Photo: Screenshot from virtual boxing for people during stroke rehabilitation; Copyright: University of East Anglia

Stroke: Putting virtual rehabilitation to the test

09/10/2020

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have been putting virtual reality rehabilitation for stroke survivors to the test: They have created a new gaming platform which uses low cost videogame technology to improve the lives of stroke patients living with complex neurological syndromes caused by their stroke.
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Photo: CYBATHLON participant with a prosthetic arm attaching clothes pegs; Copyright: ETH Zurich

CYBATHLON 2020 with live broadcast from 23 countries

02/10/2020

The world’s second ever CYBATHLON competition will take place on 13 and 14 November 2020 in a new global format. 70 teams from all over the world will start in their respective home countries. The CYBATHLON organizers and participants will embed content into a live programme and broadcast delivered via a new online platform. Ten Swiss teams will compete locally on the campus of ETH Zurich.
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Photo: On the screen of a laptop, a person can be seen during a video conference. In front of the laptop you can still see the hands of the other person; Copyright: PantherMedia/Andriy Popov

How the Coronavirus crisis affects the assistive technology industry

01/09/2020

Working from home, conversion of production, digital events – the Coronavirus pandemic has kept us on our collective toes for months now. The assistive technology industry sector is no exception. As a result, many have decided to restructure their company and business processes and some have even chosen to completely reposition themselves.
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Photo: Young woman in a wheelchair typing on a laptop standing on her lap; Copyright: PantherMedia/ufabizphoto

Coronavirus: How self-help groups and associations keep running in times of pandemic

01/09/2020

Coronavirus-related restrictions, social distancing, and hygiene guidelines have permeated all sections of society for months. These strategies have also affected the work of the Federal Association of Self-Help Organizations for People with Disabilities and Chronic Diseases. We spoke to Dr. Martin Danner about the challenges of the past few months and the future of self-help settings.
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Photo: Close-up of a male hand opening a door with an Ottobock door opener from the 3D printer; Copyright: Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Corona pandemic: Companies adapt to meet changes in demand

01/09/2020

The Coronavirus crisis has affected all of us. The pandemic has also left its mark on many REHACARE exhibitors. Several companies have adapted their services and product portfolios in response to a rapidly changing situation. REHACARE.com has taken a closer look at three exhibitors.
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Photo: Woman with mouth-nose protection mask disinfects a wheeled walker; Copyright: PantherMedia/Chai2523

The assistive devices industry in times of Coronavirus

01/09/2020

Serving customers primarily digitally and expanding the product range to meet the current demand – all this has been happening since the Corona pandemic among REHACARE exhibitors. How exactly companies are trying to make the best out of the crisis can be read in the current Topic of the Month September: The assistive devices industry in times of Coronavirus.
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Photo collage: Male model in a wheelchair and female model with prosthetic leg in clothes from MOB Industries, as well as close-up of a shirt sleeve; Copyright: Jakob Gsöllpointner/MOB Industries

Fashion by MOB Industries: "Inclusion means to truly embrace all body types"

16/07/2020

Fashion without barriers – that’s the mission of Viennese-based startup MOB Industries (German: Mode Ohne Barrieren, hence the abbreviation MOB). How has the coronavirus outbreak affected the company’s latest collection and how do functionality and aesthetics go hand in hand? REHACARE.com asked MOB founder and CEO Josefine Thom.
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Photo: Hands operating a laptop equipped with assistive technologies for blind and visually impaired people; Copyright: Michel Arriens | www.michelarriens.de

Digitization: Harnessing the power of inclusion to create more accessible workplaces

02/07/2020

They can be technical, structural, or mental in nature – people with disabilities often face a barrage of barriers in the workplace. Coworkers and employers can help in overcoming them. Digital trends likewise promote inclusion strategies and accessibility at the workplace.
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Photo: Mother talking to her daughter sitting at a table opposite her brother; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Why inclusion is more important than ever amid the coronavirus crisis

25/06/2020

How are families of children with disabilities coping during the coronavirus crisis? A recent online survey asked this question, prompting over 1,600 participants to respond in just two weeks. What do the survey results reveal about the current state of society in terms of social participation and inclusion? We asked Dorothea Kugelmeier and Dr. Raimund Schmolze-Krahn, who launched the study.
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Photo: Young girl during rehabilitation in a swimming pool. The physiotherapist is sitting at the edge of the pool; Copyright: PantherMedia/welcomia (YAYMicro)

