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Photo: Display of the smartwatch app with a notification about a car honk; Copyright: Jain et al./ASSETS 2020

Smartwatch app alerts d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing users to different sounds

09/11/2020

Smartwatches offer people a private method for getting notifications about their surroundings – such as a phone call, health alerts or an upcoming package delivery. Now University of Washington researchers have developed SoundWatch, a smartwatch app for d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing people who want to be aware of nearby sounds.
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Photo: Close-up of the lower body of a user who is currently driving with spike over a gravel road; Copyright: Exero Technologies

Functionality meets design: the new adaptive sport equipment Spike

29/10/2020

Activities aiming at occupational therapy and rehabilitation are boring? Not necessarily! A new assistive exercise and sports equipment named Spike is not only designed to be fun, but also suitable for everybody who wants to get and stay fit. How this works for whom and what kind of history connects Spike with REHACARE? We asked!
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Photo collage: Girl with WalkAide 2.0 goes for a walk with a dog. Boy with WalkAide walks on a path. Man with NeuGait walks down stairs; Copyright: Brio Photography / Pro Walk GmbH

Pro Walk: Overcoming foot drop one step at a time

24/09/2020

Safe walking without tripping or falling is challenging for people with foot drop. Luckily there are technologies that provide active support by using functional electrical stimulation (FES). Pro Walk GmbH delivers these types of foot drop systems. How do these devices allow users to complete everyday tasks? REHACARE.com asked Nico Riedl, Product Manager and Physiotherapist at Pro Walk GmbH.
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Photo: Young woman in a wheelchair typing on a laptop standing on her lap; Copyright: PantherMedia/ufabizphoto

Coronavirus: How self-help groups and associations keep running in times of pandemic

01/09/2020

Coronavirus-related restrictions, social distancing, and hygiene guidelines have permeated all sections of society for months. These strategies have also affected the work of the Federal Association of Self-Help Organizations for People with Disabilities and Chronic Diseases. We spoke to Dr. Martin Danner about the challenges of the past few months and the future of self-help settings.
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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: Several wheelchair users are at a training area for driver safety training; Copyright: BG BAU

Mobility: Safe travels with adapted motor vehicles

03/08/2020

Anyone who permanently relies on a wheelchair after a traffic accident typically wants to regain their mobility and independence and drive a car. Specialized driver safety training in adapted vehicles makes this a reality and allows people with disabilities to drive safely.
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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: Hands operating a laptop equipped with assistive technologies for blind and visually impaired people; Copyright: Michel Arriens | www.michelarriens.de

Digitization: Harnessing the power of inclusion to create more accessible workplaces

02/07/2020

They can be technical, structural, or mental in nature – people with disabilities often face a barrage of barriers in the workplace. Coworkers and employers can help in overcoming them. Digital trends likewise promote inclusion strategies and accessibility at the workplace.
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Photo: Anja Winkler sits at her workplace in front of a monitor and operates a hyper-pin Braille plate system; Copyright: TU Dresden

Labor force participation: "Breaking down mental barriers is more important than auxiliary aids and services"

02/07/2020

Competent and tough – Anja Winkler works at the Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden) and by virtue of her own disability is in charge of multiple accessibility and inclusion aspects. In this REHACARE.com interview, she describes the auxiliary aids and services that help make her workday easier and explains how she overcomes the barriers she occasionally faces as a blind staff member.
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Photo: A woman and a man talking in sign language in the office; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Boehringer Ingelheim, Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Accessibility: Paving the way for disability inclusion in the workplace

02/07/2020

Labor force participation is a human right. Yet there is still a need to overcome considerable barriers – both technical and mental in nature – to protect the rights of people with disabilities. How can targeted information and best workplace practices help companies to take all the right steps? REHACARE.com asked.
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Photo: Mother talking to her daughter sitting at a table opposite her brother; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Why inclusion is more important than ever amid the coronavirus crisis

25/06/2020

How are families of children with disabilities coping during the coronavirus crisis? A recent online survey asked this question, prompting over 1,600 participants to respond in just two weeks. What do the survey results reveal about the current state of society in terms of social participation and inclusion? We asked Dorothea Kugelmeier and Dr. Raimund Schmolze-Krahn, who launched the study.
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Photo: Mela Ikanovic and a ReWalker at the trade fair booth of ReWalk Robotics; Copyright: ReWalk Robotics

