03/01/2018Laughter is the best medicine. In this sense Kim Lumelius is a pretty jolly person. Instead of getting angry about barriers, she prefers to overcome them. That's why her travels are always an adventure. What kind of journey she has not made yet and why she considers gratitude to be an important asset, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
20/12/2017Philipp Schrenk was always the only student or employee with a disability. But it worked out. Today, Schrenk really loves to travel and to offer other people orientation to accessible holiday destinations with his travel blog. Why his weaker self has kept him away from the Caribbean so far and what question he has for the health insurance companies, he tells on REHACARE.com.
14/12/2017Countless 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?
13/12/2017Markus Boettner grew up with the Wartburg in sight and the Thuringian Forrest as playground. After he graduated University the passionate musician moved to Galway, Ireland. He moved back to Germany since half a year now. What moves the linguist and why a quotation of his good friend enriches his life, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
06/12/2017Para ice hockey is the ultimate sport for Christian Jaster. Since he was a child he is infected with the ice hockey virus. Meanwhile, Jaster has become an integral part of the German Para Ice Hockey National Team and webmaster of the official homepage. What other sports he wants to try out and what he would like to be, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
29/11/2017Since Andrea Heidrich uses a wheelchair because of a rheumatic autoimmune disease, she is dependent on the help of her assistance dog Jay. But since the Bochumer is already dog crazy anyway, also the Maltese Sandy belongs to the pack. In addition to her dogs, topics such as social justice are important to the 49-year-old as well. What else is on her mind, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
23/11/2017In 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.
22/11/2017For 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 REHACARE.com.
15/11/2017Dunja Fuhrmann wants to go high up - climbing is her passion. The idea of inclusion is particularly close to her heart. What else she is committed to and what kind of group she would like to recruit, she tells on REHACARE.com.
08/11/2017Accessible views in word and picture - Frank F. König would like to offer this with his extensive online presence. However, he has not yet been able to implement the view and step across the "big pond" into the USA himself. On REHACARE.com he tells us what is the reason for this and which signs he wants to remove and why.
02/11/2017They vie for the affection and approval of their parents, they argue with each other and yet no other relationship is as close and able to endure as much as the bond between siblings. Regardless of whether it is a connection like the Klitschko or Gallagher brothers have, sibling relationships run deep and in the case of Liam and Noel can also withstand repeated disagreements.
02/11/2017Facilitating participation and improving the quality of life: People with dementia benefit from athletic activities because sport helps to improve both physical as well emotional and mental health. It improves walking ability and gait performance but also memory and concentration for example. A pilot project in Germany has now attempted to make this effect last with concerted group activities.
01/11/2017Run, just start running: Lisa Scheer couldn't do that for fourteen years because her knee was stiff. About a year ago she decided to have an amputation of the leg. How this decision and the time before it shaped and changed her and her life, she tells at REHACARE.com.
25/10/2017Fidi Baum discovered the love to German rap thanks to the Fantastischen Vier. He did not make his musical passion to his profession. In return, he is a social pedagogue with heart and soul and is committed to the topic of inclusion. What his first act as a federal disability commissioner would be and why Ryan Gosling would be suitable to impersonate Graf Fidi in a film, he tells at REHACARE.com.
19/10/2017The 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.
18/10/2017Literature in Easy Language is still an exception. That's why writer Kristof Magnusson floats against the tide and writes books in at least Simple Language. What he has never written before, but would like to and how he is connected to Iceland, he tells at REHACARE.com.
11/10/2017Anja Moerstedt had to learn to give her body more time: She fell ill with a rare genetic defect from one day to another. But the 45-year-old from Emden remained positive. Through her limitation, she found her mission: to draw attention to discrimination. What moves her and why the way she was educated is important for her life today, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
04/10/2017Writing is very important to the blogger Lea Voitel. That's why she is very grateful to her German teacher, who encouraged her to do so at the time. The 20-year-old has found her destiny in self-determined travel. Why a festival visit for her was nevertheless something very special and what she would like to see from the society, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
27/09/2017Tan Caglar has Turkish roots and uses a wheelchair. In today's society, these are sometimes two reasons why one can be excluded. But the 37-year-old takes it with humor and soon will be touring in Germany with his comedy program. How to get Donald Trump, Bud Spencer and James Bond into one questionnaire, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
20/09/2017Julia Latscha would love to know how her daughter, who has multiple disabilities, sees the world. But even without this knowledge, there are many things in Germany that the author would like to change. What she wants for her daughter and why she can fight like a lioness for her children, but doesn't dare to spend a night in the forest, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
13/09/2017Sometimes lecturers have a greater influence on students than they may be aware of. Claudia Böhme came up with the idea of bringing together blind and visually impaired people and museums, thanks to a suggestion of the student vocational guidance service. Today, the 46-year-old is a cultural mediator. What else she is interested in besides accessibility in museums, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
06/09/2017Not all people with disabilities depend on a wheelchair. Many diseases are invisible to other people. Karina Sturm can tell you a thing or two about it. What challenge, besides her disease, the 30-year-old had to overcome while eating with her neighbours and why she secretly dreams of the Nobel Peace Prize, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
30/08/2017Denise Bartels was raised along the claim: "There is nothing impossible as long as you try hard enough". Since she has the diagnosis Ehlers-Danlos-Syndrome it is sometimes hard for her to satisfy her acquired self. Who helps her in this state of mind and what she thinks about the so called Federal Participation Law, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
23/08/2017Felix Brunner loves the mountains and even a momentous accident cannot hold him off from his adventurous hobbies. Why he does not believe in limits but in the German pupils, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
17/08/2017The 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.
