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Honoring Frank Sodermanns with the White Cross "Honor et Gloria"

04.12.2023

The non-governmental organization "Agape Ukraine" has awarded Frank Sodermanns the "White Cross" for his commitment to the evacuation of people with disabilities from Ukraine. The award underlines the importance of the commitment and the ongoing need for financial support for the relief operation.
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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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European Disability Forum

Designing devices for all – a perspective from the industry and the disability movement

06.11.2023

The 2023 edition of the European Accessibility Summit was organised by the European Disability Forum. Several industry representatives and disability rights activists discussed the current opportunities and trends related to accessibility, especially since the adoption of the European Accessibility Act.
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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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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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Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Two AOPA Awards for Ottobock employees

18.09.2023

Dr. Andreas Kannenberg and Dr. Gerald Stark of Ottobock were honored with two awards during the AOPA meeting in the U.S., the Howard R. Thranhardt Award for their research on the C-Brace leg orthosis and the Sam E. Hamontree Business Education Award for outstanding presentations in O&P business and education.
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Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Participate, join in, experience - Highlights of REHACARE 2023

28.08.2023

In a few days it's that time again, the "REHACARE – Selfdetermined living" starts on 13.09.2023. But instead of just passively strolling through the aisles and looking at products at the various stands, the fair offers its visitors much more! We have already rummaged a little in advance, what there will be to see and experience during the trade fair days!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Digitalization and robotics: REHACARE has a finger on the pulse

26.06.2023

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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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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GettyImagesforOttobock

Ottobock expands commitment to sports

22.05.2023

Ottobock is the Official Technical Partner of the World Para Athletics Championships and the European Para Championships. At both sporting events, the internationally active medical technology company will ensure that the para-athletes’ participation in the competition is secured, even if something breaks or has to be replaced on their device.
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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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Sunrise Medical

RGK/Sunrise Medical announces sponsorship of the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships

02.05.2023

Sunrise Medical announces sponsorship of the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships 2023 in Dubai from the 9th to the 20th of June. Through this sponsorship the company hopes to raise awareness of the sport and the tremendous potential of people with disabilities.
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Ottobock

Ottobock is Official Supporter of INVICTUS GAMES DÜSSELDORF 2023

27.03.2023

The Ottobock company is supporting the INVICTUS GAMES 2023 in Düsseldorf on site with a technical service for prostheses, orthoses and wheelchairs. In close proximity to the training and competition venues, Ottobock will be on hand with its international team and over 100 years of experience in medical technology.
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MikaVolkmann

Talent Days 2023: Introducing children and young people with prostheses to sports

06.03.2023

World record holder Johannes Floors has made it his mission to introduce children and young people with prostheses to the world of sport. That's why he is devoting three days of his time to the youngest at the Talent Days in order to work with Ottobock technicians to fit and extensively test sports prostheses.
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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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Messe Düsseldorf/Constanze Tillmann

"Touching and trying out products are at the core of REHACARE"

12.09.2022

It's finally back! After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, REHACARE is returning to Messe Düsseldorf’s exhibition halls. Hannes Niemann, Project Director for REHACARE, made it possible for this to become a reality again. In this interview, we talked about his goals and personal highlights of this year's REHACARE.
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