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Lukas Gloßner – That's how he rolls

13.03.2024

Whether for his club or for Team Germany – Lukas Gloßner is a wheelchair basketball player with all his heart. His big goal is to take part in the 2024 Summer Paralympic Games. Along the way, he has learned a lot and developed clear ideas about how he wants to live his life with a disability. Who he would like to meet and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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PARAVAN

Arriving relaxed – mobile with wheelchair and joystick

05.03.2024

Benjamin has been independently mobile since 2011and a good 400,000 kilometres. Now he has taken delivery of his second Mercedes V-Class from PARAVAN. In addition to the new model, the new vehicle also has technical advantages that make driving safer and more relaxed.
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Nora Beckmann

Katharina Hesener – That's how she rolls

14.02.2024

For Katharina Hesener, many movements are associated with great effort. The 23-year-old has limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (muscle atrophy) and organizes her everyday life very differently than most other people her age – with assistive devices ranging from wheelchairs to garbage grabbers. How she tells the world about her life and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Abdulgazi Karaman – That's how he rolls

25.01.2024

The dream of the Paralympics came true for Abdulgazi Karaman in 1992. Back then, the 53-year-old played for the German wheelchair basketball team and won silver. Today, Abdulgazi Karaman himself is looking for future talents in wheelchair basketball. What he wants from politics and society and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo shoot for the new look – Behind The Scenes

24.01.2024

New year, fresh faces – also on REHACARE.com! In our exclusive "Behind The Scenes" video, we show you a little foretaste of what you can expect from REHACARE in 2024. Stay tuned and find out what else we have planned.
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Making cycling possible for everyone – exploring the new HASE BIKES flagship store

14.12.2023

Mobility means more than just moving from A to B. It means freedom and independence. This makes it all the more important to enable unrestricted mobility for everyone. At Schaltwerk – the new flagship store of HASE BIKES in Waltrop, Germany – visitors can discover new ways to become or remain self-determined and mobile.
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PXL

Stefan Palkowski – That's how he rolls

13.12.2023

Stefan Palkowski loves sport. Whether it's soccer at Fortuna Düsseldorf or fitness in the woods – exercise is the be-all and end-all for the 53-year-old. The man from Gelsenkirchen has correspondingly high expectations of his prostheses. Why he sees a need for improvement in public spaces rather than in his fellow human beings and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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PARAVAN

From driving school to vehicle customization

11.12.2023

Thanks to his successful driving school training at the PARAVAN driving school and individual vehicle conversion, Bruno was able to take delivery of his adapted VW T6.1 just in time for the start of his training. Thanks to various adaptations, such as a cassette lift and secondary functions via the PARAVAN touch system, he can now take part in road traffic independently and safely.
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Kathrin Bay – That's how she rolls

29.11.2023

Kathrin Bay lives at her own pace: Due to a nerve disorder, slight movements, touches and even the wind cause severe pain in her feet, legs and joints. But Kathrin Bay has learned to deal with it. She is grateful for the assistive devices that support her. What she wishes for from society and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Simon Spaedtke

Johnny Grasser – That's how he rolls

15.11.2023

Whether surfing on the ocean or climbing the Sugar Loaf Mountain – Johnny Grasser loves a challenge. The fact that not everything always goes smoothly is part of his success. Because you learn from your mistakes. That's why the 34-year-old would like us all to have the courage to make mistakes. How assistive devices could be designed better and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Sina Schachel – That's how she rolls

02.11.2023

Out in nature is where Sina Schachel feels at home. She enjoys leading an active life with her husband and their dogs. What can she do without? She can do without overbearing and paternalistic behavior. Unfortunately, she says, there is still far too much of that in our society. Which statements she finds particularly inappropriate and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Alwin Zwiebel

Moritz Brückner – That's how he rolls

18.10.2023

We have to talk to each other to find solutions together – that is what Moritz Brückner believes. Sport is a good example of this – because hardly anything works here without teamwork. At the same time, sports give you so much in return, he revealed as a speaker at REHACARE 2023. Which assistive devices have the highest priority for him and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Andi Weiland, Boehringer Ingelheim / Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Inclusion in the workplace: how to make real participation in working life a reality

16.10.2023

Workplace inclusion – a topic that has preoccupied many people for decades, but continues to receive little attention in society. Instead of asking what measures can be taken to make a workplace barrier-free, many people with disabilities are still excluded and labelled as "not employable".
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HASE BIKES

E-trike with Easy Rider vibe: The new TRIGO UP E from HASE BIKES

11.10.2023

The TRIGO UP E by HASE BIKES is a versatile recumbent trike designed for riders of all ages and physical conditions, offering easy access and stability with its low frame and delta trike configuration. It prioritizes rider comfort with adjustable features, and its powerful motor, ample storage options, and adaptability make it a great choice for various users and preferences.
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Orthopaedic assistance thanks to 3D printing

09.10.2023

For some years now, the use of 3D printers has been steadily increasing. The devices offer many possibilities to give free rein to one's own creativity. But in addition to simple gimmicks, the printers can also produce a variety of complex products quickly and reliably. Create it REAL uses the technology for orthopaedic CAM solutions.
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Lea Habekost – That's how she rolls

04.10.2023

Lea Habekost loves being out in nature. Whether in the forest with her dog or in the mountains with her family – no path is too difficult for the 22-year-old. Also thanks to an additional wheel and drive for her wheelchair. Where she thinks the assistive technology industry should definitely remain flexible and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

kidevo: New name for Veldink4kids children's wheelchairs

04.10.2023

The children's wheelchairs from Veldink4kids are being given a new name "kidevo" to symbolize their integration into Ottobock and to make it easier for parents to select a suitable wheelchair for their children. There are three models: kidevo prime, kidevo mini and kidevo adapt, each of which can be adapted to different age groups and activity levels of children.
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munevo GmbH

Revolutionary mobility: munevo DRIVE – freedom and independence through head control

02.10.2023

Saskia lives with GNE myopathy and could hardly control her electric wheelchair due to decreasing arm strength. With munevo DRIVE, a head control, she regains mobility and independence. munevo GmbH is working on using this technology to control smarthome devices as well, thus giving people with disabilities more autonomy.
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Andi Weiland / Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Louder is not always better: assistive devices for people with hearing disabilities

27.09.2023

Participation is not the same as taking part. Many people with a disability are no strangers to this realization. At REHACARE 2023, Susanne Schmidt from the German Association for the Hearing Impaired explained to us where the problems lie in the participation of people with a hearing impairment and what technical, but also very human solutions are possible.
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Private

Tatjana B. – That's how she rolls

20.09.2023

Her son, her husband, her neurologist – they make up Tatjana B.'s personal support team. Outside this environment, the young woman with MS would like to see more sensitivity and understanding from society – even when the symptoms of a disease are invisible. What changes she would like to see in the health care system and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Highlights of REHACARE 2023

20.09.2023

REHACARE 2023 – four days of exciting topics, innovative solutions, enthusiastic visitors and satisfied exhibitors. We show you the best impressions and most important highlights of the trade fair for assistive devices and rehabilitation in Düsseldorf.
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Start-ups at REHACARE: Ideas meet experience

19.09.2023

For the second time in a row after the pandemic, REHACARE takes place in Düsseldorf in 2023. Innovative start-ups will be present again. Innovation, progress and freedom characterize the working environment of VOSS healthcare GmbH. We asked what it means for a young start-up to be able to present itself and its ideas at a large trade fair like REHACARE.
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Personality: Companies with passion

18.09.2023

In the assistive technology industry, the focus is on people – at REHACARE as well. But what actually motivates companies to become active in this field? Behind many businesses is an astonishingly personal story that was once the cause and is still the motivation to help people. We took a closer look.
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Lifestyle: Live your dream – traction devices for wheelchairs and more

18.09.2023

Life is too short for boredom. People with disabilities or chronic illnesses also want pursue their dreams, passions and hobbies like anyone else. Sometimes this requires special assistance devices. What these are and what possibilities they offer, we wanted to know from the exhibitors at REHACARE.
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NextGuide: White cane with directional guide

18.09.2023

Development teams from a wide range of aids compete against each other in the CYBATHLON at ETH Zurich to test new solutions in a fair competition. At REHACARE, ETH Zurich will present the CYBATHLON and its various competition disciplines. One of the developer teams present is NextGuide, which has developed an intelligent cane for the blind.
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For the future of all children

15.09.2023

For children to be our future, we must first provide them with a future. Children and young people with a disability or chronic illness need special assistive devices adapted to their body size and developmental stages. Here, other factors play a role than in the case of devices for adults. We looked around at REHACARE for solutions for young people.
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HKK Bionics: Motion is freedom

15.09.2023

Most people use their hands for countless activities – every day. But what happens when your own hands no longer want to do what you are used to? At REHACARE, we spoke with HKK Bionics GmbH and asked them what makes their products for people with disabilities of the hands so special and how they can help people in everyday life. HKK Bionics can be found during the trade fair in Hall 4 / Stand D47.
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Sensory disabilities: Perception is individual

15.09.2023

Most people use five senses – they see, hear, taste, feel and smell. But this is not a given. People with a sensory disability live with one or more senses that can only be used to a limited extent or not at all. At REHACARE, we collected impressions of assistive devices for people with sensory disabilities.
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Dare to make a new start – manage the return to work

14.09.2023

Many people living with a disability or chronic illness face particular challenges in the labour market. Prejudices, structural barriers in road traffic or in buildings, lack of confidence in their own abilities – the list is long. At REHACARE, various authorities, institutions and associations present possibilities and give practical tips on how to get back into work or to reorient oneself.
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Strengthen and protect the body with exoskeletons

14.09.2023

Science fiction a few years ago, exoskeletons are already a reality today. But while they are used regularly in some industries to lift heavy loads, their use in care or in the area of self-determined mobility is still the exception. At REHACARE, various companies will present their ideas and solutions with which those affected and carers could benefit from this technology now and in the future.
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CYBATHLON: Competition promotes progress

14.09.2023

New techniques, technologies, strategies and ideas have always been particularly important when competing against rivals. In the CYBATHLON, people with disabilities, supported by the latest developments from the assistive technology industry, regularly compete against each other to test new innovations under sporting and fair conditions.
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Exhibit, exchange, collaborate

14.09.2023

Over 700 exhibitors will present a wide range of products and solutions for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses at REHACARE 2023. In addition to the exchange with those affected and their relatives, the focus is also on networking and collaboration between companies. We wanted to know more about how companies benefit from this exchange.
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Safe on all paths – with the Smart Walker from Camino Robotics

14.09.2023

Not just any walker: with the Smart Walker, Camino Robotics wants to enable people to walk new paths in the truest sense of the word. In addition to the lightweight design, the presentation at REHACARE also focuses on smart AI and remote monitoring of vital signs. Jeff Jones, Chief Business Officer of Camino, told us in an interview what else the Smart Walker can do.
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From REHACARE to sporting heights?

