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Photo: Lifebelt hangs on the railing of a ship at sunset; Copyright: panthermedia.net/william87

April 2019: Accessible tourism by water

01/04/2019

Experience several destinations within one holiday and do not actively travel from A to B yourself? Instead, enjoy all the amenities of a hotel while watching the sun rise or set over the ocean? Or how about being the captain yourself and deciding where to anchor? No matter whether cruise or vacation on the houseboat, in our Topic of the Month REHACARE.com has taken a closer look.
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Photo: Lifebelt hangs on the railing of a ship at sunset; Copyright: panthermedia.net/william87

Travel ahoy – accessible tourism by water

01/04/2019

Experience several destinations within one holiday and do not actively travel from A to B yourself? Instead, enjoy all the amenities of a hotel while watching the sun rise or set over the ocean? Or how about being the captain yourself and deciding where to anchor? No matter whether cruise or vacation on the houseboat, REHACARE.com has taken a closer look.
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Photo: Several houseboats next to each other at the jetty; Copyright: BunBo – Das BungalowBoot www.BunBo.de

BunBo: Accessible travel by houseboat

01/04/2019

Peacefully floating along and clearing your mind of stress – a houseboat vacation makes it possible. But is accessible travel really an option in such a tiny space? Absolutely. Bungalow-style boats – abbreviated BunBo – make this dream come true. Depending on their size and equipment, they can accommodate four to six people and make for a unique vacation on the water.
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Photo: Someone playing with a plane model while the sun sets in the background; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Shebeko

Accessible travel from booking to dream destination: ship ahoy

01/04/2019

Prefer to book online or use a travel agent? Looking for destinations across the Atlantic or fancy vacationing in Europe or exploring your own country? Staying at a hotel or hanging out with the locals? A recent online survey asked people with disabilities and their family members about their travel habits. REHACARE.com has reviewed the study findings.
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Photo: Pool landscape on deck of a cruise ship; Copyright: panthermedia.net/ncousla

Going on a cruise: Accessibility included

01/04/2019

Far-off destinations, the expansiveness of the ocean, a touch of luxury aboard the vessel – cruise vacations are hugely popular. People with disabilities are also increasingly drawn to big cruise ships, which typically promise a worry-free vacation. But how accessible are the vessels, the staterooms, and shore excursions? Three veteran cruise travelers share their experiences.
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Photo: Close-up of a finger pressing the demand bell of a shop; Copyright: Jörg Farys | AG Urban

February 2019: Accessibility in retail

04/02/2019

It's often the small things: demand bells and mobile ramps, sign language operation or trained staff dealing with customers with various disabilities –all of this can ensure that the stationary retail becomes more accessible. And the demand is there. Which solutions are already being implemented can be found in the current Topic of the Month February: Accessibility in retail.
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Photo: Employees at Starbucks Signing Store selling coffee in ASL; Copyright: Joshua Trujillo | Starbucks Stories

Accessibility as the basis of an inclusive shopping experience concept

04/02/2019

While some people count shopping among their hobbies, people with disabilities are often not quite as excited about shopping. REHACARE.com has researched and listed some easy ways for supermarkets to facilitate a more relaxed and calmer shopping experience for people on the autism spectrum and reveals where you can order coffee drinks in sign language.
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Photo: A shop owner who allows a wheelchair user access to his shop by means of a mobile ramp; Copyright: Jörg Farys | AG Urban

Accessible retail: Status quo and industry trends

04/02/2019

How will we be shopping in the future? How will our buying behavior change? These are questions that companies must already ponder today. REHACARE.com takes a closer look at the retail industry, ponders the possible future and highlights projects that already focus on enabling participation in retail consumption.
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Lernladen increases future retail employees’ accessibility awareness

04/02/2019

What’s it like to shop when you suffer from tremors and have to get coins out of your wallet at the cash register in a hurry? And how much are you still able to see prices when you are dealing with a visual impairment? Many apprentices can only guess what that must be like. At the so-called Lernladen, they get to experience these scenarios first-hand with the help of simulation goggles and gloves.
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Photo: Close-up of a finger pressing the demand bell of a shop; Copyright: Jörg Farys | AG Urban

Accessibility in retail

04/02/2019

It's often the small things: demand bells and mobile ramps, sign language operation or trained staff dealing with customers with various disabilities –all of this can ensure that the stationary retail becomes more accessible. And the demand is there. Which solutions are already being implemented can be found in the current Topic of the Month February: Accessibility in retail.
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Photo: Andreas Hettwer (left) and Max Prigge; Copyright: Carina Hettwer

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

24/01/2019

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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Photo: Several wheelchair users on a wheelchair platform during a festival; Copyright: Timo Hermann | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

