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Nadine Wettstein – That's how she rolls

05/12/2018

When Nadine Wettstein goes on an urban exploration tour with her guide dog, she usually realizes that things aren't as bad as she thought they would be. Her advice: Just do it! What insights she would like to have, what she thinks about accessibility and why inclusion is not a gift for people with disabilities, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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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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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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Benjamin Schmidt – That's how he rolls

28/11/2018

His works are ruthlessly open, full of disarming truths and with powerful images. But author, musician and graphic artist Benjamin Schmidt hasn't had enough yet. Who his muses and companions were, why he would like to swim with an octopus and where he took off his glasses, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Richard J. Schaefer sitting under a tree, next to him is his wheelchair; Copyright: DieFotoFrau

Richard J. Schaefer – That's how he rolls

21/11/2018

Richard J. Schaefer holds it like the founder of the scout movement: He wants to leave the world a bit better than he found it. How this philosophy of life affects his private and disability-political work, the Austrian tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Lukas Krämer – That's how he rolls

14/11/2018

The world is colorful! According to this principle Lukas Krämer tries to encourage other people with disabilities and at the same time to break down prejudices of non-disabled people. Why he got into politics and what his first act as the Commissioner for the Disabled would be, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Heidi Ulm – That's how she rolls

07/11/2018

Either completely or not at all. There is nothing in between for Heidi Ulm. Perhaps this also explains her goal of persuading society to rethink its thinking about people with disabilities. What she learned from her prosthesis maker, what kind of socially critical questions the 19-year-old has on her mind and how a YouTube channel can help to break down prejudices, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Toni Furmanski – That's how she rolls

01/11/2018

Role models in the media like her – that's what Toni Furmanski would have liked in her childhood and youth. This is also why she is so enthusiastic about the fact that more and more people with different disabilities appear in fashion and advertising. To what extent this would have helped her in as a teenager and why answering our questions made her shed some tears, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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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Photo: Bert Pot, who is holding teammate Claudia Breidbach in his arms after a completed CYBATHLON race; Copyright: Giolio Coscia

Bert Pot – That's how he rolls

24/10/2018

Anyone who took part in REHACARE 2018 and watched a CYBATHLON Experience race saw Bert Pot in action. The Dutchman formed a team with Claudia Breidbach and showed how suitable his hand prosthesis is for everyday use. He will also be at the next CYBATHLON 2020. What else drives him around, he tells on REHACARE.com.
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Daniel Wehrmann – That's how he rolls

17/10/2018

On his blog you can read his story from his first symptoms to his final diagnosis to his rehab and his present life with multiple sclerosis. Why he says that he is not considered an "exemplary" MS patient, what kind of research he is interested in and whose views he shares about life, he tells on REHACARE.com.
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Alhassane Baldé – That's how he rolls

10/10/2018

Alhassane Baldé is a successful German para-athlete in wheelchair racing and has already won several medals. For him, the topics of sport and participation are therefore closely linked. Why he is grateful to his parents and what role Barack Obama plays, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Michaela Gurzinski – That's how she rolls

04/10/2018

The human being should be in the focus, not the disability. And in questions which concern people with disabilities, they should also be consulted themselves. That's what Michaela Gurzinski would like to see from society and politics. She also tells us on REHACARE.com who can make her laugh quite well and what she still needs about ten certificates for.
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October 2018: Accessible living - with care requirements and without

02/10/2018

Whether they live in a rented flat or their own home, alone or in a shared flat - people want to be able to choose the way they live for themselves. But freedom of choice is not the same for everyone. You can find out what challenges, opportunities and promising projects there are in our Topic of the Month October: Accessible living - with and without care needs.
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Photo: An elderly lady in a wheelchair is led by her daughter through a large, light-flooded apartment; Copyright: panthermedia.net/halfpoint

"Major setback on the road to accessible housing: There are no clear guidelines"