14.09.2023

Inclusion means taking part – also in sports. The Rehabilitation and Sports Association of People with Disabilities in North-Rhine Westphalia (BRSNW) is therefore once again providing a place at REHACARE with its Sports Center where people with disabilities or chronic illnesses can experience exactly that.
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Unique in function and design: adaptive clothing from FunWear

14.09.2023

Ideas for adaptive clothing – directly from the life experiences of a family. This is what FunWear from Poland stands for. The family business develops and sells clothing for people with individual needs. At REHACARE, we spoke with family father and co-owner Lukasz Wysocki.
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Breaking freezing: Ossenberg presents anti-freezing walking stick

13.09.2023

Many people with Parkinson's are familiar with the sudden freezing when walking – so called freezing. When the feeling of paralysis sets in, nothing works anymore. Ossenberg GmbH has taken on the problem and developed a special anti-freezing walking stick. Björn Furche, project manager at Ossenberg, explains at REHACARE how exactly the cane can break freezing.
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Invictus Games – A home for respect

13.09.2023

Soldiers who have suffered physical or psychological injuries in the field have long been left alone to deal with their problems. The Invictus Games, launched in 2014 by Britain's Prince Harry, now give these people a chance to be seen and to compete against each other in sport. The competitions will take place parallel to REHACARE until 16.09.2023 at the Messe Düsseldorf exhibition centre.
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Highlights of REHACARE 2023

13.09.2023

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Decide for yourself where you go: intelligent wheelchair control for complex movement disorders

11.09.2023

CoMoveIT's new control system for power wheelchairs offers entirely new possibilities in terms of mobility. With two foot pedals and three sophisticated sensors on the headpiece, this groundbreaking system enables intuitive and independent control of one's own power wheelchair.
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HASE BIKES

Compact Cargo Bike for Urban Riders: The GRAVIT CITY E from HASE BIKES

11.09.2023

Hase Bikes introduces the GRAVIT CITY E, a sporty and agile cargo bike that's easy to handle even without cargo. It offers versatile load-carrying options and compact storage capabilities, making it suitable for various uses and storage in small spaces.
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Elke Paatz – That's how she rolls

06.09.2023

Sailing is a matter of the heart for Elke Paatz. She has already convinced many people at REHACARE 2022 that the sport can also be practised inclusively – and the next presentation is already planned. Which body part she would like for her telepresence robot Robbi and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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CYBATHLON/ETH Zürich

CYBATHLON at REHACARE 2023: The Future of Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Design

06.09.2023

ETH Zurich will present CYBATHLON, a non-profit project showcasing assistive technologies and inclusive design, at RehaCare 2023. From September 13-16, 2023, hands-on demonstrations will showcase the advancement of assistive technologies and announce CYBATHLON, an international competition to promote assistive technologies and inclusion.
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HASE BIKES

From hearing technologies to recumbent tricycles: communication and social participation for children and young people

05.09.2023

Everyone wants to communicate, understand and participate in social life. For children and young people with disabilities in particular, it is important to train their communication and social skills at an early stage using suitable assistive devices. Various companies offer solutions that enable support in communication and participation.
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envato/Iakobchuk

Rehabilitation for soldiers

04.09.2023

Whether in private or on duty, anyone who is injured as a member of the Bundeswehr (the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany) is entitled to extensive rehabilitation. After all, the fitness for duty of members of the Bundeswehr is an important asset – the troops should always be ready for action.
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JOF

Self-determined through everyday life: assistive devices for children and young people

04.09.2023

Getting dressed, eating, getting around – what are normal everyday activities for many can sometimes be challenging for children and young people with disabilities and their guardians. Many companies therefore offer a wide variety of solutions to ensure that self-determination and well-being are accessible to all.
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Pict Rider – iStock – ID:1148852842

Envisioning the EU elections: Amplifying the rights of young persons with disabilities

28.08.2023

The European Disability Forum Youth Committee discusses the significance of youth participation in the upcoming European elections, stressing the importance of accessible education, employment opportunities, and comprehensive accessibility for individuals with disabilities. They emphasize the role of voting in shaping Europe's future and advocating for disabled individuals' rights and inclusion.
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Eat, grasp and communicate independently again: assistive device highlights at HIDREX

25.08.2023

Doing vital things that were previously only possible with the help of others independently again – this is made possible by the assisstive devices from HIDREX GmbH. With the Obi robot (an adaptive eating device), for example, people can eat independently. The carbon hand of HIDREX offers reliable and powerful grasping. The company also offers various solutions for aided communication.
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private

Paul O'Dono – That's how he rolls

23.08.2023

Challenges big and small are part of everyday life for Paul O'Dono. This makes it all the more important for him to find people who have had similar experiences in life. Together with these people, he campaigns for more accessibility – both online and offline. What makes Tom Cruise so unique for him and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Ribcap

Revolutionary head protection solution Ribcap

23.08.2023

Ribcap is an innovative head protection solution that combines the comfort of a beanie with helmet-like safety. Its unique design offers style and protection, particularly benefiting those with medical conditions or sensitivities, and it holds value for occupational therapists seeking a safe and stylish headgear for patients in various settings.
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REHACARE Shanghai

REHACARE CHINA: for visitors, country and progress

22.08.2023

Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. has upgraded REHACARE SHANGHAI to REHACARE CHINA and moved the trade fair to Suzhou. The event will take place from 23 to 25 August 2023.We spoke to James Zhang, Senior Project Director of Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. about the background, the importance of the show for the country and the highlights of the event.
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MEYRA GmbH

FUSE R: Active wheelchair with rigid frame by MEYRA® and Rainer Küschall

15.08.2023

In a groundbreaking partnership in wheelchair history, MEYRA® and Rainer Küschall, a Swiss wheelchair industry pioneer, have co-developed an active rigid frame wheelchair. The cutting-edge FUSE R marries Küschall's vast expertise with the pinnacle of MEYRA's recent research and development efforts.
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European Disability Forum

Revised Regulation on Rail Passenger Rights enters into force

14.08.2023

The updated Regulation on Rail Passenger Rights enters into force on June 7, 2023, enhancing and in some cases strengthening passengers' rights during train travel. The regulation aims to ensure consistent protection for rail passengers in the EU, particularly focusing on those with disabilities.
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Sunrise Medical

Introducing the QUICKIE QS5 X – over 40% energy saved with every fold

14.08.2023

Sunrise Medical introduces the QUICKIE QS5 X, a lightweight folding wheelchair with revolutionary FreeFold design, boasting the lowest weight in its class and 40% energy savings upon folding. The QS5 X offers effortless folding, exceptional strength through proprietary technologies, and user-driven smart options for enhanced riding experience.
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Private

Mano Grande – That's how he rolls

09.08.2023

Whether disability, hair colour or clothing style – for Mano Grande, such characteristics are just ballast that leads to people being pigeonholed. With his podcast, the 40-year-old wants to contribute to seeing people as the individuals they really are. What he thinks about the German content creators Rezo and Julien Bam and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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visitBerlin; Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Automobility: Self-determined living in everyday life

03.08.2023

Self-determination is one of the basic needs of every person. However, the everyday life of people with disabilities often becomes more difficult due to various barriers and restricted mobility. This frequently also applies when it comes to driving a car. Individual adaptations and digital solutions, however, often make this possible again.
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Chalmers University of Technology/Anna-Lena Lundqvist

Revolutionary surgical advancement enables full finger control in bionic hand

02.08.2023

A groundbreaking surgical and engineering advancement has allowed a person with an arm amputation to control each finger of a bionic hand as if it were their own. By reconfiguring the residual limb and integrating sensors and a skeletal implant, the prosthesis can now be controlled using A.I. algorithms and nerve rewiring, offering new possibilities for amputees.
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Timo Hermann | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

From handbike tours to camping holidays – how to manage mobility in leisure time

27.07.2023

Riding a bike or going for a hike at the weekend – what is normal for many can be a great challenge for people with mobility impairments. When participation in social life is impeded, the quality of life often suffers. The effects vary depending on the degree to which people are affected. Thankfully, many companies offer solutions to manage the desire for mobility in leisure activities.
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Daniel Cati

Benedikt Sequeira Gerardo – That's how he rolls

26.07.2023

For deaf people like Benedikt Sequeira Gerardo, it is small or invisible devices that make all the difference in everyday life. These include smartphones with apps and other software. But development is stalling in some areas. Where he would like to see more inventiveness and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Cargo meets Gravel: the new GRAVIT DUST from HASE BIKES

19.07.2023

The new GRAVIT DUST bike can be used both as a cargo bike and as a gravel bike. It offers a light and agile ride, while still being able to carry an impressive payload of up to 200 kilograms.
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Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare

Worry-free travel with medical supplies from Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare

17.07.2023

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare offers a variety of medical supplies that make travel easier for people with disabilities. These include foldable wheelchairs as well as specialized medical equipment such as portable oxygen tanks, inhalers and pulse oximeters.
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N. Kraß

Nicole Kraß – That's how she rolls

12.07.2023

Nicole Kraß loves diving. Even her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis did not change that. With her website "Tauchen mit Handicap" (Diving with a handicap), the self-employed journalist now stands up for all people who want to follow the same passion – despite physical limitations. Which fictional character we should all take as an example and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Sunrise Medical

SWITCH-IT Vigo Head Drive named Scandinavian Health & Rehab Messe's 2023 New Product of the Year

12.07.2023

Sunrise Medical Group won the "New Product of the Year" award at the Scandinavian Health & Rehab Messe 2023 in Denmark for their Switch-It Vigo Head Drive. The innovative device impressed judges with its sleek design, practical functionality, and the potential for further development.
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MEYRA GmbH

