Photo: The winner of 2019's Her Abilities Award: Nguyen Thi Van, Maysoon Zayid and Liisa Kauppinnen; Copyright: Her Abilities Award

Her Abilities Award 2019: three exceptional women honoured


Three exceptional women have been chosen as winners of the Her Abilities Award 2019. The Award is the first worldwide accolade celebrating the achievements of women with disabilities across the board. It is split into three categories: Arts, Culture and Sport; Rights and Health and Education.
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December 2019: Living with chronic diseases and invisible disabilities


Visible at first glance – this is by no means the case for all diseases and disabilities. This makes it all the more important to give people in the public eye a face who are usually ignored. How various organizations and social networks contribute to this, you will get to know in our Topic of the Month December: Living with chronic diseases and invisible disabilities.
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Better care and networking: how networks fight for people with rare diseases


The International Rare Disease Day on February 29, 2020, shines a bright light on the lives of nearly four million people in Germany who live with rare diseases. It also addresses those among us who have perhaps never heard of these diseases. It is important to raise awareness for this cause, to put a face on rare diseases and improve the quality of life of those affected.
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November 2019: Quo vadis inclusion?


Ten years ago, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into force in Germany. There is still considerable criticism of the current state of its implementation. The hope for a more inclusive society has not yet been fulfilled. But what about the rest of Europe? has set out on a search – for positive developments, but also for obstacles still to be overcome.
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October 2019: Research & development


Basic research, technology development, and the development of a prototype to a marketable product - these are the steps that innovations go through before we can use them. has looked around which promising tools could soon conquer the market for blind people and how a FabLab project tries to implement digital participation for all.
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Fashion: At eye level with little people


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). talked with the designer about her inspiration, her goals and the obstacles she had to overcome.
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Inclusive storyteller: "You can definitely make a difference and change things"


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. spoke with Martin Habacher about his most beautiful story and his motivation to look beyond what he sees.
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Listening and understanding: Documentary filmmaker portrays seven people with MS


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


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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Will software automatically describe movie plots in the near future?


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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"PIKSL focuses on the removal of digital barriers"


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, Project Manager Tobias Marczinzik explains the PIKSL concept.
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