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Image: Graphic comparing the changes in the major economic indicators for Americans with and without disabilities; Copyright: Kessler Foundation&UNHIOD

Labor Day job numbers remain upbeat for Americans with disabilities

20/09/2017

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability release National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report.
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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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BliSS: A housing project "at eye level"

01/08/2017

Currently, approximately 150,000 blind and 500,000 people with visual impairments are living in Germany. Yet there are still not enough fitting living accommodations available for them. The Wohnprojekt BliSS e.V. housing cooperative has scheduled a communal house right in the center of Hamburg, Germany, to address the special needs of visually impaired and blind people.
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Photo: A man shoves a woman in a wheelchair; Copyright: Heike Günther

Community development: "Q8 supports, connects and assists"

01/08/2017

Whether it’s a block party or neighborhood initiatives, there is great solidarity among people. Yet to make their own "hood" livable and enjoyable for all people and/or support it, the hands of residents are often tied. The Q8 Project by the Ev. Stiftung Alsterdorf attempts to act as an intermediary and support citizens in their projects in several boroughs and quarters of Hamburg, Germany.
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Photo: Florian Adler; Copyright: Tim de Gruisbourne

"Inclusive communication design is both accessible and attractive"

15/06/2017

For many, recognizing and understanding characters is an important prerequisite to social participation. Inclusive communication design helps people with visual impairments to accomplish this. REHACARE.com spoke with designer and expert of the German Association for Blind and Visually Impaired People, Florian Adler. He has developed a digital guide to inclusive communication design.
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Photo: Wheelchair lift in front of a medical center; Copyright: panthermedia.net/gl0ck

June 2017: Accessible medical practices

01/06/2017

From ramps to orientation systems for blind people to making an appointment online – accessibility is diverse, also in the medical field. Get to know in our current Topic of the Month June "Accessible medical practices" which requirements practices should meet in the best case, what kind of experiences people with different disabilities have made and how the situation is like in Vienna, Austria.
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Photo: Wheelchair lift in front of a medical center; Copyright: panthermedia.net/gl0ck

Accessible medical practices

01/06/2017

From ramps to orientation systems for blind people to making an appointment online – accessibility is diverse, also in the medical field. Get to know in our current Topic of the Month June "Accessible medical practices" which requirements practices should meet in the best case, what kind of experiences people with different disabilities have made and how the situation is like in Vienna, Austria.
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Accessible medical practices? Vienna investigates

01/06/2017

Both the German and the Austrian Constitution stipulate the legal right to freedom of choice of medical providers. Yet this is still not an implicit option for people with disabilities. That’s why the "Information Center for People with Disabilities BIZEPS Center for a Self-Determined Life" in Vienna is dedicated to facilitating accessibility of medical practices.
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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: Woman in a wheelchair drives through an accessible entrance of a huge building; Copyright: visitBerlin, Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Accessibility of medical offices? People with disabilities tell the tale

01/06/2017

Many medical practices externally communicate that they are accessible. Yet when patients with disabilities arrive at these locations, they often come to realize that not all is as advertised. That’s why REHACARE.com asked people with different types of disabilities about their experiences during various office visits.
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Accessible leisure activities and travel services

02/05/2017

Whether it’s everyday life or vacation – many people with disabilities want to be as active as possible in their free time. Now there are more and more available services that specialize in meeting these different needs.
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Photo: Timo Hermann; Copyright: Melanie Wehnert

Travelable: Accessible city tours in Germany

02/05/2017

Hamburg? Berlin? Munich? Regardless of where your travels take you, it’s essential to prepare if you want to see as much of a city as possible. For many people with disabilities, this also includes obtaining information on accessibility on location. The online portal travelable.info provides just this type of information – for instance, about tried and tested city tours.
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Photo: Hauke Hückstädt; Copyright: Bookster Frankfurt Stephan Jockel

"Hardly any texts by famous authors are specifically written in Simple Language"