MEYRA and Rainer Küschall developed FUSE R active rigid frame wheelchair

05.07.2023

The FUSE R is an active wheelchair that combines the best features and developments from MEYRA GmbH and Rainer Küschall. In addition to a modern rigid frame, it offers individual adjustment of seat height and center of gravity via the seat module, various customization options and a wide range of colors.
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Ottobock

Sam Ryder writes life-celebrating anthem for Ottobock's global brand campaign

03.07.2023

The Ottobock company celebrates life with its first global brand campaign #IAmAMountain. The song "Mountain" by Sam Ryder, which is the centerpiece of the campaign, is about perseverance and courage while Ottobock's campaign focuses on inspiring people with disabilities and their stories to change the image of them in society.
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Maik Birko – That's how he rolls

28.06.2023

Life as a great adventure – Maik Birko is living this dream. The 41-year-old is currently preparing for a trip to Norway. But the path to a self-determined, cosmopolitan life was not easy for the Hamburg resident. Which challenges he had to face, who he is particularly grateful to and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: A woman with disabilities sits at the helm of a sailing dinghy, a second woman sits in the boat with her and holds ropes in her hands; Copyright: SailWise

SailWise

Active on vacation – with the right travel offers and the right assistive devices

28.06.2023

Everyone likes to travel. A vacation promises relaxation, action and adventure or simply a break from everyday life. Even if people with disabilities must consider more than people without disabilities when planning a trip, a vacation according to one's own interests is no longer an unreachable goal. The travel industry has a lot to offer these days.
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Ottobock

Ottobock focuses on technical orthopaedic devices for children

21.06.2023

Children with disabilities can lead more active and self-determined lives thanks to orthotic devices from Ottobock such as customizable wheelchairs and the Exopulse Mollii Suit. The use of state-of-the-art 3D printing technology also enables the production of lighter and more comfortable orthotic helmets for babies with head deformities.
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Helmut Lunghammer – TU Graz

Smart artificial skin in application check stage

19.06.2023

The smart skin developed by Anna Maria Coclite has many potential applications – from robotics and cosmetic surgery to prosthetics. With an ERC Proof of Concept Grant, the researcher is now exploring its possible practical applications.
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Fotograf Groos

Sima Surkamp – That's how she rolls

14.06.2023

The German Social Code – for most non-lawyers a jungle of paragraphs. Sima Surkamp helps people with disabilities find their way through this jungle and become aware of their legal rights with regard to assistance services. How she wants to promote self-determination and social participation and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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PARAVAN

PARAVAN presents 360-degree approach with vehicle premiere and innovative mobility solutions

14.06.2023

PARAVAN GmbH offers holistic solutions for the mobility of people with disabilities, including vehicle conversions, electric wheelchairs and individual adaptations. Their 360-degree approach enables customers to be independent and mobile.
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Photo: Two teenage girls sitting in an inclusive sailboat at Rehacare; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / Andreas Wiese

Messe Düsseldorf / Andreas Wiese

Sports for people with disabilities: active on land and water

13.06.2023

Many people engage in sports in their free time. Some want to promote their own health, others want to achieve a specific goal. Some people use sport to clear their heads, while others simply enjoy it. Sports activities also serve as a meeting place for social contacts and shared experiences.
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Fraunhofer IBMT

Human-machine interface stops muscle tremors

12.06.2023

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT and their collaborative partners have developed a technology platform that uses biocompatible electrodes and controllers to help people with muscle tremors reduce tremors and may also help people with spinal cord injuries.
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Photo: Driving and steering system Space Drive is operated in the footwell of a car by means of a shod foot; Copyright: PARAVAN

PARAVAN

Ingrid Höhling is relaxed and safely mobile again thanks to Space Drive

01.06.2023

The Space Drive driving and steering system from PARAVAN enables Ingrid Höhling, wo has Postpolio, to steer her new VW Caddy 5 with her left foot without much effort and without tiring.
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Verena Engler – That's how she rolls

31.05.2023

To live self-determined and not have to justify being human – these are Verena Engler's expectations of society. But what sounds simple often encounters obstacles such as stigmatisation and misplaced pity in reality. Why she is nonetheless grateful for the people who did not mean well for her and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Wheeleo®

Wheeleo®: the walking aid for stability and autonomy

31.05.2023

The new generation walking aid companion? The Wheeleo® feels like a never-ending guardrail and accompanies you everywhere you go. With its one-handed design it helps regain autonomy while supporting movement in everyday situations. For example, it enables grocery shopping, opening doors and walking the dog. It also reduces the risk of falling, is easy to transport and has an elegant design.
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Sunrise Medical

Travel lighter with QUICKIE's lightest folding power wheelchair: Q50 R Carbon

24.05.2023

Sunrise Medical Group announces the launch of the QUICKIE Q50 R Carbon – QUICKIE`s lightest-ever folding power wheelchair with a transport weight of only 14.5 kg*. The folding Q50 R Carbon is easy to transport, store and manoeuvre, providing the perfect solution for people who want to remain active and independent without the worry of heavy and bulky equipment.
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Baggio Zhong – That's how he rolls

17.05.2023

To be a free man – on the slopes of this world. That is what drives Baggio Zhong. For him, skiing is like flying over snow. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology – some of it from his own company – a dream come true again. Why he would like to meet his future self and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Oana Grau

Patent for new high-tech glasses technology of the start up .lumen

15.05.2023

The technology of "the glasses that replace the guide dog" has been patented in the USA and will soon be patented in the European Union. The technology provides a new level of mobility and self-determination for people with blindness and visual impairments, replicating the capabilities of a guide dog through cameras, computer chips, haptic signals, and sounds.
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Image: Rear view of a car with a person in a wheelchair secured by the head and backrest; Copyright: AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG

AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG

FutureSafe 2.0: The new head and backrest for vehicles

10.05.2023

AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG has released a new, revised version of the FutureSafe. It is a head and backrest that is individually adjusted to the person in a wheelchair and protects in case of car accidents. The FutureSafe 2.0 offers numerous advantages compared to its predecessor, such as more comfort due to additional cushions for head and back support.
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Showerbuddy

How to pick the right shower chair model with the help of the Shower chair buyers guide

08.05.2023

Before choosing a shower chair, a full assessment of mobility needs should be completed by an occupational therapist to determine the necessary equipment and carer support. Showerbuddy can be customised to fit different types of showers and can provide support for both showering and toileting, with a range of adjustment options available to cater to body support needs.
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PARAVAN

PARAVAN driving school for people with physical disabilities

04.05.2023

The PARAVAN driving school in the mobility park Aichelau is now equipped with a new Mercedes Sprinter. It offers driving training for people with disabilities with a total of five adapted vehicles and their trained driving instructors.
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Dr. Leopold Rupp – That's how he rolls

03.05.2023

For Dr. Leopold Rupp, his wheelchairs are part of his everyday life. He owns several of them – for work in the hospital, for home and for outdoors. Looking to the future, he reveals why he would like to see more aids and functions – at least as long as there are still steps. Which US president he would like to meet and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Drive Medical GmbH & Co. KG

Everything about electric wheelchairs: advantages, models and properties

26.04.2023

Drive Medical GmbH & Co. KG provides information about any features of electric wheelchairs and compares them with manual wheelchairs. In doing so, it highlights the advantages and areas of application that make them important for people with limited mobility and their relatives.
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F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH

Assistive technology industry: working together for more mobility

26.04.2023

Dressing and undressing, getting in and out of a car or bus, reaching for and picking up objects – for people with mobility impairments, even everyday tasks like these can become a challenge and create a barrier. Many assistive technology companies join forces to provide better assistance for people with disabilities. Several REHACARE exhibitors are among this dedicated group of collaborators.
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Hao Chen – That's how he rolls

19.04.2023

Hao Chen loves to run. The 28-year-old has already completed countless marathons. The loss of his hearing at the age of one also taught him the necessary willpower. Since then, Hao Chen has repeatedly faced obstacles – and overcome them. What he expects from the assistive technology industry and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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ergoflix

Folding electric wheelchairs by ergoflix: adding more joy to life with the right mobility solution

18.04.2023

Autonomy instead of dependency, social inclusion instead of social isolation – that's the motto of ergoflix. Leveraging high levels of motivation and conviction, the medical equipment manufacturer is committed to making it easier to access smart and aesthetic mobility equipment. The company developed a series of foldable electric wheelchair models that promote an active and flexible lifestyle.
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Carrefour

Carrefour steps up its support for people on the autism spectrum

17.04.2023

Carrefour is stepping up its support for people on the autism spectrum with a number of initiatives with for example store maps on the bars of its shopping trollies. After "quiet shopping times" were integrated two years ago, this is another important step to make life easier for people with disabilities when shopping.
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PARAVAN

Driving license with a restricted field of vision – thanks to the latest camera technology

17.04.2023

Katja, who has a restricted field after a riding accident, was able – thanks to innovative camera technology and environment recognition in the car – to successfully view her driving test at the PARAVAN driving school in the Aichelau mobility park. In her future car, too, a monitor with the necessary environment recognition will be installed on the center console.
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Kanya Sesser

Meet the female athletes and trailblazers making the fashion industry more inclusive

03.04.2023

Para athletes like Robyn Lambird, Frances Rivera and Kanya Sesser are embracing their bodies and leading the revolution to make the fashion industry more inclusive for people with disabilities.
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2KERR

IBOT electric wheelchair: go wherever you want – physically and socially

30.03.2023

The iBOT is a multifunctional personal mobility device that allows users to achieve things that were previously impossible. With twenty years of advanced technology combined into one device with six different modes, users can go wherever they want. And wherever they are, the iBOT electric wheelchair makes participation possible.
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MEYRA GmbH

MEYRA presents the world's first folding wheelchair NANO S

22.03.2023

The company MEYRA has produced the first folding wheelchair named NANO S. It is a folding wheelchair with open frame and removable leg supports, which stands out with its lightness and stability.
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ReWalk Robotics Ltd.