01/10/2018

Moving – but where should you move to? That’s a question more and more people are asking themselves these days thanks to fierce competition in Germany’s housing market. The situation is even more intense and dire for people with disabilities because the country still has a long way to go on comprehensive accessible housing and urban development.
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Photo: A young father sits on the sofa with his son and plays a video game. He has put his feet on his wheelchair.; Copyright: panthermedia.net/ArturVerkhovetskiy

Accessible housing benefits everyone

01/10/2018

The right to housing and living in the community is a human right, which is also enshrined in Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In it, the term "living independently" refers to self-determination and the choice of how and where people with disabilities want to live.
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Photo: Frank Rennhack with his team mates on the ice during a Para Ice Hockey game; Copyright: IPC

Frank Rennhack – That's how he rolls

26/09/2018

Frank Rennhack can't visit REHACARE himself, but his colleagues and supporters of the Para Ice Hockey are once again in the Sports Centre with their roller sled this year. What the German national player would like to be and what he cares about next to his sport, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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"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: Michel Arriens on his scooter in Berlin; Copyright: Anna Spindelndreier

Michel Arriens – That's how he rolls

19/09/2018

Diversity is an enrichment. It is his parents Michel Arriens owes this attitude to. On REHACARE.com he tells us why he would like to have a time machine to get politics 2.0 rolling and why he believes that his romantic idea could fail because of relativity. And he also tells all visitors at REHACARE how he became an activist – on Friday 28 September.
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Leonard Grobien – That's how he rolls

12/09/2018

Leonard Grobien – also known as Typitus – was a part of #AbilityTube Berlin, the first meeting of German-speaking influencers with disabilities. And maybe the five YouTubers have set something in motion, which will become quite big in the coming years. Why he already follows his profession with his YouTube channel and what is close to his heart besides movies, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Katja Alekseev – That's how she rolls

05/09/2018

Her blog is actually a kind of diary, but – according to Katja Alekseev – it should encourage other women to stand up for their wishes. Currently, the 29-year-old is fully occupied with her studies, her blog and her work for DIE PARTEI. What she would do if she had more time and why air travel is not for her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Two young women see a blackboard in an exhibition, while one of them holds an audio guide in her hand; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

September 2018: Under the sign of the times: Communication aids

03/09/2018

Today we communicate on many channels, (almost) around the clock. How our increasingly technology-dependent communication channels are developing, how an app helps people who need to find their language back after a stroke or how people benefit from digital and technical aids can be read in the Topic of the Month September.
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Augmentative and Alternative Communication: The right enhancement to the way we communicate

03/09/2018

We all communicate everywhere and at (almost) any time. But this makes participation difficult for people who have other ways to communicate than most of us. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) helps people who are unable to use normal spoken language to interact with their environment.
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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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Laura Gehlhaar – That's how she rolls

29/08/2018

Laura Gehlhaar has no heart for blue carpets! And she makes noises when she moves over to the toilet – at least that's what her boyfriend claims. But the author and activist can laugh about it. What she can't laugh about and how the processing status of her dream trip is, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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"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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Raul Krauthausen – That's how he rolls

22/08/2018

If you travel a lot for work, you don't necessarily feel like travelling in your free time. In this respect it is understandable that Raul Krauthausen has not yet realized his trip around the world. What made Germany's most well-known inclusion activists laugh on Twitter lately and to which serious questions he would like to have an answer, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Anne Gersdorff – That's how she rolls

15/08/2018

Inclusion and work are her topics – the activist Anne Gersdorff studied social work and works as an integration consultant. She doesn't take herself so seriously and would like to take one or two time travels. To whom she owes her humanistic image of man, what she would like to change politically and where her dream journey should go to, she tells on REHACARE.com.
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Beth Griffiths – That's how she rolls

08/08/2018

From the middle of nowhere in Wales, Beth Griffiths writes about beauty, lifestyle, disability and books she reads. Besides that the 25-year old Welsh girl is a passionate wheelchair Basketball player. Her team, the Worcester Wolves, is kind of family to her. What her attitude towards life is, what she would love to do and what her relationship to cheesecake is like, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Michelle Rebane – That's how she rolls

