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Self-determined living with the help of careunities

Dear Sir or Madam,

Shared flats are not only very popular with students. Especially for people with physical disabilities, they are often the only way to live independently. Andreas Hettwer and Max Prigge have also recognised the potential of this way of living for people in need of care and created careunities. We asked them about their platform and how they want to help create shared flats for people with disabilities.

Have an self-determined week,

Anne Hofmann
Editorial team

Graphic: 18 - 21 September 2019, REHACARE International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care, Düsseldorf, Germany


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Self-determined living: careunities creates flat sharing for people with physical disabilities

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Photo: Andreas Hettwer (left) and Max Prigge; Copyright: Carina Hettwer
For many people, living in a shared accommodation is a matter of course. But how well does this work if you have a physical disability and require assistance? This is where careunities comes in. The online platform matches people up with future roommates and also plans to retrofit buildings for accessibility, thus creating more shared living spaces.
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Women & Kids

Auditory testing may identify children for autism screening

A noninvasive hearing test may assist with early detection and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, according to research published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
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Women & Kids

Study details development of functional skills in persons with Down syndrome

When expectant parents learn their child will be born with Down syndrome, they invariably have questions about what this diagnosis will mean for their son or daughter and for the rest of their family. A new study from investigators at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and colleagues in the Netherlands is providing answers to some of those questions.
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Roxana Dobrica – That's how she rolls

How we roll

Photo: Roxana Dobrica on her handbike; Copyright: MACA Foto - Pavia, It.
Roxana Dobrica wanted to start a new life in Italy nine years ago. But a car accident cost her seven years until she started to live her life again independently. Her new life also includes handbiking. Which dream of her former life she still remembers, why it is important to laugh and why she would never switch lives with someone else, she tells us on
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Recreation & Culture

Tokyo 2020: 180,000 apply to be volunteers

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has revealed that 186,101 applications for the Volunteer Programme have been received. Volunteers will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide valuable support for the operation of the Games in a variety of roles, and their contribution will be a key factor in the Games' success.
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Inclusion Must Make Noise: "Participation is not about a particular music genre"

Topic of the Month

Photo: The stage at Wacken Open Air 2016 during the gig of the band Bullett For My Valentine; Copyright: Andrea Schütt
Anyone who frequently visits the Wacken Open Air probably knows him: Ron Paustian is one of the permanent fixtures of the heavy metal music festival. Since 2009, Paustian has been committed to making concerts and festivals more accessible to people with disabilities. By now, his commitment and that of his crew have resulted in the "Inclusion must make noise" project, which joins forces with the W:O:A.
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Auxiliary Means

AI makes life easier for hearing aid users

For people with hearing loss it can be very difficult to understand and separate voices in noisy environments. This problem may soon be history thanks to a new groundbreaking algorithm that is designed to recognize and separate voices efficiently in unknown sound environments.
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WSU smart home tests first elder care robot

A robot created by Washington State University scientists could help elderly people with dementia and other limitations live independently in their own homes.
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