Photo: Torsten Krohn sits in the converted forklift and gives the thumbs up together with driving instructor Ralf Buhman, who is standing next to the machine; Copyright: PARAVAN GmbH

PARAVAN realized integrative forklift project

11/10/2021

Employer, employers' liability insurance association and PARAVAN make a new job possible for Torsten Krohn, thanks to a forklift truck that has been converted for disabled access.
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Photo: a man getting lifted in a huge wheel loader, his wheelchair is standing ob the ground; Copyright: PARAVAN GmbH

Promoting career self-determination with adaptive utility work machines

28/09/2021

Mobility is a key ability to live a self-determined life. It pertains to both the private and the professional realm: Agriculture, logistics, public service – none of them are possible without automobility. But who converts commercial vehicles to make them accessible for people with disabilities? And who pays for the costs? REHACARE.com looked into the matter.
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Photo: A Mercedes eVito inclusion cab in front of the Mercedes Benz Museum. A wheelchair user stands in front of the ramp at the tailgate; Copyright: AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG

Mobile – thanks to car conversions

28/09/2021

Electric cars, e-scooters, and electric bikes – will our future be shaped by electromobility? Does this spell the end of the internal combustion engine? Or will we embrace alternative fuel vehicles that use hydrogen fuel for private transport? How will these new modes of travel impact the way we work? REHACARE.com addresses these questions in our current Topic of the Month.
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Photo: a young man with black hair and a dark jacket – Florian Lutz; Copyright: Florian Lutz

Florian Lutz – That's how he rolls

08/09/2021

Florian Lutz listens carefully to people with disabilities when it comes to making their lives more self-determined. As a rehab consultant, he is on the road around Göppingen – and on the internet: There, inspired by his daily work, he presents aids for people with disabilities. What he thinks aid manufacturers need to consider in development and how he otherwise rolls, he tells on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Female technician taking a 3D scan of a patient's lower leg; Copyright: Otto Bock HealthCare Deutschland GmbH

Orthopedic technology – A professional field as multifaceted as the medical aids industry

29/07/2021

People with disabilities need individual assistive devices. It is the task of orthopaedic technicians to select these with them and to adapt them to their specific needs. What else is part of the job description and how companies support the technicians in their work in the medical supply store can be read in our Topic of the Month.
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Photo: An orthopedic technician holds a plaster leg from the workshop in his hands; Copyright: PantherMedia / moodboard (YAYMicro)

Everyday life in the medical supply store: working on, with and for people

29/07/2021

Whether it is an orthotic, prosthetic or wheelchair – it takes orthopedic know-how and skill to ensure the assistive device has the proper fit and also "fits" your lifestyle (pun intended). Although orthopedic technicians are often the first point of contact for patients, their profession is often unfairly underrated.
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Photo: A technician sits in front of a laptop showing a scanned knee. An Ottobock employee stands next to him and explains something to him; Copyright: Otto Bock HealthCare Deutschland GmbH

From scanning to 3D printing: the workshop goes digital

29/07/2021

"Our world today is becoming more digital both in the personal and business realm. Digital transformation affects many industry sectors – and the orthopedic industry is no exception," says Niklas Hohlfeld, Prosthetics Market Management of Otto Bock. The coronavirus pandemic has significantly accelerated the pace of this development. Otto Bock and Mecuris told us more.
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Photo: A wheelchair user rides on cobblestones toward a larger crowd at a market; Copyright: Lukas Kapfer | www.th-10.de

Full participation: paving the way to an inclusive society

31/05/2021

Whether it affects cultural, political, economic, or social life – people with disabilities have a right to participation. This was recognized and stipulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But how is society as a whole implementing this directive? How are inclusion and participation put into practice and what role do companies play in promoting diversity?
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Photo: Young female wheelchair user smiling at her laptop screen in front of her; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Building bridges - communication software in focus

26/04/2021

Communication is an important cornerstone for social participation. It is therefore all the more important that the communication aids that are available are adapted to the people who need them. In our Topic of the Month, you can find out who is responsible for this and what difficulties still exist today, but also what is encouraging.
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Photo: ; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Boehringer Ingelheim, Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Assistive devices in the workplace: Making communication accessible

