "Anderes sehen e.V." has co-developed the children's long cane. REHACARE.com spoke to Ellen Schweizer, the founder of the association, about the fact that inclusion is not a burden, but can bring joy.
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Blind soccer fans are on the ball for 90 minutes thanks to match reporting

17/08/2017

For nearly 20 years, the "Fanclub Sehhunde; Fußball-Fanclub für Blinde und Sehbehinderte e.V." promotes match reporting for the blind to ensure that its members fully experience a stadium visit. REHACARE.com spoke with deputy chairperson Nina Schweppe about the match reporting for the blind and the obstacles that still need to be overcome before full inclusion in stadiums becomes a reality.
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Photo: the team of Capjob: Asal-Rothenburger-Huening; Copyright: Felix Huening/Capjob

Capjob: "People with severe disabilities assist job seekers with severe disabilities"

13/07/2017

Modern and user-friendly: job seekers are able to indicate their type of disability on the Capjob.de employment portal and search for jobs that are right for them. REHACARE.com spoke with founder Felix Hüning about the unique features of Capjob and why virtually all parties could benefit from an inclusive employment landscape.
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Graphic: People with different disabilities in front of an accessible hospital; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Norbert Buchholz

Accessible medical offices in short supply in Germany

01/06/2017

Top quality and – above all – accessible medical care is fundamentally important. After all, this is one aspect of participation explicitly stipulated by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But what does the actual situation in German medical offices look like? And what does accessibility mean exactly in this context?
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Photo: Patrick Dohmen in the LernLaden; Copyright: WDR/EUKOBA

Accessibility: "We need a shift in awareness in the retail sector"

22/12/2016

Shopping with a disability is no easy feat: almost every store is not accessible. But what does accessibility in retail actually mean? REHACARE.com spoke with Patrick Dohmen of the EUKOBA Association about the idea behind the LernLaden (English: Learning Store) and the awareness and sensitization project for retailers, employees and apprentices.
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Recognizing the capabilities of people with disabilities

01/12/2016

There is a reason the guiding principle of the UN Convention is "Nothing about us without us". After all, people who live with a disability every day can best determine what their needs are and where there are still problems when it comes to inclusion and participation in our society. REHACARE.com took a closer look to see where this knowledge has already been put into practice.
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Photo: Many people with disabilities in a huge cage - during a protest event; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

We won't stand for this! – Protests against the Federal Participation Law

04/10/2016

Nothing about us without us – this slogan, as defined by the UN-CRPD, is being brought up time and again. In Germany, it is currently more at the forefront than ever before because decisions made at the political level experience heavy backlash. People with disabilities adamantly and loudly protest on the Internet and on the streets against the upcoming Federal Participation Law.
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Federal Participation Law: "Paragraph 99 makes a self-determined life impossible"

04/10/2016

The Federal Participation Law (Bundesteilhabegesetz, BTHG) is intended to regulate the legal status of people with physical and so-called intellectual disabilities. In June of this year, the bill was passed in the Cabinet and will take effect in January 2017. Yet there are many who are critical of the amendments.
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Culturally sensitive care: "Treating people equally and fairly but not the same"

01/08/2016

There are 80 million people living in Germany. This also means there are many different cultures living together. Schools and daycare facilities already provide special choices for children who speak another language. But what is the situation like in nursing homes and care facilities? And what exactly is culturally sensitive care?
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Customers with disabilities demand diverse accessible concepts

01/04/2016

Let’s assess the situation: we asked around the social networks. What do people with different types of disabilities experience day-to-day when they go shopping? We wanted to find out what barriers they encounter, how they deal with them and what they expect from the retail industry.
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Demographic change: More in-home care

01/09/2015

Demographic change is a reality: there are more and more older people in Germany, Europe and all over the world. This increases the percentage of people that need care. They are not only being cared for in professional care facilities but also gradually more often at home in private settings.
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Assistance: "A dog does not judge and takes people as they are"

01/07/2015

Dogs are man’s best friend. VITA assistance dogs are even more than that: they are partners for (canine) life. Whether it’s emptying the washing machine or helping with social contacts – they assist wherever they can. And they do so unconditionally.
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Photo: Dagmar Marth

"The patient’s needs determine the conversation in peer counseling"

28/04/2015

Article 26 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities asks for the support of persons with disabilities in the form of so-called peers, who are in the same situation. The concept of peer counseling is therefore increasingly being implemented. Educational researcher Dagmar Marth has counseled persons with amputations both in a voluntary and professional capacity for nine years.
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