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Image: Graphic comparing the changes in the major economic indicators for Americans with and without disabilities; Copyright: Kessler Foundation&UNHIOD

Labor Day job numbers remain upbeat for Americans with disabilities

20/09/2017

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability release National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report.
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Photo: The brain-computer interface neurofeedback training session; Copyright: University of Adelaide

Stroke patient improvement with a brain-computer interface

11/09/2017

University of Adelaide researchers have shown that it is possible for stroke patients to improve motor function using special training involving connecting brain signals with a computer.
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Photo: Using a walking avatar to treat gait disabilities; Copyright: University of Houston

Use of brain-computer interface, virtual avatar could help people with gait disabilities

06/09/2017

Researchers demonstrate non-invasive method can help people re-learn to walk
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Photo: A motorbike with pillion rider and wheelchair on the sideline of a street; Copyright: Toshi Meier-Brook

Project to assist travel for the disabled

04/09/2017

Accomable, the "Airbnb for disabled people", is working with EU-funded project EuTravel to shape the future of accessible travel and enable those with a mobility issue to book "door-to-door" transport across the EU.
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Photo: Wheelchair user standing at a street and looking to his left side; Copyright: visitBerlin, Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

September 2017: Mobility: On the go in road traffic

01/09/2017

Bus, subway, taxi – there are many ways to get around on the road. However, not all means of transportation are adapted to the needs of people with different disabilities. In our Topic of the Month you can read how the German taxi market is supposed to become more inclusive, how people with disabilities can achieve mobility competence and to what extent autonomous driving opens new perspectives.
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Photo: Cars in a traffic jam; Copyright: panthermedia.net/madrabothair

Autonomous driving – Mobility for everyone or wasted potential?

01/09/2017

We have navigation devices that talk to us, automatic lane keeping assist systems, adaptive cruise control, and cars that can park without our help. How long until we might simply be a passenger in our own car? And what options in terms of mobility does autonomous driving offer people with disabilities?
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Photo: Inklusion taxi with opened tailgate and an attached ramp with a wheelchair on it; Copyright: InklusionsTaxi/Herbert Schlemmer

Spontaneous mobility: Inclusion taxi, a taxi for everyone

01/09/2017

London, New York, and Sydney already have them – will Berlin be next? We are talking about taxis that have converted to become accessible. While London only issues licenses for wheelchair accessible vehicles, Germany still has a long way to go to get there. The "InklusionsTaxi – Taxi für Alle" project (English: Inclusion Taxi - A Taxi for Everyone) is not afraid to get moving in this direction.
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Photo: Wheelchair user standing at a street and looking to his left side; Copyright: visitBerlin, Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Mobility: On the go in road traffic

01/09/2017

Bus, subway, taxi – there are many ways to get around on the road. However, not all means of transportation are adapted to the needs of people with different disabilities. In our Topic of the Month you can read how the German taxi market is supposed to become more inclusive, how people with disabilities can achieve mobility competence and to what extent autonomous driving opens new perspectives.
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Photo: Broken lifts in suburban railway station; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Sozialhelden e.V. (CC by)

Competence in transportation: Mobility training for everyone

01/09/2017

Whether it’s riding the bus or the train – self-determined participation in public transportation involves some difficulties for many people with disabilities. Among many other things, this is due to broken elevators and a lack of accessibility at stations. That’s why it is crucial that people get informed and educated to get from Point A to Point B as autonomously as possible.
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Photo: Timo Hermann; Copyright: Melanie Wehnert

Travelable: Accessible city tours in Germany

02/05/2017

Hamburg? Berlin? Munich? Regardless of where your travels take you, it’s essential to prepare if you want to see as much of a city as possible. For many people with disabilities, this also includes obtaining information on accessibility on location. The online portal travelable.info provides just this type of information – for instance, about tried and tested city tours.
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Photo: Girl in a wheelchair with a woman standing next to her; Copyright: panthermedia.net/martin bowra

Big help for the little ones

01/09/2016

It depends on many aspects when it comes to the supply with auxiliary means for children with cognitive and physical disabilities. Ideally, the everyday assistant accompanies the children through their childhood into adulthood and are always customized to their needs and aspirations.
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Photo: Robot gripping arm pours in some water into a cup; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Variety of auxiliary means enables independent living

01/09/2016

Whether wheeled walkers, gripper tongs or wheelchairs – auxiliary means are diverse and come along with quite different possibilities of usage. They can promote mobility, maintain the independence of people with disabilities in everyday life and support communication, both privately and at work.
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Mobility scouts test accessibility of long-distance buses

01/07/2016

Since January 1, 2016, all new long-distance buses need to include two wheelchair accessible spots. Starting on January 1, 2020, this applies to all intercity buses. This is stipulated in Article 42b in conjunction with Article 62, Provision 3 of the German Passenger Transportation Act (PBefG).
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Mobility on the go: Apps as everyday helpers

01/07/2016

They are small, colorful and helpful: the many apps on your smartphone screen. They tell us about the weather, they entertain us and can help us to manage everyday life better. More and more mobile applications are also being designed for seniors and people with disabilities – when it comes to providing assistance in navigation or traffic for instance.
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Photo: Woman in a wheelchair using an elevator

