Photo: Young boy playing guitar; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Chalabala

Music improves social communication in autistic children

16/11/2018

Engaging in musical activities such as singing and playing instruments in one-on-one therapy can improve autistic children's social communication skills, improve their family's quality of life, as well as increase brain connectivity in key networks, according to researchers at Université de Montréal and McGill University.
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Photo: The robot Pharos which bases on the Peppper robot; Copyright: RUVID Association

New robot helps the elderly exercise and detects underlying health problems

02/11/2018

According to the latest report on the evolution of worldwide population submitted by the United Nations, 13 percent of today’s population is over 60 years of age and by 2050 this percentage will almost double, reaching 25 percent. The ageing of society is a reality and technologies are adapting day-to-day to this demographic change.
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Photo: seven volunteers of telephone counseling on a group picture; Copyright: Hospital for Special Surgery

Study shows volunteering benefits those with lupus

31/10/2018

Conventional wisdom has it that volunteering is good for you, and a study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) shows that to be true for people with lupus volunteering in a peer support and education program.
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Photo: The TiPY keyboard for one hand; Copyright: Drory Handels GmbH

"TiPY is designed to accomplish the same things with one hand as you can with a standard two-handed keyboard"

25/10/2018

Microsoft has led the way and launched an adaptive controller to enable people with physical disabilities to have nearly the same complete gaming experience as people without disabilities. Mattheaus Drory achieved a similar result. In this interview with REHACARE.com, he admits that he initially didn’t necessarily have people with disabilities in mind when he developed his one-handed keyboard.
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Photo: An older couple, where she helps her husband out of bed.; Copyright: panthermedia.net/daviles

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: 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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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

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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Photo: Trade fair visitor tries out a communication aid at an exhibitor of REHACARE 2017; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Communication aids: Market with steady growth prospects

03/09/2018

Whether we use words or body language – all of us communicate constantly and everywhere. While non-verbal communication essentially takes place automatically, spoken and written communication may sometimes prove more difficult. People with disabilities tend to frequently encounter barriers in this area – for instance, if nobody in their surroundings knows sign language.
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Photo: Woman with speech bubble in a retro pop-art style; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Vovanivan

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: A hand that assigns the correct image to a displayed term in the neolexon app on the tablet; Copyright: neolexon

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: An elderly woman catches ichó. The ball starts to glow in red-orange colors.; Copyright: ichó systems - icho-systems.de

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

22/04/2018

Like the golden sphere in the fairy tale of the Frog King, ichó (Greek for echo) is meant to bring back lost motor skills and cognitive functions to people with dementia. The project of four former graduates of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences aims to offer individual support through a person’s favorite music or fairy tale.
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Photo: Dennis Winkens playing with his QuadStick; Copyright: private

Gaming tools: DIY community

03/01/2018

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

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

13/07/2017

Modern and user-friendly: job seekers are able to indicate their type of disability on the Capjob.de employment portal and search for jobs that are right for them. REHACARE.com spoke with founder Felix Hüning about the unique features of Capjob and why virtually all parties could benefit from an inclusive employment landscape.
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Photo: Florian Adler; Copyright: Tim de Gruisbourne

"Inclusive communication design is both accessible and attractive"

15/06/2017

For many, recognizing and understanding characters is an important prerequisite to social participation. Inclusive communication design helps people with visual impairments to accomplish this. REHACARE.com spoke with designer and expert of the German Association for Blind and Visually Impaired People, Florian Adler. He has developed a digital guide to inclusive communication design.
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Photo: Carer holds the hand of a patient; Copyright: panthermedia.net/michaeljung

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

15/09/2016

Caregivers encounter many different emotions in their jobs. Patients are in pain, have questions about their own mortality or they pass away. The empathy-based relief concept empCARE was founded to better handle these emotional experiences. With the help of training courses, caregivers are taught to learn how to prevent an empathic emotional overreaction.
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Photo: Marcus Rohrbach cuts fruits in kitchen, camera records scenes, computer screen in foreground

Will software automatically describe movie plots in the near future?

18/07/2016

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

If you buy them, some smartphones are already accessible

14/04/2016

A quick check on your smartphone to see when the next bus leaves or letting your friend know via WhatsApp that you are running late: those are mundane situations for many people. Yet how accessible are smartphones actually for visually impaired and blind people? REHACARE.com spoke with Simon Janatzek. He is visually impaired and tells us which apps are helpful in everyday life.
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Photo: meeting in the PIKSL Lab

"PIKSL focuses on the removal of digital barriers"

26/01/2016

Digital transformation does not only cause problems for persons with disabilities. Companies are also facing digital barriers they need to overcome. The PIKSL Lab makes digital inclusion its priority: together, individuals with and without disabilities work on removing digital barriers. In this interview with REHACARE.de, Project Manager Tobias Marczinzik explains the PIKSL concept.
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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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Photo: Birgit Nofftz using a mask for speech recognition

"Speech-to-text interpreters assist in equal access communication"

26/03/2015

There is an alternative for hearing impaired or deaf persons, who are not able to or don’t want to communicate with the help of sign language: so-called speech-to-text interpreters reproduce spoken words into a text format onto paper, computer monitors or screens. REHACARE.de inquired with the German Association of Speech-to-Text Interpreters and gained some insight into this profession.
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