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Spanish presidency of the European Council: Expanding voting rights of persons with disabilities

29/11/2023

The European Disability Forum welcomes the "Declaration of the Spanish Presidency of the European Council on Expanding Voting Rights of Persons with Disabilities". Six obligations in particular should be emphasized to guarantee the rights of people with disabilities, including promotion of cooperation between the Member States of the European Union.
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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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Mencap

Harvey Price sets new Guinness World Record

25/09/2023

Harvey Price, son of Katie Price, has set a Guinness World Record for creating a 20-meter-long drawing of a train during Mencap's Learning Disability Week. He proudly displayed the record next to his mother, challenging misconceptions about learning disabilities.
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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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Ottobock

RI Centennial Award goes to Ottobock

17/07/2023

The medical technology company Ottobock was honored with the RI Centennial Award for its commitment to people with disabilities. The award ceremony took place as part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Rehabilitation International (RI) organization in Beijing.
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Harder Than You Think

Harder Than You Think and P&G Studios announce new film "Rising Phoenix: A New Revolution (w/t)"

26/06/2023

Harder Than You Think (HTYT) and P&G Studios are collaborating to create a new documentary film, "Rising Phoenix: A New Revolution (w/t)," aimed at sparking a global conversation on disability equality. The film follows on from the success of the double Emmy Award winning film Rising Phoenix, released in 2020.
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REHACARE China

REHACARE SHANGHAI has been upgraded to REHACARE CHINA

26/06/2023

REHACARE SHANGHAI will be upgraded to REHACARE CHINA and relocated to Suzhou, offering a platform for communication and cooperation among rehabilitation companies, medical institutions, and service organizations.
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gpointstudio

Learning Disability Week 2023: How you can celebrate and support people with a learning disability

12/06/2023

Learning Disability Week, taking place from June 19 to June 25, 2023, aims to challenge misconceptions about life with a learning disability and highlight the achievements of individuals with such disabilities. Mencap encourages participation through reading and learning, volunteering, campaigning for equal rights, and donating to learning disability charities.
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Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical sponsors the UK's first step-free art trail

05/06/2023

The company Sunrise Medical is sponsoring Morph's Epic Art Adventure, the UK's first step-free art trail, which will take place in London from June 19 to August 20, 2023. As part of Morph's Epic Art Adventure in London, Whizz-Kidz will use the trail to encourage the public, the business community and young people to imagine what a more inclusive world could look like for young wheelchair users.
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Permobil

New Permobil Sustainability Report: a sustainable society needs to be an inclusive society

17/05/2023

Permobil has published its sustainability report which underlines that their key contribution to sustainability is raising the societal inclusion question. To drive change and increase inclusiveness and diversity, Permobil ran a campaign to challenge attitudes and inspire others to see possibilities in every individual.
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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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Maximiliano Nóbili

Children's book series aims to write new chapter for Para sports in Argentina

02/05/2023

Argentine journalist Maximiliano Nóbili has already published several books about para-athletes. In the series titled Somos deportistas – "We are athletes" – readers can learn the stories behind some of Argentina's greatest para-athletes. The goal is to improve knowledge about para-sports in this country.
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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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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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Andrew Dunne / University of Bath

Assistive tech project to enhance prosthetic sockets and speed-up rehabilitation for amputees

27/03/2023

With a new technique for people who need prostheses after amputations, the University of Bath is developing a technology that allows patients and their families to photograph the remaining stump. The aim is to replicate the results clinicians in specialist clinics can achieve with high-end 3D scanners, but remotely and at a fraction of the cost.
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European Disability Forum

Web Accessibility Directive: better feedback mechanism, more expertise needed

20/03/2023

An evaluation report by the European Commission reported on the first three years of application of the Web Accessibility Directive (WAD). The period of the review overlaps with the accelerated digital transformation brought on by the pandemic.
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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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Phibox

Getting fit is child’s play: Gamification in rehabilitation and physiotherapy

12/10/2022

More and more people love to play games – and do so on a regular basis by using a video game console or their cell phones. An opinion poll by the GfK research institute from last year shows that games cast a big spell on all age groups. It’s no surprise that a growing number of rehabilitation and physiotherapy concepts include game design elements to pursue recovery goals.
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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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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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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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PantherMedia/Corepics

Rare, chronic, invisible: putting a face on disabilities and illnesses

03/12/2019

Sooner or later might come a time when disabilities affect us personally. The probability of experiencing some form of physical impairment in our lives is actually quite high. Even stars, athletes or politicians are not immune to it. It helps "normal" mere mortals if they share their illness with a popular celebrity.
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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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