17/08/2017For 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.
16/08/2017Coco de Bruycker wants to change the film industry - for people with disabilities. At the age of 21 the girl from Germany dreams big. Which goals she has and why she is not afraid of dancing in the London Underground but does not dare to be part of a flashmob, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
09/08/2017Depending on Sven Reusch, society would benefit if they would stop thinking in stereotypes. He would rather embrace more space for the uncharted and acceptance for everyone. And because they are known for being out of the box the Ramp'n'Roller Reusch likes Jürgen Klopp and Jürgen Vogel. What it is that Harry Potter is ahead of, Sven Reusch tells us at REHACARE.com.
02/08/2017To Sibylle Brandt equality, equal opportunity and the right to equal treatment of all people from all walks of life is an important concern. How an accidental meeting with former Chancellor Willy Brandt influenced her and which questions she wishes to be answered by society, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
01/08/2017Whether 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.
26/07/2017After Christian Kenk told us "How he rolls" in the last week, today it is Bernd Mann's turn. He is the personal assistant of his friend Christian Kenk. What kind of questions the second author of "Schwer behindert, leicht bekloppt" (Heavily disabled, slightly loco) has in mind and which thought from the German philosopher Immanuel Kant he prefers, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
19/07/2017Christian Kenk and Bernd Mann are best friends for 25 years now. Their deep friendship has often been smiled at or caused disapproval. But it never changed a thing between their relationship and so they came up with a book called: "Schwer behindert, leicht bekloppt" (Heavily disabled, slightly loco). What else is important to Christian Kenk besides friendship, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
13/07/2017Modern 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.
12/07/2017Katrin Gensecke is an expert in her own cause, an inclusion ambassador and wants to change something politically. It is important for her to see that every person is unique. She wonders when the people themselves will be focussed again in our society. Who influences and supports her the most and what it’s all about with Latin-American rhythms, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
05/07/2017Lisa Schütte is a family person, dog lover and has diabetes type 1. How life feels like with this disease, she writes on her blog lisabetes.de. What else is important to her except her family and friends and her dog Nero and how Batman, Emma Watson and Norway fit together, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
03/07/2017Many 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.
03/07/2017It all started with a vague concept intended to create a new work environment for people with disabilities. Today, there are 106 CAP Märkte all over Germany where people with and without disabilities sell groceries. Thomas Heckmann has been responsible for the CAP Märkte concept since 2001. REHACARE.com talked with him about the work in these inclusive companies.
28/06/2017Björn Schulz is a cheerful person. Being an interested person as well he would like to know how the city of Florence manages to make almost all historical buildings accessible - and why in Germany it is still impossible due to monument protection. Why he has never been to Wacken OpenAir yet and who influenced his sense of humor, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
21/06/2017If you're asking Anja Bohr, every human being has the right to understand and to be understood. That's the reason she learned sign language. While she would be afraid of being Commissioner for the Disabled, there's not much more she wouldn't dare. Which question the sign language assistant would like to get an answear to, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
15/06/2017For 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.
14/06/2017Jan-Oliver Wülfing wants to influence his personal assistants in the long run: with being more open-minded or more aware of accessibility. As a federal disability commissioner, he would make everything more inclusive. In the movie about his life things would be heating up – instead of tearjerker a bank would be robbed. What kind of role dancing also plays in his life, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
07/06/2017Sabine Ochaba loves to travel. After she visited Burma, the USA, Cuba, New Zealand and Iceland, she found a new destination for 2019. Which one it is and what Nina Hoss, Veronica Ferres and Nicole Kidman have in common with her, she tells at REHACARE.com.
31/05/2017Sebastian Schild always finds the silver lining. The public speaker and hypnosis coach uses his strength to motivate others in order to define his profession. Where his positivism comes from and which kind of philosophical questions are running through his head, when he's not helping people to find their inner joy, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
24/05/2017Accessibility – this is especially near and dear to Ute Göres. That is also why her first official act as a Commissioner for the Disabled would concern this topic. Why her parents are particularly important to her and why it would be nice, if Ingrid Bergmann would still be alive, she tells as at REHACARE.com.
17/05/2017A society full of diversity is something Marlies Hübner really cares about. So she steps up for the voiceless, because inclusion of people with any kind of disability is something that matters to her a lot. What she additionally thinks about diving and who inspires her the most, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
10/05/2017For Samira Mousa a positive approach to chronic diseases is very important. Such diagnoses can be the reason for a new start: living healthier, taking better care of oneself. That is something that she herself lives and constantly makes a subject of discussion in her blog. What she thinks about hiking thousands of kilometers and why a tired cat makes her laugh, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
03/05/2017Whether in the meadow under the starry sky or alone in the desert – the actor and martial arts teacher Benjamin Piwko wants to feel and experience nature as close as possible. He wants to lead as a good example and give courage to other people. Why he likes Iron Man and what the beautiful soul is all about, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
02/05/2017Hamburg? 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.