ReWalk Robotics: Optimal supply thanks to the latest robotic technology

10/06/2020

Rehabilitation and robotics increasingly go hand in hand. That’s why it is crucial to ensure the quality of robotic rehabilitation at any level. How important is it for companies like ReWalk Robotics to have the support of health insurance companies? REHACARE.com asked and also learned about the company’s future hopes for the industry.
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Photo: Young girl during rehabilitation in a swimming pool. The physiotherapist is sitting at the edge of the pool; Copyright: PantherMedia/welcomia (YAYMicro)

"Rehabilitation for children and young adults must keep all options open"

04/06/2020

The foundation for self-determination and control over one's own life should be laid at a very young age. A comprehensive supply of auxiliary aids and services and custom rehabilitation programs are critical for children and young adults with disabilities. This is the jumping-off point of rehaKIND, a competent partner that assists parents, providers, health insurance providers, and policy-makers.
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Photo: Man in wheelchair with his wife in front of a hotel entrance; Copyright: Seehotel Rheinsberg@FDS Hotel gGmbH

Accessible travel for people with disabilities: A quick review

02/04/2020

Frankly, it’s not an easy feat to write about (accessible) travel as the Coronavirus outbreak rages on and travel restrictions and quarantines put a damper on some of the best-laid travel plans. Yet despite all the somewhat dire news, there are still some exciting travel news to report. So get ready: Once SARS-CoV-2 loosens its grip, let the (accessible) journey begin!
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Photo: Man in wheelchair is together with his wife in an accessible hotel room; Copyright: Heidehotel Bad Bevensen@FDS Hotel gGmbH

Accessible travel: Hotels for everyone

02/04/2020

When people with disabilities plan a trip, accessible accommodations are typically a critical aspect to consider. Both the hotel room and the surroundings should offer all the typical amenities, but also address the person’s special needs. REHACARE.com showcases three hotels that want to facilitate comfort and ease, especially for people with mobility disabilities.
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Photo: ATTO Scooter standing ready for action next to a folded version; Copyright: MovingLife

ATTO folding mobility scooter makes self-determined travel possible

02/04/2020

Traveling with a mobility aid should be easy: Simply fold it up if needed and take it with you in the car or even on the plane. The foldable scooter ATTO from MovingLife makes all of this possible. REHACARE.com talked with Marcel Zwart, MovingLife Sales Manager EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa & India), about ATTO being a game-changer for people with mobility impairments when they travel.
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Diversity and inclusion: Podcast breaks with the definition of "normal"

26/03/2020

Diversity makes our society richer and stronger. That is why the podcast "Die Neue Norm" (English: The New Norm) does not center on people with disabilities but society as a whole – which includes people with disabilities. Once a month, the podcast features journalists Jonas Karpa, Judyta Smykowski and activist Raul Krauthausen as they discuss topics that move them, their listeners or society.
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Photo: Various little models posing in the clothes of AUF AUGENHOEHE; Copyright: Anna Spindelndreier

"AUF AUGENHOEHE is the only company in the world that offers fashion for little people"

03/03/2020

Standard clothing sizes can give us a reference point when we buy clothes. And now, this is finally also an option for little people – thanks to ready-to-wear fashion from AUF AUGENHOEHE. In this interview with REHACARE.com, company founder Sema Gedik reveals how this up-and-coming label wants to parlay its everyday fashion ideas into increased participation and inclusion in the fashion industry.
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Photo: Arm of a wheelchair user next to the wheelchair wheel. She is wearing a jacket with special fabric on the sleeve; Copyright: Daniela Luquini

Untapped potential: Fashion created for people with disabilities

03/03/2020

Inclusive design, adaptive fashion – there are many terms that describe this phenomenon in German and English-speaking countries. But what are the features of (great) fashion designed for people with disabilities? And is clothing for wheelchair users and little people still an untapped market? REHACARE.com took a closer look at the fashion industry.
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Photo: Samanta Bullock in her wheelchair at the beach. She is wearing a chic red dress; Copyright: Lawson Filho