01/08/2018

More than 150 years ago Lewis Carroll succeeded with "Alice in Wonderland" in creating a work that still inspires people today. Anyone who follows Michelle Rebane on Instagram knows how enthusiastic she is about the characters and the work of Carroll. On REHACARE.com she tells us what she wants to achieve herself, why she gets stopped by clichés and what she has to say about prejudices.
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From A to Z: How patients with Aphasia can recover speech and language thanks to neolexon

01/08/2018

Where would we be today without digital gadgets, first and foremost our smartphone? At this point, digitization has also conquered the healthcare industry. Yet when it comes to speech therapy, we are not really up to date in Germany. Meanwhile, digital services and products that might assist patients with Aphasia to effectively practice language at home could improve therapy success.
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Photo: A man in a wheelchair and a woman with a dog sitting in front of their accessible motorhome; Copyright: Sodermanns

"The motorhomes are suited for both drivers and passengers"

01/08/2018

Whether it’s a festival or a road trip in Norway – those who have a recreational vehicle (also called motorhome), can enjoy a car and lodging all-in-one and are free to travel independently and live life on their own terms. More and more people with disabilities also want to experience this kind of freedom. Accessible converted motorhomes make this a reality.
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Manuela Richter – That's how she rolls

25/07/2018

First, it was quite some overcoming for Manuela Richter to leave her comfort zone, but it was worth it. Meanwhile, the Leipzig native loves to be outdoors with her dogs and to experience adventures. To whom she owes her thirst for adventure, which adventure she would like to experience and why she is so fond of dog trekking, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Photo: A woman in a beach wheelchair; Copyright: Timo Hermann | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Tourism for All: "Traveling is not just about physical access"

19/07/2018

Tourism is for everybody. The aim of the British organisation Tourism for All is to make travel accessible. Whether travelers, policy makers or companies, Tourism for All wants to operate with and for everyone. REHACARE.com asked, how the attitude of companies and politicians towards people with disabilities has changed and what the European tourism market has to offer.
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Christian Bayerlein – That's how he rolls

18/07/2018

Revolutionaries and free spirits are among his role models – no wonder then that Christian Bayerlein also likes to address unpleasant topics. Who would like to experience him live, has the opportunity at this years REHACARE forum on Friday. On REHACARE.com he tells what his first official act as Federal Commissioner for the Disabled would be and what he would like to be part of.
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Fiona Anderson – That's how she rolls

11/07/2018

As the name of her blog "Life of an ambitious turtle" suggests, Fiona Anderson does not let her disease slow her down. On the contrary: in addition to caring for her children, the British woman is also an active campaigner. Which person has influenced her most and why passion is important to her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Sima Surkamp – That's how she rolls

04/07/2018

Our society must finally live inclusion instead of just talking about it. Sima Surkamp demands this for the labour market as well as for the economy and politics. Who or what is also near and dear to her and which accessible vehicle she would like to own, she tells at REHACARE.com.
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Lisa Brockschmidt – That's how she rolls

27/06/2018

Just going outside in shorts in summer. Lisa Brockschmidt didn't dare to do that for a long time because of her leg prostheses. Meanwhile she has found this courage. But why this required courage at all, she herself does not know. What she likes about other amputees, how she relates to her orthopaedic technician and who else is important to the 22-year-old, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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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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Sascha Schrön – That's how he rolls

20/06/2018

Sascha Schrön hates being patronized by others because of his disability. After all, he himself knows best what he can and cannot do. Why his head has prevented him from doing a parachute jump and why he admires inclusion activists, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Sarah Alexander – That's how she rolls

13/06/2018

Sarah Alexander has been passionate about writing for as long as she can remember. So, it was only quite logical that she started blogging a few years ago – about lifestyle and beauty topics as well as about her disability. Why she has such a positive attitude to life today and what role her grandmother plays in it, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Susanne Boehme – That's how she rolls

06/06/2018

Walking despite a paralysis and being able to fly, although humans are not made to do so - for Susanne Boehme it is all just a question of imagination. Why the parachutist does not allow herself to be deprived of her sport and why there is hardly any increase to her previous life, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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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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Shona Cobb – That's how she rolls