"Rehabilitation for children and young adults must keep all options open"

04/06/2020

The foundation for self-determination and control over one's own life should be laid at a very young age. A comprehensive supply of auxiliary aids and services and custom rehabilitation programs are critical for children and young adults with disabilities. This is the jumping-off point of rehaKIND, a competent partner that assists parents, providers, health insurance providers, and policy-makers.
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Photo: Boy with a disability undergoing animal-assisted rehabilitation with a dog; Copyright: PantherMedia/tifonimages

Rehabilitation in review: Helping children and young adults

04/06/2020

Whether it’s animal-assisted, game-aided, or by using digital tools – targeted early rehabilitation is important, if not essential for children and young adults with disabilities to promote self-determination and positive quality of life outcomes. What are the latest trends and developments? And how does the Coronavirus pandemic affect the industry sector?
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Photo: Young person during arm training in a rehabilitation clinic; Copyright: VAMED Klinik Hattingen

Rehabilitation during the Coronavirus outbreak: Clinical facilities stay flexible

04/06/2020

Covering mouth and nose and keeping as much distance as possible to prevent the spread of disease – if physical touch is severely restricted and involves protective measures, rehabilitation becomes an especially difficult endeavor. How have rehabilitation facilities dealt with the Coronavirus pandemic in the recent past and have things changed as the country starts to open up?
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Photo: The Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympics; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

May 2020: Pandemic strikes Paralympics: How the Coronavirus affects the Para Sports World

04/05/2020

Coronavirus has changed the world and brought life to a grinding halt. Read our Topic of the Month May to learn about the original plans of three athletes for 2020 and how it all changed and gain insights into the processes at Ottobock – one of the official supporters and sponsors of the Paralympic Games. The Coronavirus has also prompted many changes for this German prosthetics company.
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Photo: The Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympics; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Pandemic strikes Paralympics: How the Coronavirus affects the Para Sports World

04/05/2020

Coronavirus has changed the world and brought life to a grinding halt. Read our Topic of the Month May to learn about the original plans of three athletes for 2020 and how it all changed and gain insights into the processes at Ottobock – one of the official supporters and sponsors of the Paralympic Games. The Coronavirus has also prompted many changes for this German prosthetics company.
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Photo: A resting basketball from Rio2016; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Paralympics 20XX: The only thing certain is nothing is certain

04/05/2020

It was supposed to be the crowning event in para sports – Tokyo 2020. But now the Games have been postponed until 2021. This ended a period of uncertainty for the athletes who trained for late summer 2020. REHACARE.com wondered what comes next for three German athletes, and learned why the new date set for the summer of 2021 won’t solve all problems.
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Photo: Three technicians working on different auxiliary means in the Ottobock workshop during Rio 2016; Copyright: Ottobock

Coronavirus crisis strikes Paralympics: Ottobock embraces flexibility and fosters creativity

04/05/2020

Coronavirus has heightened the importance of being flexible and creative. Two strengths that Ottobock, the Official Technical Service Partner of the Paralympics, has leveraged many times at its onsite workshop during the Games and now relies on in these strange times.
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Photo: David Behre, Hans-Peter Durst and Christiane Reppe; Copyright: David Behre | Oliver Kremer | Jan Siewert

Parasports in the time of Coronavirus – a case of postponed plans, mental fitness, and a forced slow-down

04/05/2020

Firsts, last times, first and maybe last times or once-in-a-lifetime moments – the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo could have been all of these things and more for German athletes. David Behre, Christiane Reppe and Hans-Peter Durst spoke to REHACARE.com about their original plans and preparations for the Paralympics and explain how they cope with the current situation.
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Photo: Man in wheelchair with his wife in front of a hotel entrance; Copyright: Seehotel Rheinsberg@FDS Hotel gGmbH

Accessible travel for people with disabilities: A quick review

02/04/2020

Frankly, it’s not an easy feat to write about (accessible) travel as the Coronavirus outbreak rages on and travel restrictions and quarantines put a damper on some of the best-laid travel plans. Yet despite all the somewhat dire news, there are still some exciting travel news to report. So get ready: Once SARS-CoV-2 loosens its grip, let the (accessible) journey begin!
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