January 2019: Music for everybody: Accessible festivals

07/01/2019

Diverse and accessible – this still does not apply to all events. But at least more and more festival organisers are now making an inclusive music event possible for people with disabilities. What experiences have two wheelchair users already had at various festivals? And to what extent does Wacken veteran Ron Paustian take on responsibility with passion?
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Photo: The stage of the Sziget Festival can be seen between two wheelchair users on the podium.; Copyright: Timo Hermann | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

More diversity at different types of events – it doesn’t hurt to ask or to inform

07/01/2019

A visit to a trade fair, festival or a movie theater – while some leisure activities are easy to come by for people without disabilities, they can turn into a downright adventure for wheelchair users, people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hearing impaired. Especially, if there is a lack of vital information pertaining to accessibility at an event.
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Photo: Several wheelchair users on a wheelchair platform during a festival; Copyright: Timo Hermann | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Music for everybody: Accessible festivals

07/01/2019

Diverse and accessible – this still does not apply to all events. But at least more and more festival organisers are now making an inclusive music event possible for people with disabilities. What experiences have two wheelchair users already had at various festivals? And to what extent does Wacken veteran Ron Paustian take on responsibility with passion?
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Photo: The stage at the Wacken Open Air 2016 while the band Bullet For My Valentine plays; Copyright: Andrea Schütt

Inclusion Must Make Noise: "Participation is not about a particular music genre"

07/01/2019

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. The metal fan has turned his passion into his mission. Since 2009, Paustian has been committed to making concerts and festivals more accessible to people with disabilities.
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Photo: Adina Hermann in her wheelchair at the Sziget Festival in Budapest/Hungary; Copyright: Timo Hermann – thermann.de

Attending a festival as a wheelchair user: Accessibility with trade-offs

07/01/2019

One is a big fan of the Wacken Open Air festival (W:O:A) in Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein, the other can’t and won’t pick a favorite. Andrea Schütt and Adina Hermann are as different as the festivals they visit, but they have one thing in common: They know first-hand that attending a festival as a wheelchair user is definitely doable!
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Photo: A woman in a beach wheelchair; Copyright: Timo Hermann | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Tourism for All: "Traveling is not just about physical access"

19/07/2018

Tourism is for everybody. The aim of the British organisation Tourism for All is to make travel accessible. Whether travelers, policy makers or companies, Tourism for All wants to operate with and for everyone. REHACARE.com asked, how the attitude of companies and politicians towards people with disabilities has changed and what the European tourism market has to offer.
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Photo: Speaker at the conference during the M-Enabling Summit 2017 in Washington; Copyright: M-Enabling Summit

M-Enabling Forum: "The best assistive technologies cannot be useful if our digital environment is not accessible"

21/06/2018

Self-determined living needs accessibility. This does not only apply to step-free entrance for wheelchair users, but also for the digital environment. For example, when blind people surf the internet with a screen reader, they need web sites that are accessible. But reality often looks different. Reason enough for the M-Enabling Forum to focus on this topic at this year's REHACARE.
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Photo: An accessible bus for the transport of people with disabilities. The hydraulic ramp is on the ground; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Valeriy_Al

TTC Wheel-Trans: Accessible transport for people with disabilities in Toronto

17/05/2018

In Canada, the North Americans are far ahead of us Germans when it comes to accessibility. If you are a guest in Toronto, you not only have the possibility to travel with the usual public transport, but you can also opt for the 100 percent accessible alternative and use Wheel-Trans.
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Photo: Stefanie Trzecinski; Copyright: Johannes Franke

"At the TUECHTIG coworking space, people with and without disabilities are working together – and not just next to each other"

22/03/2018

Maximum flexibility to encourage ideas, effectively sharing office space: coworking spaces have become a part of many major cities. In 2017, Berlin featured about one hundred of them, but none of them were comprehensively accessible. That’s something Stefanie Trzecinski from KOPF, HAND + FUSS gGmbH wanted to change. That was the moment, the idea for "TUECHTIG – Raum für Inklusion" was born.
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Photo: Martina Gollner (left) and Christina Rieder, the founders of FullAccess; Copyright: FullAccess

"At FullAccess, the 'Accessibility All Areas' slogan says it all"

15/02/2018

Two music enthusiasts were fed up with the lack of leisure activity choices and programs for people with disabilities. That’s why Christina Riedler and Martina Gollner decided to set up their own business with FullAccess and try to make concert promoters aware of people with disabilities as prospective customers and thus contribute to making society more tolerant.
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Photo: Blind Man touches the plug-in model of the Porta Nigra; Copyright: Ledwig

Self-guided museum visits for visually impaired people

18/01/2018

Visually impaired and blind people can now enjoy stunning visits to the City Museum Trier thanks to audio tracks, tactile reproductions, and replicas. Together with students who participated in the "Cross Media" seminar as part of their studies at the University of Trier, Design Professor Christopher Ledwig developed a one-of-a-kind multimedia service in Germany: the so-called "blind kit" trolley.
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Photo: Florian Adler; Copyright: Tim de Gruisbourne