02/05/2017How does Italy taste? How does France smell? What do rainforests feel like? A vacation for almost all the senses – this is how one might describe the concept of Tour de Sens. People with and without visual impairment travel and explore foreign countries together. The different types of perception is a win for both sides.
26/04/2017That people see the positive skills of others first, and not their shortcomings – that is Katrin Sickerts heartfelt wish. But also traveling is very high on her wish list. She can laugh about many things – and she does it happily and loud. Why compliments and appreciation are important to her and what kind of role for pupils she has in mind, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
20/04/2017Literature 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.
20/04/2017More 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.
19/04/201723-year-old Jordan Luce is a professional wheelchair basketball player. Therefore, you can find him quite often in the gym. But his interests are not only in sporty, but also in animals. That’s why he would love to rescue injured animals. Still, he can laugh about an incident with a duck. What this is all about and which question he would like to have an answer to, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
12/04/2017Jan Nic Arnold is all about one topic: sports. Whether it is handball, athletics or swimming, the fifteen-year-old from Stuttgart can hardly be stopped. But also his friends and especially his father play an important role in his life. He has his eyes firmly on his big dream and so his next stop is already clear. You can find at REHACARE.com what this is.
05/04/2017Courage plays an important role in the life of Simone Plaschke. And this does not only regard the planned skydiving experience, but much more the process of learning to be true to oneself and to show what kind of person one is. What this is exactly about, what she connects with cranes and ravens and what she thinks about topics like dying, death and grief, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
03/04/2017About 1.4 million people in Germany live with dementia. Among them are also a growing number of people with migration background, including people from the Russian-speaking realm. It is important to address every person individually based on his/her cultural background – even in health care environments.
03/04/2017Companionship – that’s the meaning of "Dong Ban Ja", an outpatient intercultural hospice service in Berlin. This project by the Humanist Association of Germany, Berlin-Brandenburg, is devoted to the care of critically and terminally ill persons. The key aspect here is the fact that patients are cared for by caregivers, who speak their language and understand their religious beliefs and culture.
29/03/2017A fair and emancipated world for everyone – that is what Danny-Ralph Cäsar wishes for. In order to make this dream become reality, he is activiley involved in politics. His motto: Together many things are possible! Who has impressed and influenced him the most so far and what he has not dared to do yet, he tells us at RECAHARE.com.
23/03/2017Music 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.
22/03/2017"Be bold and wild and wonderful" – Elke Ederer gladly gives the advice of Pipi Longstocking to other people. Lucky Luke also plays an important role in her life – next to her boyfriend, her dog and her diabetes. To this, she devotes a whole homepage. And what it is all about with an animal sanctuary and Jim Morrison, she tells us at RECAHRAE.com.
15/03/2017Whether it is ice skating, modeling or writing a blog – trying out new things and fulfilling herself is especially important for Kim Elena do Calvário Moquenco. Also, she has many ideas for her assignment as German Federal Commissioner for the Disabled. Who are her heroes and what makes her angry about movies portraying people with disabilities, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
08/03/2017Never give up and always stand your ground – despite a stroke of fate. This is an advice the tattooist Melinda Litzendorf not only hands out to others, but also follows herself. Besides her dogs, especially her family is near and dear to the eightfold mother Melinda Litzendorf. Which role her husband plays in her life and why Snapchat makes her laugh heartily, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
01/03/2017"But you don’t look sick!" That’s a sentence, Katarina B. hears far too often. The woman from Switzerland lives with multiple sclerosis (MS) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosed later in her life. The symptoms she is dealing with on a daily basis are invisible to outsiders. But they are still there – around-the-clock.
01/03/2017Lydia Zoubek wishes for a better acceptance of people with disabilities in our society. In order to give an insight into her life as a blind woman, the mother and housewife blogs about her everyday life. In what kind of way we caught her and where she wants to take a look behind the scenes, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
22/02/2017With his project "BlindLife" Erdin Ciplak tries to address the topic of blindness and visual impairment in a relaxed way. Among other things, he reports on auxiliary means and everyday problems. How his Taekwon-Do coach helps him to master his everyday life and what a dream he connects with a Mercedes CLS AMG, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
16/02/2017A 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.
15/02/2017In the life of Maria Langstroff several people play an important role. They give her not only support but also courage and strength. The student and authoress has an unknown muscle disorder and enjoys her life to the fullest. Why not an actress, but her mother should represent her in the movie about her life and which comedian makes her laugh, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
08/02/2017Do not think so much, just do it – this has always been Boris Guentel's motto for already a long time. He wants a better cooperation in society and that people with disabilities are not prejudiced. Because everyone should get the chance to convince with his or her abilities. What kind of role his "Sensei" plays in his life and which challenge awaits him soon, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
01/02/2017Quality of life on four hooves: every Friday, pony mare 13 visits the guests at the Diakonie-Hospiz Wannsee in Berlin, Germany. Anyone is welcome to have 13 at his/her room, feed, pet and cuddle with her. For many guests, this is a very special encounter and experience.
