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Image: Illustration of the speaker seperation; Copyright: Nima Mesgarani/Columbia Engineering

Cognitive hearing aid filters out the noise

28/08/2017

Columbia Engineers make major advance in helping the hearing impaired follow a conversation in a noisy environment: new method brings cognitive hearing aids a step closer to reality.
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Photo: Frederike Höfermann; Copyright: Café ohne Worte

Deaf employees serve at the Café without Words

03/07/2017

Many deaf people still encounter barriers in Germany. Especially their entry into the job market often proves difficult. Now the student organization Enactus at the University of Cologne created the pop-up concept "Café ohne Worte" (English: Café without Words) that is designed to make it possible for deaf people to enter the job market and gain a foothold in it.
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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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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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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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Photo: Birgit Nofftz using a mask for speech recognition

"Speech-to-text interpreters assist in equal access communication"

26/03/2015

There is an alternative for hearing impaired or deaf persons, who are not able to or don’t want to communicate with the help of sign language: so-called speech-to-text interpreters reproduce spoken words into a text format onto paper, computer monitors or screens. REHACARE.de inquired with the German Association of Speech-to-Text Interpreters and gained some insight into this profession.
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