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Participation for people with mobility impairments


The project "mobisaar – Mobility for everyone" has passed the acid test. The Saarland Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor, Energy and Transport has granted follow-up funding following a decision by the Saarland state parliament. For mobisaar, this means that regular operations will start in 2021.
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Exo-suit donation to support stroke survivors


ReWalk Robotics, a manufacturer of robotic medical devices for individuals with lower limb disabilities, announced it has donated one of its ReStore Exo-suits to Brooks Rehabilitation, located in Jacksonville, Florida. The ReStore will be utilized by the therapy team in one of the specialized Neuro Recovery Centers to conduct gait training sessions with patients seeking post-stroke rehabilitation.
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Robotic exoskeleton training improves walking in adolescents with acquired brain injury


New Jersey researchers find potential for gait training using robotic exoskeletons in the rehabilitation of adolescents and young adults with hemiparesis caused by acquired brain injury.
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Quantum power chair is better manoeuvrable and more narrow


Consumers are hungry for information. They’d like to know more about the differences between power chairs, especially exciting, new innovations before meeting with a therapist and ATP. That was one of the main takeaways from Quantum focus groups of power chair users.
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Hand disinfection for passengers


The AMF-Bruns Sani-Station is a new innovation to answer sanitation challenges facing the transportation industry.
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The promise of mobility – even during the coronavirus pandemic


We learn to live without certain things during a global pandemic. Yet some things are fundamental, even if it might not seem like it at first – enter a person’s mobility. People with disabilities have difficulties ensuring their freedom of movement even without an ongoing pandemic. Companies that specialize in vehicle conversions can offer solutions. Some of them sum up this unprecedented year.
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The rehabilitation and assistive technologies sector looks back at 2020


Conventions, exhibitions, trade fairs – the rehabilitation and assistive technologies sector had big plans for 2020. Along came the coronavirus pandemic and changed everything. Profoundly and radically. Events had to be cancelled, personal contacts had to be drastically restricted, completely altering daily and public life in the process. How has the industry responded to the crisis?
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Spinal cord injury: Exoskeleton-assisted walking improves mobility


Exoskeletal-assisted walking is safe, feasible, and effective in individuals disabled by spinal cord injury, according to the results of a federally funded multi-site randomized clinical trial. The article "Mobility skills with exoskeletal-assisted walking in persons with SCI: Results from a three-center randomized clinical trial" was published August 4, 2020 in Frontiers in Robotics and AI.
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Functionality meets design: the new adaptive sport equipment Spike


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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Pro Walk: Overcoming foot drop one step at a time


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? asked Nico Riedl, Product Manager and Physiotherapist at Pro Walk GmbH.
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Getting and staying mobile with a disability


Whether they use public transportation or their own vehicle – self-determined mobility is paramount to people with disabilities. So much so that it prompted the emergence of a new branch of industry that caters to the unique needs of this target audience with increasingly customized services and supports.
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Mobility: Safe travels with adapted motor vehicles


Anyone who permanently relies on a wheelchair after a traffic accident typically wants to regain their mobility and independence and drive a car. Specialized driver safety training in adapted vehicles makes this a reality and allows people with disabilities to drive safely.
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REHA-SLIDE Assist: wheelchair-to-car-transfer made easy


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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Mobility: Self-determined and safe on the road


Safety first! This applies above all in road traffic and when handling your own vehicle. To ensure that theory and practice are as close as possible, there are more and more specific offers and aids for people with disabilities – such as driving safety training or training equipment for transfer to the car. Find out exactly what this means in our Topic of the Month August.
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ReWalk Robotics: Optimal supply thanks to the latest robotic technology


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? asked and also learned about the company’s future hopes for the industry.
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ATTO folding mobility scooter makes self-determined travel possible


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. 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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Standing Ovation facilitates mobility at the workplace


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 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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Mobility: Overcoming barriers with Wheelblades


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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fuelService app helps drivers with disabilities to refuel their car


Your car ran out of petrol and you need support refuelling it? The new app fuelService is about to help you find a petrol station where you get the help you need. The app is for free and globally available. App founder Niall El-Assaad told how it works.
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TTC Wheel-Trans: Accessible transport for people with disabilities in Toronto


In Canada, the North Americans are far ahead of us Germans when it comes to accessibility. If you are a guest in Toronto, you not only have the possibility to travel with the usual public transport, but you can also opt for the 100 percent accessible alternative and use Wheel-Trans.
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"Safe mobility starts with the right choice and adaptation of the wheelchair"


Whether it’s a wheelchair or a walker – for people with disabilities, it is crucial to control their own mobility in a competent and safe manner. Yet not everyone truly feels confident in every situation with these assistive devices. That’s why spoke with Nicole Seifert about ways to foster more trust in yourself and others.
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