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EUTB Peer Counseling – Support at eye level

03.02.2020

Questions about rehabilitation or participation? In Germany, people with disabilities, their family members or people at risk of disability can call on EUTB (English: Complementary Independent Participation Counseling), to receive free nationwide support. The service emphasizes peer counseling – peers helping peers – and is an important tool to foster empowerment.
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Peer Counseling: Guidance at eye level makes a positive impact on society

03.02.2020

Empathy and understanding others can sometimes help more than offering a concrete solution to a problem. That’s because ultimately we all just want to be understood and don’t want to feel alone with our fears and feelings. Peer counseling is based on this premise. Find out how it works and learn about the impact this type of impartial and free support can have on people with disabilities.
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Photo: Dagmar Marth in a consultation situation with a patient and other medical staff; Copyright: Scheurlen, ukb

Peer Counseling in hospitals: Empowering amputees

03.02.2020

Whether it’s motivating patients throughout the lengthy fitting process for the prosthesis or sharing ways to make everyday life easier – there are many questions and challenges facing a person after amputation. The German project "Peers im Krankenhaus" (PiK, English: Hospital Peers) was created to support people after amputation, to encourage them in talks and give a positive perspective on life.
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Empowerment at eye level – Peer Counseling

03.02.2020

Whether personal budget, rehabilitation or supply of auxiliary means – many of these topics raise questions for people with different disabilities. It is therefore all the more important that they receive competent advice. This is why the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities also stipulates the right to Peer Counseling: affected persons advise affected persons.
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Tourism for All: "Traveling is not just about physical access"

19.07.2018

Tourism is for everybody. The aim of the British organisation Tourism for All is to make travel accessible. Whether travelers, policy makers or companies, Tourism for All wants to operate with and for everyone. REHACARE.com asked, how the attitude of companies and politicians towards people with disabilities has changed and what the European tourism market has to offer.
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"At the TUECHTIG coworking space, people with and without disabilities are working together – and not just next to each other"

22.03.2018

Maximum flexibility to encourage ideas, effectively sharing office space: coworking spaces have become a part of many major cities. In 2017, Berlin featured about one hundred of them, but none of them were comprehensively accessible. That’s something Stefanie Trzecinski from KOPF, HAND + FUSS gGmbH wanted to change. That was the moment, the idea for "TUECHTIG – Raum für Inklusion" was born.
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"The BGG Arbitration Body is a solid tool to file for rights violation complaint at no charge"

19.10.2017

The Federal Act on the Equalization of Disabled Persons (Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz), BGG, intends to ensure that people with disabilities don’t face discrimination. In December 2016, the BGG arbitration body was created. REHACARE.com checked with Anne Katrin Lutz and Dr. Rica Werner who can contact the staff in Berlin given applicable circumstances.
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"Suse" helps abused and battered women and girls with disabilities

23.02.2016

Representative studies show: women and girls with disabilities face significantly more violence than women without disabilities. Yet they rarely seek help since their disability often makes access to therespective support systems difficult. The "Suse" Project offers affected persons accessible support services, for instance in the form of Easy English.
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"The patient’s needs determine the conversation in peer counseling"

28.04.2015

Article 26 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities asks for the support of persons with disabilities in the form of so-called peers, who are in the same situation. The concept of peer counseling is therefore increasingly being implemented. Educational researcher Dagmar Marth has counseled persons with amputations both in a voluntary and professional capacity for nine years.
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