26/04/2021

Especially for blind and visually impaired people, the lack of or non-working augmentative communication devices frequently means that they have no prospect of participating in the workplace. We discussed with Bruno Behrendt from Papenmeier why screen readers are sometimes nothing more than pretty tools and learned why technical support is THE perennial issue when it comes to customer service.
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Photo: a man with a grey suit is leaning against a white wall – Jörg Dommershausen; Copyright: Peer Klausing

Jörg Dommershausen – That's how he rolls

24/02/2021

Jörg Dommershausen takes comprehensive care of his clients: He helps those affected to cope with changed circumstances in their professional and private lives after serious accidents. In addition to his counselling services, Dommershausen also produces two (German) podcasts and a guide. What is indispensable for his work with his clients and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Business woman sitting at a laptop and taking handwritten notes; Copyright: PantherMedia/mavoimages

REHADAT Gute Praxis: "Labor force participation requires targeted and personalized measures"

31/08/2020

What are strategies for successful inclusion in the primary labor market? Many employers only have a vague idea of what this entails, revealing the importance of comprehensive and practical information. The new REHADAT Gute Praxis (English: Best Practice) portal aims to be their go-to resource – and includes 900 practical examples. Why are they especially useful? We asked...
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Photo: Peter Lammer at REHACARE 2019; Copyright: beta-web

Standing Ovation facilitates mobility at the workplace

12/12/2019

Sitting while standing up – Standing Ovation makes this oxymoron possible. The rail system with its C-shaped seat bar and seat lifting unit allows Austrian chef Peter Lammer to sustain his job despite an 80 percent disability rating pertaining to his legs. With REHACARE.com he talked about the invention that brought back his zest for life and the feedback he received at this year's trade fair.
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Photo: Johanna Korte and Eileen Witte; Copyright: Stefanie Freudenreich

Career launch made easy: customized support services for people with disabilities

12/09/2019

Problems transitioning into the workforce? Adolescents with disabilities can get support from the North Rhine-Westphalian KAoA-STAR program. REHACARE.com sat down with the program coordinators of LVR (regional authority Rheinland) and LWL (regional authority Westfalen-Lippe), Eileen Witte and Johanna Korte, and asked about the program and the types of services it provides.
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Photo: A human resources manager talks to a talent on Match Day; Copyright: myAbility/Stefan Ebersberger

"The DisAbility Talent Program connects employers and prospective employees with disabilities"

07/02/2019

Professional success with a disability or chronic illness – the DisAbility Talent Program aims to also support respective German students and new graduates in the near future. How is it planning to do that? REHACARE.com asked Daniel Schörghofer, who has been in charge of the program in Austria for several years as a DisAbility talent manager at myAbility Social Enterprise GmbH.
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Photo: Older lady sitting on a chair in front of a screen showing a motorcyclist on the motorway. Other residents cheer her on; Copyright: RetroBrain R&D

MemoreBox by RetroBrain: Where rehabilitation meets fun

20/12/2018

Doing something good for your health in a playful and fun way – that sums up the concept of health games. "It does not have to be grueling, boring and dreadful to maintain or regain your health," says Manouchehr Shamsrizi. He co-founded RetroBrain and developed the MemoreBox – an easy-to-use gaming console for aging adults, designed to keep them physically and mentally healthy and fit.
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Photo: Chiara Dickmann und Helen van Ravenstein; Copyright: Tobias Koch | www.tobiaskoch.net

Leicht. Bewerben.: "Simple Language can break down online barriers and communicate content so everyone can understand"

22/11/2018

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).
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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: 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: Carer holds the hand of a patient; Copyright: panthermedia.net/michaeljung

Concept for caregiver workload relief: "Empathy is a fundamental part of being human"

15/09/2016

Caregivers encounter many different emotions in their jobs. Patients are in pain, have questions about their own mortality or they pass away. The empathy-based relief concept empCARE was founded to better handle these emotional experiences. With the help of training courses, caregivers are taught to learn how to prevent an empathic emotional overreaction.
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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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