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The rehabilitation and assistive technologies sector looks back at 2020

01/12/2020

Conventions, exhibitions, trade fairs – the rehabilitation and assistive technologies sector had big plans for 2020. Along came the coronavirus pandemic and changed everything. Profoundly and radically. Events had to be cancelled, personal contacts had to be drastically restricted, completely altering daily and public life in the process. How has the industry responded to the crisis?
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Photo: Team Scewo overcoming an obstacle; Copyright: Allessandro Della Bella / ETH Zürich

Assistive technologies: CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition shows advances

16/11/2020

CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition: In total, 51 teams from 20 countries competed against each other, completing everyday tasks with the help of state-​of-the-art assistance systems. Due to the COVID-​19 pandemic, the teams competed for the first time in different time zones and locations. Apart from the winning teams, the technological advances attracted the most attention.
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Photo: A resting basketball from Rio2016; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Paralympics 20XX: The only thing certain is nothing is certain

04/05/2020

It was supposed to be the crowning event in para sports – Tokyo 2020. But now the Games have been postponed until 2021. This ended a period of uncertainty for the athletes who trained for late summer 2020. REHACARE.com wondered what comes next for three German athletes, and learned why the new date set for the summer of 2021 won’t solve all problems.
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Photo: David Behre, Hans-Peter Durst and Christiane Reppe; Copyright: David Behre | Oliver Kremer | Jan Siewert

Parasports in the time of Coronavirus – a case of postponed plans, mental fitness, and a forced slow-down

04/05/2020

Firsts, last times, first and maybe last times or once-in-a-lifetime moments – the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo could have been all of these things and more for German athletes. David Behre, Christiane Reppe and Hans-Peter Durst spoke to REHACARE.com about their original plans and preparations for the Paralympics and explain how they cope with the current situation.
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Inclusive education: "Children of Utopia" creates new perspectives

21/03/2019

The debate about inclusive education is stalling and generally doesn’t even let those who are most affected have their say: students both with and without disabilities. The German movie "Children of Utopia" ("Die Kinder der Utopie") wants to change all that. That's why it will be screened in several movie theaters on May 15 as part of a nationwide campaign event – followed by panel discussions.
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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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"Computer and video games are a social and inclusive medium"

14/12/2017

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?
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HelpCamps: "Making assistive technology faster, more affordable and personalized"

23/11/2017

In accordance with the slogan "Nothing about us without us", the HelpCamps project aims at developing and implementing concepts and ideas together. To make this a reality, people with disabilities, companies from the assistive technology, care and assistance sectors, as well as stakeholders in the so-called maker movement and researchers, are brought together to network during various events.
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