20/04/2017

Literature should be accessible to all – including people who depend on texts written in Simple English. A project in Frankfurt, Germany, now wants to make this possible. REHACARE.com spoke with Hauke Hückstädt, the director of the Literaturhaus Frankfurt about the "Frankfurt, deine Geschichte. Literatur in Einfacher Sprache" project.
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"Horse riding is a sport people with and without impairments are able to experience together on equal footing"

20/04/2017

More self-confidence and independence – things you can learn from horse riding for example. People with disabilities can take this important step with "Rolli auf Trab" (English: Trotting with Wheelchairs). REHACARE.com spoke with Sandra Glöckler of "Rolli auf Trab" about the lust for life that horse riding inspires and the interaction and experiences with the animals.
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Invisible disability: You can’t be what you can’t see

01/03/2017

When they hear the word “disability“ many people immediately think of people in wheelchairs and perhaps of the blind or people with amputated limbs. In other words, people usually associate visible impairments with this term. Yet not every disability can be recognized at first glance – and sometimes not even at a second glance.
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Books for the blind: "IT corporations lead the way. They consider accessibility a selling point"

16/02/2017

A wizarding student who triumphs over evil. A girl who meets the love of her life. Literature has many facets and captivates us with wonderful stories day in and day out. Yet not everyone has access to these texts because accessible books for blind or visually impaired people are few and far between.
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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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Photo: Martin Habacher; Copyright: Andreas Pöschek

Inclusive storyteller: "You can definitely make a difference and change things"

24/11/2016

There are some unique and interesting stories about accessibility and disability. Martin Habacher is someone who tells these stories. His goal is to find and then share them with the world on his YouTube channel. REHACARE.com spoke with Martin Habacher about his most beautiful story and his motivation to look beyond what he sees.
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Photo: Dennis Winkens and Klaus Gierse; Copyright: beta-web/Dindas

"Many employers believe they have to pay for renovations and auxiliary aids"

02/11/2016

Dennis Winkens is a prime example of implemented workplace inclusion: as an online editorial writer, the quadriplegic professionally writes about various auxiliary aids and services. REHACARE.com visited the 28-year-old in Remscheid (Germany) at his workplace and learned how he found his way into his job and what obstacles he had to overcome.
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Photo: Rößler at his desk; Copyright: beta-web/Dindas

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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The Federal Participation Law: hotly debated

01/10/2016

It will take effect on January 1, 2017: the new Federal Participation Law (Bundesteilhabegesetz, BTHG). It is intended to fundamentally improve participation in society and encourage the self-determined life of people with disabilities. Yet never before has a bill caused so much backlash. Activists are demonstrating for their rights and are protesting the law.
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Mobility scouts test accessibility of long-distance buses

01/07/2016

Since January 1, 2016, all new long-distance buses need to include two wheelchair accessible spots. Starting on January 1, 2020, this applies to all intercity buses. This is stipulated in Article 42b in conjunction with Article 62, Provision 3 of the German Passenger Transportation Act (PBefG).
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Mobility on the go: Apps as everyday helpers

01/07/2016

They are small, colorful and helpful: the many apps on your smartphone screen. They tell us about the weather, they entertain us and can help us to manage everyday life better. More and more mobile applications are also being designed for seniors and people with disabilities – when it comes to providing assistance in navigation or traffic for instance.
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Tourism: Auxiliary means for accessible travel

02/05/2016

For their vacation planning, people with disabilities must rely on hotel information – when it comes to accessibility for instance – to be accurate and make sure the accommodations truly meet their needs. But what if you already had some bad experiences? Or what if there are simply no appropriate accommodations available in certain areas?
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Accessible traveling: What does the industry sector offer?

