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Why some older people are rejecting digital technologies


Fear of making mistakes and wider concerns about their social responsibility are among reasons why older people are rejecting digital technologies, a new study reveals.
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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


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: Professor Ingo Bosse and his team; Copyright: Technische Universität Dortmund, Oliver Schaper

SELFMADE: Making your own 3D printed assistive devices


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: Dennis Winkens playing with his QuadStick; Copyright: private

Gaming tools: DIY community


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"


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: the team of Capjob: Asal-Rothenburger-Huening; Copyright: Felix Huening/Capjob

Capjob: "People with severe disabilities assist job seekers with severe disabilities"


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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Accessible medical practices? Vienna investigates


Both the German and the Austrian Constitution stipulate the legal right to freedom of choice of medical providers. Yet this is still not an implicit option for people with disabilities. That’s why the "Information Center for People with Disabilities BIZEPS Center for a Self-Determined Life" in Vienna is dedicated to facilitating accessibility of medical practices.
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Photo: Timo Hermann; Copyright: Melanie Wehnert

Travelable: Accessible city tours in Germany


Hamburg? Berlin? Munich? Regardless of where your travels take you, it’s essential to prepare if you want to see as much of a city as possible. For many people with disabilities, this also includes obtaining information on accessibility on location. The online portal travelable.info provides just this type of information – for instance, about tried and tested city tours.
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Love at first click: What are the choices for people with disabilities?


People often say you meet your potential significant others at the workplace or in your circle of friends. And yet single dating services and apps likeLovooand Tinder have been booming for many years. There are also special available options for people with disabilities. But can you really find your dream guy or girl this way?
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Photo: Martin Habacher; Copyright: Andreas Pöschek

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


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: Application speed dating; Copyright: Paul Esser

Training and employment for people with disabilities – achieving goals together


Those who have started their education in an inclusive classroom at a regular school generally also want to continue on their path to inclusion – for their vocational education for instance. And those who were not able to make this experience, often wished they had. To ensure that young people with disabilities don’t have to be on their own, there are options that support them on their way.
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Photo: Many people with disabilities in a huge cage - during a protest event; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

We won't stand for this! – Protests against the Federal Participation Law


Nothing about us without us – this slogan, as defined by the UN-CRPD, is being brought up time and again. In Germany, it is currently more at the forefront than ever before because decisions made at the political level experience heavy backlash. People with disabilities adamantly and loudly protest on the Internet and on the streets against the upcoming Federal Participation Law.
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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


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


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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Missed opportunities: Accessible online shopping


First, the good news: technically, there should only be winners when it comes to this subject. Providers of accessible websites service the largest possible group of customers and generate the most sales. However, many people need to overcome obstacles in using most websites. This means all parties lose – both the webshop operators and users.
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Photo: meeting in the PIKSL Lab

"PIKSL focuses on the removal of digital barriers"


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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"We need to remove obstacles as a society to make participation for persons living with rare diseases possible"


It is estimated that there are over 6,000 types of rare diseases worldwide. Diseases are considered rare when less than 5 in 10,000 persons are affected by a specific disease pattern. Hardly any qualitative information about diagnosis, treatment or networking opportunities is available. Project Manager Martin Frank explains how a new Information Portal for Rare Diseases would like to change that.
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"With the Lorm Glove, deaf-blind people gain access to information on their own"


Directly 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.
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