01/02/2017Pigs brings back many memories and emotions, especially for older people because they remember them from their childhood. And that’s exactly what the Dutch physical therapist Daan Vermeulen draws on. He visits retirement homes, schools and other facilities with his pig Felix. With the help of his pig, he is able to playfully boost the senses and mobility of people with dementia.
01/02/2017Inclusive encounters between people with and without disabilities are near and dear to Silke Pan. That is why from her point of view inclusion should be taught and lived as early as possible. How she would like to bring peace to the world and why life in general is an unique opportunity, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
25/01/2017Equal opportunities and acceptance of everybody by everybody – this is what is near and dear to Jochen Wier. For him this can be lowered curb stones as well as an unconditional basic income. What has been hindering him from paragliding until now and why would like to be blind for a certain amount of time, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
19/01/2017Every 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.
18/01/2017If she had enough time and a companion, Viola Steinbeck would really love to travel across the USA. And although it is not possible at the moment, she holds on to this dream. Which question she would like to have an answer to and why her grandparents are her one and only, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
11/01/2017Her family is really near and dear to Ina Schallenberg, especially her son Jayden. To what extend her loved-ones are also the reason to not letting a dream come true, what she thinks about the Federal Participation Law and why Mila Kunis should represent her in a movie about her life, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
04/01/2017Respect instead of compassion – that is what Manfred Fischer wants for people with disabilities. The Austrian would like to fly to the Easter Islands and be an astronaut for one day. What he also wants to know about the universe, he tell us at REHACARE.com.
03/01/2017Kassandra 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.
22/12/2016Shopping 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.
21/12/2016Studying abroad being visually impaired needs more preparation, but it is also worth it: Since October Tina Paulick is living in Ireland and blogging about her experience. She wants more accessibility in the internet and explains that life is not defined by a disability. Why she would like to be her dog and what is important for her, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
14/12/2016Tabea Hosche is a journalist and filmmaker. But not Hollywood is in her focus, but rather people with disabilities. She wants to report about people just the way they are - not pitying, not heroizing, not only with regard to disability and its consequences. Why she would like to slip into the body of her daughter for a week, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
07/12/2016Nothing about us without us! This motto of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is what Dr. Carsten Rensinghoff demands for decisions in politics concerning people with disabilities. This would be the foundation for comprehensive inclusion. Where else he sees some problems in this regard and who influenced him the most, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
01/12/2016Aleksander Knauerhase is a freelance adult education instructor and lecturer. His presentations and seminars primarily focus on the subjects of autism and inclusion. What makes his lectures so special is his inside view of autism. After all, Knauerhase knows exactly what he is talking about: he is an expert with first-hand knowledge.
30/11/2016She studies hearing impairment pedagogy, is an author at hearzone.net and translates songs into sign language: Christine Tschuschner wants to live in a self-determined way – also with capital resources. That’s why it is important for her that the Federal Participation Law will be optimized. Why she fancies for Cosma Shiva Hagen and which animal she would like to be, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
24/11/2016There 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.
23/11/2016For almost a month, the exhibition "Touchdown 21" has been opened by people with and without Down Syndrome in the Federal Art Gallery in Bonn, Germany (Bundeskunsthalle). Anne Leichtfuß has also put a lot of passion into the preliminary work. On REHACARE.com she tells us what else moves her besides her work as a translator for Easy (German) Language.
16/11/2016People need clear goals for life, says Christian Troger. Therefore his goal is to motivate and inspire others. Everything that is important for him he tries to realize – in professional or private life. He informs us about the legal situation for disabled people in Austria and what he would like to change, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
09/11/2016Preserving and implementing human rights of people with disabilities is near and dear to Ottmar Miles-Paul. He really wants that there is justice in our world. Therefore, the committed activist fights against the worsening of the German Federal Participation Law – online as well as offline. What kind of idea he definitely wants to realize some day, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
02/11/2016Togetherness on eye level – that is what Anouk Schmitt likes to advocate for. People should act with each other exactly this way, no matter what sex, religion or disability they have. She tells us on REHACARE.com, why she wants to be a child again and what makes her partner so special.
02/11/2016Dennis 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.
26/10/2016Matthias Klei loves to overcome boundaries, likes to face personal challenges and tries to realize his dreams - for example a trip around the world. An inclusive society which is geared to disadvantaged people would make things much easier. Why Christoph Waltz would be the perfect cast for him in a movie, and what is getting on his nerves, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
20/10/2016It 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.
19/10/2016Lars Hemme is actually pleased with his life, but he keeps on asking himself when disabled people are no longer treated as second-class citizens. Therefore he would like to speak to Ms. Merkel. Why he has not been on the Way of St. James yet and what he can laugh about, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
12/10/2016Being braver and free from doubts – if this was Theresa Steinkellner, she would simply grab her backpack and go hiking. For her, being free is just as important as appreciating people and showing them respect and empathy – for example in her job as a personal assistant. Why tomato juice is a mystery for her, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
05/10/2016Stefanie Batzer can sometimes attract attention so that streetlights have to suffer from it. Looking at all the injustices in the world, she would like our society to become open-minded towards all people finally. How she would like to change the world of work and what she lacks the courage for, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
28/09/2016Dennis Winkens would like to win the lottery and to go skydiving – but unfortunately, neither the numbers nor the weather played along yet. But much more important to him are advancements concerning accessibility and inclusion, best by removing all tax limits. Which question he is asking himself and what he would like to be, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
21/09/2016Her singularity makes her her own role model – Kassandra Ruhm is committed to a better Federal Participation Law, equal rights for everyone and she wants to create accessibility both in live and in thinking. Why female actors can have some more kilos and why people generally should show more empathy, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
15/09/2016Caregivers 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.
