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What is the situation regarding inclusion in Europe?

Dear Sir or Madam,

What about inclusion? What barriers remain despite ten years of ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? What about the participation of people with disabilities in other European countries? How can assistive devices, especially digital ones, contribute to more participation? We have addressed these and other questions in our Topic of the Month.

When it comes to assistive devices the Danish handbike and wheelchair specialist Wolturnus knows best about ergonomics and stability and what their clients need. What drives them to create always even better results than before Managing Director Helge Maday told us in our interview.

Have an inclusive week,

Anne Hofmann
Editorial team

Graphic: 23 - 26 September 2020, REHACARE International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care, Düsseldorf, Germany


Topic of the Month
News from the field of Women & Kids
How We Roll
News from the field of Research & Health

Quo vadis inclusion?

Topic of the Month

Photo: A poster with "inclusion for all" written on it; Copyright: Jörg Farys | CBM
Ten years ago, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into force in Germany. There is still considerable criticism of the current state of its implementation. The hope for a more inclusive society has not yet been fulfilled. But what about the rest of Europe? has set out on a search – for positive developments, but also for obstacles still to be overcome.
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Women & Kids

Tracking gaze patterns might help detecting autism

Measuring children's gaze patterns as they watch movies of social interactions is a reliable way to accurately identify nearly half of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) cases, according to a new study just published in Autism Research by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers.
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Christian Heintz – That's how he rolls

How we roll

Photo: Christian Heintz in his soccer dress; Copyright: Anpfiff ins Leben
Christian Heintz has already stood on the sports field with Dirk Nowitzki and Leon Draisaitl. Both athletes are a well known in the USA. In addition to basketball and ice hockey, the amputee soccer player is also attracted by American football. Why the Super Bowl would be the icing on the cake and which motto is particularly close to his heart, he tells us at
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Research & Health

High rates of dementia amongst people with Down syndrome

Not so many years ago, people with Down syndrome rarely survived to middle age. Many died young due to heart problems associated with the congenital condition.Today, advances in treatment have allowed them to live longer, healthier lives. But these advances have also revealed a previously unknown characteristic of the condition: increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
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Research & Health

Looking at the way we walk can help predict cognitive decline

The way people walk is an indicator of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are aging. Scientists reporting say that gait disorders, particularly slowing gait, should be considered a marker of future cognitive decline. They propose testing motor performance as well as cognitive performance in older adults with mild cognitive impairments.
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Research & Health

Helping people with low vision retain their independence

More older Americans will have to live with low vision. That's why the American Academy of Ophthalmology offers tips to help people with low vision retain their independence and how to make life easier and safer.
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Research & Health

Rehabilitation: Exergaming with Icaros

Studies show significant correlations between periods spent sitting and the prevalence of chronic diseases. This also applies to children and adolescents. One of the major obstacles to people taking up physical exercise is a lack of motivation. The solution could be Icaros: a flight simulator with exergaming technology that promises the user an element of fun while at the same time keeping fit.
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