Fashion for wheelchair users – functional, comfortable, diverse

03/03/2020

Pants, jackets or dresses – if you use a wheelchair, you inherently have a different perspective on clothing compared to other fashionistas who are able to walk. Fashion-conscious wheelchair users have to first find companies or labels that not only meet functional and adaptive clothing requirements, but also cater to their sense of fashion and style.
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Photo: Transfer board ready for transfer lies on the seat of the wheelchair; Copyright: meinHOLTZ

Transfer boards by meinHOLTZ: "Assistive devices can be practical, modern and stylish at the same time"

28/02/2020

Is it a skateboard with no wheels? No, it’s a transfer board made by meinHOLTZ! These modern boards help people who use wheelchairs to easily move from one surface to another on their own. Not only does this make transfers easy, but the assistive devices also look stylish and sophisticated.
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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: Screenshot from the Bravo Twist product video. An older man sits in front of a plate and holds the Bravo Twist in his hand ; Copyright: Pro Walk GmbH

Adaptive eating utensils with a Twist: How Bravo Twist by ProWalk outsmarts Parkinson’s tremors

17/10/2019

We all know that food intake is essential for the survival of every living organism. Yet for humans, food can also be a great source of pleasure or even love. At any rate, it is an important part of our social life. But what happens if our own body throws a monkey wrench into our food intake by having a stroke or neurological disorder?
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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: The iEAT Light Grip eating aid; Copyright: Assistive Innovations bv

"Assistive devices help to actively join the meal"

22/08/2019

There are various different kinds of auxiliary means at REHACARE. And the drinking and eating aids are definitely among the popular ones. With its assistive devices the company Assistive Innovations bv from the Netherlands wants to help people with different disabilities to become more independent with eating. CEO Arthur Blom tells REHACARE.com more about classic and new products.
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Photo: Prototype of the sensor for a cane; Copyright: Zahout-Heil

SmAccLab: Smart auxiliary means for everyone

28/05/2019

Accessible and realistic – that’s how auxiliary aids should be in the eyes of Professor Carsten Zahout. Students at the Smart Accessibility Laboratory (SmAccLab) are working on technical solutions that fulfill these requirements and lead to increased participation for people with disabilities. REHACARE.com found out how product engineering and inclusion join forces.
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Graphic: Screenshot of the fuelService app, which shows two figures at a gas station; Copyright: fuelService

fuelService app helps drivers with disabilities to refuel their car

18/04/2019

Your car ran out of petrol and you need support refuelling it? The new app fuelService is about to help you find a petrol station where you get the help you need. The app is for free and globally available. App founder Niall El-Assaad told REHACARE.com how it works.
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Photo: Director talks to two young women who are involved in the film

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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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: 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: The OpenEarConcept team; Copyright: Lothar Jack

"The OpenEarConcept© adapts acoustic signals to the unique features of hearing aid technology"

20/09/2018

Whether we listen to the radio or a concert – for most of us, it’s hard to imagine life without music. Meanwhile, people who wear digital hearing aids often don’t get to fully enjoy the rich landscapes of sound because they depend on the accessibility and quality of audio induction loops. The OpenEarConcept© research project is committed to supporting greater musical enjoyment.
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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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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: An elderly woman catches ichó. The ball starts to glow in red-orange colors.; Copyright: ichó systems - icho-systems.de

"ichó brings people with and without dementia together and provides a way to share stories, experiences, and impressions."

22/04/2018

Like the golden sphere in the fairy tale of the Frog King, ichó (Greek for echo) is meant to bring back lost motor skills and cognitive functions to people with dementia. The project of four former graduates of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences aims to offer individual support through a person’s favorite music or fairy tale.
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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: Felix Falk; Copyright: BIU

"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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Photo: Cinderella and Niels of HelpCamps; Copyright: HelpCamps

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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Photo: Employees of the Arbitration Body: Anne Katrin Lutz, Dr. Rica Werner, Antje Halamoda and Sabine Tekir; Copyright: Die Hoffotografen GmbH

"The BGG Arbitration Body is a solid tool to file for rights violation complaint at no charge"