Mobility

01/07/2016

Whether bus or train, whether car or plane – there are many means of transport that bring us to our destination. But what about accessibility? What kind of offers can people with disabilities use just like that? And what kind of special solutions do exist for them? Find out more in our Topic of the Month July: Mobility.
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Photo: Edith Grünseis-Pacher in a car

Driver training for people with disabilities provides new levels of safety and mobility

01/07/2016

Self-determination and mobility are important for everyone – and especially for people with physical and mobility impairments. Many people with disabilities that were caused by accidents are initially still insecure when they want to actively return to driving. To help them in slowly easing back into traffic, the Austrian CLUB MOBIL offers driver safety courses.
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Practiced inclusion: wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball are prime examples

01/06/2016

Sports are exciting. Sports unite. This is especially true for team sports. When people with disabilities and able-bodied persons play sports together, we can rightly call it practiced inclusion. Great examples of this are wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. But what does practiced inclusion in sports really mean? And what about the representative role of the Paralympic Games?
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Tourism: Auxiliary means for accessible travel

02/05/2016

For their vacation planning, people with disabilities must rely on hotel information – when it comes to accessibility for instance – to be accurate and make sure the accommodations truly meet their needs. But what if you already had some bad experiences? Or what if there are simply no appropriate accommodations available in certain areas?
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How can I help you? – An accessible shopping experience please!

01/04/2016

Wide aisles, a lot of room between the shelves, non-slip flooring and easy-to-read price tags – this is especially important for senior citizens and persons with disabilities when they shop. But in the real world, things are often very different: shopping carts that are hard to maneuver, narrow checkout aisles or undersized dressing rooms are all too common.
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Intelligent mobility assistants support the elderly

01/02/2016

Obstacles such as cobblestone streets, sloping paths or other barriers make the lives of senior citizens difficult. The more restricted they are in their mobility, the less they dare to do things. Then they often avoid going to their favorite park at the corner. The Assistants for Safe Mobility (ASSAM) project created intelligent solutions for walkers, wheelchairs and adult three-wheelers.
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Culture Inclusive: a bridge between cultural enjoyment and inclusion

04/01/2016

The cultural landscape is changing because inclusive services are becoming increasingly important. Until now, there was a lack of information to comprehensively implement the notion of inclusion. The Culture Inclusive project offers assistance: you can find information about inclusive cultural institutions on a cultural map that can be filtered by disability criteria.
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Photo: Nicole Seifert

"Safe mobility starts with the right choice and adaptation of the wheelchair"

23/07/2015

Whether it’s a wheelchair or a walker – for people with disabilities, it is crucial to control their own mobility in a competent and safe manner. Yet not everyone truly feels confident in every situation with these assistive devices. That’s why REHACARE.com spoke with Nicole Seifert about ways to foster more trust in yourself and others.
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June 2015: Mobility

01/06/2015

Mobility has many faces. According to the physical restriction the requirements to it can be very different. Which aspects are important for people of short stature for example? How differently mobile can people be in public transport? And what happens if you change perspectives? You will get to know in the Topic of the Month June: Mobility.
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Mobility barriers in public transport

01/06/2015

It plays the same role in the lives of persons with disabilities, senior citizens or even parents with strollers: mobility. It ranges from your own physical mobility all the way to overcoming short and long distances. But what happens when your mobility is being restricted?
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Changing perspectives – changing mobility

01/06/2015

What difference do five centimeters make on a curb when you are in a wheelchair? How much does spatial orientation vary when you can barely see or cannot see at all? People without disabilities can find out first-hand answers that may help them choose to consciously change their own mobility.
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"Persons of short stature need to find their own kind of mobility"

01/06/2015

Going to the movies at night or for a beer at the pub around the corner – participation as equal members of society is defined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and many persons with disabilities view this as a given. In many areas of life, participation is also tied to mobility. Persons of short stature have very different approaches to this.
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Traveling with disabilities: Vacation without limits

01/04/2015

You need to be mobile if you want to travel. A fact that also applies to persons with disabilities. Yet the choices for accessible travel are slim. Oftentimes things also don’t work out because of inadequate service and poorly trained staff. That’s why the Weitsprung travel agency in Marburg, Germany, made it their mission to make travel dreams come true for everyone.
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A different perspective on accessible construction

02/03/2015

Is the access ramp too steep? Does two centimeters really make a difference when it comes to a threshold? Architects and city planners are always confronted with these types of questions. If they don’t have any disabilities themselves, they tend to quickly render the wrong verdict. This is why construction decision makers, who can assess barriers based on their own experience, are in great demand.
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Auxiliary means: Scarce commodities in Africa

02/02/2015

Medical care with auxiliary means is not sufficiently regulated in every country in the world. The social system in Senegal for instance does not cover the cost for this. People with disabilities therefore need to pay for their own required resources. But what happens if that is not possible?
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Inclusion is a human right – around the world

02/02/2015

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted at the end of 2006 by the United Nations General Assembly and took effect in 2008. But what is the situation like after seven years? What countries are implementing inclusion, which is requested in the CRPD and anchored as a human right and in what form? Here is an overview.
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