Photo: A camera man filming a game of the wheelchair basketball championship 2018 in Hamburg; Copyright: Andi Weiland | www.gesellschaftsbilder.de

Transforming Lives: London 2012 employment legacy

17/12/2018

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and United Nations Human Rights Office have launched the first of three short films focusing on the employment legacies left by the London 2012 Paralympic Games as part of its "Transforming Lives Makes Sense for Everyone" campaign.
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Photo: Sprint situation during a men's nordic skiing cup; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Hanns Krebs

France to host camp for intellectually impaired skiers

05/12/2018

World Para Nordic Skiing and the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) will host an historic camp and competition for skiers with intellectual impairments in Bessans, France, from 9-14 December.
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Photo: Girl with trisomy 21 looking at a globe; Copyright: panthermedia.net/AllaSerebrina

December 2018: Inclusion: Best practice examples from all over the world

03/12/2018

It is always worth looking beyond one's own nose – this also applies to inclusion. Now that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been signed by more than 160 states and the European Union, the changes and progress made in the individual countries are still different, but nevertheless revealing.
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Photo: Two women talk to each other in sign language; Copyright: visitBerlin, Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Inclusion around the world: Developments that promote participation in society

03/12/2018

From Spain to Brazil to Singapore: Inclusion and participation in the community should be a central idea and transcend country borders. REHACARE.com investigated whether and to what extent this is the case in various countries around the world and looked at the solutions that have already been implemented.
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Photo: Teacher and his class holding self-made signs; Copyright: Leszek Sibilski

Paralympic dream inspires US students

03/12/2018

Students at a community college in the USA have been so inspired by the impact Para sport is having around the world that they are helping one aspiring athlete to achieve her dream of competing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
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Graphic: A female head with headphones, a mail icon as well as a Voice Assistant microphone and a calendar application; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Badalov

A comparison of assistive technologies in the EU: "Technology solutions must keep social context in mind"

03/12/2018

For one year, a study by the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) focused on assistive technologies and their benefits in four different European countries, and was able to identify fundamental differences in the general approach to people with disabilities.
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Photo: The deaf sign language interpreter Liona Paulus; Copyright: Katharina Dubno

Brazilian sign language – Libras: How necessity created a socially visible form of sign language

03/12/2018

When we think of Brazil in these parts, we visualize Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, the Copacabana and Sugarloaf Mountain. Yet when it comes to inclusion or – more specifically – the role of sign language in everyday life, Brazil is likely not the country that first comes to mind. Liona Paulus, a PhD candidate at the University of Göttingen and deaf sign language interpreter believes that’s not fair.
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Photo: Girl with trisomy 21 looking at a globe; Copyright: panthermedia.net/AllaSerebrina

Inclusion: Best practice examples from all over the world

03/12/2018

It is always worth looking beyond one's own nose – this also applies to inclusion. Now that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been signed by more than 160 states and the European Union, the changes and progress made in the individual countries are still different, but nevertheless revealing.
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November 2018: Inclusion in professional life and education

01/11/2018

In the Topic of the Month November REHACARE.com focuses this time on professional life and education. Learn more about positive examples from the school desk to the job, a project that has successfully accompanied young people with disabilities through their vocational training, as well as a prospective carpenter in a wheelchair and a deaf pastor.
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Photo: Wheelchair user David Völzmann at work in a carpentry workshop; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Inclusion in practice: On the right career path

01/11/2018

Choosing a career is a deeply personal and intimate decision. Yet this path is also shaped by many external factors. If you are a person in a wheelchair of if you are deaf, accessing the primary labor market might not be an easy feat. But it’s definitely possible. David Völzmann and Felizitas Böcher show us how they did it.
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Photo: A trainee with visual impairment at the computer at her workplace; Copyright: !nkA

The !nkA project: "Vocational schools lack inclusion experience"

01/11/2018

Germany needs more inclusive apprenticeship opportunities. That’s something all stakeholders of the recently completed "Inclusive vocational training of young people with and without disabilities" project – !NkA – agree on. After all, young people with disabilities are far too often underestimated. Nearly 40 adolescents were able to unleash their full potential within the scope of the project.
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Inclusion in professional life and education

01/11/2018

In the Topic of the Month November REHACARE.com focuses this time on professional life and education. Learn more about positive examples from the school desk to the job, a project that has successfully accompanied young people with disabilities through their vocational training, as well as a prospective carpenter in a wheelchair and a deaf pastor.
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Photo: The OpenEarConcept team; Copyright: Lothar Jack