19/10/2017

The Federal Act on the Equalization of Disabled Persons (Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz), BGG, intends to ensure that people with disabilities don’t face discrimination. In December 2016, the BGG arbitration body was created. REHACARE.com checked with Anne Katrin Lutz and Dr. Rica Werner who can contact the staff in Berlin given applicable circumstances.
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Photo: Click-sonar coach Juan Ruiz while training with a kid; Copyright: Anderes Sehen e.V., www.anderes-sehen.de

"Long cane for children is a 'facilitator'– the chance to independently accomplish something"

17/08/2017

The long cane offers the possibility to be independent and effectively mobile as a person with visual impairment. Children in particular could get used to him in a playful way. The association "Anderes sehen e.V." has co-developed the children's long cane. REHACARE.com spoke to Ellen Schweizer, the founder of the association, about the fact that inclusion is not a burden, but can bring joy.
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Photo: Cheering soccer fans at the stadium; Copyright: panthermedia.net/mikdam

Blind soccer fans are on the ball for 90 minutes thanks to match reporting

17/08/2017

For nearly 20 years, the "Fanclub Sehhunde; Fußball-Fanclub für Blinde und Sehbehinderte e.V." promotes match reporting for the blind to ensure that its members fully experience a stadium visit. REHACARE.com spoke with deputy chairperson Nina Schweppe about the match reporting for the blind and the obstacles that still need to be overcome before full inclusion in stadiums becomes a reality.
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Photo: the team of Capjob: Asal-Rothenburger-Huening; Copyright: Felix Huening/Capjob

Capjob: "People with severe disabilities assist job seekers with severe disabilities"

13/07/2017

Modern and user-friendly: job seekers are able to indicate their type of disability on the Capjob.de employment portal and search for jobs that are right for them. REHACARE.com spoke with founder Felix Hüning about the unique features of Capjob and why virtually all parties could benefit from an inclusive employment landscape.
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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: Mischa Gohlke plays the e-guitar on stage; Copyright: Stephan Olbrich

Music and hearing impairment: "Music is an universal language that doesn’t need words"

23/03/2017

Music breaks down boundaries – that’s something the Association "Grenzen sind relativ e.V. - Kultur, Gesellschaft und Inklusion" clearly shows. Initiator and project manager Mischa Gohlke is a professional musician, who has been hearing impaired and nearly deaf since birth. He wants our society to get excited about a holistic approach to inclusion with the help of music.
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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: Sema Gedik at work; Copyright: Valerie Diedenhoff

Fashion: At eye level with little people

19/01/2017

Every little person should be able to buy beautiful clothes yet there are still no fashionable items available in standard sizes. That’s something Sema Gedik wants to change – with her project titled "Auf Augenhöhe" (English: At Eye Level). REHACARE.com talked with the designer about her inspiration, her goals and the obstacles she had to overcome.
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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: Jann Kessler in a discussion; Copyright: Fünf Seen Film Festival/Pavel Broz

Listening and understanding: Documentary filmmaker portrays seven people with MS

20/10/2016

It is called the disease with a thousand faces: multiple sclerosis (MS) manifests itself very differently in different people. Many don’t like to talk about their illness and the subsequent restrictions it entails. REHACARE.com spoke with Jann Kessler, the director of the documentary film "Multiple Fates - About the Struggle with One’s Own Body" about his personal connection to MS.
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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: Tobias Polsfuß laughing with some of his housemates; Copyright: Daniela Buchholz

Looking for and finding inclusive shared housing options at WOHN:SINN

16/08/2016

A look at the living situation of many people with learning disabilities reveals they often only get to choose between living in care homes or their families’ homes. Many of them are not aware of the numerous inclusive shared housing options that gradually emerge in Germany and where people with or without disabilities live together.
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Photo: Marcus Rohrbach cuts fruits in kitchen, camera records scenes, computer screen in foreground

Will software automatically describe movie plots in the near future?