ReWalk exoskeleton receives FDA clearance for stairs and curbs

13.03.2023

ReWalk, a leading provider of innovative technologies that enable mobility and wellness in rehabilitation and daily life for individuals with neurological conditions, announced that its innovative ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton technology has received clearance from the FDA for use on stairs and curbs in the US, making it the only personal exoskeleton to receive FDA clearance for this indication.
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Frank Lackner – That's how he rolls

08.03.2023

Frank Lackner fights for more accessibility in public spaces. In 1991, he and a friend founded the International Citizens' Initiative for Wheelchair Users' Interests, or INTERROLLI in short. What improvements he would like to see in disabled toilets and how else he rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Showerbuddy

5 ways to make a home easier for elderly people

08.03.2023

The transition from elderly people being fully independent to needing a bit of help is often gradual. Sometimes the signs aren’t obvious nor are these people actively seeking out help. But in order to keep them safe in their own home, we need to proactively take some steps to make daily tasks easier.
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Showerbuddy

Benefits of working closely with an occupational therapist

01.03.2023

The occupational therapist is an important piece of the puzzle for anyone who experiences a significant mobility impairment. Their job is to assess and plan ways to help their client conduct daily activities and maintain the lifestyle they want with as little stress as possible.
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Image: Lukas sits in his new Ford Tourneo Connect with the Space Drive driving and steering system and two joysticks; Copyright: PARAVAN

PARAVAN

"Mobile tailor-made suit" by PARAVAN: flexible operating devices for vehicles

27.02.2023

Lukas drives his new Ford Tourneo Connect with the Space Drive driving and steering system and two joysticks – one for accelerator/brake and one for steering. But every now and then, someone else sits behind the steering wheel who doesn't need these input devices. Thanks to a resourceful solution from PARAVAN's technicians, this can be realized within a minute.
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Flexo-Handlaufsysteme GmbH

Tangible safety: self-determination thanks to Flexo handrail systems

23.02.2023

Code-compliant handrail systems provide safety and make stairs accessible and usable for more people. They help reduce fall risk, facilitate more mobility, and allow people to gain access to all rooms. Thanks to its work with older adults and people with disabilities, Flexo-Handlaufsysteme GmbH knows about potential barriers and has made it its mission to promote the self-determination of people.
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Sandra Lange

Annika Schröder – That's how she rolls

22.02.2023

Accessibility plays a key role for Annika Schröder. She sees a need to catch up in many areas – from public transport to bureaucracy. The 25-year-old competitive athlete has the support of her friends and family. Why she would like to see more determination from politicians and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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PARAVAN GmbH

Reintegration into working life: Operating a wheel loader via joystick

15.02.2023

Alexander Klems has been driving wheel loaders for 21 years. In 2019, everything was going to be different. He got injured. He could no longer operate the accelerator pedal of his Hitachi ZW 330 wheel loader, which he almost always has to step on when loading construction materials. Another solution was needed, which was found at PARAVAN thanks to the Space Drive drive-by-wire system.
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envato/LightFieldStudios

Living with dementia: practical tools make daily living easier

13.02.2023

Forgetfulness is often one of the first recognizable signs of dementia. In its early stages, the condition initially affects short-term memory and gradually progresses to more long-term memory loss. Yet there are many accompanying symptoms that make daily living for people with dementia challenging.
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Sebastian Stabler – That's how he rolls

08.02.2023

Not just stand, but dance – that's what Sebastian Stabler would like to do. He is still waiting for the right assistive equipment. But the paraplegic 37-year-old already shows himself to be a sporty and active person. Why he would like to meet a certain bodybuilder and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Image: An elderly man uses a Kinova arm support system to drink a cup of coffee; Copyright: Focal Meditech/ Kinova Europe GmbH

Focal Meditech/ Kinova Europe GmbH

Kinova: new dynamic arm support systems

08.02.2023

Kinova, a leading global provider of robotic solutions for people with disabilities, is adding two dynamic arm support systems to its portfolio. With the Gowing² and the Dowing² from Dutch manufacturer Focal Meditech, Kinova completes the supply chain for people who have limited arm function due to a disease or accident.
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Image: A young girl straightens up in the electric children's wheelchair to reach a glass of juice on a higher counter; Copyright: PARAVAN

PARAVAN

Children's wheelchairs by PARAVAN: independent standing, lying, sitting and tilting

01.02.2023

At the rehaKIND congress, PARAVAN presents the versatile wheelchair portfolio of the PR series for children with a seat concept that grows with the child. There is a wide range of possible uses. With the adaptable power wheelchairs, children are in the middle of the action and not just there.
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Karina Sturm – That's how she rolls

25.01.2023

Writing a book – a dream for many people. For Karina Sturm, it was a chance to accept her diagnosis. By giving advice, she wants to enable other people to do what she has managed to do herself: to become an active part of their own disease management and to live a self-determined life. How she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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IndeeLift

IndeeLift: Human lifting tools for greater independence

19.01.2023

IndeeLift offers human lifting tools that provide greater independence and safety for people with mobility impairment and their caregivers. It is a device that helps caregivers lift, transfer and transport patients in acute, post-acute, long-term and home care environments. At the same time, it can support people who live alone.
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Sascha Scholz – That's how he rolls

11.01.2023

Nowadays, mobility for many people with disabilities means being able to be self-determined in their own car. One prerequisite for this is a driver's license. Which detours and obstacles Sascha Scholz had to overcome to get his license, where he went on his subsequent European tour, and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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icho systems GmbH

ichó: The smart therapy ball for home use

16.12.2022

Building communication, strengthening skills, and responding to individual needs – that is the goal of icho systems GmbH. To realize their vision, the team has developed the ichó therapy ball. It brings therapeutic measures and individual support to people's homes and can be used to promote cognition and motor activity.
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Patrick Estebar

Kae Tran – That's how she rolls

14.12.2022

Self-determined mobility is possible in Kae Tran's everyday life mainly through her walking stick. The aid has become her most important companion. What changes she would like to see in rollators and in society, what role mental health plays for her and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Rehabilitation: Becoming mobile with virtual worlds and robotics

13.12.2022

Above all, rehabilitation requires energy and motivation. Exhibitors at REHACARE 2022 want to achieve the latter with the help of virtual worlds and robotics. For example, the VR goggles from CUREosity GmbH offer exciting worlds of play, while Cyberdyne Care Robotics GmbH uses a robotic gait trainer for paraplegics and MS patients. Tyromotion GmbH also relies on robotics for its therapy devices.
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Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

REHACARE 2022: Innovations and the latest news from the PRODUCTS & NEWS @REHACARE Expert Forum

12.12.2022

Humans have always been resourceful when it came to creating solutions to compensate for physical disabilities. In ancient Egypt, prosthetic devices for the big toe provided suppor. It’s anyone’s guess how well or badly their respective users could walk or eat with these tools. We know that they could not visit the REHACARE trade fair back in those days.
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Photo: Many visitors sit in the expert forum TREFFPUNKT REHACARE and listen to the speakers; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

TREFFPUNKT REHACARE 2022: Highlight topics from the expert forum

12.12.2022

TREFFPUNKT REHACARE is your central platform for lectures, panel discussions, and the exchange of information and experience. Topics included the digitization of the workplace and recreational environment, technical assistance and vocational rehabilitation with a focus on exoskeletons, job coaching, and rehabilitation for people living with long or post-COVID conditions.
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Victoria H. – That's how she rolls

30.11.2022

Victoria H. sees the world with more mindful eyes since she had to get to know herself and her body anew. However, she has retained her enthusiasm for sports and has found many new ways to practice it. What kind of role REHACARE plays in this, why straws are an important assistive device in her everyday life and what how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Girl sitting on the floor with a dog. She wears the Exopulse Mollii Suit; Copyright: Ottobock

Ottobock

Assistive technology for children with disabilities: Product variety promotes participation

30.11.2022

Children need room to roam, explore, and learn how to set and respect boundaries. Unfortunately, children with disabilities may encounter barriers when it comes to these life activities. Luckily, there is a myriad of assistive technology devices to face any obstacle: REHACARE 2022 showcased tools that ran the gamut from car seats, rehab buggies to standing mobility and movement devices.
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Wolturnus

Assistive technology for children with disabilities: Wheelchairs promote mobility

30.11.2022

Mobility is key for overall child development. That is why children who have limited movement depend on getting the right wheelchair at an early stage to compensate for their disability and encourage participation. Manufacturers of pediatric wheelchairs are acutely aware of the important role they play in this setting. They showcased a wide variety of wheelchairs for children at REHACARE 2022.
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Mao Zhongwu

Interview with Mao Zhongwu: Paralympics winner in skiing and inclusion ambassador

28.11.2022

Becoming a Paralympics champion after just five years of training – What sounds like a dream to many became true for Mao Zhongwu at this year's Winter Games in Beijing. In an interview with REHACARE Shanghai, he talks about his career path, how sports changed his life and his wishes for the future.
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THERA-Trainer by medica Medizintechnik GmbH

THERA-Trainer: Complete solution for gait rehabilitation

24.11.2022

The goal of THERA-Trainer by medica Medizintechnik GmbH is to make it easy for people with restricted mobility to regain their lost mobility. That is why the family company has designed professional therapeutic products and robotic assisted complete solutions for all phases of lower extremity rehabilitation.
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Ricky – That's how he rolls

16.11.2022

His relationships with his family, friends and God not only make Ricky's day, but are also his most important tools in everyday life. And with his modified bus, wheelchair and walker, he is able to compensate well for his limitations. Which positive experiences he has already had, how the supply of aids could be optimized and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Saskia Melches

Saskia Melches – That's how she rolls

02.11.2022

Various assistive devices and a team of assistants help Saskia Melches to manage her active everyday life. Whether in or out of her home, she wants to lead as self-determined a life as possible. How society and the assistive technology industry could support her, what the jungle of Peru is all about and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Rebecca Brunner

Rebecca Brunner – That's how she rolls

19.10.2022

Rebecca Brunner likes to take her life into her own hands and gives every day the chance to be the best. Her prosthetic leg helps her to always try out new things and overcome new challenges. What she wants from her fellow human beings, what is particularly important to her in the assistive technology industry and how she rolls otherwise, the social media manager tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Image: The soon-to-be-released Revolve Air wheelchair – once in folded and once in unfolded state; Copyright: Andrea Mocellin

Andrea Mocellin

Accessible traveling: foldable wheelchair by Revolve Mobility

18.10.2022

How can traveling become more accessible and more self-determined for wheelchair users – especially when traveling by plane or taking a cab? This is the question Andrea Mocellin wanted to address when he started inventing Revolve Air. His solution: a wheelchair with foldable wheels and a foldable frame.
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DigiRehab GmbH

Quo vadis, digitalization in rehabilitation and physiotherapy?