02/05/2016

It’s all about the destination – usually, choosing the vacation spot comes first, at least when it comes to travel. You gather information at a travel bureau or on the Internet and make a decision. Then you book a reservation, plan and pack your suitcases. But can people with disabilities also do things just like that? Does the tourism industry pay attention to their needs as guests?
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"Everything was perfect during my Oriental cruise on the Costa Fortuna"

02/05/2016

Jenny Bießmann studies, works, and lives in Berlin. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Network for Inclusion, Social Participation, Self-Determination and Assistance, NITSA e.V. She has spinal muscular atrophy and has seen a lot of the world inher power wheelchair. REHACARE.com spoke with her about her travel experiences and her recommendations for the tourism industry.
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Accessible traveling

02/05/2016

Whether family vacation or a weekend trip - those who travel have to think about many things in advance, at least when they have to rely on accessibility. What kind of special auxiliary means tourism has to offer, what the status quo of the industry sector looks like and what a young wheelchair user experienced when she travels, you get to know in the Topic of the Month May: Accessible traveling.
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Accessibility should be considered from the start for medical practices

28/04/2016

Disabled parking spaces, lower counters, stair lifts, and elevators – those are just a few of the provisions of an accessible medical practice. Yet many physician offices don’t meet these requirements. To make it easier for people with disabilities to find available accessible medical practices close-by, the "Accessible Practice" project has created a directory.
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Photo: Simon Janatzek talks about accessible smartphones

If you buy them, some smartphones are already accessible

14/04/2016

A quick check on your smartphone to see when the next bus leaves or letting your friend know via WhatsApp that you are running late: those are mundane situations for many people. Yet how accessible are smartphones actually for visually impaired and blind people? REHACARE.com spoke with Simon Janatzek. He is visually impaired and tells us which apps are helpful in everyday life.
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Missed opportunities: Accessible online shopping

01/04/2016

First, the good news: technically, there should only be winners when it comes to this subject. Providers of accessible websites service the largest possible group of customers and generate the most sales. However, many people need to overcome obstacles in using most websites. This means all parties lose – both the webshop operators and users.
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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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How can I help you? – An accessible shopping experience please!

01/04/2016

Wide aisles, a lot of room between the shelves, non-slip flooring and easy-to-read price tags – this is especially important for senior citizens and persons with disabilities when they shop. But in the real world, things are often very different: shopping carts that are hard to maneuver, narrow checkout aisles or undersized dressing rooms are all too common.
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Accessible retail

01/04/2016

Whether food or clothes - everybody has to go shopping. But in many stores people with different disabilities cannot make their purchases independently and unconditionally. And also online shopping is not an accessible alternative for everybody. Get to know more in our current Topic of the Month April: Accessible retail.
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"The Italian education system is a dream for students with disabilities"

01/03/2016

Italy enjoys an excellent reputation when it comes to the implementation of inclusion and accessibility. Many consider the Italian education system for example to be one of the most inclusive environments in the world. This is also one of the reasons why Andrea Schöne decided to study abroad for two semesters at the Forlì Branch of the University of Bologna in Italy.
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Being strong together – A deaf German in North Korea

01/03/2016

Robert Grund advocates on behalf of deaf people in North Korea. He is a fourth-generation deaf person himself. As the official liaison officer of the World Federation of the Deaf in North Korea, he wants to locally empower deaf persons to take charge of their lives and that of others. The first kindergarten for the deaf as well as an educational center for deaf are only the beginning.
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Photo: Anna Hartmann

"Suse" helps abused and battered women and girls with disabilities

23/02/2016

Representative studies show: women and girls with disabilities face significantly more violence than women without disabilities. Yet they rarely seek help since their disability often makes access to therespective support systems difficult. The "Suse" Project offers affected persons accessible support services, for instance in the form of Easy English.
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Intelligent mobility assistants support the elderly

01/02/2016

Obstacles such as cobblestone streets, sloping paths or other barriers make the lives of senior citizens difficult. The more restricted they are in their mobility, the less they dare to do things. Then they often avoid going to their favorite park at the corner. The Assistants for Safe Mobility (ASSAM) project created intelligent solutions for walkers, wheelchairs and adult three-wheelers.
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Photo: meeting in the PIKSL Lab

"PIKSL focuses on the removal of digital barriers"

26/01/2016

Digital transformation does not only cause problems for persons with disabilities. Companies are also facing digital barriers they need to overcome. The PIKSL Lab makes digital inclusion its priority: together, individuals with and without disabilities work on removing digital barriers. In this interview with REHACARE.de, Project Manager Tobias Marczinzik explains the PIKSL concept.
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Access without barriers to arts and culture!?