30/05/2018

Today, the Internet enables many people to be heard. Also Shona Cobb got a voice through it. At the age of 14, the Brit started her blog. That was six years ago and her blog has grown with her ever since. Why disability rights campaigners inspire her and why the 20-year-old would like to be able to speak more in public, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Eva Papst – That's how she rolls

23/05/2018

Digital accessibility is very important to Eva Papst. This is the only way for the blind Viennese to find her way around the Internet without any problems. That is why she has been working against digital barriers for almost 20 years now. Why she would also wish for a robot guide dog and what role she thinks blind people should play in thrillers, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Jahn Graf – That's how he rolls

16/05/2018

Getting into a dialogue with people - meanwhile Jahn Graf has made this his professional task: On his YouTube channel "Jahn's Rolling World" he meets people with and without disabilities. His aim is to break down barriers in people's minds. Why the dialogue as communication form is so important to him and what he would like to be, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Martina Gollner – That's how she rolls

09/05/2018

Founding a company is a hard step for many people. Martina Gollner simply dared it. The woman living in Vienna, Austria, does not feel comfortable with being dependent on others and enjoys the freedom of not having to. Why she moved from her home village in Styria to the Austrian capital and why the opportunity to help shape also means responsibility, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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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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Paola Klokler – That's how she rolls

02/05/2018

When asked about her qualities, Paola Klokler answers with stubbornness, she doesn't give up easily and being hyperactive. The number 14 of the Brazilian national team in wheelchair basketball always tries to improve herself and approach perfection. Why she wants to go on a sightseeing tour, even though she has already traveled a lot, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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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

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: Older man during a rehabilitation unit with the Tyromotion system; Copyright: Tyromotion

"Putting patients at the center of modern rehabilitation"

02/05/2018

These days, rehabilitation also includes systems that are designed to make the work of the therapist easier and motivate the patient. Needless to say, robot-assisted therapy must be able to meet the requirements of individual rehabilitation. It is key that manufacturers and therapists team up and collaborate. As is the case with the Graz-based company Tyromotion.
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Photo: Various therapy devices from Tyromotion, including patients who perform exercises under the supervision of physiotherapists; Copyright: Tyromotion

Modern rehabilitation: Tailored to the individual patient and assisted by robots

02/05/2018

Rehabilitation is the silent hero of the healthcare system. Whether it’s artificial cruciate ligaments after a sports injury, a permanent disability after an accident or recovery after a stroke – no matter whether a condition is reversible or not, rehabilitation tries its best to prepare people for a self-determined life and make participation a reality again.
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Rehabilitation: A mix of conventional and robot-assisted therapy leads to success

02/05/2018

The rehabilitation sector increasingly uses robot-assisted or technology-based assistance systems to perform the often repetitive exercises and support and motivate patients to keep up with the arduous therapies. This boosts progress in rehabilitation and enables patients to live a self-determined life after rehabilitation – holding true to the motto, "Rehabilitation before long-term care".
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Timur Oruz – That's how he rolls

25/04/2018

Family man, national hockey player and medical student - all this is Timur Oruz. Determined and ambitious are also appropriate descriptions. The 23-year-old was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six. But he would not let it slow him down. Why diabetes also has potential for him and what his first official action as Commissioner for the Disabled would be, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Conny Runge – That's how she rolls

18/04/2018

Sport is her great passion, especially dancing. As the first certified Zumba® trainer, Conny Runge is now trying to establish wheelchair Zumba® as a fitness program. Which sports she would like to try and what else she is interested in besides sports, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Christian Tiffert – That's how he rolls

11/04/2018

"The boundaries are in your head! The rest is endurance and organization," says Christian Tiffert. Together with his seven assistants, the quadriplegics travelled 8,000 kilometres through Russia last year. Why he is afraid of a trip around Cape Horn though and what role his former professor plays in his life, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Tim Stratmann – That's how he rolls

