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Parasports in the time of Coronavirus – restart and reset on hold
To overcome the challenges resulting from the pandemic, sports clubs and associations had to get creative. Reinhard Schneider, Chairman of the Disabled and Rehabilitation Sports Association of North Rhine-Westphalia e. V., knows about the future challenges disability sports face due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on sports associations.
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Height-adjustable, versatile and adaptive – wheelchairs for kids
A wheelchair should fit your needs and support your life wherever it may take you. In theory, you can find the perfect model from many available options. But for one group of people, the choices are more limited – children. Meanwhile, they are the ones in dire need of assistive technology that helps them play with their friends and fosters their independence.
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Labor force participation of people with disabilities in the time of Coronavirus – opportunities and stumbling blocks
Not many of us are lucky enough to find our dream job and stay in it until the day we retire. Sometimes this might be due to health and medical reasons, which could necessitate occupational rehabilitation. If people have a severe disability, Germany’s Federal Integration Offices, or Inclusion Offices along with the pension insurance providers are the responsible authorities.
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Rollators: lightweight mobility aids with style
They used to have an image problem. But now, rollators or walkers, are anything but boring or stuffy. For many, they are treasured state-of-the-art companions for everyday life and a way to express their personality.
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The right assistive technology promotes active sports participation
Whether it’s activities in the water, snow or at home – exercise is a great way to boost your health and feel better. A wide range of assistive technology also makes this an option for people with physical disabilities or mild dementia. Some of these tools allow users to enjoy sports in spectacular, beautiful backdrops – in both winter and summer.
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Lionel Messi and OrCam: Enhancing self-determination in the lives of people with visual impairments
Off the soccer field, professional footballer Lionel Messi is known for his commercials for Pepsi, Lay's or Dolce & Gabbana. Now he has also become the brand ambassador for OrCam MyEye and shines a bright light on this unique assistive technology. Why did the two decide to form this rather unusual partnership?
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Crisis-proof: moso navigates confidently through the coronavirus pandemic
Years of business expertise, in-house production, and new personnel competency – the Motion Solutions GmbH is well-positioned to withstand the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic and continues to offer its customers the best service. CEO Gierse discusses the role products like the COSEAT and EasyStand play in this setting and reveals the expectations the moso team has for the future.
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Accessible hiking in the mountains: The X8 off-road power wheelchair takes users to the top
From the valley to the hut in a wheelchair – and no shuttle bus or mountain railway required. Wheelchair manufacturer Sunrise Medical teamed up with various partners as part of a joint initiative to turn this idea into a reality.
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Joëlette Kid makes outdoor experiences more accessible
Going on new adventures with the whole family is fun for everybody. At least, if the necessary assistive devices meet the needs of their users. So does Joëlette Kid – the new all-terrain chair by Ferriol-Matrat. In an interview with REHACARE.com, Alison-Lore Bourget told us about the special features and how especially the children react to their new possibilities.
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Mobility: Small hand control systems with a big effect
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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EXTRA: Made to measure sports wheelchair for a better performance
Solid and adapted – this is how auxiliary means for competitive sports such as wheelchair basketball should be. That's why EXTRA wheelchairs from Turkey offers made to measure sports wheelchairs to professional sports people. REHACARE.com talked to Demirhan Serefhan, Managing Director of EXTRA, about the importance of customization and valuable feedback directly from the basketball court.
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Photo gallery: A safe island for siblings
Since May 2020, the sibling support of the Angelika Reichelt Kinder- und Jugendhospizes Joshuas Engelreich (English: Angelika Reichelt Children and Youth Hospice) has been taking place in the newly created so called Geschwisterinsel (English: Sibling Island). You can gain a small insight in our photo gallery.
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Ottobock extends Paralympic partnership until 2032
The Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo offered the perfect opportunity to look to the future and celebrate: The global partnership between med-tech company Ottobock and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has been extended until 2032.
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Universal multifunctional rotary knob "MultiMote" for cars
Anyone who drives a car with a joystick, accelerator-brake slider or handheld device may occasionally lack a third hand to quickly and, above all, safely operate the turn signal, windshield wiper or other secondary functions of the vehicle. To prevent this from happening, there is the so-called multifunctional rotary knob.
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Mobility Networks launch virtual showroom
Everyone at Mobility Networks is proud to say that their Virtual Showroom has officially been launched, providing all with an interactive experience of their inboard lifts.
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The Jazzy EVO 613: Power wheelchair with 25 percent less charging time
Both the Jazzy EVO 613 and Jazzy EVO 613Li models share many of the same features including mid-wheel drive, a 300-pound weight capacity, a new captain's seat, 13-inch drive tires with a turning radius of 22 inches, Active Trac® Suspension and multiple matte color-through shroud options.