14/09/2016Discovering new cultures and people and coming closer to herself as a consequence – Meike Mittmeyer-Riehl loves travelling and her cat which makes her laugh every day. She wants to put the topic of young stroke patients more into public’s eye and advocates for a more tolerant world with more humanity. What she has always been wanting to do, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
07/09/2016Anja Hebel is a fighter. She does what she wants to do and never bounces back. Being an aerialist at Cirque du Soleil would be the perfect job for her. But what she wishes for the most, is giving not directly visible disabilities more attention. Which questions she is asking herself and why Elizabeth Taylor would be the perfect cast for the movie about her life, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
31/08/2016His passion is photography: Arne Schöning is always looking for new inspiration, does not take life too serious and has a refreshing self-mockery. What he dislikes about the title German Federal Commissioner for the Disabled and what he always wanted to do, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
24/08/2016Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud likes metal music, is in love with Captain Jack Sparrow and would like to understand her cat at least once. She advocates more public commitment, disability rights and their realisation. What kind of dreams she has and why dolphins and pirates play a role in it, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
17/08/2016Marit Müller’s life is like a blockbuster: From romance over drama to western, it includes just everything. And the protagonist herself convinces with unconventional thinking and a healthy self-confidence. Which questions bother her and why does she want to kick some people’s shin, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
10/08/2016Lara Möhlenbeck wants more accessibility and more intensive research. She has a big heart, values honesty, her health and having time for herself. On REHACARE.com she tells us why she likes the German actress Alexandra Maria Lara so much and what else is important to her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
03/08/2016For Petra Wontorra one thing is very important: Germany needs a good Federal Participation Law and has to destroy barriers, which are in many heads. Every human being should be able to equally take part in all areas of life. Which questions she would like to get an answer to and what kind of role a yoghurt plays in this context, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
01/08/2016There 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?
27/07/2016Diving with sharks and whales? Maybe not! But Chris Robertson also likes the smaller pleasures like ice cream with almonds. At REHACARE.com, he tells us more about the things that matter to him and what role Tyrion Lannister, a full beard and unicorns play here!
20/07/2016Young, fully inclusive and on air in German TV: this is Kim Denise Hansmann. At REHACARE.com, she tells us what is important to her, what she fights for and what else she wants to achieve.
18/07/2016In 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.
13/07/2016Luisa Eichler loves enjoying the sun, singing and traveling. Just recently, she traveled from Würzburg to Berlin especially for a demonstration against the Federal Participation Law. For what else she campaigns alongside to such actions, what kind of language she would like to learn and what is going on with her hair texture, she reveals on REHACARE.com.
06/07/2016Marcella Becker is a proud mother of a child with autism. She wishes that people look over the rim of their tea cup. She would like to live in a world where it is normal to be different. A world where other people give her son obviously a ladder to pick an apple like all the others. What she also wishes for, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
01/07/2016Since 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).
29/06/2016Fighting for accessibility in the head of local politicians and other decision makers and counseling other affected people, this is what is very important for Norbert Sandmann. That persistence can be worth the effort, he has already experienced on his own. How he sees life in general, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
22/06/2016Multicultural and diverse Berlin – this is where Heiko Mersch lives. However, he dreams of going somewhere else – far away: he wants to ride with his bicycle through the Outback of Australia. Where and with whom he wants to make a few fine adjustments and why of all things a woman should play the leading role in the movie of his life, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
21/06/2016In 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.
15/06/2016Michael Hausman has diabetes mellitus type 3 and had a stroke three years ago. Since then, he campaigns for more information about this disease and also runs a blog on this topic. Who always supports him and which question he wants to be answered, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
08/06/2016Family, friends and wheelchair basketball – these are the elementary things in the life of Marcel Gerber. His next goal: he wants to try driving a kart. Why Will Smith should represent him in the movie about his life and what he knows about God, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
01/06/2016From water to land – Christiane Reppe has given up her long career as a competitive swimmer to successfully ride towards excellence with a handcycle after taking a brieftime out. REHACARE.com spoke with her about old and new achievements, the difference in the disciplines and the Rio Paralympics of course.
01/06/2016Just daring to live happy and free against all reservations – that’s exactely the way Silke Naun-Bates chose. Her life nowadays as a successful author, partner and mother proves her right. Why she wishes for accessibility, although she does not really depend on it, and how she handles fear, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
25/05/2016Those who are open-minded and interested in other people – also in those who are different – have less prejudices. That’s at least what Agnes Gebler thinks. But she also understands first fears of contact. What matters to her is the willingness to approach to others. What else is important to her and which questions she would like to be answered, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
24/05/2016Many 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.