12.10.2022

Usability, autonomy, modernity – that's what digital components should add to rehabilitation and physiotherapy. This benefits both patients and professionals according to manufacturers of new technologies and software. Conversations with experts about the current situation and the future reveal how the industry is dynamic and ever evolving.
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Svenjas Welt

Svenja – That's how she rolls

05.10.2022

Getting used to an assistive device is not always easy. That's how Svenja felt about her wheelchair at first. But now she appreciates how much freedom and flexibility it gives her in everyday life. Which other aid she thinks should be invented and which special wheelchair she once discovered at REHACARE, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Antonio Hoempler

Antonio Hoempler – That's how she rolls

21.09.2022

Whether it's festivals or downhill skateboarding – Antonio Hoempler loves action and adaptive sports. He also enjoys riding his handbike. With the support of friends and assistive devices, he can pursue his many interests. How he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Thumbs up for REHACARE!

17.09.2022

The thumb clearly points upwards. REHACARE 2022 leaves behind enthusiastic visitors and exhibitors. Many people seeking and offering help have come together in Düsseldorf, countless aids have been viewed, tested and tried on. A successful trade fair for rehabilitation and care comes to an end after four days.
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Hands-On-Bikes by HP Velotechnik

17.09.2022

Get on the bike and let's go. With the Hands-On-Bikes from HP Velotechnik, the excursion becomes even more exciting than with other handbikes: The company takes an approach with its Hands-On-Bikes that not only has more features for the users, but also improves the view.
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Highlights of REHACARE 2022

17.09.2022

Up close and live on site: REHACARE, the world's largest trade fair for rehabilitation and care, showed what the assistive technology industry has to offer in terms of technological innovations with numerous new and proven products to touch and try out. Whether rehabilitation, care, mobility or occupational participation – the diversity of the industry was omnipresent.
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Making contacts at REHACARE

17.09.2022

Whether visitors or exhibitors – REHACARE has always stood for personal encounters. People from all over the world come together at the largest trade fair for rehabilitation and care. In the exhibition halls, they can not only try out the countless products, but also exchange ideas with each other. And REHACARE is the perfect place for that!
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NeuroMobility: Ottobock presents Exopulse Mollii Suit

16.09.2022

NeuroMobility is a central topic at Ottobock this year. That's why the Exopulse Mollii Suit is one of the product highlights at their booth. Daniel Hublitz tells us in this interview who the full-body neuromodulation suit was developed for and how REHACARE is the perfect showcase for their latest product.
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Check, check: testing auxiliary means at REHACARE

16.09.2022

The proof of the pudding is in the eating – this sounds trite, but it is especially important when it comes to assistive devices. Trying out a new wheelchair or trying on an exoskeleton is the best way to find out whether an aid really suits your needs. The exhibiting companies at REHACARE are well prepared for this, so that visitors can test the wide range of products hands-on.
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Kristina Vogel at REHACARE

16.09.2022

The multiple Olympic champion and exceptional athlete Kristina Vogel was on the road at REHACARE on Friday: Among other things, she was at the stand of trivida, for which she is also a brand ambassador. Some visitors also took the opportunity to talk to her on site.
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Action at the REHACARE Sports Center

15.09.2022

Whether table tennis, basketball or skiing: At the REHACARE Sports Center, visitors have the opportunity to try out various inclusive sports or compete with other people in sports. But the best thing is to drop by yourself and maybe you will find a new (sports) passion there?
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Wolturnus brings Danish design to REHACARE

15.09.2022

Whether it's aids for children's rehabilitation or new sports equipment, Wolturnus show in Hall 4/E35 how they use Danish design for greater accessibility and participation. Marco Hessler tells us in an interview what this has to do with the Paralympics, among other things.
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Expert forums of REHACARE 2022

15.09.2022

Exciting presentations and lively exchange: The expert forums TREFFPUNKT REHACARE (Hall 6/E25) and PRODUCTS & NEWS @REHACARE (powered by MOBITIPP) (Hall 4/H07) offer interesting insights into a wide variety of topics. The programs are packed full. A visit is worthwhile!
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Revealing the new Genny Zero at REHACARE 2022

15.09.2022

Genny Factory has launched the latest model of its self-balancing wheelchairs at REHACARE 2022. In this interview, Luca Wullschleger reveals why REHACARE is the right trade fair for the product and what they have planned for the future.
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Detachable wheelchair wheel from trivida

14.09.2022

trivida P+L Innovations GmbH has reinvented the wheelchair wheel: The trivida detachable wheelchair wheel enables wheelchair users to be more independent and to transfer safely. Managing Director Dr. Christine Pflaumbaum has been explaining exactly what this is all about at REHACARE 2022.
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REHACARE is finally back!

14.09.2022

Welcome to REHACARE 2022! Experience the world's largest trade fair for rehabilitation and care with all the important companies in the industry. We are looking forward to welcoming you personally in Düsseldorf!
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KADOMO presents revised Ford Tourneo Connect

14.09.2022

The company KADOMO presents its new Ford Tourneo Connect at the fair REHACARE from 14 to 17 September. In the car fifteen handicapped accessible conversions were made for ten different types of disabilities.
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Blind soccer training session

14.09.2022

Dribbling, shooting and hitting the goal? Fortuna Düsseldorf can do that! But does it work without them seeing anything? Together with our trade fair team, they ventured onto the field at the REHACARE 2022 Sports Center and tried it out. The conclusion of everyone involved: it was fun!
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A flying carpet among wheelchairs: Visiting the workshop of moso

13.09.2022

At moso, wheelchairs are adapted to the individual needs of the user: for example, steering is possible with the head, cheek or by blowing and the wheelchair can be built to descend completely to the floor. The various COSEAT models are unique worldwide. In the video, Nikolai Kaiser, among others, explains what makes them so special. At REHACARE 2022, moso can be found in Hall 4/D60.
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Messe Düsseldorf/Constanze Tillmann

Choose, touch, and try out products – experience REHACARE live and in-person again in 2022

12.09.2022

You’re probably familiar with this scenario: You order a fabulous piece of clothing or shoes online, only to be terribly disappointed when the item arrives but doesn’t fit. It’s an all-too-familiar problem for people with disabilities who depend on these resources. Whether it’s a mobility aid or adapted car, the device must be customized to fit the needs of the individual to provide support.
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Reading texts like the sighted: The mobile reading device OrCam MyEye in practice

09.09.2022

Glasses on and off you go! With the OrCam MyEye, blind and visually impaired people can not only easily have printed and digital texts read aloud – products, faces, banknotes and colors can also be recognized without any problems. In addition, the device has many other advantages.
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Isabelle Sievers

Isabelle Sievers – That's how she rolls

07.09.2022

A prosthetic arm has given Isabelle Sievers a lot of quality of life and self-confidence. In just three years, she has overcome many lows and continued her self development. Her strong will and perseverance have helped her to achieve even the seemingly impossible. In our interview, she emphasizes that everyone has their own strengths and can achieve anything.
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Genny Mobility

Genny’s self-balancing and two wheeled wheelchair gets an upgrade – revealed at REHACARE 2022

01.09.2022

Inspired by the self-balancing Segway, Genny Mobility developed a wheelchair equivalent. What started as a newbie on the mobility aids market, now is ready for its third generation. The new wheelchair will be revealed in two weeks at this year’s REHACARE. Francesca Belotti allows for a little glimpse into what we can expect.
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Living a self-determined life: accessible travel around the world

29.08.2022

Get in your camper to get away: Each year, thousands of Germans make this dream come true as is evidenced by the number of current new registrations of camper vans, travel trailers and recreational vehicles. Standard models often include many practical features - but unfortunately, accessible solutions are still few and far between.
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Shower stools, chairs and folding seats from Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare

29.08.2022

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare offers a wide range of shower stools, chairs and folding seats. Shower chairs are all equipped with backrests and usually with armrests. Another space-saving shower companion can be mounted on the wall and easily fold up and down. In this way, the company wants to provide comfort and stability.
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Katja Tefiki

Katja Tefiki – That's how she rolls

24.08.2022

Katja Tefiki had to completely reorganize her everyday life after she became paraplegic. She got her driver's license and today her car and wheelchair are her indispensable companions. She loves long car rides and paragliding is also one of her passions. How she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Travelite transport chair: Lightweight travel companion

15.08.2022

The Travelite transport chair by Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare offers convenience to travelers by folding and transporting in a carry bag. A lightweight design of only 9.3 kg and compact dimensions make it easy to transport, while the soft seat and backrest provide comfort.
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Tahina Andale

Tahina Andale – That's how she rolls

10.08.2022

Whether it's a cane or a walker, walking aids can make a significant contribution to greater mobility and a more self-determined life. Tahina Andale has also made this experience. Why the path to this realization was not always easy and what else has helped her to cope better with her chronic illness, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Alain Zanchetta

Alain Zanchetta – That's how he rolls

27.07.2022

Alain Zanchetta is a fighter. He would have to overcome difficulties early on, but he has gained a lot of strength and confidence as a result. As a designer, he develops inclusive design products himself to help other people. At the same time, his job offers him the security and perspective he craves. At REHACARE.com he tells us how he rolls otherwise.
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Leben mit PEG

Bastian K. – That's how he rolls

13.07.2022

Bastian K. is a summer person at heart. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. In doing so, the lack of accessibility often causes him more difficulties than the progressive muscle weakness he has been living with for many years. When he is not on the road, he writes about his "life with PEG" on his own blog. On REHACARE.com he tells us how he rolls otherwise.
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Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Digital assistive technologies: Modern tools to make life more accessible

13.07.2022

People with disabilities often rely on assistance in different ways. Whether it's speech computers, screen readers, i.e. software that vocalizes on-screen texts, or special power wheelchairs – what all assistance has in common here is that it works thanks to digital components.
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Ottobock

Ottobock presents NeuroMobility solutions at REHACARE 2022

11.07.2022

The integrated treatment approach: This year, Ottobock comes to the fair with new, holistic approaches and technologies. Freedom of movement, quality of life and independence are the focus.
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Ann-Kathrin Ulbrich – That's how she rolls