04/04/2018

For Tim Stratmann many things about human behavior are strange and yet it is him who often seems strange to other people. The 30-year-old is autistic, but only got the diagnosis at the age of 29. What he would like to do and why he asks people not to bend, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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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: 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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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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Paul Ittenbach – That's how he rolls

28/03/2018

Long live the carnival: For Paul Ittenbach, the German fifth season is something very special, as he makes costumes for his electric wheelchair every year. Why his carnival club is close to his heart, what he owes to his wife and why he feels that people with disabilities are not welcome everywhere, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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"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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Dominique Kogut – That's how she rolls

21/03/2018

Dominique Kogut and Retriever Miss Rosalie are a well-rehearsed human-dog team. However, the media designer does see room for improvement in the training of assistance dogs. Where a journey would go if her savings would be sufficiant and why her own claim to herself prevents her from writing a book, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Eva Vos – That's how she rolls

14/03/2018

The pictorial comparison that the meteorologist Edward N. Lorenz used for his research, which later became known as the butterfly effect, inspired Eva Vos for her book title. You can find out why she sees herself as a butterfly tamer in her literary work. Why the author has never left Europe before or what kind of question she would like to be answered, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Daniela Maier – That's how she rolls

07/03/2018

Daniela Maier was in good health until she was 30 years old. Then, after a HIT type II, she had both her lower legs amputated. After one and a half years in hospital and rehabilitation, she has learned to see her life from a different perspective. How she wants to help other people in such an extreme situation and what her blog has to do with it, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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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 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: 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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"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: 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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Julia Bierenfeld – That's how she rolls

28/02/2018

Julia Bierenfeld started her blog to help others deal with the diagnosis of MS better. She is above all grateful to her family and her boyfriend, who gave her strength in the difficult time after her diagnosis. Why she would like to travel for a whole year and how important a positive attitude is, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Julia Andres – That's how she rolls

21/02/2018

As it is typical for her zodiac sign Libra, Julia Andres is a sociable person. However, due to her MS and especially the fatigue associated with it, it was meanwhile difficult for her to leave the bed. Why she had to learn how to come to terms with herself alone and what advice she would give to others, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Viola Winkels – That's how she rolls

14/02/2018

Many non-disabled people tend to feel sorry for people in a wheelchair. But Viola Winkels, for example, knows better than that: Not only did she rely on the rolling support when she was still able to walk, but she is now also actively on the road with her two wheelchairs and her handbike. What she is afraid of and what annoys her among people with disabilities, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Emma Purcell – That's how she rolls

07/02/2018

"Music can change the world because it can change people", said Bono of U2. For Emma Purcell music is everything and always around her. Well, the 24-year old British has a weakness for words, either written or sung or performed on a stage. What her dreams are and why J.K. Rowling influenced her, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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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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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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Claudia Grimm – That's how she rolls

31/01/2018

Claudia Grimm was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis almost seven years ago. With her blog she gives an insight into what it's like living with MS and shares her worries and fears with her readers. Why the self-employed web designer pleads for more love and acceptance in the world and why her dream of participating in a musical has failed, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Laura Chrobok – That's how she rolls

24/01/2018

Laura Chrobok can tell you a thing or two about the gruelling bureaucracy and job search for people with disabilities. And she wrote a book about it. But her book is not just about her search for employment but also about the good things in life, such as travelling. Why she wants more honest employers and what city she has dreamed of but already visited, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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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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Mel Reis – That's how she rolls

17/01/2018

It was her sheer will that drove Mel Reis not to see her limb amputation as a negative fact but as a chance. And it was her passionate determination to get back to dance, as she used to before the car crash that crushed her leg when she was a teenager. What question she has to answer the most and how she would like to help others, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Michael Mohr – That's how he rolls

10/01/2018

Michael Mohr was one of the eight "vilmA" award 2017 winners that the VdK North Rhine-Westphalia annually chooses. The 40-year-old from Düren donated his prize money to his heart's desire. What this is, what he is grateful to his parents for and why he would like to see more independence from people with disabilities, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Kim Lumelius – That's how she rolls

03/01/2018

Laughter 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.
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Philipp Schrenk – That's how he rolls

