Photo: a girl in a yellow dress sitting in a pediatric folding wheelchair, laughing at her dad standing beside her; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

ZIPPIE Sphynx: tilt wheelchair designed for families on the move

29/11/2021

Sunrise Medical is excited to expand the ZIPPIE® pediatric mobility line with the new ZIPPIE® Sphynx™. For busy families that are always on the go, this compact, transportable wheelchair has static tilt and recline to accommodate various client needs.
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Understanding their target market: retail companies in search of the best new products

24/11/2021

No two days are the same. You always learn and experience new things when you work with people. It’s one reason why medical supply stores strive to keep up to date on the latest product innovations. Besides manufacturers, retailers often step up to ensure the equipment lands in the right medical supply store.
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Photo: An avenue from above. On the gravel between the trees you can see someone driving along with the BRO; Copyright: Scewo AG

Getting the finished product to the customers: partnering up with medical supply stores

24/11/2021

The medical supply store is your first point of contact if you need a (new) assistive device: It has a vast selection of mobility supports, practical aids for everyday activities, sports and leisure equipment. But how do these items get to the medical supply store? And how can a startup find commercial partners and establish its products effectively?
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Photo: Parents point to fish in an aquarium. In their midst is a toddler in a Permobil Explorer Mini; Copyright: Permobil

Permobil’s Explorer Mini recognized as a TIME Best Invention for 2021

24/11/2021

"We are honored for the Explorer Mini to be recognized by TIME as a 'Best Invention of 2021' and to be included alongside so many other groundbreaking innovations that are improving the lives of individuals around the world," says Bengt Thorsson, Permobil’s President & CEO.
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Photo: MyPermobil app shown with a map screen in front of a wheelchair user at a harbor; Copyright: Permobil

Benefitting from smart wheelchair technology

22/11/2021

Our world is connected, and so have Permobil power wheelchairs since 2018. 10 000 Permobil wheelchair users worldwide have chosen to activate a live internet connection to their power chair.
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Photo: The Q'STRAINT ONE securement station with a wheelchair on it ; Copyright: Q'STRAINT

Q’STRAINT ONE: new all-in-one wheelchair securement station

17/11/2021

Wheelchair securement operators face a challenge: the nature of traditional 4-point securement can be both complex and highly customized. In a transportation fleet, every vehicle could potentially have a different securement system, making the job of securing passengers even more difficult for the driver. Q’STRAINT ONE aims to address this issue by offering a way to standardize securement.
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Photo: two all terrain wheelchairs in front of a snowy lake landscape; Copyright: Sunrise Medical (US) LLC

Sunrise Medical: new production facility for Magic Mobility

10/11/2021

Sunrise Medical announce the production of Magic Mobility products out of its newly opened Nashville-based facility. Furthermore, Magic Mobility power wheelchairs will immediately be sold and supported by all Sunrise Medical Associates across the North American market.
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Photo: two buisness men, one of them sitting in a wheelchair and wearing a Panthera shirt; Copyright: Permobil AB

Ultra-light active wheelchairs: Permobil acquires Panthera

08/11/2021

Permobil has entered into an agreement to acquire Panthera. The acquisition strengthens Permobil’s offer of manual wheelchairs. Panthera’s products complement the product portfolio and strengthen the company’s competitiveness in the market.
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Photo: a man in a wheelchair with opened arms on a stage, the photo is taken from behind him; Copyright: private

Sebastian Schild – That's how he rolls

03/11/2021

Sebastian Schild has made his strength his profession and helps others to lead a better life. The 36-year-old is a speaker, trainer and expert for inner strength, perception and mindset. Who he would like to philosophize with, what he cannot live without and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Two stand-up wheelchairs side by side in size comparison – the PR 40 for adults next to the PR 35S for children; Copyright: PARAVAN GmbH

Two in one stroke: PARAVAN PR 35/35S children's wheelchairs

03/11/2021

The chassis, which has been reduced in size, makes the power wheelchairs, which have been specially developed for children, extremely maneuverable, thus enabling active and self-determined participation in everyday life. The path to optimal child care is now much easier. Since mid-October, the PR 35S children's standing wheelchair has had an aid number – as has its brother, the PR 35.
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Permobil Foundation surprises MLB fan

25/10/2021

Permobil Foundation surprises Major League Baseball fan with a customized power wheelchair before the home game of the Minnesota Twins.
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Photo: two men in suits and a festive clothed woman cutting a ribbon; Copyright: Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Ottobock plant in Bulgaria officially opened