29.06.2022

Ann-Kathrin Ulbrich was heavily pregnant when paralysis suddenly appeared in her right leg. As a mother of three, she was then suddenly dependent on a wheelchair. But she rose to the challenge and is proud of it. How she manages her everyday life, which aid is indispensable for this and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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PARAVAN GmbH

The PARAVAN PR 30 gets an update

29.06.2022

There is a new model of the PARAVAN wheelchair all-rounder, the PARAVAN PR 30/II, which is equipped with numerous additional medical functions. In addition, the PARAVAN PR 30/II can be individually adapted to the respective symptoms.
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Ornamin

Small things that have big benefits: daily living aids help make everyday life easier

27.06.2022

Opening a jar or getting on a bike to ride to the store: small things that many of us around the world do every day and tend to take for granted. But these activities are not a matter of course for everyone. Daily living aids can make a big difference to people with disabilities in making their lives easier.
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Vanessa Lehnert – That's how she rolls

15.06.2022

Vanessa Lehnert has been severely disabled since a traffic accident in her childhood. But even with her limitations, she is not dependent on help – and for that very reason often has to fight for acceptance. She would like to see more understanding in dealing with disabilities of all kinds. How else she rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical: innovative updates to QUICKIE Q700 power portfolio

27.04.2022

Sunrise Medical announces the launch of the SEDEO® PRO™ ADVANCED, the new advanced rehabilitation seating system. It is packed with high-end power functions such as the Fully Programmable Pressure Relief Alert Reminders (PRAR). The QUICKIE Q700 M-Series power wheelchair will also feature new updates for example wider seat sizes.
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Dot Incorporation

People with vision impairments: The Dot Pad bridges the information gap

21.04.2022

The new Dot Pad is not only smaller and lighter, but also much cheaper than conventional tactile displays – making them more affordable and accessible for people with vision impairments. Dot Inc makes the online world of images more accessible and aims to improve other areas as well. In our interview the Senior Manager Mergel Takam talks about the advantages and technology behind the Dot Pad.
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PantherMedia/ridofranz

Textiles: clothing in care

02.04.2022

There are more than four million people in need of care in Germany, and for every one of them there are one or more caregivers. Discussions about their situation often focus on the right equipment, such as care beds, walkers or drinking cups. But one factor for pleasant and professional care is often forgotten – clothing.
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PantherMedia / HayDmitriy

Adaptive clothing: designed to fit

28.03.2022

Clothes should fit comfortably. They should make you feel great and be easy to put on and take off. Unfortunately, many "off-the-rack" clothes don’t meet these criteria. Those who don’t sport the measurements of the average woman or man find themselves at a distinct disadvantage. This includes people who use wheelchairs and people with restricted mobility.
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Natalie Pinnisch – That's how she rolls

09.03.2022

Getting away from everyday life, exploring the world, going to concerts and bars with friends – Natalie Pinnisch enjoys her self-determined life to the fullest and doesn't let her neuromuscular disease stop her. On REHACARE.com the 35-year-old from Hamburg reveals what she considers a great day and how she rolls otherwise.
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PantherMedia / Andriy Popov

Accessible housing: a win-win situation

28.02.2022

Many homes and apartments are not accessible to people with disabilities. For years, builders of larger accommodations must comply with corresponding accessible design and construction requirements. Getting into an accessibility mindset right from the start benefits everyone!
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Julia Wagner – That's how she rolls

09.02.2022

Encouraging other people to be completely themselves and to live from the heart means a lot to Julia Wagner. On REHACARE.com, she tells us what has been her biggest challenge so far and how she rolls otherwise.
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Christian S. – That's how he rolls

26.01.2022

When talking about disabilities, many people first think of a person in a wheelchair. However, there are numerous physical and mental disabilities that are not visible at first glance. On REHACARE.com Christian S. tells us how he deals with his invisible disability and what he expects from society when it comes to dealing with disabilities.
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F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH

Mobility experience: sustainability meets state-of-the-art technology to support people with disabilities

19.01.2022

To benefit people with disabilities, it takes more than a standard model to plug into the future. F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH collaborated with Electric Vehicle manufacturer e.GO Mobile SE to create this type of sustainable vehicle. REHACARE.com asked managing director and founder Frank Sodermanns what prompted the collaboration and learned about the little speedster’s countless possibilities.
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Nora Hamann – That's how she rolls

12.01.2022

More information about invisible diseases is urgently needed, says Nora Hamann. The 24-year-old knows from her own experience how important it is to exchange ideas with those affected, as well as other social contacts, in order not to lose hope even on gloomy days. What makes a good day for her and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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PantherMedia / Jens Ickler

Disabled people risk being left in the cold in a sustainable energy future

05.01.2022

A new study reveals that disabled households in the Europe Union currently consume 10 per cent less energy than other households, as well as being 5 per cent more likely to experience energy poverty.
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Pandhora S.r.l.

Light weight, beautifully styled and ergonomic – wheelchair design continues to evolve

16.12.2021

When you think of a wheelchair, you don’t necessarily consider it a high-tech assistive technology that is super trendy. In the past, the device was also heavy, over-sized, and difficult to transport. All that has changed, thanks to both innovative startups and well-known industry giants.
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trivida®

Reinventing the wheelchair wheel: greater independence with trivida®

09.12.2021

Nobody expects the reinvention of the wheel and yet that is exactly what P+L Innovations GmbH has accomplished. In this REHACARE.com interview, the company’s managing director, Dr. Christine Pflaumbaum, tells us what makes trivida® so unique, explains the benefits of a detachable wheelchair wheel and gives us insights into the development process.
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Wheelchair trends 2021 – try and train for more mobility

02.12.2021

The right wheelchair is worth its weight in gold. Today, wheelchair users not only have access to suitable shapes and functions but can also make individual design choices. At least as important, however, is the practiced use of the aid. Medical supply stores and mobility training courses can help with all of this – for example, at the rahm Center for Health.
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Udo Fischer | nunsichtbar.de

Cassandra Mae Spittmann – That's how she rolls

01.12.2021

Cassandra Mae Spittmann discovered the world of rhythm at the age of two. While she started out playing the tabla with her feet, the 19-year-old now elicits the notes with her hands. She has remained true to her preference for Indian music. With her voice and her songs, however, she is reaching an ever-growing audience worldwide. At REHACARE.com she tells us how she rolls otherwise.
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Anna Fee – That's how she rolls

17.11.2021

If society doesn't provide accessibility, people have to do it themselves. That's why, Anna Fee has not only become active in the field of fashion. What "going your own path" means to her, why a flight was her greatest adventure to date and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Liftstar GmbH

Stylish and innovative design: taking it to the top with the Lifton home elevator

11.11.2021

Raúl Krauthausen recently discovered how much an elevator can make your life easier and add accessibility to your home. These days, the disability rights activist uses the LiftonTRIO Home Elevator from Lifton GmbH to navigate his apartment in Berlin. Reason enough for REHACARE.com to ask the Liftstar Group what makes the Lifton home elevator so different from other systems.
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dzb lesen

Touch, hear, participate: Assistive technology helps conquer visual impairment

28.10.2021

Blindness or visual impairment means a loss or partial loss of the sense of sight. What it doesn't mean is that those who are impacted by this must aim lower or feel inferior. An abundance of vision aids does a fantastic job of replacing the sense of sight in the best way possible.
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Stiftung Pfennigparade

World Cerebral Palsy Day – for inclusion and social participation

06.10.2021

I am here, we are here, and the world should know it – with this message, the World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 6 should not only draw more attention to the disease. It is also intended to raise awareness of the fact that there is still a lot of catching up to do in terms of the participation of people with cerebral palsy in many areas of society.
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PARAVAN GmbH

Electromobility and autonomous driving: Where are we heading?

28.09.2021

After some initial hesitation, electromobility now seems to be picking up speed. We asked the German experts at AMF-Bruns and Sodermanns about the challenges of vehicle conversion. Aside from different drivetrain systems, PARAVAN continues to push the boundaries of automobility. REHACARE.com took a look behind the scenes.
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At the training camp for service dogs

23.09.2021

Even dogs have to go to school. At the WZ Hundezentrum in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, service dogs are trained for their upcoming everyday work and learn everything that is necessary during the three and a half years of training. How exactly the right puppies are selected for this demanding task and what they have to learn, we from REHACARE.com had them show us.
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KEMPF

Converted and safe: Mobile with your own car

15.09.2021

For people with disabilities in particular having their own vehicle is incredibly important for their mobility. Whether behind the wheel themselves or for the safe transportation of people with disabilities – the conversion industry always has suitable solutions at the ready. We asked our exhibitors what new, innovative products they have in their portfolio in terms of mobility.
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Rehahunde Deutschland e.V.

