Image: Passenger Lasse stands in front of an airplane with his mother and pilot Andreas Funke; Copyright: Funke Medical GmbH

Funke Medical GmbH

Managing Director of Funke Medical supports charity flights as a pilot

16/01/2023

Andreas Funke, Managing Director of Funke Medical GmbH and volunteer pilot in the non-profit network “Flying Hope e. V. “, ensured a child’s quick and safe journey home after an operation with his flight from Rostock to Essen-Mülheim on 14th December 2022.
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Funke Medical GmbH

Funke Medical donates 5,000 euros to children's home in South Africa

21/12/2022

The company Funke Medical GmbH donated 5,000 euros to the sponsoring group of the Rotary Club Dorsten for the financial support of a children's home in South Africa. The company's social commitment was also demonstrated by the fact that Funke Medical GmbH was a finalist in the "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes".
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icho systems GmbH

ichó: The smart therapy ball for home use

16/12/2022

Building communication, strengthening skills, and responding to individual needs – that is the goal of icho systems GmbH. To realize their vision, the team has developed the ichó therapy ball. It brings therapeutic measures and individual support to people's homes and can be used to promote cognition and motor activity.
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Photo: View into the forum PRODUCTS & NEWS @REHACARE at REHACARE 2022; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

REHACARE 2022: Innovations and the latest news from the PRODUCTS & NEWS @REHACARE Expert Forum

12/12/2022

Humans have always been resourceful when it came to creating solutions to compensate for physical disabilities. In ancient Egypt, prosthetic devices for the big toe provided suppor. It’s anyone’s guess how well or badly their respective users could walk or eat with these tools. We know that they could not visit the REHACARE trade fair back in those days.
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Ottobock

Assistive technology for children with disabilities: Product variety promotes participation

30/11/2022

Children need room to roam, explore, and learn how to set and respect boundaries. Unfortunately, children with disabilities may encounter barriers when it comes to these life activities. Luckily, there is a myriad of assistive technology devices to face any obstacle: REHACARE 2022 showcased tools that ran the gamut from car seats, rehab buggies to standing mobility and movement devices.
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Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Assistive devices for children and teenagers

30/11/2022

When it comes to assistive devices, there is one target group that needs special attention: children! Due to their size and motor development, they need special wheelchairs as well as other mobility and everyday aids. At REHACARE 2022, numerous exhibitors presented their new products especially for children and young people with disabilities.
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Wolturnus

Assistive technology for children with disabilities: Wheelchairs promote mobility

30/11/2022

Mobility is key for overall child development. That is why children who have limited movement depend on getting the right wheelchair at an early stage to compensate for their disability and encourage participation. Manufacturers of pediatric wheelchairs are acutely aware of the important role they play in this setting. They showcased a wide variety of wheelchairs for children at REHACARE 2022.
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Phibox

Getting fit is child’s play: Gamification in rehabilitation and physiotherapy

12/10/2022

More and more people love to play games – and do so on a regular basis by using a video game console or their cell phones. An opinion poll by the GfK research institute from last year shows that games cast a big spell on all age groups. It’s no surprise that a growing number of rehabilitation and physiotherapy concepts include game design elements to pursue recovery goals.
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Photo: Two professionals are giving advice about pediatric auxiliary aids at REHACARE; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

rehaKIND e. V.

Status quo of the pediatric auxiliary aids and services supply: challenges, successes, and ideas

18/08/2022

As children grow up and develop, their needs keep changing. If the response to their special needs for auxiliary aids and services isn’t quick and competent, it creates problems that could have been avoided at a systemic level, says Christiana Hennemann. rehaKINDis committed to improving the situation and giving constructive feedback to policymakers, the public and other important stakeholders.
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privat

Ann-Kathrin Ulbrich – That's how she rolls

29/06/2022

Ann-Kathrin Ulbrich was heavily pregnant when paralysis suddenly appeared in her right leg. As a mother of three, she was then suddenly dependent on a wheelchair. But she rose to the challenge and is proud of it. How she manages her everyday life, which aid is indispensable for this and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Marie Stock

Marie Stock – That's how she rolls

25/08/2021

Somehow you always get there, sometimes it just takes a little longer. Marie Stock can tell you a thing or two about it: She wore seven corsets over the years until she had her scoliosis surgically corrected. Today she uses her new mobility for cycling. What this has to do with the biggest challenge of her life and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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privat

Claudia Staudt – That's how she rolls

28/07/2021

Love is the most important thing, everything else is secondary – Claudia Staudt realised this when she adopted her daughter. Lenas disability was not the focus of attention at any time. She wishes that her fellow human beings would see it in exactly the same way. How she copes with difficult situations, what she is particularly grateful and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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opta data Abrechnungs GmbH

Corporate social responsibility: diversity is an asset

31/05/2021

Accessibility, participation, and inclusion are buzzwords associated with people with disabilities. The notion that we should focus on people’s abilities, not their disabilities is a lesson that is not yet fully understood by most - especially when it comes to labor force participation. We took a closer look at the role companies and their social responsibility play in spurring social changes.
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LIFEtool

Computer-aided communication: assistive technology promotes participation

29/04/2021

Whether it is voice recognition with or without eye tracking technology, educational or speech recognition software – assistive technology builds bridges that allow people to get in touch with their surroundings.
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Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Building bridges - communication software in focus

26/04/2021

Communication is an important cornerstone for social participation. It is therefore all the more important that the communication aids that are available are adapted to the people who need them. In our Topic of the Month, you can find out who is responsible for this and what difficulties still exist today, but also what is encouraging.
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HASE BIKES

Sporty and flexible biking – with the new TRETS from HASE BIKES

04/03/2021

On your bike, get set, go – the new TRETS from HASE BIKES makes this possible for children with neuromuscular disease. And the best thing about it? Since it has a medical aid registration number, German health insurance companies pay for or contribute to the purchase of the trike. REHACARE.com asked Dario Valenti to find out what makes TRETS unique and why working for HASE BIKES is so special.
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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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M. Bothor

Inclusive education: "Children of Utopia" creates new perspectives

21/03/2019

The debate about inclusive education is stalling and generally doesn’t even let those who are most affected have their say: students both with and without disabilities. The German movie "Children of Utopia" ("Die Kinder der Utopie") wants to change all that. That's why it will be screened in several movie theaters on May 15 as part of a nationwide campaign event – followed by panel discussions.
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Photo: Click-sonar coach Juan Ruiz while training with a kid; Copyright: Anderes Sehen e.V., www.anderes-sehen.de

Anderes Sehen e.V., www.anderes-sehen.de

"Long cane for children is a 'facilitator'– the chance to independently accomplish something"

17/08/2017

The long cane offers the possibility to be independent and effectively mobile as a person with visual impairment. Children in particular could get used to him in a playful way. The association "Anderes sehen e.V." has co-developed the children's long cane. REHACARE.com spoke to Ellen Schweizer, the founder of the association, about the fact that inclusion is not a burden, but can bring joy.
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"The robot facilitates and promotes the connection between children"

15/12/2015

A robot that provides a link between hospital and classroom? The project Avatar Kids makes this possible: acutely ill children are able to actively participate in school activities with the help of a tablet computer. The teacher facilitates the communication. REHACARE.com spoke with Philipp Mahler of Avatar Kids about the opportunities this project provides.
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