25/10/2021

The new Ottobock plant in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria was officially opened in a traditional ceremony recently. By taking this step, the international medtech company is expanding its production locations in the EU. A team of 225 employees currently work in Blagoevgrad, which is Ottobock’s tenth production location.
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Photo: A technician – Daniel Anlauf – during some welding work; Copyright: ottobock

Tokyo 2020: Paralympic Games in a "bubble"

29/09/2021

The Paralympic Games in Tokyo were different than originally planned – not only for the athletes, but also for the technicians and other experts who helped turn the Tokyo athletic event into a success. Daniel Anlauf was on location as a technician of Ottobock – the official technical service partner of the Paralympics.
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Claudia Staudt – That's how she rolls

28/07/2021

Love is the most important thing, everything else is secondary – Claudia Staudt realised this when she adopted her daughter. Lenas disability was not the focus of attention at any time. She wishes that her fellow human beings would see it in exactly the same way. How she copes with difficult situations, what she is particularly grateful and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a young woman with blonde curls is smiling towards the camera – Janine Kolbig; Copyright: privat

Janine Kolbig – That's how she rolls

14/07/2021

Living a self-determined life is a matter of the heart for Janine Kolbig. She is the founder of the Centre for Self-Determined Living Northern Germany, which advises people with disabilities and represents their interests. What self-determination means to her, who the origin of this movement is for her and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a young woman with braids is sitting in a wheelchair and doing a half backflip – Jesi Stracham; Copyright: Jim Dukes Photography

Jesi Stracham – That's how she rolls

30/06/2021

Jesi Stracham is a wheelchair user and has no problem with it: Over the years, she has learned to accept herself as she is and to detach herself from societal expectations – she no longer wants to have any labels put on her. How she has achieved this mindset, why every day is a good day for her and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Female wheelchair user under a bridge, beside her sits her dog; Copyright: Lukas Kapfer | www.th-10.de

From puppy to assistance dog: the multifaceted work with animal helpers

29/06/2021

Assistance dogs are cute, no question. But they have many more advantages: they relieve their owners of work, support them and open doors – in the real and figurative sense. But how do affected people get an assistance dog, what can four-legged helpers do and who finances their training? Living and working with animal helpers is multifaceted, but must be better protected by the law.
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Photo: a young man with glasses sits in a wheelchair on a hill at dusk, a river and the illuminated river bank can be seen in the background - Tobi Kroll; Copyright: Tobi Kroll

Tobi Kroll – That's how he rolls

16/06/2021

How can we arrive in an inclusive world? Tobi Kroll has a few suggestions, because he is always thinking about barriers – both structural and social. But he also has some ideas about how society can accommodate people with disabilities. Who he would like to discuss our society with and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a woman wearing a trikot and a helmet sitting in a wheelchair on a basketball field, she is holding a basketball – Ronja Holze; Copyright: Drazen Lovric

Ronja Holze – That's how she rolls

02/06/2021

Sport has a special significance in Ronja Holzes life: First it helped her to accept her new life situation, then she fought her way up to the world championship and into the national squad in just a few years. Which sports she is talking about here, which auxiliary mean is particularly important for her life as an athlete and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: WheelSim VR test user Andreas with VR glasses in front of the screen; Copyright: LIFEtool

WheelSim VR: learning safe electric wheelchair operation thanks to virtual reality

20/05/2021

LIFEtool is as non-profit organization that counsels and equips people with the tools, they need to be successful. The Austrian company now successfully adapted its 2D-based simulator WheelSim to virtual reality. VR training enables power wheelchair users to practice difficult tasks in a safe environment.
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Photo: a woman with light grey hair, glasses and a green t-shirt is sinnting in a wheelchair in front of a building, on her legs she carries a ramp made of tiny bricks; Copyright: Lego-Oma-Team

Rita Ebel – That's how she rolls

19/05/2021

Rita Ebel has become known as the "Lego granny": Since accessibility is still a scarce commodity, she designs ramps made of interlocking plastic bricks. Boxes of the colourful bricks are stored in her house and are transformed into ramps with creative patterns. Why she herself is dependent on accessibility, why she never loses her smile and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a girl with two leg prostheses on a track – Julia Porzelt; Copyright: private

