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Photo: Benjamin sits with his wheelchair in his new Mercedes V-Class; Copyright: PARAVAN

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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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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Photo: Bruno sits in his VW T6.1 with joystick and smiles at the camera; Copyright: PARAVAN

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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Image: Collage with several pictures of the features of the Jazzy Carbon. At the top left, the power wheelchair is also stowed in a car; Copyright: Pride Mobility

Pride Mobility

Where can you travel with a folding power wheelchair like the Jazzy Carbon?

06/12/2023

Thanks to many features, such as folding capability and airline-compliant lithium battery, the Jazzy Carbon, a lightweight and portable electric wheelchair, is suitable for travel. Pride Mobility has presented a wide variety of ways to travel with the Jazzy Carbon.
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Photo: Four persons, including Magda Kopczynska and Nadia Hadad, in front of a big map; Copyright: European Disability Forum

European Disability Forum

Passenger rights: Equal access to transport is fundamental

15/11/2023

A delegation from the European Disability Forum, led by Nadia Hadad, met the Director General of the European Commission's Directorate General for Mobility and Transport, Magda Kopczynska. The meeting focused on issues such as ensuring equal access to transport for people with disabilities and guaranteeing their rights as passengers when traveling by air.
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Image: The recumbent trike TRIGO UP E against white background; Copyright: HASE BIKES

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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Image: Black VW Caddy 5 Maxi with extended ramp from which an electric wheelchair comes; Copyright: PARAVAN

PARAVAN

PARAVAN VW Caddy 5 Maxi: innovative solution with electric side entry

20/09/2023

PARAVAN offers a new solution for the VW Caddy 5 Maxi with an electric interior folding ramp that allows customers with disabilities to enter comfortably from the side. The vehicle offers a low entry height, versatile adaptation options for individual needs and was presented at REHACARE 2023.
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Photo: Man driving through a park with GRAVIT CITY E; Copyright: HASE BIKES

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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Image: The Baja® Raptor 2 4-Wheel in the color red against gray background; Copyright: Pride Mobility

Pride Mobility

Pride Mobility introduces the Baja® Raptor 2 4-Wheel

04/09/2023

Pride Mobility has introduced the Baja® Raptor 2 4-Wheel, an innovative and stylish mobility device, expanding their range of products. It offers exceptional speed, comfort, and adaptivity with a focus on stability and safety, while also emphasizing user independence and choice in transportation.
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Photo: Interior view of the first-generation Space Drive cockpit, which is located on the road and has various digital extras; Copyright: PARAVAN

PARAVAN

25 years PARAVAN, 20 years Drive-by-Wire, 15 years wheelchair construction

28/08/2023

Roland Arnold founded PARAVAN after learning about the challenges of accessibility and developed technical solutions for people with disabilities, including a drive-by-wire system for controlling cars. The company has continued to develop since then, expanding its product portfolio and working on innovative solutions for autonomous vehicles.
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Photo: The PARAVAN Hyundai STARIA in black color with extended electric wheelchair on an empty square under a blue sky; Copyright: PARAVAN

PARAVAN

PARAVAN premiere Hyundai STARIA: Expressive design with plenty of space

16/08/2023

The new PARAVAN Hyundai STARIA is a modern wheelchair-accessible multivan that can be customized and is available with various features such as a cassette lift, drive and steering system, and voice control. Thanks to a lowered vehicle floor, it offers spacious interior space for wheelchair and passengers.
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Photo: a woman using a wheelchair opens the door of a silver Volkswagen Golf; Copyright: visitBerlin; Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

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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Photo: Man in cycling clothes riding his bike across a road in the middle of a forest; Copyright: HASE BIKES

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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Photo: Luca Arnold sits in the Space Drive Mercedes-AMG GT3 with the window open, with Roland Arnold leaning in. Both are wearing motorsport gear; Copyright: PARAVAN

PARAVAN

Roland and Luca Arnold in the PARAVAN Mercedes-GT3 #65 at the GTC Race

28/06/2023

Roland and Luca Arnold are driving the PARAVAN Mercedes-GT3 #65 together in the GTC Race and are working on the development of new input devices for disability mobility and automated driving. Their goal is to contribute to the future of disability mobility and to develop innovative solutions.
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Photo: Interior view of the cockpit of the Mercedes Sprinter with camera system; Copyright: PARAVAN