PTSD assistance dogs provide security and increase rehabilitation successes

29.07.2021

Dogs are not only popular pets, but in some cases they also do important work: Assistance dogs trained for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are not only a physical companion in everyday life, but above all must also be a psychological support. The association Rehahunde Deutschland e.V. trains such dogs. This year it celebrated its 15th anniversary.
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WZ Hundezentrum

Service dogs: priceless four-legged helpers

29.06.2021

REHACARE.com spoke with two dog training centers and learned how much people with disabilities benefit from a canine companion in everyday life and discovered the type of training assistance dogs complete before they are matched with a person.
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VITA e.V. Assistenzhunde

Assistance Dogs: four paws are the key to active participation

29.06.2021

Society lacks education and awareness when it comes to assistance dogs. There are also no official uniform training standards and not even the term "assistance dog" (known as a service dog in the United States) is protected. REHACARE.com took a closer look at the obstacles people must overcome when it comes to the training and financing of this precious resource.
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Self-determined interaction in multisensory rooms

17.06.2021

At the touch of a button or by eye movement – in multisensory rooms (MSR), the entire atmosphere of the room can change completely with just small actions. This enables memorable lessons of self-efficacy. Mareike Köhler from REHAVISTA GmbH tells us in this video exactly what experiencing with the whole body and all the senses can look like.
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LIFEtool

WheelSim VR: learning safe electric wheelchair operation thanks to virtual reality

20.05.2021

LIFEtool is as non-profit organization that counsels and equips people with the tools, they need to be successful. The Austrian company now successfully adapted its 2D-based simulator WheelSim to virtual reality. VR training enables power wheelchair users to practice difficult tasks in a safe environment.
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Scewo Bro: the wheelchair that also climbs stairs

27.04.2021

Accessibility wherever you go: the Scewo Bro simply brings it! It is the only electric wheelchair in the world that rides on two wheels and also masters stairs and uneven surfaces with ease. Scewo AG is a master of its trade and is always developing new ideas to make the Bro even better.
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Rolling Pants

Thoughtful and smart: adaptive fashion as an inclusion booster

30.03.2021

March and April are the months the media home in on the fashion trends of Spring/Summer 2021 – as do (online) stores, of course. High time for REHACARE.com to check in with several labels. And who knows? Maybe your closet will soon also feature a piece of some of our highlighted brands?
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Outdoor fun: Sports equipment for outdoor activities

11.03.2021

Whether on wheels or blades – in order for outdoor sports to bring unrestricted fun to people with a physical disability, they need the right auxiliary means for it. Companies like BamBuk, KADOMO and TESSIER have therefore made it their business to manufacture precisely these assistive devices and thus enable self-determined participation.
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HASE BIKES

Sporty and flexible biking – with the new TRETS from HASE BIKES

04.03.2021

On your bike, get set, go – the new TRETS from HASE BIKES makes this possible for children with neuromuscular disease. And the best thing about it? Since it has a medical aid registration number, German health insurance companies pay for or contribute to the purchase of the trike. REHACARE.com asked Dario Valenti to find out what makes TRETS unique and why working for HASE BIKES is so special.
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PARAVAN GmbH

Actively involved with the stand up wheelchair

03.03.2021

Finally standing up by themselves, being able to reach for a glass, looking over the railing in the zoo without any problems or simply darting around the square with their playmates without having to be pushed or lifted up. The new PARAVAN PR 35 S fulfils these children's dreams. It is small, compact, colourful and versatile.
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PantherMedia / matusskaaaaa

Strategies for optimal bowel management with stoma or TAI

02.03.2021

A variety of solutions can help when the intestines don’t work properly: a stoma is an artificial opening designed to treat disease, relieve symptoms and make life easier. Transanal irrigation (TAI) is another well-documented technique that helps remediate fecal incontinence and constipation. Medical device manufacturers and home care experts help find the best solution to every problem.
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Andi Weiland | Boehringer Ingelheim, Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Labor force participation of people with disabilities in the time of Coronavirus – opportunities and stumbling blocks

25.02.2021

Not many of us are lucky enough to find our dream job and stay in it until the day we retire. Sometimes this might be due to health and medical reasons, which could necessitate occupational rehabilitation. If people have a severe disability, Germany’s Federal Integration Offices, or Inclusion Offices along with the pension insurance providers are the responsible authorities.
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HomeBraceGermany UG

Sensor glasses: Move the wheelchair independently with your eyes

16.02.2021

The eyes play an important role in everyday communication, for example in recognising facial expressions. But for people with severely limited mobility, the eye makes much more possible: Equipped with the MyEcc Pupil, they can move their power wheelchair or a robotic arm independently. How do the glasses make all this possible? REHACARE.com asked Managing Director Thomas Rosner.
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TOPRO GmbH

Rollators: lightweight mobility aids with style

11.02.2021

They used to have an image problem. But now, rollators or walkers, are anything but boring or stuffy. For many, they are treasured state-of-the-art companions for everyday life and a way to express their personality.
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Ines Zeifert

Lilli Zeifert – That's how she rolls

27.01.2021

Lilli Zeifert has already seen a lot of the world. Perhaps that's why her great love is for what there is still to discover beyond the Earth: Whatever there is to find out about astrophysics – Lilli wants to know. Who she thinks are the smartest minds of all time, what she would like to discuss with them and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: two people on ski: one is sitting in the front, the second person is standing in the back, steering the ski; Copyright: Tessier SARL

Tessier SARL

The right assistive technology promotes active sports participation

26.01.2021

Whether it’s activities in the water, snow or at home – exercise is a great way to boost your health and feel better. A wide range of assistive technology also makes this an option for people with physical disabilities or mild dementia. Some of these tools allow users to enjoy sports in spectacular, beautiful backdrops – in both winter and summer.
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PantherMedia/AndreyPopov

Smart Living: more independence thanks to voice control

14.01.2021

The way we live is becoming increasingly more modern and connected. And while some people are skeptical about smart technology, other target groups welcome the great new opportunities it affords. Control units allow people with disabilities and older adults to control and monitor their connected home devices, which allows them to continue living a self-determined life at home.
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Inferics GmbH

More self-determination thanks to smart technologies

14.01.2021

Everyone wants to live a self-determined life, but it isn’t always easy to implement – especially if you are an older adult or live with a disability. Fortunately, there are systems that help promote autonomy and independence in your own home. Size doesn’t always matter as even little smart helpers can give users peace of mind and a feeling of security as they navigate everyday life.
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Flexible, light and foldable - Mobility aids for people with walking disabilities

17.12.2020

The freedom to move around despite limited mobility is of great value to those affected. Flexible, lightweight and foldable are the magic words. Norbert Schmidt from Schmidt Handels GmbH explained to us what else is important for mobility aids.
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OrCam

Lionel Messi and OrCam: Enhancing self-determination in the lives of people with visual impairments

10.12.2020

Off the soccer field, professional footballer Lionel Messi is known for his commercials for Pepsi, Lay's or Dolce & Gabbana. Now he has also become the brand ambassador for OrCam MyEye and shines a bright light on this unique assistive technology. Why did the two decide to form this rather unusual partnership?
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HASE BIKES

Mobility: PINO – probably the world’s most versatile bike

04.11.2020

The PINO semi-recumbent tandem from HASE BIKES has always been as versatile as a whole fleet of vehicles. As a tandem it is particularly popular among cyclists with disabilities and bike-travel enthusiasts, as a family taxi it turns young passengers into actively pedalling co-pilots, and as a cargo bike, even with just one rider, it can transport almost any load you can think of.
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privat

Luisa L'Audace – That's how she rolls

04.11.2020

Every person is precious. This is what Luisa L'Audace would like to give to young people with disabilities in particular and thus encourage them. Who has influenced her own life with only one single performance, what her high expectations are currently still preventing her from doing and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Woman in power wheelchair X8 in the mountains, in the background the mountain panorama of the Zugspitze; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical

Accessible hiking in the mountains: The X8 off-road power wheelchair takes users to the top

03.11.2020

From the valley to the hut in a wheelchair – and no shuttle bus or mountain railway required. Wheelchair manufacturer Sunrise Medical teamed up with various partners as part of a joint initiative to turn this idea into a reality.
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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

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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Alex Böhmer – That's how he rolls

28.10.2020

His family and friends, his work as a flight attendant and being able to live a self-determined life – there are many things that are important to Alex Böhmer. Why especially his left leg is close to his heart, what he wants to do as soon as the corona pandemic allows it and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: new VW Caddy 5 with open tailgate and wheelchair next to it; Copyright: AMF-Bruns

AMF-Bruns

Mobility: wheelchair accessible driving with the new VW Caddy 5

28.10.2020

AMF-Bruns was one of the first companies to receive the new Volkswagen Caddy 5 to start with the construction of a new WAV conversion kit for this brand-new vehicle. The fifth generation of the Volkswagen Caddy will be ready for delivery from early 2021. With start of sale of the Volkswagen Caddy 5, the WAV conversion from AMF-Bruns will be available at the same time.
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Photo: Young man on a street using the new QUICKIE Nitrum wheelchair; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical

QUICKIE Nitrum: New generation of high-performance, ultra-lightweight rigid wheelchairs

19.10.2020

Introducing the brand new QUICKIE® Nitrum®, Sunrise Medical’s highly innovative rigid wheelchair that is unrivaled in terms of lightweight, rigidity, adjustabillity and functional options. Lightest in its class, Nitrum is precision-engineered to efficiently convert energy into motion, allowing the user to propel with the least amount of effort.
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Photo: Parents together jogging with her daughter sitting in the Joëlette Kid; Copyright: Joëlette And Co by Ferriol-Matrat

Joëlette And Co by Ferriol-Matrat

Joëlette Kid makes outdoor experiences more accessible

08.10.2020

Going on new adventures with the whole family is fun for everybody. At least, if the necessary assistive devices meet the needs of their users. So does Joëlette Kid – the new all-terrain chair by Ferriol-Matrat. In an interview with REHACARE.com, Alison-Lore Bourget told us about the special features and how especially the children react to their new possibilities.
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Photo: The ACCEL QUAD system by Sojadis; Copyright: Sojadis Equipement

Sojadis Equipement

Mobility: Small hand control systems with a big effect

30.09.2020

Simple, ergonomic, reliable – the multifunctional handles, ACCEL BIKE and ACCEL QUAD, enable improved participation in a mobile and self-determined life. What the two solutions have in common and yet differ, Pierre Gouraud, International Sales of Sojadis Equipement, reveals in an interview with REHACARE.com.
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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

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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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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Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Corona pandemic: Companies adapt to meet changes in demand

01.09.2020

The Coronavirus crisis has affected all of us. The pandemic has also left its mark on many REHACARE exhibitors. Several companies have adapted their services and product portfolios in response to a rapidly changing situation. REHACARE.com has taken a closer look at three exhibitors.
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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: A female therapist in blue hospital working clothes in standing next to a man. He is sitting in a training device with a seat and a steering wheel; Copyright: Automobile Sodermanns

Automobile Sodermanns

REHA-SLIDE Assist: wheelchair-to-car-transfer made easy

03.08.2020

Mobility is a vital component of self-determination. Wheelchair users who drive their own vehicles have to transfer from their wheelchairs into the driver's seat. This can be a challenge, especially for new wheelchair users. The REHA-SLIDE is an assist device that helps them practice this transition skill.
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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

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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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

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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Online fashion show: Adaptive fashion for people with and without disabilities

