Photo gallery: Faces and products of REHACARE 2019

Photo: Anouk Kapfer in the wedding wheelchair by Wolturnus; Copyright: Lukas Kapfer | beta-web
A wheelchair to fall in love with...for the most beautiful day in your life

The wedding is known to be the most beautiful day in the life of a couple. For Lukas and Anouk Kapfer this day was even a surprise: Wolturnus GmbH gave the surprised couple a specially designed wheelchair on the occasion of their wedding.

Technically, the chair meets the same requirements as the series products of the Danish manufacturer, but the design is according to the occasion. It has a special coating and is adapted for sweeping dresses so that the wedding dress cannot get caught in the wheels. Anouk Kapfer would marry again at any time in the wheelchair that Wolturnus provided for her for this day.

If you want to use the wheelchair for your wedding ceremony, you can rent it now for 300€. But first you can admire the model to fall in love with at REHACARE, in hall 4/D34.

Photo: Conny Rippe at her "working space" with a braille line at her Laptop; Copyright: beta-web/Schlüter
M-Enabling Forum: For more different perspectives - Inclusion in working life

After last year's successful premiere at REHACARE, the M-Enabling Forum is now back in the CCD South. This year's theme is the inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour market and the associated potential that could be exploited.

Conny Rippe can only confirm that the cooperation of people with and without disabilities can be very beneficial. She works with the organizer of the forum, E.J. Krause & Associates, and is blind. Although inclusion is highly traded, the topic is not actually present - neither in the society nor in the industry or with employers. At any rate, their colleagues have been developing a sense of what "everyday problems" blind people have since they started working with Rippe. But both the project assistant for the M-Enabling Forum and her colleagues have now learned how to help each other and benefit from the different points of view that working together brings with it.

If you want more insight: In Hall 6/E11 or in the foyer of the CCD South you can inform yourself about the M-Enabling Forum and the topic of inclusion in working life as well as the latest technical devices.

Photo: Norbert Schindel von der AfB GmbH (links) und Wolfram Diener nach der Unterzeichnung des Kooperations-Vertrages.; Copyright: beta-web/Schlueter
Sustainability and inclusion: Cooperation between AfB and Messe Düsseldorf

As soon as REHACARE has opened its doors, one highlight chases the other. And what could be more appropriate for a festive start than the beginning of a promising cooperation between two prestigious companies?

AfB GmbH collects, recycles and markets old technical equipment of large companies – and from now on also for Messe Düsseldorf. And: Almost 50 percent of the AfB employees live with a disability. The contract was signed on Wednesday at TREFFPUNKT REHACARE.

Photo: Peter Lammer in the Standing and Moving Aid Standing ovation at REHACARE 2019; Copyright: beta-web/Schlüter
Self-determined working: Standing ovations for life
About ten years ago Peter Lammer had a serious motorcycle accident. His injuries led to an eighty percent disability of his legs, which pushed him to his mental limits. Under the circumstances, he could no longer work as a chef. But giving up was no option for Lammer and so, together with his friend Bernhard Tichy, he developed a unique solution: Standing Ovation. The rail system with a bracket and a seat lifting unit today allows him to return to his profession, cook for his family and thus pursue his passion. For him a pure recovery of his joie de vivre. Have you become curious? You can have a look at the system in Hall 6/E25.
Photo: The award winners with cheques; Copyright: Axel Kohring/Beautiful Sports
Disabled Sports Club of the Year 2019 awarded at REHACARE
The REHACARE Wednesday ended with a highlight: In the Sports Center in Hall 7a, the BRSNW presented the award "Disabled Sports Club of the Year 2019". The award recognizes commitment to diversity, a welcome culture, youth work, accessibility and mobility. The picture shows (from left to right): Ulrike Plitt, Deputy Chairwoman of the BRSNW, Andrea Milz, State Secretary for Sport and Honorary Office of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and representatives of the swimming club Wiking Herne 1921 e.V. (2nd place) and WMTV Solingen 1861 e.V. (1st place).
Photo: The Trets bike for children by Hasebikes; Copyright: beta-web/Schlüter
As nimble as a rabbit with the new children's trike from Hase Bikes
Great driving pleasure and optimum protection: This is "Trets", the new children's trike from Hase Bikes. And of course this must not be missing at REHACARE 2019! The children's trike impresses with a modern look and its adaptability to the respective pilot. Thanks to its easily adjustable frame, a low entry and numerous extras, even the smallest pilot will feel comfortable and great. The Trets can be seen at the stand of Hase Bikes in Hall 4/G61.
Photo: The Rollz rollator for patients with Parkinson; Copyright: beta-web/Schlüter
The rollator that sets the tone
Would you mind? Rollz – the rollator for Parkinson's patients. Three different stimuli encourage you to continue after freezing. A laser line on the floor, a metronome with two tones and a vibration in the handles help the patients to get out of the freezing. The running speed can also be controlled. The Rollz functions can be controlled with the corresponding app. Vibration and sound intensity, pitch and pattern duration of the stimuli can be set via the smartphone. Would you like to take a closer look at Rollz and all its features? Then let's go to Hall 6/C38!
Photo: Andrea Schütt in her Wacken wheelchair during her lecture at TREFFPUNKT REHACARE; Copyright: beta-web/Wackerbauer
Metalhead goes REHACARE: Andrea Schütt brings Wacken to Düsseldorf

