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Ottobock and HAWK conclude cooperation agreement

13.12.2023

Ottobock and HAWK have signed a cooperation agreement for the Orthobionics study course in order to train specialists for the growing future market. Ottobock is contributing its industry expertise, supporting innovative teaching, promoting practical training and planning an endowed professorship for the course.
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Sunrise Medical completes strategic acquisition of Ride Designs

08.11.2023

Sunrise Medical has announced the acquisition of Ride Designs, the industry leader in customized seating systems for wheelchair users. This acquisition expands Sunrise Medical's product offering in seating and positioning systems with high-quality customized solutions.
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European Disability Forum

Enabling an accessible digital work environment

18.10.2023

The European Accessibility Summit discussed the importance of creating an inclusive digital work environment for workers with disabilities and promoting digital skills for all. The panel highlighted the challenges faced by people with disabilities in digital inclusion and emphasized the need for accessibility and reasonable accommodation.
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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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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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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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envato/astakhovyaroslav

REHACARE 2023: Professional participation is possible for all

31.08.2023

People with disabilities have the guaranteed right to be part of the community in all areas of life. But unfortunately, there are still far too many barriers that exclude individuals from the community.
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CUREosity GmbH

Changes in the management of CUREosity

07.08.2023

Caesar van Heyningen will become the new CEO of CUREosity, a leader in the development of VR therapy systems for the medical field, on July 1, 2023. His predecessor, Thomas Saur, will assume the role of CVO. Together with the CTO, Stefan Arand, they form the company's new management team, which aims to establish and further expand the company internationally.
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European Disability Forum

Companies in the EU will have to report on disability inclusion

10.07.2023

The new EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Reporting requires companies operating in the EU to report on their practices for the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups. The reporting standards have been published, and companies will gradually implement them starting from the financial year 2024.
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PARAVAN

PARAVAN: Reintegration into working life with disabilities

10.07.2023

PARAVAN GmbH demonstrates a wide range of possibilities for individually adapting vehicles and machines to make it easier for people with disabilities to re-enter working life, whether through adaptations to access or the control of the vehicles. Inclusion in the workplace requires willingness and a common basic understanding among all parties involved.
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Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Inclusion in the workplace: public agencies champion occupational participation

07.07.2023

In times of skills shortages, more companies are recognizing the potential of inclusion in the labor market. Many job advertisements now explicitly address people with disabilities. Public agencies provide support and advice on (re)entering the workforce.
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Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Assistive devices on the job: solutions for occupational participation

07.07.2023

As a trade fair for rehabilitation and care, REHACARE has been a meeting place for people who work in this specialist field or individuals who themselves have a disability and their relatives for over 40 years. Each come to discover the latest developments and opportunities, for example in the field of aids, training and careers, therapy or travel/leisure.
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Kessler Foundation

Employment of people with disabilities reached new levels in 2022, outperforming their peers without disabilities

24.04.2023

According to a special 2022 edition of National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE), published by the Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD) and based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average monthly employment rate increased in 2022 for people with disabilities.
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Ottobock

Hard work made easy: exoskeletons for industry and logistics

05.04.2023

The company Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA continues its focus on ergonomic workplaces. Highlights include the latest Ottobock BackX and Ottobock Shoulder exoskeletons, which support people in industries such as logistics, retail, automotive and aviation.
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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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Ottobock

Preventing work-related injuries: exoskeletons curb repetitive stress injuries

28.07.2022

Lifting boxes above head height, repositioning a bedridden patient, or assembling heavy components in production - many work-related activities go along with monotonous postures or repetitive lifting. Exoskeletons can reduce strain and prevent long-term musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses.
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Start-ups in the auxiliary aids industry

28.04.2022

Anyone visiting REHACARE on site will notice numerous small stands in addition to the larger stands of many established companies. Here you can often find new start-ups that want to expand the assistive technology sector with a fresh idea.
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Yvy Anheier

Alina Esleben – That's how she rolls

06.04.2022

Instead of new assistive devices, Alina Esleben would like to see a normalization of accessible public spaces and transportation. On REHACARE.com she shares her thoughts on local production within the assistive technology industry and how she rolls otherwise.
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Hannah B. – That's how she rolls

23.03.2022

More awareness in everyday life – that's what Hannah B. wishes from society in regards to disabilities and their various forms. On REHACARE.com, the 25-year-old from Berlin reveals who or what restored her lost self-confidence and how she rolls otherwise.
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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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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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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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