04/01/2016

Visiting concerts, going to the movies or venturing out on a field trip to the museum – all of these activities are not possible without limitations for many persons with disabilities since the cultural scene still presents numerous obstacles. Can we actually talk about inclusion in our cultural landscape?
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Culture Inclusive: a bridge between cultural enjoyment and inclusion

04/01/2016

The cultural landscape is changing because inclusive services are becoming increasingly important. Until now, there was a lack of information to comprehensively implement the notion of inclusion. The Culture Inclusive project offers assistance: you can find information about inclusive cultural institutions on a cultural map that can be filtered by disability criteria.
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Practical and helpful: When products benefit everyone

01/10/2015

Daily helpers are meant to be practical and easy to handle. Yet not every user shares the same prerequisites. This makes a product design that truly meets all needs difficult to achieve. This is the starting point of the Design für Alle (English: Design for All) design concept and where it wants to change things.
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Changing perspectives – changing mobility

01/06/2015

What difference do five centimeters make on a curb when you are in a wheelchair? How much does spatial orientation vary when you can barely see or cannot see at all? People without disabilities can find out first-hand answers that may help them choose to consciously change their own mobility.
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Self-determined traveling with disabilities?!

01/04/2015

What do people with disabilities experience when they plan their vacation? How well do they cope when they are traveling? And what exactly do they want? Questions upon questions. REHACARE.com asked around.
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"Many people underestimate the economic impact of accessible tourism in Europe"

01/04/2015

There is a market for accessible travelling in Europe. Yet it only grows very slowly. But actually there is a huge demand, like a study has recently proved. So what do people with access needs really require? And what does the travel industry have to offer – already today and in future?
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Traveling with disabilities: Vacation without limits

01/04/2015

You need to be mobile if you want to travel. A fact that also applies to persons with disabilities. Yet the choices for accessible travel are slim. Oftentimes things also don’t work out because of inadequate service and poorly trained staff. That’s why the Weitsprung travel agency in Marburg, Germany, made it their mission to make travel dreams come true for everyone.
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Accessible construction

02/03/2015

Public as well as private buildings are still usually not sufficiently designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities. But the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities also includes this aspect for the purpose of inclusion. What has to be thought of concerning accessible construction, you will get to know in our Topic of the Month March.
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A different perspective on accessible construction

02/03/2015

Is the access ramp too steep? Does two centimeters really make a difference when it comes to a threshold? Architects and city planners are always confronted with these types of questions. If they don’t have any disabilities themselves, they tend to quickly render the wrong verdict. This is why construction decision makers, who can assess barriers based on their own experience, are in great demand.
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Accessible construction in the public domain

02/03/2015

Whether people with or without disabilities, whether young or old – buildings with accessibility provide benefits for everyone in society. But reality is different. The argument accessible construction is too expensive is often put on the table, but it partially reflects the truth. When accessibility is taken into account in construction from the beginning, there are barely any additional costs.
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"Inclusive housing is possible"

02/03/2015

Accessible construction plays an important role in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Exclusionary solutions are not accepted. Instead, there are requirements for aesthetics and simultaneous functionality and self-determination. Yet they have only made their way into construction practices in a limited fashion.
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Photo: Hedwig Reiffs with a visitor and a wheelchair driver

"Comprehensive accessibility would benefit all of us"

12/02/2015

What is it like when you have to manage everyday life in a wheelchair? And what effects do age-related limitations have on mobility? Interested parties can experience this with the help of a wheelchair course and an age simulation suit. REHACARE.com spoke with Hedwig Reiffs from the Self-Help Organization of Physically Disabled Persons Bonn, who recently attended this kind of adventure day.
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