"The OpenEarConcept© adapts acoustic signals to the unique features of hearing aid technology"

20/09/2018

Whether we listen to the radio or a concert – for most of us, it’s hard to imagine life without music. Meanwhile, people who wear digital hearing aids often don’t get to fully enjoy the rich landscapes of sound because they depend on the accessibility and quality of audio induction loops. The OpenEarConcept© research project is committed to supporting greater musical enjoyment.
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Photo: Trade fair visitor tries out a communication aid at an exhibitor of REHACARE 2017; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Communication aids: Market with steady growth prospects

03/09/2018

Whether we use words or body language – all of us communicate constantly and everywhere. While non-verbal communication essentially takes place automatically, spoken and written communication may sometimes prove more difficult. People with disabilities tend to frequently encounter barriers in this area – for instance, if nobody in their surroundings knows sign language.
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Photo: The Munevo team; Copyright: Munevo GmbH

"Smart technology opportunities can make it easier to live a self-determined life"

23/08/2018

Controlling an electric wheelchair by using smart glasses? Smart glasses like munevo Drive make this a reality. Visitors have a chance to check them out in person at this year’s REHACARE trade fair. Konstantin Madaus from the startup company Munevo looks back on the previous trade show presence and invites everyone to join him at his company’s booth again this year.
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Photo: View from above of various converted vehicles during REHACARE 2016; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Conversions, financing options, vacation rental – the different facets of automobility

01/08/2018

As long as autonomous vehicles are not legally allowed to be on public roads, we have to take matters into our own hands and get behind the wheel. Persons with reduced mobility are especially interested in financing options and car adaptations. When vacation time comes, even people who don’t own a car, sometimes wished they had their own (temporary) set of wheels.
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Photo: A converted station wagon with roof rack box from Zawatzky at REHACARE 2017; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Experience, quality and innovation – EMG and VfmP signal automotive conversion company quality

01/08/2018

The automotive industry is always in motion, as are the countless vehicle conversion experts on the market. REHACARE.com has asked the European Mobility Group (EMG) and the German Association of Vehicle Converters for People with Restricted Mobility (VfmP) about the advantages associations offer and how this also predominantly benefits people with disabilities.
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Photo: Handbike on the street. One leg of a athlete can be seen standing beside the bike; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Adaptive sports equipment runs the gamut from custom adaptation to unauthorized modification

02/07/2018

People with disabilities always have to be creative if they want to take part in aspects of life that many take for granted. And that’s no different when it comes to sports. Since then, lots of adaptive equipment to accommodate special disabilities and sports has been developed, while the choices and leisure sector options have likewise become more multifaceted.
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Photo: Speaker at the conference during the M-Enabling Summit 2017 in Washington; Copyright: M-Enabling Summit

M-Enabling Forum: "The best assistive technologies cannot be useful if our digital environment is not accessible"

21/06/2018

Self-determined living needs accessibility. This does not only apply to step-free entrance for wheelchair users, but also for the digital environment. For example, when blind people surf the internet with a screen reader, they need web sites that are accessible. But reality often looks different. Reason enough for the M-Enabling Forum to focus on this topic at this year's REHACARE.
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Photo: An orthopaedic technician fits a prosthesis; Copyright: panthermedia.net/belahoche

Prosthetics – Research offers new possibilities

01/06/2018

Whether it’s discreetly thanks to a skin-toned look or in an eye-catching way owing to technical details – the way people wear prosthetic devices today depends on their wishes and preferences. Due to modern manufacturing processes and ever higher design standards, for many, they have become a way to express a lifestyle they increasingly want to communicate.
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Photo: An accessible bus for the transport of people with disabilities. The hydraulic ramp is on the ground; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Valeriy_Al

TTC Wheel-Trans: Accessible transport for people with disabilities in Toronto

17/05/2018

In Canada, the North Americans are far ahead of us Germans when it comes to accessibility. If you are a guest in Toronto, you not only have the possibility to travel with the usual public transport, but you can also opt for the 100 percent accessible alternative and use Wheel-Trans.
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Graphic: Digital animation of a male upper body with outstretched arms. Across the whole picture stands: REHABILITATION; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Kheng Ho Toh

May 2018: Modern rehabilitation

02/05/2018

Being able to lead a life as self-determined as possible depends on many factors. No matter whether an accident leads to permanent disability or a stroke hits you – rehabilitative measures help to better cope with the processes of everyday life again. Find out more about the extent to which robot- or technology-supported assistance systems are increasingly being used and the advantages they bring.
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Photo: An elderly woman catches ichó. The ball starts to glow in red-orange colors.; Copyright: ichó systems - icho-systems.de

"ichó brings people with and without dementia together and provides a way to share stories, experiences, and impressions."