Seven years ago she brought the festival to REHACARE for the first time: namely when she won our then competition "Pimp my wheelchair" – with her Wacken wheelchair. Nevertheless she discovered her passion for the W:O:A-Festival quite late. Only when it was official that the Scorpions would play at Wacken in 2012, she really wanted to go there. And since then she has been completely gripped by the festival fever! "At Wacken, 80,000 metalheads from 80 nations celebrate peacefully together – that's just great," enthuses Andrea Schütt.

This year she reported on her passion at the TREFFPUNKT REHACARE – in full festival style – and answered the audience's questions about an accessible festival experience. Afterwards she wanted to take a look around the halls – for auxiliary means for her everyday life and assistance systems such as home emergency call solutions. And REHACARE is exactly the right place for this: "If not here, then where?!"

Photo: Volker Westermann with his talk guests on stage at TREFFPUNKT REHACARE; Copyright: beta-web/Wackerbauer
Inclusion meets joie de vivre – Iris and Volker Westermann in talk with guests

In a relaxed atmosphere, Iris and Volker Westermann chatted with their guests about a self-determined life, inclusion and joie de vivre at the TREFFPUNKT REHACARE on Friday. The sporty Dunja Fuhrmann talked about her passion for climbing and about her politically motivated travel plans with the travel group "Niemand" (English: Nobody). For Kathy Schwack, travelling also means pure joie de vivre – especially on cruise ships. With enough travel pleasure in your luggage, you can also enjoy the pleasure of taking an elevator up to the Acropolis. By the way, the next stop for Schwack will be: Australia!

With animal company Sofia Plich also enriched the talk round and talked first of her quite isolated childhood, in order to report then however from her still much more self-determined present. "My dog, singing and acting – yes, I love being in this world," she summarized. Also for Miriam Langhoff acting is part of her life – but in the theatre. For her this is the perfect balance to her job. Her disability doesn't play a big role in her theatre group – together possible barriers can be overcome quickly. And the feedback from the audience always proves her right – no matter whether her role has an explicit impairment or not.

Like everyone else present, Birgit Kallwitz loves life and introduced herself not only as a political activist, but also as a passionate cocktail drinker. Inclusion for her means "to join in and – like Raul Krauthausen – to block the path of politicians".

While in political dimensions the tempers often boil up, Volker Westermann prefers to relax while cooking together with his friends. For the joint project "Crazy about the stove", his friend since childhood, Joachim Schmitt, looks over his shoulder with his camera. But it is not only their passion for cooking that has been uniting them for 33 years, now. Volker Westermann sums up: "We are a good example of inclusion in action. We lived this before the term even existed."

Photo: Robot arm holds a small white car; Copyright: beta-web/Schlüter
Active professional participation through digital assistance systems
Working 4.0 is the topic that occupies most people. On the one hand, the increasing use of technology is seen as a threat to jobs, on the other hand, digital assistance systems in particular also offer opportunities. Such as a human-robot cooperation, which can be found and tested in the theme park Work and inclusion in Hall 6 at the Technical Advisory Service of the LVR and LWL Integration Offices. A robot arm supports the assembly of a workpiece and thus enables individual help for employees with disabilities. There are also two other digital assistance systems to try out. So maybe you wanna stop by.