20/12/2017

Philipp 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.
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Markus Boettner – That's how he rolls

13/12/2017

Markus 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.
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Christian Jaster – That's how he rolls

06/12/2017

Para 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.
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Andrea Heidrich – That's how she rolls

29/11/2017

Since 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.
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Isabel Keane – That's how she rolls

22/11/2017

For the 20-year old Isabel Keane one way to express herself are her stylish wheel covers, created by her sister. But the covers to beautify her wheelchair are not the only reason how Ailbhe influenced her younger sister. Why Isabel looks up to her creative sister, what she wants to accomplish but has not done until now and what she wants to be known for, she tells at REHACARE.com.
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Dunja Fuhrmann – That's how she rolls

15/11/2017

Dunja 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.
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Frank F. König – That's how he rolls

08/11/2017

Accessible 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.
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Lisa Scheer – That's how she rolls

01/11/2017

Run, 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.
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Fidi Baum – That's how he rolls

25/10/2017

Fidi 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.
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Kristof Magnusson – That's how he rolls

18/10/2017

Literature 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.
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Anja Moerstedt – That's how she rolls

11/10/2017

Anja 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.
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Lea Voitel – That's how she rolls

04/10/2017

Writing 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.
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Tan Caglar – That's how he rolls

27/09/2017

Tan 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.
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Julia Latscha – That's how she rolls

20/09/2017

Julia 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.
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Claudia Böhme – That's how she rolls

13/09/2017

Sometimes 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.
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Karina Sturm – That's how she rolls

06/09/2017

Not 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.
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Denise Bartels – That's how she rolls

30/08/2017

Denise 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.
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Felix Brunner – That's how he rolls

23/08/2017

Felix 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.
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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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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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Coco de Bruycker – That's how she rolls

16/08/2017

Coco 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.
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Sven Reusch – That's how he rolls

09/08/2017

Depending 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.
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Sibylle Brandt – That's how she rolls

02/08/2017

To 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.
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Bernd Mann – That's how he rolls

26/07/2017

After 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.
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Christian Kenk – That's how he rolls

19/07/2017

Christian 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.
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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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Katrin Gensecke – That's how she rolls

12/07/2017

Katrin 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.
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Lisa Schütte – That's how she rolls

05/07/2017

Lisa 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.
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Björn Schulz – That's how he rolls

28/06/2017

Björn 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.
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Anja Bohr – That's how she rolls

21/06/2017

If 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.
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"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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Jan-Oliver Wülfing – That's how he rolls

14/06/2017

Jan-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.
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Sabine Ochaba – That's how she rolls

07/06/2017

Sabine 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.
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Sebastian Schild – That's how he rolls

31/05/2017

Sebastian 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.
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Ute Göres – That's how she rolls

24/05/2017

Accessibility – 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.
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Marlies Hübner – That's how she rolls

17/05/2017

A 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.
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Samira Mousa – That's how she rolls

10/05/2017

For 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.
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Benjamin Piwko – That's how he rolls

03/05/2017

Whether 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.
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Katrin Sickert – That's how she rolls

26/04/2017

That 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.
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"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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"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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Jordan Luce - That's how he rolls

19/04/2017

23-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.
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Jan Nic Arnold - That's how he rolls

12/04/2017

Jan 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.
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Simone Plaschke - That's how she rolls

05/04/2017

Courage 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.
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Danny-Ralph Cäsar - That's how he rolls

29/03/2017

A 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.
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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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Elke Ederer - That's how she rolls

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.
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Kim Elena do Calvário Moquenco - That's how she rolls

15/03/2017

Whether 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.
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Melinda Litzendorf - That's how she rolls

08/03/2017

Never 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.
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Lydia Zoubek - That's how she rolls

01/03/2017

Lydia 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.
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Erdin Ciplak - That's how he rolls

22/02/2017

With 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.
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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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Maria Langstroff - That's how she rolls

15/02/2017

In 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.
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Boris Guentel - That's how he rolls

08/02/2017

Do 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.
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Silke Pan - That's how she rolls