22/04/2018

Like the golden sphere in the fairy tale of the Frog King, ichó (Greek for echo) is meant to bring back lost motor skills and cognitive functions to people with dementia. The project of four former graduates of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences aims to offer individual support through a person’s favorite music or fairy tale.
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Photo: Wheelchair user on a winding road in Iceland; Copyright: RUNA REISEN GmbH

April 2018: Self-determined traveling

03/04/2018

Whether sunbathing in southern Europe, accessible round trips or cruises – there are many possibilities to travel. The tourism industry is increasingly discovering that accessible travel is a growing market. Why Canada is definitely worth a trip, what can help with planning and how children and youth travel can become more inclusive, you can find out in our Topic of the Month April.
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Photo: Four children at the campfire, in the background there is a tent; Copyright: panthermedia.net/TatyanaGl

More choices please: Making children and youth travel more inclusive

03/04/2018

Where are you headed? There is usually a quick answer to this question when it comes to inclusive travel options for children and adolescents with disabilities. That’s because the inclusive approach hasn’t really asserted itself yet with many travel providers. A strategic action plan to promote more inclusion in travel is supposed to change this in the future.
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Photo: Woman in a wheelchair standing between a tent and a motorcycle watching the sunset; Copyright: TOSHI MEIER-BROOK

Tourism industry in action: Traveling without barriers

03/04/2018

Whether they are blind or use a wheelchair – people with disabilities have individual needs when they travel, which should be supported by tour operators, the accommodations and surroundings on location. The keyword here is accessibility. After all, active participation is an important basic need that must be met not just in everyday life but also on travels.
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Photo: Wheelchair user on a winding road in Iceland; Copyright: RUNA REISEN GmbH

Self-determined traveling

03/04/2018

Whether sunbathing in southern Europe, accessible round trips or cruises – there are many possibilities to travel. The tourism industry is increasingly discovering that accessible travel is a growing market. Why Canada is definitely worth a trip, what can help with planning and how children and youth travel can become more inclusive, you can find out in our Topic of the Month April.
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Photo: Stefanie Trzecinski; Copyright: Johannes Franke

"At the TUECHTIG coworking space, people with and without disabilities are working together – and not just next to each other"

22/03/2018

Maximum flexibility to encourage ideas, effectively sharing office space: coworking spaces have become a part of many major cities. In 2017, Berlin featured about one hundred of them, but none of them were comprehensively accessible. That’s something Stefanie Trzecinski from KOPF, HAND + FUSS gGmbH wanted to change. That was the moment, the idea for "TUECHTIG – Raum für Inklusion" was born.
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Photo: Woman of small stature on the edge of a demonstration holding a sign with the inscription on it: Human rights now!; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder. de

March 2018: Activism for a self-determined life

01/03/2018

Inclusion is a human right. And following the spirit of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the motto "Nothing about us without us" applies to its implementation. Therefore, people with different disabilities are increasingly committed to an inclusive society. In which ways they become active and what moves them, you can find out in our Topic of the Month March.
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Photo: Raul Krauthausen smiles into the camera; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

"Every generation of activists has its own issues and concerns"

01/03/2018

Media influencer, author, activist – those are just some of the hats that Raul Krauthausen wears. The man from Berlin is a sought-after and competent discussion partner, especially when talk turns to inclusion and accessibility. After all, these are the subject matters that shape his everyday life – on both a professional and personal level.
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Photo collage: Clockwise: Darleen, a photographer with his camera, Kübra and Leeroy; Copyright: Jochen Manz/Screenshots YouTube

Be seen and be heard – YouTubers with disabilities take center stage

01/03/2018

Vlogs, pranks, challenges or social experiments: YouTube offers all of this. Yet no matter the video format, there are many different types of YouTubers – including more and more people with disabilities. Generally, no channel can be without a video describing the vlogger’s own illness/disability and a FAQ session. But the vloggers offer so much more than that.
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Photo: Woman of small stature on the edge of a demonstration holding a sign with the inscription on it: Human rights now!; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder. de