Julia Porzelt – That's how she rolls

10/03/2021

Julia Porzelt is a team athlete: together with her horses Dainty and Bruno, she is internationally successful in dressage. She never gets bored: besides intensive training, she goes jogging and works with her retriever dog Feline – her assistance dog in training. Which celebrities she would like to train with and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Quokka bag on a wheelchair; Copyright: Quokka

Functionality included: accessories for people with disabilities

02/03/2021

Sometimes an outfit is just an outfit – perhaps it’s not terribly exciting or unique, but it does the job. But expressing your individuality from time to time never hurt anyone. How do you showcase your personal style? With the right accessories: a scarf, a belt, or a matching bag. REHACARE.com took a closer look at companies that accommodate the specific needs of people with disabilities.
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Photo: a man is sitting in a power wheelchair, he is wearing glasses; Copyright: HomeBraceGermany UG

Sensor glasses: Move the wheelchair independently with your eyes

16/02/2021

The eyes play an important role in everyday communication, for example in recognising facial expressions. But for people with severely limited mobility, the eye makes much more possible: Equipped with the MyEcc Pupil, they can move their power wheelchair or a robotic arm independently. How do the glasses make all this possible? REHACARE.com asked Managing Director Thomas Rosner.
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Photo: a young woman – Lily Rice – is wearing a helmet and doing a stunt in a pink wheelchair; Copyright: Steven Clarey

Lily Rice – That's how she rolls

10/02/2021

Lily Rice can usually be found at the skatepark, refining her WCMX techniques in her pink wheelchair. The training is paying off: Lily entered the scene in 2017, two years later she was Women's World Champion. It was only logical that her biggest challenge to date was in the halfpipe – what it was, who motivates her and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a young woman in a red dress is sitting in a black wheelchair, the sea is in the background; Copyright: Ines Zeifert

Lilli Zeifert – That's how she rolls

27/01/2021

Lilli Zeifert has already seen a lot of the world. Perhaps that's why her great love is for what there is still to discover beyond the Earth: Whatever there is to find out about astrophysics – Lilli wants to know. Who she thinks are the smartest minds of all time, what she would like to discuss with them and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a woman in white jeans and black top – Evelyn Brezina – is sitting in a wheelchair which is placed in front of multi-coloured stairs; Copyright: Lucia Titkova

Evelyn Brezina – That's how she rolls

13/01/2021

Vienna from a wheelchair perspective – this is how Evelyn Brezina captures all the beauty in her surroundings in her photos. Because she really loves taking pictures. What assistive devices she would like to have for this passion, who she would like to ask as many questions as possible and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo collage: Male model in a wheelchair and female model with prosthetic leg in clothes from MOB Industries, as well as close-up of a shirt sleeve; Copyright: Jakob Gsöllpointner/MOB Industries

Fashion by MOB Industries: "Inclusion means to truly embrace all body types"

16/07/2020

Fashion without barriers – that’s the mission of Viennese-based startup MOB Industries (German: Mode Ohne Barrieren, hence the abbreviation MOB). How has the coronavirus outbreak affected the company’s latest collection and how do functionality and aesthetics go hand in hand? REHACARE.com asked MOB founder and CEO Josefine Thom.
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Photo: Two wheelchair users with wheelchairs that have integrated the WheelAir system; Copyright: WheelAir

WheelAir: No more overheating for wheelchair users

30/01/2020

Overheating is a serious issue for people who use a wheelchair. Ice packs and water sprays used to help many of them in order to keep cool. But Corien Staels, Founder & Managing Director of WheelAir, wanted to find a technological solution for the problem of overheating. Since then the WheelAir concept is about to change lives.
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Photo: The Munevo team; Copyright: Munevo GmbH

"Smart technology opportunities can make it easier to live a self-determined life"

23/08/2018

Controlling an electric wheelchair by using smart glasses? Smart glasses like munevo Drive make this a reality. Visitors have a chance to check them out in person at this year’s REHACARE trade fair. Konstantin Madaus from the startup company Munevo looks back on the previous trade show presence and invites everyone to join him at his company’s booth again this year.
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Isabel Keane – That's how she rolls

22/11/2017

For the 20-year old Isabel Keane one way to express herself are her stylish wheel covers, created by her sister. But the covers to beautify her wheelchair are not the only reason how Ailbhe influenced her younger sister. Why Isabel looks up to her creative sister, what she wants to accomplish but has not done until now and what she wants to be known for, she tells at REHACARE.com.
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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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