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Virtual and inclusive - but also accessible?


Dear Sir or Madam,

Avatars in a wheelchair are just a welcome announcement in the gaming scene so far. But also independent of this, more and more people with disabilities are becoming enthusiastic about the various games on consoles or computers. But how accessible is the gaming landscape currently at all? So we asked Felix Falk, the managing director of the German Association of Interactive Entertainment Software, for exactly this purpose.

Happy Holidays,

Nadine Lormis
Editorial team REHACARE.com
Graphic: 26 - 29 September 2018, REHACARE International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care, Düsseldorf, Germany

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"Computer and video games are a social and inclusive medium"

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Photo: Felix Falk; Copyright: BIU
Countless Let’s Play videos on YouTube show that gaming has become an integral part of society. Whether people use consoles, PCs, laptops, smartphones or tablets, you can play on almost any platform. But what about accessibility in the age of better and better graphics and increasingly interactive game design? REHACARE.com asked Felix Falk about the trends in the industry as it pertains to accessibility and inquired how games are also playing an increasingly important role in medicine.
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Recreation & Culture

Tokyo 2020 mascot shortlist revealed

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) have shortlisted three mascot design sets – each containing one mascot for the Paralympic Games and one for the Olympic Games. It comes following a review of 2,042 entries submitted by the public during a recent competition.
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Recreation & Culture

AUF AUGENHOEHE — Fashion for little people

AUF AUGENHOEHE is a fashion label that has specifically focused on the needs of little people. In order to continue to work independently and outside the normative fashion industry, the start-up needs support from as many people as possible. For this reason, AUF AUGENHOEHE started a crowdfunding campaign on December, 4th 2017.
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Philipp Schrenk – That's how he rolls

How we roll

Photo: Philipp Schrenk with an elephant; Copyright: Philipp Schrenk
Philipp Schrenk was always the only student or employee with a disability, both at school and when he started his career. But it worked out. Today, Schrenk really loves to travel and to offer other people orientation to accessible holiday destinations with his travel blog. Why his weaker self has kept him away from the Caribbean so far and what question he has for the health insurance companies, he tells on REHACARE.com.
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Auxiliary Means

Video game system technology helping physical therapists and athletic trainers

New studies from MU researchers provide evidence that video game technology can help health care providers discover injury risk and track rehabilitation progress among athletes and patients.
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Women & Kids

Women with Parkinson's disease less likely than men to have caregivers

Penn Medicine study highlights a general need for more support of elderly women with disabilities.
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Of young and older siblings with or without a disability

Topic of the Month

Photo: Two brothers talking to each other in the kitchen; Copyright: panthermedia.net/TarasMalyarevich
They vie for the affection and approval of their parents, they argue with each other and yet no other relationship is as close and able to endure as much as the bond between siblings. Regardless of whether it is a connection like the Klitschko or Gallagher brothers have, sibling relationships run deep and in the case of Liam and Noel can also withstand repeated disagreements. After all, the same blood flows through their veins. But what happens if your brother or sister is a person with a disability?
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Research & Health

Canada's aging population signals need for more inclusive, accessible transportation system

As the number of Canadians aged 65 and older continues to grow faster than any other age group, so too does the need for a more inclusive and accessible transportation system, underscores a group of experts in a new report released by the Council of Canadian Academies.
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Research & Health

3-D-printed prosthetic implants could improve treatment for hearing loss

Researchers using CT scans and 3-D printing have created accurate, custom-designed prosthetic replacements for damaged parts of the middle ear, according to a study being presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
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Research & Health

Type 1 diabetes: Not just a disease of childhood

Type 1 diabetes is not predominantly a 'disease of childhood' as previously believed, but is similarly prevalent in adults, new research published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology shows.
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Research & Health

Researchers map brain activity to improve prosthetic design

Researchers from the University of Houston have demonstrated how brain activity is used to identify different terrains - level ground and stairs, for example - a key step in developing prosthetics that allow the user's prosthesis to automatically adjust to changing ground conditions in real time.
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