Activism for a self-determined life

01/03/2018

Inclusion is a human right. And following the spirit of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the motto "Nothing about us without us" applies to its implementation. Therefore, people with different disabilities are increasingly committed to an inclusive society. In which ways they become active and what moves them, you can find out in our Topic of the Month March.
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Photo: Two women in a wheelchair during a demonstration. One woman holds a sign saying: Participation does not need skills; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder. de

Inclusion activists: Self-determined, personal, diverse

01/03/2018

Their names are Rebecca, Constantin, Laura, Michel or Aleksander. They use their common sense and their reach in (social) media to raise awareness – of what it is like to live in a society when you use a wheelchair, are of short stature or have autism. And of what it is like to continuously encounter barriers and being restricted.
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Photo: Martina Gollner (left) and Christina Rieder, the founders of FullAccess; Copyright: FullAccess

"At FullAccess, the 'Accessibility All Areas' slogan says it all"

15/02/2018

Two music enthusiasts were fed up with the lack of leisure activity choices and programs for people with disabilities. That’s why Christina Riedler and Martina Gollner decided to set up their own business with FullAccess and try to make concert promoters aware of people with disabilities as prospective customers and thus contribute to making society more tolerant.
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Photo collage: 3D-printer with a printed hand and a small model wheelchair which was printed with 3D-printing; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

February 2018: Auxiliary means out of the 3D printer

01/02/2018

Prostheses, ortheses or gloves for rehabilitation - the market for auxiliary means is diverse. However, the needs of each person cannot always be met. Then individual solutions have to be found: for example, with the help of a technology that was developed back in the 1980s, but only really gained momentum in the last 15 years. This refers to 3D printing.
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Photo: Several hand devices of e-NABLE on a table at REHACARE 2017; Copyright: beta-web/Hofmann

Colorful, personalized, playable: e-NABLE creates 3D printed hand devices

01/02/2018

Under the name e-NABLE Germany e.V., Lars Thalmann, Bernice Walter and Jan Hengst produce prosthetic hands for children and adolescents. What makes this so extraordinary: the young user gets to decide the look of the prosthesis because he/she can choose the color of the personalized model that comes from a 3D printer.
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Photo: Pen in a gripping device out of a 3D printer; Copyright: beta-web/Hofmann

Self-made 3D printed assistive devices to promote a self-determined life

01/02/2018

During the 3D printing process, three-dimensional objects made of different materials are created by adding the material layer by layer. This process is based on a three-dimensional computer model of the object. While 3D printers are at present primarily used in manufacturing and research, in recent years, more and more people with disabilities have also become interested in this technique.
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Photo collage: 3D-printer with a printed hand and a small model wheelchair which was printed with 3D-printing; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Auxiliary means out of the 3D printer

01/02/2018

Prostheses, ortheses or gloves for rehabilitation - the market for auxiliary means is diverse. However, the needs of each person cannot always be met. Then individual solutions have to be found: for example, with the help of a technology that was developed back in the 1980s, but only really gained momentum in the last 15 years. This refers to 3D printing.
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Photo: Professor Ingo Bosse and his team; Copyright: Technische Universität Dortmund, Oliver Schaper

SELFMADE: Making your own 3D printed assistive devices

01/02/2018

The small finger attachment to hold book pages in place takes about an hour, the drinking cup with handles takes up to seven hours – 3D printing takes a little patience. However, in exchange, people with and without disabilities can develop and print customized small-scale assistive devices for everyday use at the SELFMADE MakerSpace in Dortmund, Germany.
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Photo: Blind Man touches the plug-in model of the Porta Nigra; Copyright: Ledwig

Self-guided museum visits for visually impaired people

18/01/2018

Visually impaired and blind people can now enjoy stunning visits to the City Museum Trier thanks to audio tracks, tactile reproductions, and replicas. Together with students who participated in the "Cross Media" seminar as part of their studies at the University of Trier, Design Professor Christopher Ledwig developed a one-of-a-kind multimedia service in Germany: the so-called "blind kit" trolley.
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Photo: A boy playing video games with his father; Copyright: panthermedia.net/vadymvdrobot

