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Canada: Where accessibility is a part of life right from the start


Known for its beavers, bears or the recent return of the bison, maple syrup or its love of hockey – Canada is the personification of nature and vast distances. Thanks to its many national parks, this country is a must-see for any nature lover. When it comes to accessibility, the Canadians provide an infrastructure people with disabilities can only dream of in this part of the world.
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Isabel Keane – That's how she rolls


For the 20-year old Isabel Keane one way to express herself are her stylish wheel covers, created by her sister. But the covers to beautify her wheelchair are not the only reason how Ailbhe influenced her younger sister. Why Isabel looks up to her creative sister, what she wants to accomplish but has not done until now and what she wants to be known for, she tells at
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Spontaneous mobility: Inclusion taxi, a taxi for everyone


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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Accessible medical offices in short supply in Germany


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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"Inclusion means a disability no longer determines attractiveness"


Kassandra Ruhm uses a wheelchair and lives openly as a lesbian. She wants to change narrow perceptions towards people with disabilities and inspire more and more people to challenge and rethink their biases. That’s why she is a committed disability rights activist and is very self-confident and open-minded about herself, her disability and the way she loves.
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"Many employers believe they have to pay for renovations and auxiliary aids"


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. 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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Variety of auxiliary means enables independent living


Whether wheeled walkers, gripper tongs or wheelchairs – auxiliary means are diverse and come along with quite different possibilities of usage. They can promote mobility, maintain the independence of people with disabilities in everyday life and support communication, both privately and at work.
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Mobility scouts test accessibility of long-distance buses


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


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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Driver training for people with disabilities provides new levels of safety and mobility


Self-determination and mobility are important for everyone – and especially for people with physical and mobility impairments. Many people with disabilities that were caused by accidents are initially still insecure when they want to actively return to driving. To help them in slowly easing back into traffic, the Austrian CLUB MOBIL offers driver safety courses.
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Practiced inclusion: wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball are prime examples


Sports are exciting. Sports unite. This is especially true for team sports. When people with disabilities and able-bodied persons play sports together, we can rightly call it practiced inclusion. Great examples of this are wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. But what does practiced inclusion in sports really mean? And what about the representative role of the Paralympic Games?
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Tourism: Auxiliary means for accessible travel


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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"Everything was perfect during my Oriental cruise on the Costa Fortuna"


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. spoke with her about her travel experiences and her recommendations for the tourism industry.
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How can I help you? – An accessible shopping experience please!


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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Customers with disabilities demand diverse accessible concepts


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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Intelligent mobility assistants support the elderly


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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"My disability provides new artistic prospects for me"


Photography plays a pivotal role in the life of artist Markus Georg Reintgen. He has been in a wheelchair since an accident. Yet this does not prevent him from thoroughly observing and capturing his surroundings. In search of new motifs, the art photographer travels the world.
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Assistance: "A dog does not judge and takes people as they are"


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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Changing perspectives – changing mobility


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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Photo: Hedwig Reiffs with a visitor and a wheelchair driver

"Comprehensive accessibility would benefit all of us"


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. 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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Auxiliary means: Scarce commodities in Africa


Medical care with auxiliary means is not sufficiently regulated in every country in the world. The social system in Senegal for instance does not cover the cost for this. People with disabilities therefore need to pay for their own required resources. But what happens if that is not possible?
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