14.05.2020

If fashion is practical and also keeps up with the latest chic trends, it has achieved its goal. We present pictures of two fashion labels that combine great style and functionality and make it work in everyday life and not just for wheelchair users and people of short stature.
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Photo: Woman with hand orthosis CARBONHAND pouring herself a drink; Copyright: beta-web

beta-web

Smart mobility for arms and hands thanks to robotic systems

27.04.2020

Grabbing things, eating and drinking on your own – no matter how well your own hand or arm is still able to function. EXXOMOVE® UG aims to make it a reality. The company’s BATEO assistive robotic arm and CARBONHAND hand orthosis promote self-determination and mobility of people who are impaired in their motor skills as the result of an accident or disability.
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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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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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Die Neue Norm

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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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: Samanta Bullock in her wheelchair at the beach. She is wearing a chic red dress; Copyright: Lawson Filho

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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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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beta-web

Reboocon Bionics: powered and lightweight prostheses for an active support

21.02.2020

The company Reboocon Bionics has made it their goal to develop lighter and more powerful prostheses. At REHACARE 2019 the company, which is based in the Netherlands, gave us a first taste of what is to come, as their portfolio is still only available on the Chinese market. However, a launch in Europe is planned for 2020.
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Photo: Ron Hattenhorst demonstrating remote interpreting at REHACARE 2019; Copyright: beta-web

beta-web

Telecommunications services for people with hearing impairments

31.01.2020

Email has revolutionized the way we communicate. But sometimes urgent situations or issues need a one-on-one conversation via phone call. The latter can be a challenge for people who are hearing impaired or deaf. With many years of experience in remote interpreting, two service providers – TeleSign Deutschland and Tess-Sign & Script-Dienste – meet these language support needs.
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WheelAir

WheelAir: No more overheating for wheelchair users

30.01.2020

Overheating is a serious issue for people who use a wheelchair. Ice packs and water sprays used to help many of them in order to keep cool. But Corien Staels, Founder & Managing Director of WheelAir, wanted to find a technological solution for the problem of overheating. Since then the WheelAir concept is about to change lives.
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PantherMedia/aa-w

Safe smart living and aging in place

07.01.2020

Our living space reveals a lot about us. It undergoes many changes as the years go by and – with any luck - adapts to our circumstances. Sooner or later accessibility becomes an important issue for all of us. When it comes to our own four walls, this may consist of technology that enables us to live a self-determined life or may involve smart home devices and assistance systems.
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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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PantherMedia / Antonio Guillen Fernández

How Social Media connects people with invisible disabilities and a chronic illness

03.12.2019

Visibility and sharing – these are just two reasons why people living with chronic illnesses and those with invisible disabilities engage on social networks. Using words, pictures, and hashtags, they talk about their lives, raise awareness and make their illness and symptoms tangible for others.
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VOX / TVNOW / Frank W. Hempel

Mobility: Overcoming barriers with Wheelblades

28.11.2019

Whether they are on vacation in the mountains or brave winter weather at home – people with mobility impairments want to take precautions to arrive safely at their destination. Patrick Mayer is personally affected by disability and developed two products that enable wheelchair and walking aid users to master these situations: Wheelblades and the SafetyFoot.
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Photo: The Merlin wheelchair at the booth of Wolturnus at REHACARE 2019; Copyright: beta-web

beta-web

Wolturnus wheelchairs: custom and sporty with an award-winning design

30.10.2019

Built for freedom is the brand tagline of Wolturnus. The Danish wheelchair and handbike specialist emphasizes ergonomics and stability. After all, for users, the assistive device is an extension of their body and symbolizes full participation in public and social life. REHACARE visitors were able to experience the exhibitor’s products first-hand.
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beta-web

eCare: How startups are driving the digitization of healthcare

24.10.2019

Everyone is talking about startups and digitization. eCare is yet another concept that is gaining momentum in healthcare settings. What opportunities does digitization offer? And where are its limits? Startup companies and representatives of the healthcare industry searched for answers to these and other questions at this year’s REHACARE.
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Self-determination, joy of life, standing ovations!

21.09.2019

Rail system, bracket, seat lifting unit – that’s Standing Ovation, developed by Peter Lammer, who could no longer exercise his cooking profession after an accident. Now he can pursue his profession and passion full of joy again. In Hall 6/E25 you can talk to him personally!
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Highlights of REHACARE 2019

21.09.2019

Innovative, informative and inspiring – that was REHACARE 2019! There was a lot to discover this year among the 700 exhibitors: the latest trends and products, exciting lectures and many activities in the exhibition halls. These were the highlights.
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Drive, fold, travel

20.09.2019

Simply fold up your own vehicle and take it with you into your car or even plane. That's actually possible – with the foldable scooter "ATTO" from MovingLife. You can see how easy and fast it is in Hall 6/B45!
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The Bro for an accessible interaction

20.09.2019

Unlimited freedom – that's what Scewo Bro promises. Stairs are no longer an obstacle for this power wheelchair. It is smart and child's play to operate. You can test drive the futuristic-looking wheelchair in Hall 6/F50!
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No-tie shoelaces

19.09.2019

Tying shoes can be a challenge for people with disabilities. With the no-tie shoelaces from QuickShoeLace it is a quick and easy task. Hard to imagine how this works? See for yourself – in hall 4/F40!
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The ReWalkers are coming!

18.09.2019

There's a lot going on at ReWalk! At the stand in hall 4/A05 there will be daily live presentations of the exoskeleton – with personal success stories of the ReWalkers. It's worth stopping by!
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Helpers with four paws

18.09.2019

These dogs don't just look cute. Interested in what the animal helpers can do? Take a look at Rehahunde Deutschland in hall 6/C37 and Vita e.V. Assistenzhunde in hall 4/H40.
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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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Accessible software: Assistive devices for blind people in the office

01.08.2019

The blind Conny Rippe has an office job where she organizes a lot and makes a lot of phone calls. This is made possible by the right assistive technology. In our report, she, her employer Regine Gessner and software manufacturer Hansjörg Lienert talk about the challenges and opportunities of everyday working life with visual impairment.
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novapace

Parkinson's disease: Greater gait stability thanks to smart insoles

25.07.2019

Gentle vibrations delivered to feet alert users to dangerous situations as they walk and prompt a more normalized gait pattern. That’s the concept behind the sensory orthotic insoles by novapace. In this interview, Simon Staffa, project manager at novapace, explains how this technology can help people with Parkinson's disease and describes the opportunities digitization brings to rehabilitation.
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Photo: Sabine Klemens in her wheelchair in front of many flowers; Copyright: Christoph Klemens

Christoph Klemens

Sabine Klemens – That's how she rolls

10.07.2019

You're never too old to realize your dreams – finds Sabine Klemens.Why her travel destinations range from the Caribbean Sea via North and South America to a dog sled tour with overnight accommodation in an igloo and what the wheelchair model admires most about the answers of her "How We Roll" predecessors, she tells at REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Michel Arriens and Franziska Stoldt sitting in front of their VW Bulli bus on a camping site; Copyright: private

privat

Modifications: Self-determined mobility thanks to accessible VW Bulli Bus

01.07.2019

Whether it’s for their professional life or to travel – many people with disabilities need a car that provides mobility without limits. A small car is often unable to accommodate unique needs. That’s when you need a bigger vehicle – like a minivan.
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A new level of accessibility – Gaming with the Microsoft Adaptive Controller

19.06.2019

Explore old temples, become soccer world champion, fight space battles – video games make a lot of things possible. But still, complex controls and a one-size-fits-all hardware keep people with disabilities from fully enjoying games. We visited the gamer Melanie Eilert and took a look at the Microsoft Adaptive Controller that supports her in Xbox gaming.
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Gripoballs

Self-determination thanks to eating and drinking aids

03.06.2019

There are many reasons why a person has trouble eating or drinking, including tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease or neurologic symptoms caused by multiple sclerosis. Eating independently without the need for help is a pervasive need in all of us. It is usually not an issue if we have the right tools.
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Ilka Bruehl – That's how she rolls

20.03.2019

For a long time Ilka Brühl lacked a healthy self-confidence. Because of her cleft face, self-doubt gnawed at her. A long way and many photo shoots later, her journey is not yet over, but the dreamer and optimist wants to make the world a better place. Who helped her on her way and how she wants to help others, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Self-determined and empowering: Activists with disabilities

29.09.2018

Nothing about us without us – this is the central demand of activists with disabilities. They get involved socially and politically, both on a larger and a smaller scale. And they met this year for a get-together at REHACARE.
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Photo: A man in a wheelchair and a woman with a dog sitting in front of their accessible motorhome; Copyright: Sodermanns

"The motorhomes are suited for both drivers and passengers"

01.08.2018

Whether it’s a festival or a road trip in Norway – those who have a recreational vehicle (also called motorhome), can enjoy a car and lodging all-in-one and are free to travel independently and live life on their own terms. More and more people with disabilities also want to experience this kind of freedom. Accessible converted motorhomes make this a reality.
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Photo: Various therapy devices from Tyromotion, including patients who perform exercises under the supervision of physiotherapists; Copyright: Tyromotion

Modern rehabilitation: Tailored to the individual patient and assisted by robots

02.05.2018

Rehabilitation is the silent hero of the healthcare system. Whether it’s artificial cruciate ligaments after a sports injury, a permanent disability after an accident or recovery after a stroke – no matter whether a condition is reversible or not, rehabilitation tries its best to prepare people for a self-determined life and make participation a reality again.
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Photo: Young man and young woman standing next to each other and their front heads touch, both in wheelchairs; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Vladimirs Poplavskis

Love and disability: Why are there so many prejudices?

03.01.2017

The notions and dreams of love and relationships are as varied as the people that have them. Yet people with disabilities are still far too often primarily defined by their disability. Their need for love and connection is often called into question – or even the right to have this need. That was the conclusion of a short survey conducted by REHACARE.com.
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Customers with disabilities demand diverse accessible concepts

01.04.2016

Let’s assess the situation: we asked around the social networks. What do people with different types of disabilities experience day-to-day when they go shopping? We wanted to find out what barriers they encounter, how they deal with them and what they expect from the retail industry.
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How can I help you? – An accessible shopping experience please!

01.04.2016

Wide aisles, a lot of room between the shelves, non-slip flooring and easy-to-read price tags – this is especially important for senior citizens and persons with disabilities when they shop. But in the real world, things are often very different: shopping carts that are hard to maneuver, narrow checkout aisles or undersized dressing rooms are all too common.
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