January 2018: Playfully accessible in rehabilitation and leisure time

03/01/2018

Virtually it doesn't really matter whether you cannot walk or whether you are a little more immobile due to age. That's why video games have meanwhile conquered both the rehabilitation industry and the leisure activities of people with disabilities. Find out how exergames put seniors in motion and how a quadriplegist plays current games in our Topic of the Month January.
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Photo: A boy playing video games with his father; Copyright: panthermedia.net/vadymvdrobot

Playfully accessible in rehabilitation and leisure time

03/01/2018

Virtually it doesn't really matter whether you cannot walk or whether you are a little more immobile due to age. That's why video games have meanwhile conquered both the rehabilitation industry and the leisure activities of people with disabilities. Find out how exergames put seniors in motion and how a quadriplegist plays current games in our Topic of the Month January.
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Photo: Dennis Winkens playing with his QuadStick; Copyright: private

Gaming tools: DIY community

03/01/2018

In this interview with REHACARE.com, Dennis Winkens explains how he discovered gaming, talks about things that can throw a monkey wrench into his game as a quadriplegic and reveals how he lobbies for increased accessibility in the video game industry.
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Photo: Felix Falk; Copyright: BIU

"Computer and video games are a social and inclusive medium"

14/12/2017

Countless Let’s Play videos on YouTube show that gaming has become an integral part of society. Whether people use consoles, PCs, laptops, smartphones or tablets, you can play on almost any platform. But what about accessibility in the age of better and better graphics and increasingly interactive game design?
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Photo: Cinderella and Niels of HelpCamps; Copyright: HelpCamps

HelpCamps: "Making assistive technology faster, more affordable and personalized"

23/11/2017

In accordance with the slogan "Nothing about us without us", the HelpCamps project aims at developing and implementing concepts and ideas together. To make this a reality, people with disabilities, companies from the assistive technology, care and assistance sectors, as well as stakeholders in the so-called maker movement and researchers, are brought together to network during various events.
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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: 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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Photo: Cheering soccer fans at the stadium; Copyright: panthermedia.net/mikdam

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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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: 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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Photo: Sandra Glöckler; Copyright: Rolli auf Trab

"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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Photo: Mischa Gohlke plays the e-guitar on stage; Copyright: Stephan Olbrich

Music and hearing impairment: "Music is an universal language that doesn’t need words"

23/03/2017

Music breaks down boundaries – that’s something the Association "Grenzen sind relativ e.V. - Kultur, Gesellschaft und Inklusion" clearly shows. Initiator and project manager Mischa Gohlke is a professional musician, who has been hearing impaired and nearly deaf since birth. He wants our society to get excited about a holistic approach to inclusion with the help of music.
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Photo: Hands on a book printed in Braille; Copyright: panthermedia.net/belchonock

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: Sema Gedik at work; Copyright: Valerie Diedenhoff

Fashion: At eye level with little people

19/01/2017

Every little person should be able to buy beautiful clothes yet there are still no fashionable items available in standard sizes. That’s something Sema Gedik wants to change – with her project titled "Auf Augenhöhe" (English: At Eye Level). REHACARE.com talked with the designer about her inspiration, her goals and the obstacles she had to overcome.
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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: Jann Kessler in a discussion; Copyright: Fünf Seen Film Festival/Pavel Broz

Listening and understanding: Documentary filmmaker portrays seven people with MS

20/10/2016

It is called the disease with a thousand faces: multiple sclerosis (MS) manifests itself very differently in different people. Many don’t like to talk about their illness and the subsequent restrictions it entails. REHACARE.com spoke with Jann Kessler, the director of the documentary film "Multiple Fates - About the Struggle with One’s Own Body" about his personal connection to MS.
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Photo: Carer holds the hand of a patient; Copyright: panthermedia.net/michaeljung

Concept for caregiver workload relief: "Empathy is a fundamental part of being human"

15/09/2016

Caregivers encounter many different emotions in their jobs. Patients are in pain, have questions about their own mortality or they pass away. The empathy-based relief concept empCARE was founded to better handle these emotional experiences. With the help of training courses, caregivers are taught to learn how to prevent an empathic emotional overreaction.
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Photo: Tobias Polsfuß laughing with some of his housemates; Copyright: Daniela Buchholz

Looking for and finding inclusive shared housing options at WOHN:SINN

16/08/2016

A look at the living situation of many people with learning disabilities reveals they often only get to choose between living in care homes or their families’ homes. Many of them are not aware of the numerous inclusive shared housing options that gradually emerge in Germany and where people with or without disabilities live together.
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Photo: Marcus Rohrbach cuts fruits in kitchen, camera records scenes, computer screen in foreground

Will software automatically describe movie plots in the near future?