18/05/2016Enjoy every moment and make your own experiences – that is what is important in life for Melanie Eilert. Alongside her political interest, she is very passionate about musicals. How this fact would influence making a movie about her life, which musical actress could represent her the best way and what her answer to all questions is, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
11/05/2016Because of the fact that Anna Siuda is deaf, many people think she is not capable of doing several things. But she tries not to let herself be pulled down and campaigns for accessibility for everybody. What kind of dreams she has and what kind of advice she gives other people, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
04/05/2016Ju Wheelymum would like to shout it out to the world: "We exist – please see us!" The 30-year-old mother continuously writes for her blog to focus at parents with a chronical diseases and an impairment. On REHACARE.com she tell us who is her tower of strength and whose strange way of singing makes her happy.
02/05/2016Jenny 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.
28/04/2016Disabled 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.
27/04/2016Berlin is beautiful! Still, now and then one can think about going elsewhere - like Annika Möller. Read at REHACARE.com if she will put this plan into action or if she will rather stay and enjoy the sun and Berlin’s air in Lichtenberg!
20/04/2016Timo Ameruoso wants to leave his mark. He would like to change something in our society – if necessary also with the help of some special tickets. To what extent his role models Muhammad Ali und Bruce Lee have to do something with it and why his coma many years ago made him want to travel to the USA, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
14/04/2016A 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.
13/04/2016Her family and friends have a save place in the heart of Nicole Franke. But her biggest love is music. That’s why she is a passionate concert visitor who loves to support her artist on site. Who or what makes her laugh and what she thinks about pitifulness, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
06/04/2016Living one’s life open-minded and true is a matter of course for Christoph Gockeln. In his eyes everybody should also be able to laugh about themselves. He actually really likes to do it. What else is near and dear to the politically commited programer and which two public persons he has a special relation to, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
30/03/2016Whether young or old, disabled or not – people should live in peace and happiness with each other. Also their origin and skin color do not play a role, when it comes to Iris Westermann. For her it is the person itself that counts. On REHACARE.com she does not only tell us how tolerance can work out, but she also declares her love to her husband.
23/03/2016Petra Ulbrich wants all people to be kind to each other. But if this does not work on a large scale, then she wishes that it’s at least possible in her small family surrounding – for example in dealing with her children. What she has learned because of them and what kind of shared situations make her laugh, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
16/03/2016Alexandra Hornig wants to build bridges between the worlds in which people with and without disabilities live – separated from each other according to her. That is why she gives insights into living with a disabled daughter. She wants more tolerance and more togetherness without fears of contact, in order to live inclusion. How this could work, she tells us in REHACARE.com.
09/03/2016Kübra Sekin is interested in fashion, studies in Bochum, Germany, and is one of the hosts of the German JAM! web show. At REHACARE.com she tells us about her special way of laughing and what exactly makes her friends so special and important to her.
02/03/2016If it was up to Nicole Hotopp people with disabilities should have the opportunity to participate without help of others in public life much better than now. She wishes that accessible entrances or elevators for every building become a matter of course. Whether she would also like to go into politics because of this, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
01/03/2016Italy 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.
24/02/2016Every person should be accepted by other people. This is the motto Peter Klocke lives by. That’s also why it goes without saying for him that every person should have the same possibilities and equal rights in our society. What else he really wishes for, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
23/02/2016Representative 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.
17/02/2016Not every impairment is obvious at first sight. And if they are not able to see somethhing, the other ones often think you are healthy. This is an experience Corinna Baumhoer has often made so far. What many people don’t see and don’t understand: Her chronic disease brings her to her borders. Where they are and how she handles with them and her fellows, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
10/02/2016Whether expeditions in foreign countries or action sports – Daniel Schließmann can get enthusiastic about many things. What matters the most to him in this context is to share such experiences and to make them possible for everybody. If he is oriented towards idols for this and what a nature reserve has to do with it, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
03/02/2016People with disabilities should have equal rights and possibilities in all aspects of life. This is near and dear to pupil Anna Mühlhause – although it should be a matter of course. So also her opinion about feeling pity for disabled people is quite obvious. And she also tells us on REHACARE.com, what a wheelchair and a drive-through have to do with her biggest wish.
01/02/2016Obstacles 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.
27/01/2016A comfortable film night in the movies? Barbara Fickert would be glad to! But accessible, please! Because she has a severe vision impairment. And whether in the movies or on the streets – until now she has gained a lot of positive experiences with her fellows and their readiness to help her. But what actually would be a nightmare for her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
20/01/2016Udo Sist would like to live in a tolerant society which faces and obstructs every intolerance and discrimination. But he knows that there are still many intolerant people he has to explain to "that we all are just human beings". Which further experiences he made with people as well as the media and who is one of his best friends, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
13/01/2016Frenze Huth may be young but already knows that one often has to fight in life in order to achieve ones goals. And she has a lot of goals. But she does not let her physical impairment impede her. What kind of concrete ideas she already has and what is near and dear to her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
06/01/2016The timing is something Christine Rupp has to complain about: The diagnosis Multiple Sclerosis came too early into her life. First, she was struggling with the diagnosis, but now she thinks: Full speed ahead! What else she wants to achieve with this energy, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
04/01/2016The 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.
04/01/2016Photography 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.
