Photo: The deaf sign language interpreter Liona Paulus; Copyright: Katharina Dubno

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


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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Eating Breakfast Regularly Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes


Eat or skip breakfast? Does eating breakfast regularly have an effect on the risk of diabetes? – Research has not yet provided clear answers to these questions. A scientific evaluation at the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) has now shown that adult men and women who skip breakfast have a 33 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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The !nkA project: "Vocational schools lack inclusion experience"


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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Education and work: Inclusion still a foreign concept


A solid, average career in Germany includes education, an apprenticeship or university studies and ultimately, a job. Articles 24 and 27 of the UN CRPD enshrine access to an inclusive education and the right to work. So how come people with disabilities often have to fight for this right in Germany? And having said that, what are some encouraging aspects in this setting?
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Inclusion in professional life and education


In the Topic of the Month November focuses this time on professional life and education. Learn more about positive examples from the school desk to the job, a project that has successfully accompanied young people with disabilities through their vocational training, as well as a prospective carpenter in a wheelchair and a deaf pastor.
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Modern rehabilitation: Tailored to the individual patient and assisted by robots


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


Maximum flexibility to encourage ideas, effectively sharing office space: coworking spaces have become a part of many major cities. In 2017, Berlin featured about one hundred of them, but none of them were comprehensively accessible. That’s something Stefanie Trzecinski from KOPF, HAND + FUSS gGmbH wanted to change. That was the moment, the idea for "TUECHTIG – Raum für Inklusion" was born.
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Photo 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


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: Several hand devices of e-NABLE on a table at REHACARE 2017; Copyright: beta-web/Hofmann

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


Under the name e-NABLE Germany e.V., Lars Thalmann, Bernice Walter and Jan Hengst produce prosthetic hands for children and adolescents. What makes this so extraordinary: the young user gets to decide the look of the prosthesis because he/she can choose the color of the personalized model that comes from a 3D printer.
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Exergames: More fun with rehabilitation and exercise through games


They make you want to exercise and are perfect for young and old people: so-called exergames. These exercise games with a health objective are becoming increasingly popular in the realm of prevention measures and rehabilitation. Plus they have one unbeatable advantage: they are just plain fun.
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HelpCamps: "Making assistive technology faster, more affordable and personalized"


In accordance with the slogan "Nothing about us without us", the HelpCamps project aims at developing and implementing concepts and ideas together. To make this a reality, people with disabilities, companies from the assistive technology, care and assistance sectors, as well as stakeholders in the so-called maker movement and researchers, are brought together to network during various events.
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"The BGG Arbitration Body is a solid tool to file for rights violation complaint at no charge"


The Federal Act on the Equalization of Disabled Persons (Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz), BGG, intends to ensure that people with disabilities don’t face discrimination. In December 2016, the BGG arbitration body was created. checked with Anne Katrin Lutz and Dr. Rica Werner who can contact the staff in Berlin given applicable circumstances.
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"Long cane for children is a 'facilitator'– the chance to independently accomplish something"


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. 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


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


Modern and user-friendly: job seekers are able to indicate their type of disability on the employment portal and search for jobs that are right for them. 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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Accessibility: "We need a shift in awareness in the retail sector"


Shopping with a disability is no easy feat: almost every store is not accessible. But what does accessibility in retail actually mean? 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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"The patient’s needs determine the conversation in peer counseling"


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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