01/02/2017

Inclusive 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.
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Jochen Wier - That's how he rolls

25/01/2017

Equal 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.
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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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Viola Steinbeck - That's how she rolls

18/01/2017

If 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.
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Ina Schallenberg - That's how she rolls

11/01/2017

Her 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.
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Manfred Fischer - That's how he rolls

04/01/2017

Respect 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.
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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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Tina Paulick - That's how she rolls

21/12/2016

Studying 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.
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Tabea Hosche - That's how she rolls

14/12/2016

Tabea 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.
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Dr. Carsten Rensinghoff - That's how he rolls

07/12/2016

Nothing 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.
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Christine Tschuschner - That's how she rolls

30/11/2016

She 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.
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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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Anne Leichtfuß - That's how she rolls

23/11/2016

For 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.
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Christian Troger - That's how he rolls

16/11/2016

People 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.
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Ottmar Miles-Paul - That's how he rolls

09/11/2016

Preserving 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.
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Anouk Schmitt - That's how she rolls

02/11/2016

Togetherness 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.
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Matthias Klei - That's how he rolls

26/10/2016

Matthias 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.
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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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Lars Hemme - That's how he rolls

19/10/2016

Lars 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.
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Theresa Steinkellner - That's how she rolls

12/10/2016

Being 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.
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Stefanie Batzer - That's how she rolls

05/10/2016

Stefanie 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.
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Dennis Winkens - That's how he rolls

28/09/2016

Dennis 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.
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Kassandra Ruhm - That's how she rolls

21/09/2016

Her 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.
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Meike Mittmeyer-Riehl - That's how she rolls

14/09/2016

Discovering 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.
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Anja Hebel - That's how she rolls

07/09/2016

Anja 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.
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Arne Schöning - That's how he rolls

31/08/2016

His 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.
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Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud - That's how she rolls

24/08/2016

Helle-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.
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Marit Müller - That's how she rolls

17/08/2016

Marit 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.
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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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Lara Möhlenbeck - That's how she rolls

10/08/2016

Lara 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.
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Petra Wontorra - That's how she rolls

03/08/2016

For 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.
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Chris Robertson - That's how he rolls

27/07/2016

Diving 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!
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Kim Denise Hansmann - That's how she rolls

20/07/2016

Young, 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.
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Luisa Eichler - That's how she rolls

13/07/2016

Luisa 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.
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Marcella Becker - That's how she rolls

06/07/2016

Marcella 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.
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Norbert Sandmann - That's how he rolls

29/06/2016

Fighting 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.
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Heiko Mersch - That's how he rolls

22/06/2016

Multicultural 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.
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Michael Hausmann - That's how he rolls

15/06/2016

Michael 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.
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Marcel Gerber - That's how he rolls

08/06/2016

Family, 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.
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Silke Naun-Bates - That's how she rolls

01/06/2016

Just 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.
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Agnes Gebler- That's how she rolls

25/05/2016

Those 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.
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"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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Melanie Eilert - That's how she rolls

18/05/2016

Enjoy 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.
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Anna Siuda - That's how she rolls

11/05/2016

Because 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.
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Ju Wheelymum - That's how she rolls

04/05/2016

Ju 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.
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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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Annika Möller - That's how she rolls

27/04/2016

Berlin 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!
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Timo Ameruoso - That's how he rolls

20/04/2016

Timo 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.
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Nicole Franke - That's how she rolls

13/04/2016

Her 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.
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Christoph Gockeln - That's how he rolls

06/04/2016

Living 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.
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Iris Westermann - That's how she rolls

30/03/2016

Whether 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.
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Petra Ulbrich - That's how she rolls

23/03/2016

Petra 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.
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Alexandra Hornig - That's how she rolls

16/03/2016

Alexandra 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.
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Kübra Sekin - That's how she rolls

09/03/2016

Kübra 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.
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Nicole Hotopp - That's how she rolls

02/03/2016

If 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.
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Peter Klocke - That's how he rolls

24/02/2016

Every 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.
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"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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Corinna Baumhoer - That's how she rolls