18/07/2016

In order to understand the plot of a movie an audio version is very helpful for visually impaired people. Authors watch the whole movies and describe what happens in each scene. But wouldn’t it be possible for a computer software to do this kind of work? Researchers work on developing a program which automatically generates movie descriptions and reads them out.
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Photo: Birgit Gebhardt

Blessing or curse? Using robots in the healthcare sector

21/06/2016

In the distant future? – But today already a reality: robot caregivers are designed to make the daily tasks of healthcare workers easier. Today these types of helpers are already being used in Japan. They lift people in need of care out of their beds, play cards with them or cuddle with dementia patients.
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Photo: Sigrid Arnade

"Ability4Refugees platform wants to provide auxiliary means for refugees with disabilities"

24/05/2016

Many people who had to leave their home country traveled in a wheelchair or used crutches. The stress of this escape was at times even more exhausting and taxing for some than for others. REHACARE.com spoke with Sigrid Arnade (ISL e.V.) and Eva-Maria and Andreas Mohn (Andreas Mohn Foundation) about the Ability4Refugees platform that aims to improve the availability of auxiliary means for refugees.
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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: Philipp Mahler with an avatar at MEDICA 2015

"The robot facilitates and promotes the connection between children"

15/12/2015

A robot that provides a link between hospital and classroom? The project Avatar Kids makes this possible: acutely ill children are able to actively participate in school activities with the help of a tablet computer. The teacher facilitates the communication. REHACARE.com spoke with Philipp Mahler of Avatar Kids about the opportunities this project provides.
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Photo: Ludger Steffens

"Judo is ideal for persons with or without disabilities"

26/11/2015

A change of gait pattern and paralysis on the right side of the body and particularly of the arm – at first glance, these consequences of a stroke don’t appear to be the best prerequisites to partake in the sport of Judo. Yet Ludger Steffens likes to prove the opposite is true. REHACARE.com spoke with the 63-year-old about successes and inclusion in martial arts.
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Photo: Speaker in the Forum

Kinaesthetics: "People learn to pay attention to their own body motions"

28/09/2015

Caregiving activities are physically exhausting. This is why it is important both for nursing staff and caregiving family members to optimize their physical movements. Sabine Sieben is a kinesthetic trainer and spoke with REHACARE.de about the kinesthetic concept and its advantages for in-home care.
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Photo: Volker Westermann holding a spoon

"Kitchen and cooking are a bridge to inclusion"

27/08/2015

Oftentimes, political questions lack a certain zest, a somewhat different kind of approach. Ever more frequently, this is also rumored to be the case for inclusion. Only a few people can disengage from such stubborn trains of thought. TV chef and host Volker Westermann is one of them. He spoke with REHACARE.com about inclusion found in cooking pots.
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Photo: Dr. Ralf Suhr

"The reasons that lead to violence in care are complex and complicated"

25/06/2015

Abuse in care has many different forms and is still a taboo subject. The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day wants to shed a bright light on this issue. This year, the Center for Quality in Care, ZQP, introduced its new featured report titled "Preventing Violence in Care". REHACARE.com spoke with ZQP foundation president Dr. Ralf Suhr about seamless transitions and active prevention.
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Photo: Dorothea Pitschnau-Michel

"World MS Day calls attention to the need for inclusion"

26/05/2015

Since 2009, the World MS Day calls attention to multiple sclerosis and the people who live with this disease of the central nervous system around the world. REHACARE.com spoke with Dorothea Pitschnau-Michel, Secretary of the German Multiple Sclerosis Society (DMSG), about this special day, which always takes place on the last Wednesday of May.
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Photo: Birgit Nofftz using a mask for speech recognition

"Speech-to-text interpreters assist in equal access communication"

26/03/2015

There is an alternative for hearing impaired or deaf persons, who are not able to or don’t want to communicate with the help of sign language: so-called speech-to-text interpreters reproduce spoken words into a text format onto paper, computer monitors or screens. REHACARE.de inquired with the German Association of Speech-to-Text Interpreters and gained some insight into this profession.
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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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Photo: Lisa Polk und Christian Schinnerl

"hemdless is not just meant to represent disability fashion, but to also involve our society as a whole"

15/01/2015

Without a shirt. That’s the translation for the project name hemdless. It alludes to the fact that people affected by trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) usually have a hard time finding clothes that fit. Young designers Lisa Polk and Christian Schinnerl didn’t want to leave it at that. REHACARE.com spoke with both of them about the benefit of angled buttonholes and the "6th Shirt".
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