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With Simple Language to a finished application

Dear Sir or Madam,

Cover letters, curriculum vitae, certificates – the structure of an application is clear for many. But people with learning difficulties may need help in designing their application documents. And in the best case this should be done in Simple Language. This is exactly where the project "Leicht. Bewerben" comes in. How exactly do people with learning difficulties get support on the online platform? Well, we asked.

Have a successful week,

Anne Hofmann
Editorial team

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


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Topic of the Month
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Leicht. Bewerben.: "Simple Language can break down online barriers"

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Photo: Chiara Dickmann and Helen van Ravenstein; Copyright: Tobias Koch |
Writing an informative job application can be hard but it’s crucial if you want to find a job. Especially young people with learning disabilities often struggle with this feat. That’s why the KulturLife non-profit organization has launched the "Leicht. Bewerben" project (English: Applying. Made Simple). Along with her colleague Helen van Ravenstein, Chiara Dickmann is committed to making it easier for young people to access the labor market - in so-called Leichter Sprache (English: Simple Language).
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Auxiliary Means

Using Skype to beat the blues

Imagine your family has moved across the state or across country. You're retired, and your spouse has passed away. Lacking the social connections previous generations once found in church or fraternal organizations, it doesn't take much time to begin feeling isolated and alone. So a study measures effectiveness of online communication tools in combatting depression among socially isolated seniors.
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Benjamin Schmidt – That's how he rolls

How we roll

Photo: Benjamin Schmidt; Copyright: Stef Schmidt
His books are ruthlessly open, full of disarming truths and with powerful images. Who the muses and companions of author, musician and graphic artist Benjamin Schmidt were, why he would like to swim with an octopus and where he took off his glasses, he tells us at
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Women & Kids

Study illuminates the largely unrecognized role of youth caregivers

Despite the essential role youth caregivers play, little is known about how they learn to manage medications, what they know about the medicine they administer, and what kind of rewards and challenges they encounter day to day.
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Women & Kids

Music improves social communication in autistic children

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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Inclusion in practice: On the right career path

Topic of the Month

Photo: Wheelchair user David Völzmann at work in a carpentry workshop; Copyright: Andi Weiland |
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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Recreation & Culture

Community choirs reduce loneliness and increase interest in life for older adults

An innovative San Francisco program of community choirs for older adults found that singing in a choir reduced loneliness and increased interest in life, but did not improve cognition or physical function, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco.
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Recreation & Culture

Singing may reduce stress and improve motor function for people with Parkinson's disease

Singing may provide benefits beyond improving respiratory and swallow control in people with Parkinson's disease, according to new data from Iowa State University researchers.
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Recreation & Culture

IPC and FIS sign new agreement for World Para Snow Sports

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Ski Federation (FIS) have announced a new Cooperation Agreement for the World Para Snow Sports. The agreement was signed in early November following a meeting at the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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