17/02/2016

Not 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.
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Daniel Schließmann - That's how he rolls

10/02/2016

Whether 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.
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Anna Mühlhause - That's how she rolls

03/02/2016

People 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.
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Barbara Fickert - That's how she rolls

27/01/2016

A 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.
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"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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Udo Sist - That's how he rolls

20/01/2016

Udo 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.
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Frenze Huth - That's how she rolls

13/01/2016

Frenze 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.
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Christine Rupp - That's how she rolls

06/01/2016

The 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.
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Darleen Jobber - That's how she rolls

22/12/2015

Darleen 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.
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Thomas Olejniczak - That's how he rolls

16/12/2015

For 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.
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Caroline Régnard-Mayer - That's how she rolls

09/12/2015

Being 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.
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Sabine Marina - That's how she rolls

02/12/2015

In 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.
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"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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Michel Fornasier - That's how he rolls

25/11/2015

Michel 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.
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Jan Karres - That's how he rolls

18/11/2015

Jan 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.
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Heike Führ - That's how she rolls

11/11/2015

Having 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.
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Ludger Steffens - That's how he rolls

04/11/2015

Judo 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.
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Victoria Michel - That's how she rolls

28/10/2015

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

27/10/2015

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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Peter König - That's how he rolls

21/10/2015

All 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.
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Patricia Carl - That's how she rolls

13/10/2015

She 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.
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JuSu Hubinger - That's how she rolls

07/10/2015

JuSu 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.
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Katrin Langensiepen - That's how she rolls

30/09/2015

As 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.
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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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Carolin Fischer - That's how she rolls

23/09/2015

Carolin 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.
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Vanessa Franke - That's how she rolls

16/09/2015

Nothing 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.
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Mischa Gohlke - That's how he rolls

09/09/2015

Borders 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.
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Karl Matthias Schäfer - That's how he rolls

02/09/2015

Equal 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.
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"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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Christof Luckas - That's how he rolls

26/08/2015

In 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.
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Jennifer Sonntag - That's how she rolls

19/08/2015

She 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!
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Miriam Langhoff - That's how she rolls

12/08/2015

People 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.
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André Byszio - That's how he rolls

05/08/2015

Accessible 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.
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Christiane Schweiker - That's how she rolls

29/07/2015

An 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.
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"Safe mobility starts with the right choice and adaptation of the wheelchair"

23/07/2015

Whether it’s a wheelchair or a walker – for people with disabilities, it is crucial to control their own mobility in a competent and safe manner. Yet not everyone truly feels confident in every situation with these assistive devices. That’s why REHACARE.com spoke with Nicole Seifert about ways to foster more trust in yourself and others.
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Annton Beate Schmidt - That's how she rolls

22/07/2015

She 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.
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Jenny Bießmann - That's how she rolls

15/07/2015

Jenny 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.
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Alexander Abasov - That's how he rolls

08/07/2015

Trust 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.
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Melanie Wimmer - That's how she rolls

01/07/2015

Having 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.
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Sven Neeb - That's how he rolls

24/06/2015

With 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.
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Lina Maria Kotschedoff - That's how she rolls

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.
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Katarina B. - That's how she rolls

10/06/2015

The 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.
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Laura Gentile - That's how she rolls

03/06/2015

Like 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.
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Oliver Straub - That's how he rolls

27/05/2015

From 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.
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"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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"The patient’s needs determine the conversation in peer counseling"

28/04/2015

Article 26 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities asks for the support of persons with disabilities in the form of so-called peers, who are in the same situation. The concept of peer counseling is therefore increasingly being implemented. Educational researcher Dagmar Marth has counseled persons with amputations both in a voluntary and professional capacity for nine years.
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"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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"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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"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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We asked ...

Celebrity, expert or those affected - in this section they all get to weigh in. And they have many interesting things to say. REHACARE.de talks to each of them about current events in politics, recreation and lifestyle.
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How we roll

What makes other people actually happy in life? If you ever wondered, you have come to the right place. REHACARE.de talks with a variety of people about happiness, desires and life itself.
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