"Inclusive communication design is both accessible and attractive"

15/06/2017

For many, recognizing and understanding characters is an important prerequisite to social participation. Inclusive communication design helps people with visual impairments to accomplish this. REHACARE.com spoke with designer and expert of the German Association for Blind and Visually Impaired People, Florian Adler. He has developed a digital guide to inclusive communication design.
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Photo: Hauke Hückstädt; Copyright: Bookster Frankfurt Stephan Jockel

"Hardly any texts by famous authors are specifically written in Simple Language"

20/04/2017

Literature should be accessible to all – including people who depend on texts written in Simple English. A project in Frankfurt, Germany, now wants to make this possible. REHACARE.com spoke with Hauke Hückstädt, the director of the Literaturhaus Frankfurt about the "Frankfurt, deine Geschichte. Literatur in Einfacher Sprache" project.
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Photo: Sandra Glöckler; Copyright: Rolli auf Trab

"Horse riding is a sport people with and without impairments are able to experience together on equal footing"

20/04/2017

More self-confidence and independence – things you can learn from horse riding for example. People with disabilities can take this important step with "Rolli auf Trab" (English: Trotting with Wheelchairs). REHACARE.com spoke with Sandra Glöckler of "Rolli auf Trab" about the lust for life that horse riding inspires and the interaction and experiences with the animals.
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Photo: Hands on a book printed in Braille; Copyright: panthermedia.net/belchonock

Books for the blind: "IT corporations lead the way. They consider accessibility a selling point"

16/02/2017

A wizarding student who triumphs over evil. A girl who meets the love of her life. Literature has many facets and captivates us with wonderful stories day in and day out. Yet not everyone has access to these texts because accessible books for blind or visually impaired people are few and far between.
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Photo: Patrick Dohmen in the LernLaden; Copyright: WDR/EUKOBA

Accessibility: "We need a shift in awareness in the retail sector"

22/12/2016

Shopping with a disability is no easy feat: almost every store is not accessible. But what does accessibility in retail actually mean? REHACARE.com spoke with Patrick Dohmen of the EUKOBA Association about the idea behind the LernLaden (English: Learning Store) and the awareness and sensitization project for retailers, employees and apprentices.
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Photo: Martin Habacher; Copyright: Andreas Pöschek

Inclusive storyteller: "You can definitely make a difference and change things"

24/11/2016

There are some unique and interesting stories about accessibility and disability. Martin Habacher is someone who tells these stories. His goal is to find and then share them with the world on his YouTube channel. REHACARE.com spoke with Martin Habacher about his most beautiful story and his motivation to look beyond what he sees.
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Photo: map of Germany

Accessibility should be considered from the start for medical practices

28/04/2016

Disabled parking spaces, lower counters, stair lifts, and elevators – those are just a few of the provisions of an accessible medical practice. Yet many physician offices don’t meet these requirements. To make it easier for people with disabilities to find available accessible medical practices close-by, the "Accessible Practice" project has created a directory.
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Photo: Simon Janatzek talks about accessible smartphones

If you buy them, some smartphones are already accessible

14/04/2016

A quick check on your smartphone to see when the next bus leaves or letting your friend know via WhatsApp that you are running late: those are mundane situations for many people. Yet how accessible are smartphones actually for visually impaired and blind people? REHACARE.com spoke with Simon Janatzek. He is visually impaired and tells us which apps are helpful in everyday life.
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Photo: Anna Hartmann

"Suse" helps abused and battered women and girls with disabilities

23/02/2016

Representative studies show: women and girls with disabilities face significantly more violence than women without disabilities. Yet they rarely seek help since their disability often makes access to therespective support systems difficult. The "Suse" Project offers affected persons accessible support services, for instance in the form of Easy English.
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Photo: meeting in the PIKSL Lab

"PIKSL focuses on the removal of digital barriers"

26/01/2016

Digital transformation does not only cause problems for persons with disabilities. Companies are also facing digital barriers they need to overcome. The PIKSL Lab makes digital inclusion its priority: together, individuals with and without disabilities work on removing digital barriers. In this interview with REHACARE.de, Project Manager Tobias Marczinzik explains the PIKSL concept.
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Photo: Hedwig Reiffs with a visitor and a wheelchair driver

"Comprehensive accessibility would benefit all of us"

12/02/2015

What is it like when you have to manage everyday life in a wheelchair? And what effects do age-related limitations have on mobility? Interested parties can experience this with the help of a wheelchair course and an age simulation suit. REHACARE.com spoke with Hedwig Reiffs from the Self-Help Organization of Physically Disabled Persons Bonn, who recently attended this kind of adventure day.
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