22/12/2015Darleen Jobber wants to show people that she is living a happy life with her disability. For her this is no contradiction. The young woman wishes that people talk to each other more often in order to get rid of their fears of contacts. What she thinks about jokes about her disability and what kind of effect Facebook likes have on her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
16/12/2015For Thomas Olejniczak a little dream came true concerning his professional life: He now sales clothes in a fashion store chain in Germany. Not many autistic people with learning disabilities get this kind of possibility. As a successful example of professional inclusion he has lately been awarded with the vilmA award. What kinds of wishes have not been fulfilled yet, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
15/12/2015A 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.
09/12/2015Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has actually been a chance to take another path for Caroline Régnard-Mayer. This way she started writing, informs people with MS and their relatives. She is also head of a MS self-help group. So she really likes what she does. To what extent she takes her life and also the MS symptoms with a sense of humor, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
02/12/2015In order to educate people about Multiple Sclerosis and to sensitize them, Sabine Marina prefers films as the best way to do it. With the documentary "Kleine graue Wolke" (English: "Little grey cloud") she has already made her life into a movie. Who she would have also liked to see in her role and what she would like to do at Hamburg Central Station, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
01/12/2015Whether it’s the stage or a television camera – John Patrick Garth feels comfortable about slipping into the role of another person. He is an actor with all his heart and soul. Nevertheless, he is not always the first choice at auditions because as an actor living with spasticity, people often don’t have high confidence in his abilities.
01/12/2015Sometimes dreams actually do come true: Carina Kühne never dreamed she would play the lead role in a movie that has since won numerous awards. Yet despite this success, things still leave much to be desired because the industry needs to finally embrace inclusion. REHACARE.com spoke with the actor about her view of the industry and barriers in people’s minds.
25/11/2015Michel Fornasier does not only want to build bridges between people with and without disabilities but he also wants to show what kind of possibilities medical robotics have to offer nowadays. To what extent he himself is a good example for this and which questions make him laugh and dream, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
18/11/2015Jan Karres wants to give teenagers and young adults an understanding of the topic disabilities in a casual and humoristic way, in order to reduce insecurities in dealing with disabled people. And that’s exactly what he does on his YouTube channel. What kind of relation he has with Steve Jobs and why he would not want to be th Federal Commissioner for the Disabled, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
11/11/2015Having a closer look and not judging too fast – that’s what Heike Führ wants from her environment. For, not every disability is obvious and perceptible for everybody. That’s why she campaigns for enlightenment concerning Multiple Sclerosis and its invisible symptoms. To what extent they also influence her life, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
04/11/2015Judo means the world to him. Already in younger years Ludger Steffens started hunting for the colored belts. After some detours with sports like boxing or rugby and also two strokes later he rediscovered his love for the combat sport judo. What kind of role this sport plays in his everyday life, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
02/11/2015When persons with disabilities have relationships, they also want to physically express their love for each other. This is not possible for every couple without restrictions. Sexual assistants can be a solution. Katja and her boyfriend have chosen this alternative. REHACARE.com spoke with her about intimate moments and her open approach to this subject.
28/10/2015Victoria Michel says about herself that she is extremely scatterbrained and she can also laugh about it. The student is open-minded and curious about life and the world. That’s why she knows exactly what else she wants to experience. What she can get mad about and who she mentions in the same breath as Goethe and Schiller, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
21/10/2015All people should be able to live the way they want to. But Peter König knows that therefor the concept of inclusion has to be lived by everybody – especially by decision makers. He himself does his bit to it every day. How he tries to make the town he lives in more accessible and what he thinks about the German inclusion activist Raul Krauthausen, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
13/10/2015She lives and loves the moment. Patricia Carl commits herself with much blood, sweat and tears for an inclusive dialogue between people. For her commitment for the Federal German Association for People of Short Stature and their Families she has also been awarded last year. What would make her think about a sit-in and why she sometimes prefers a book to a movie, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
07/10/2015JuSu Hubinger is a mother of two children. That she gave birth to them after the diagnosis Multiple Sclerosis is as natural to her as the fact that she is living a fulfilled family life with MS. Which funny situations everyday life in a group of four has to offer and to what extend MS has an influence on it, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
01/10/2015Whether it’s a walker or a prosthesis – handling a new everyday helper needs to be learned first. And who better to teach the best tips and tricks for handling them than someone who already uses these auxiliary aids every day? This was something prosthetic manufacturer Touch Bionics was thinking and made Claudia Breidbach, a user of a prosthetic fullhand made by TB, a so-called training manager.
01/10/2015Directly and on-site – this is what communication currently looks like for deaf-blind persons. The Lorm Alphabet they use is a spelling alphabet and is directly lormed into the palm of your hand. Communication over distances is only possible via an intermediary. A glove is now meant to change all that.