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New Ottobock-workshop for sports wheelchairs in Bad Oeynhausen
Ottobock opened a new customer experience centre in Bad Oeynhausen. They designed the expansive site to house a showroom with personal consulting, workshop and training rooms. This mix will give athletes who come for treatment the opportunity for an interactive experience. They can test drive their customised wheelchair right there, with professionals at hand to make any necessary adjustments.
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#WeThe15: The world's biggest diversity movement began at the Paralympics
The Paralympic Games served to kick-start the #WeThe15 movement. Here, the International Paralympic Committee, the Invictus Games Foundation, the Special Olympics and the ICSD (International Committee of Sports for the Deaf) have joined forces for the first time ever. Their common goal is to draw public attention to the position of people with disabilities in society.
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Magnets could offer better control of prosthetic limbs
For people with amputation who have prosthetic limbs, one of the greatest challenges is controlling the prosthesis so that it moves the same way a natural limb would. Most prosthetic limbs are controlled using electromyography, a way of recording electrical activity from the muscles, but this approach provides only limited control of the prosthesis.
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Inclusive motorsports: project "United in Dreams" presented in Berlin
The German Motor Sports Federation is taking a new, inclusive approach in cooperation with x4in e.V. - Experience for Innovation, PARAVAN and Schaeffler Paravan. In the future, this forward-looking project will enable children and young people with and without disabilities to participate in the popular and widespread entry-level discipline of kart slalom.
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Rehabilitation solutions: interco Group! doubles production and office space
The interco Group! moved into their newly built company building, right next to the previous company headquarters in Eitorf, Germany. Now the specialist for high-quality products and rehabilitation solutions in the area of seating and positioning is starting up again in an enlarged area. At the same time, the company name was officially changed to the interco Group! GmbH.
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Paralympians set to change world's view on disability
As the Paralympic Flame made its way into the Olympic Stadium yesterday, a record 4,403 athletes across 162 delegations, including six that make up the Paralympic Refugee Team, will get to make history on the field of play, while celebrating diversity in front of the world.
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Filling data gaps for accessible navigating
Nearly 40 million Americans report a disability, and of this population, 70 percent travel less because of the challenges they face. When they do travel, those with limited mobility are more likely to be pedestrians or public transit users.
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Inflatable robotic hand gives amputees real-time tactile control
For the more than 5 million people in the world who have undergone an upper-limb amputation, prosthetics have come a long way. Beyond traditional mannequin-like appendages, there is a growing number of commercial neuroprosthetics – highly articulated bionic limbs, engineered to sense a user's residual muscle signals and robotically mimic their intended motions.
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Ottobock: Go-ahead for technical service at the Paralympics
Yesterday, 17 August 2021, Ottobock opened the doors of its Technical Repair Service Center at the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Athletes can have their equipment maintained and repaired there free of charge before and during competitions. Because wheelchairs, orthoses, prostheses and other devices will be subject to extreme stress during the games.
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Stroke: High-dose gait training with exoskeleton may improve function
Preliminary findings by Kessler researchers show that the use of a robotic exoskeleton during inpatient rehabilitation for acute stroke may improve function. Gait training in the robotic exoskeleton can provide high-dose therapy soon after stroke, when it is likely to have its maximal effect on functional ambulation.
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Wearables can help in at-home assessment of myoclonic jerks
A new study by the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital shows that wearable sensor technology can be used to reliably assess the occurrence of myoclonic jerks in patients with epilepsy also in the home environment. The method used in the study was based on the measurement of electrical neuromuscular function and movement.
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WheelAir launches new Rigid Back integration service
After months of development, WheelAir is happy to announce that rigid back wheelchair users can now enjoy full temperature and moisture control courtesy of the WheelAir System.
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Telemedicine should not be used for speech and voice therapy
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, people across the world have experienced how teleconferencing platforms like Zoom help folks stay connected – playing games with friends, hosting virtual weddings, and even visiting a doctor. But when it comes to telemedicine, not all medical care is easily translated to a remote format.
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Using technology to manage medication for patients with dementia
Most of the 6 million people in the United States who live with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias rely on informal caregivers, usually family or friends, to help manage their medications. Researchers from Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University and University of Wisconsin received a grant to create an application to support those caregivers.  
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New app helps relieve back pain
Back problems are among the most common causes of sick leave. Every year as many as one in 15 adults in Norway sees a doctor or physiotherapist due to lower back pain. Worldwide, back pain is the most common cause of disability.
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Soft skin patch could provide early warning for strokes or heart attacks
Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a soft and stretchy ultrasound patch that can be worn on the skin to monitor blood flow through major arteries and veins deep inside a person's body.
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