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Without input no control

Dear Sir or Madam,

What game did you last play? So, have you ever thought about whether it's accessible? Probably not, if you don't have a disability that makes it difficult for you to use the controller or keyboard. That's probably how most developers felt. But something has changed. What exactly has changed and where even more needs to be done can be found in our Topic of the Month.

Have an inclusive week,

Anne Hofmann
Editorial team

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


News from the field of Auxiliary Means
Topic of the Month
News fron the field Recreation & Culture
How We Roll
News from the field of Women & Kids
News from the field of Research & Health

Auxiliary Means

Project Sidewalk helps users map accessibility around Seattle and other cities

People can help map out accessibility in Seattle. University of Washington researchers have led the development of Project Sidewalk, an online crowdsourcing game that lets anyone with an internet connection use Google Street View to virtually explore neighborhoods and label curb ramps, missing or rough sidewalks, obstacles and more.
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Real inclusion through virtual possibilities?

Topic of the Month

Photo: Female gamer during an eSports event; Copyright:
The gaming industry is booming. And because the basic idea is to reach as many players as possible, perhaps that's why something is happening in terms of accessibility. You can read in our Topic of the Month May why e-sports currently still have to fight for its status and in what respect there is still a lot of room for accessibility improvement from the perspective of a disabled gamer.
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Recreation & Culture

Kobe to host 2021 World Para Athletics Championships

Kobe, Japan, has been announced as the host of the 2021 World Para Athletics Championships, the first time the country has staged the competition. It will be the 10th edition of the World Championships with around 1,300 athletes from 100 countries set to compete at the Universiade Memorial Stadium.
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Recreation & Culture

First Paralympic video game to be created

With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games opening in just over 500 days’ time, the IPC has announced the creation of its first official video game, with the aim of boosting the popularity of Paralympic sports.
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Johannes Mairhofer – That's how he rolls

How we roll

Photo: Johannes Mairhofer; Copyright: Marcus Vetter
Johannes Mairhofer loves his professional freedom. As the initiator of he is on the road a lot. But when he's not trying to bring more diversity to German-speaking stages, he's not bored. The photographer, author, speaker and consultant is almost always busy. Why it was a fictitious character who gave him his freedom, he tells us at
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Women & Kids

Inhalers: Critical errors common in children with asthma

In the first study to evaluate inhaler technique in children hospitalized for asthma – the group at highest risk for complications and death from asthma – researchers found that nearly half of participants demonstrated improper inhaler use, which means they routinely were not taking in the full dose of medication.
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Women & Kids

Autism: Need for sex-sensitive screening and diagnostic tools

Boys are four times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), yet a growing body of research shows that the condition is more common in girls than previously thought, strongly suggesting that new methods are required to diagnose the disorder at younger ages.
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Research & Health

The mobile game that can detect Alzheimer's risk

A specially designed mobile phone game can detect people at risk of Alzheimer's – according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Researchers studied gaming data from an app called Sea Hero Quest, which has been downloaded and played by more than 4.3 million people worldwide.
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Research & Health

Brains of blind people adapt to sharpen sense of hearing

Research has shown that people who are born blind or become blind early in life often have a more nuanced sense of hearing, especially when it comes to musical abilities and tracking moving objects in space (imagine crossing a busy road using sound alone). For decades scientists have wondered what changes in the brain might underlie these enhanced auditory abilities.
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