30/09/2015As a politician Katrin Langensiepen wants to show that also people with disabilities can do politics. That's why she is aiming for a good mixture of political commitment and the "classic inclusion topics". Why she should get herself a kick in the pants and what else she has on her mind regarding inclusion, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
23/09/2015Carolin Fischer is able to laugh about herself and lives for modeling. It is really important for her to show that people with disabilities are beautiful – quite natural. No ifs, no buts. What kind of contribution her family made to her today’s self-confidence and why she would like to be a child again, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
16/09/2015Nothing ventured, nothing gained. And what would Vanessa Franke have to lose when she made a long-cherished dream come true? Why this was literally a real altitude flight and how the neighbor’s cat can make the young woman laugh, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
09/09/2015Borders are relative to him! With the inclusion song "Being different unites us" (German: "AndersSein vereint") Mischa Gohlke and other artists showed us with the help of music, how holistically lived participation in a society can look like. To what extend all of us are disabled and how strong his love for music and his commitment for inclusion are, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
02/09/2015Equal employment opportunities for everybody – if only. Karl Matthias Schäfer would be really happy about it if employers would no longer care whether somebody has a disability or not. What the blind chief executive officer thinks about politics concerning people with disabilities and how he feels about diving and sledge dogs, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
01/09/2015Right now, the care sector is not prepared for this fact yet: drug addicts are getting much older than previously believed. At the same time, many typically age-related restrictions start to appear far earlier with them. This poses new challenges in health care provision.
26/08/2015In first place, Christof Luckas sees the person and not the disability he or she has. With his camera he therefore prefers teasing out the special personality of the portrayed person during the shootings. If he also makes them happy by doing that – perfect. Which country and its people photographically attract him the most, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
19/08/2015She especially likes "lives with dents". And Sid Vicious does not hang at her walls as a poster anymore, but maybe he was a step on her ladder of knowledge. As an author and an artist, Jennifer Sonntag has pictures like these and a lot more in her head. They sometimes also help her when she is nervous. Read more as she shares some of them with us at REHACARE.com!
12/08/2015People should move towards each other so they can learn from this – regardless if they have a disability or not. Miriam Langhoff wishes for this and she could very well help to accomplish it: Her heart beats for acting. How could she better convey messages, if not this way? At REHACARE.com she talks about the things that matter to her also off-stage.
05/08/2015Accessible tourism means the world to him. For, André Byszio does not only advise professionally about this topic, but he also loves to travel the world privately. To which destination he did not dare to travel to so far and what he basically requires from the tourism sector, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
03/08/2015When a blind swimmer is touched on the head or back by a tennis ball attached to a long pole by the so-called "tapper", then he or she knows that the pool wall is coming up. If this signal is given too early or too late, it can result in disqualification or injuries. Researchers in Leipzig, Germany, are currently working on an alternative.
29/07/2015An illness is not automatically a punishment, but a chance to discover oneself anew. This insight means a lot to Christiane Schweiker, because her own quality of life is near and dear to her. As long as possible she wants to be able to take care of herself independently and to be responsible. If and to what extend mean tripping hazards impair her doing this, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
22/07/2015She does not like all those terms for certain disabilities. That’s why Annton Beate Schmidt invented a different term for herself: Cripster. What exactly that means, what kind of questions relating to policy for the disabled she cares about and what she wants to tell people concerning disabled parking spaces, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
15/07/2015Jenny Bießmann is a very model of a globetrotter. If there are at least 25 degree Celsius, the final destination is almost perfect. According to her opinion all people with disabilities should explore the world and involve themselves actively in social life. How and thanks to whom she did this so far, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
08/07/2015Trust and support from your boss is important. Alexander Abasov really appreciates the fact that his boss offered him a fair chance on the first labor market. What kind of role his boss plays in his life and which knowledge he wants to pass on, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
01/07/2015Dogs 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.
01/07/2015Not all disabilities are visible. Especially psychological disabilities are often being suppressed or not viewed as such. It is still widely unknown that an assistance dog can help with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other psychological disabilities for example.
01/07/2015Having a penfriend is out of fashion? Not for Melanie Wimmer who keeps in touch this way intensively. Friends, family and also animals are near and dear to her anyway. She is also very interested in fashion and styling so that she acts this out in front of a camera as a hobby model. Why especially Kate Middleton should be playing her role in the movie about her life, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
24/06/2015With a ready tongue and "being bananas in a positive way" Sven Neeb watches his environment and our society. He is able to live without pity and overprotective help offered by strangers. But the implementation of inclusion and accessibility is very important to him. Why supply of auxiliary means would be his first action as German Federal Commissioner for the Disabled, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
17/06/2015"I am a blind fish," says Lina Maria Kotschedoff about herself. And every day she shows the world that her visual impairment does not restrict her. Especially with her professional experiences she wants to motivate people to believe in themselves and to fight for their own dreams. How else she would break down walls in the people’s minds, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
10/06/2015The diagnosis Multiple Sclerosis (MS) does not mean that life is now less worth living. Katarina B. does not only have this opinion, she herself is also the best example for it. With her blog she wants to encourage people and give them hope. What everyday life looks like for her and which people influence her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
03/06/2015Like for many other young women fashion is an important everyday topic for Laura Gentile. That is why she shows on a regular basis in her blog that fashionable clothing and a wheelchair are not contradiction. But the Austrian woman also dreams of changing the world and more respect. Who made her the person she is today, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
27/05/2015From Lake Constance to Berlin – this is his aim. In order to pay attention to the so called Bundesteilhabegesetz (Federal Participation Law), Oliver Straub is going to travel this distance with his electric wheelchair this summer. Why this tour and his independence are so important to him and which role his personal assistants play, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
26/03/2015There 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.
12/02/2015What 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.
15/01/2015Without 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".