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: 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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Photo: Cockpit of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport with throttle ring and a brake lever; Copyright: PARAVAN

PARAVAN

Inclusive racing project: W&S Motorsport cooperates with PARAVAN

15/05/2023

The US American Tim Horrell started with Henry Schwalbach in the GTC Race 2023 with a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport specially adapted by PARAVAN GmbH for W&S Motorsport.
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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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Photo: Interior of the PARAVAN training vehicle with generous space and a silver case with the inscription

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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Image: Two power wheelchairs; Copyright: Drive Medical GmbH & Co. KG

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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Image: Rear view of a dark VW Caddy Maxi 5. From the open trunk comes the rear ramp; Copyright: PARAVAN

PARAVAN

PARAVAN delivers vehicles for people with disabilities to car rental company Avis

29/03/2023

PARAVAN GmbH delivers vehicles for people with disabilities to the Avis car rental company. A total of 20 new VW Caddy 5 Maxi will leave the yard of the PARAVAN mobility park in Aichelau by the end of March and begin their journey to Avis rental stations throughout Germany.
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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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Photo: Interior of a Mercedes in which driving with prostheses is possible due to different fittings; Copyright: F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH

F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH

F. Sodermanns Automobile: Independent driving with amputations and without certain limbs

07/12/2022

F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH helps people without individual limbs and with amputations to drive independently using the latest technology and individual adaptations. With rahm Zentrum für Gesundheit GmbH, the company creates prostheses and orthoses using 3D scanning and 3D printing processes and adapts them to the driving aid.
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Photo: Man rides trike over a green meadow and steers with the Hands-On-Cycle; Copyright: HP Velotechnik

New, compact handbike: Hands-On-Cycle from HP VELOTECHNIK

19/09/2022

The company HP VELOTECHNIK presents a completely new development in the field of handbikes with the Hands- On-Cycle. With its fully enclosed chain guide and a small turning radius it turns sporty trikes into an everyday handbike for people with disability.
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Photo: The black high-roof station wagon Ford Tourneo Connect with open trunk showing the Rolli-In® rear cutout; Copyright: KADOMO GmbH

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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Photo: People get advice at a stand at REHACARE; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/Constanze Tillmann

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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Photo: a man in a blue car with wheelchair loading system; Copyright: Veigel GmbH + Co. KG

Veigel GmbH + Co. KG

Electromobility: technology support for people with disabilities

29/08/2022

For persons with reduced mobility, participation in social and civic life is often only an option if the conditions are right: Wheelchair users need accessible designs to train stations or bus stops to use these modes of transportation. Unfortunately, many places still lack accessible accommodations, which is why many people rely on cars to ensure their mobility and transportation.
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CreativeNature_nl/envato

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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Image: Recumbent bike with the new black Vario Comfort seat cover; Copyright: HASE BIKES

New Accessory for HASE BIKES PINO and Trikes: Adjustable Seat Cover for Ergonomic Cycling

29/08/2022

The Vario Comfort seat cover from HASE BIKES promises support for recumbent cycling through variably adjustable padding and is reliably attached to the seat frame with velcro straps. Wedge cushions ensure a good fit and can be attached at six different sites.
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Photo: An electric car of the brand Ford Tourneo at the charging station; Copyright: PARAVAN GmbH

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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Photo: WheelSim VR test user Andreas with VR glasses in front of the screen; Copyright: LIFEtool

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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Image: three occupant and wheelchair restraint systems; Copyright: AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG

AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG

Mobility: Securing wheelchairs better with new retractor system

22/02/2021

AMF-Bruns manufactured the world’s first retractor 4-point system for wheelchairs and their occupants in the 1970s. At the beginning of 2021, the European market leader for wheelchair accessible vehicle conversions introduces a new generation of the PROTEKTOR occupant and wheelchair restraint system and sets a new standard in safety, design, and functionality.
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PantherMedia/chagpg

Development, testing, improvements: making automobility more inclusive and safer

24/01/2021

Many of the latest trends and developments in the assistive technology realm have started and evolved through the automotive industry. Hardly any other sector features research and development departments as big and state-of-the-art as this segment. Whether it’s an in-house test center or a visionary campus – people are hard at work to shape the future of automobility.
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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: 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: 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: ATTO Scooter standing ready for action next to a folded version; Copyright: MovingLife

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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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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