18/07/2016

In order to understand the plot of a movie an audio version is very helpful for visually impaired people. Authors watch the whole movies and describe what happens in each scene. But wouldn’t it be possible for a computer software to do this kind of work? Researchers work on developing a program which automatically generates movie descriptions and reads them out.
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Photo: Birgit Gebhardt

Blessing or curse? Using robots in the healthcare sector

21/06/2016

In the distant future? – But today already a reality: robot caregivers are designed to make the daily tasks of healthcare workers easier. Today these types of helpers are already being used in Japan. They lift people in need of care out of their beds, play cards with them or cuddle with dementia patients.
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Photo: Sigrid Arnade

"Ability4Refugees platform wants to provide auxiliary means for refugees with disabilities"

24/05/2016

Many people who had to leave their home country traveled in a wheelchair or used crutches. The stress of this escape was at times even more exhausting and taxing for some than for others. REHACARE.com spoke with Sigrid Arnade (ISL e.V.) and Eva-Maria and Andreas Mohn (Andreas Mohn Foundation) about the Ability4Refugees platform that aims to improve the availability of auxiliary means for refugees.
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Photo: map of Germany

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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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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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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Photo: Philipp Mahler with an avatar at MEDICA 2015

"The robot facilitates and promotes the connection between children"

15/12/2015

A robot that provides a link between hospital and classroom? The project Avatar Kids makes this possible: acutely ill children are able to actively participate in school activities with the help of a tablet computer. The teacher facilitates the communication. REHACARE.com spoke with Philipp Mahler of Avatar Kids about the opportunities this project provides.
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Photo: Ludger Steffens

"Judo is ideal for persons with or without disabilities"

26/11/2015

A change of gait pattern and paralysis on the right side of the body and particularly of the arm – at first glance, these consequences of a stroke don’t appear to be the best prerequisites to partake in the sport of Judo. Yet Ludger Steffens likes to prove the opposite is true. REHACARE.com spoke with the 63-year-old about successes and inclusion in martial arts.
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Kinaesthetics: "People learn to pay attention to their own body motions"

28/09/2015

Caregiving activities are physically exhausting. This is why it is important both for nursing staff and caregiving family members to optimize their physical movements. Sabine Sieben is a kinesthetic trainer and spoke with REHACARE.de about the kinesthetic concept and its advantages for in-home care.
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Photo: Volker Westermann holding a spoon

"Kitchen and cooking are a bridge to inclusion"

27/08/2015

Oftentimes, political questions lack a certain zest, a somewhat different kind of approach. Ever more frequently, this is also rumored to be the case for inclusion. Only a few people can disengage from such stubborn trains of thought. TV chef and host Volker Westermann is one of them. He spoke with REHACARE.com about inclusion found in cooking pots.
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Photo: Dr. Ralf Suhr

"The reasons that lead to violence in care are complex and complicated"

25/06/2015

Abuse in care has many different forms and is still a taboo subject. The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day wants to shed a bright light on this issue. This year, the Center for Quality in Care, ZQP, introduced its new featured report titled "Preventing Violence in Care". REHACARE.com spoke with ZQP foundation president Dr. Ralf Suhr about seamless transitions and active prevention.
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Photo: Dorothea Pitschnau-Michel

"World MS Day calls attention to the need for inclusion"

26/05/2015

Since 2009, the World MS Day calls attention to multiple sclerosis and the people who live with this disease of the central nervous system around the world. REHACARE.com spoke with Dorothea Pitschnau-Michel, Secretary of the German Multiple Sclerosis Society (DMSG), about this special day, which always takes place on the last Wednesday of May.
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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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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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Photo: Lisa Polk und Christian Schinnerl

"hemdless is not just meant to represent disability fashion, but to also involve our society as a whole"

15/01/2015

Without a shirt. That’s the translation for the project name hemdless. It alludes to the fact that people affected by trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) usually have a hard time finding clothes that fit. Young designers Lisa Polk and Christian Schinnerl didn’t want to leave it at that. REHACARE.com spoke with both of them about the benefit of angled buttonholes and the "6th Shirt".
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