30/11/2022Victoria H. sees the world with more mindful eyes since she had to get to know herself and her body anew. However, she has retained her enthusiasm for sports and has found many new ways to practice it. What kind of role REHACARE plays in this, why straws are an important assistive device in her everyday life and what how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
30/11/2022Children 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.
30/11/2022Mobility 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.
28/11/2022Becoming a Paralympics champion after just five years of training – What sounds like a dream to many became true for Mao Zhongwu at this year's Winter Games in Beijing. In an interview with REHACARE Shanghai, he talks about his career path, how sports changed his life and his wishes for the future.
24/11/2022The goal of THERA-Trainer by medica Medizintechnik GmbH is to make it easy for people with restricted mobility to regain their lost mobility. That is why the family company has designed professional therapeutic products and robotic assisted complete solutions for all phases of lower extremity rehabilitation.
16/11/2022His relationships with his family, friends and God not only make Ricky's day, but are also his most important tools in everyday life. And with his modified bus, wheelchair and walker, he is able to compensate well for his limitations. Which positive experiences he has already had, how the supply of aids could be optimized and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
02/11/2022Various assistive devices and a team of assistants help Saskia Melches to manage her active everyday life. Whether in or out of her home, she wants to lead as self-determined a life as possible. How society and the assistive technology industry could support her, what the jungle of Peru is all about and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
02/11/2022Robotic "clothing," is designed to help children with cerebral palsy gain control of their arm movements. The project by the UC Riverside engineers is taking a novel approach to create devices made of soft textiles that also allow for more natural limb function.
19/10/2022Rebecca Brunner likes to take her life into her own hands and gives every day the chance to be the best. Her prosthetic leg helps her to always try out new things and overcome new challenges. What she wants from her fellow human beings, what is particularly important to her in the assistive technology industry and how she rolls otherwise, the social media manager tells us on REHACARE.com.
18/10/2022How can traveling become more accessible and more self-determined for wheelchair users – especially when traveling by plane or taking a cab? This is the question Andrea Mocellin wanted to address when he started inventing Revolve Air. His solution: a wheelchair with foldable wheels and a foldable frame.
12/10/2022Increasingly, manufacturers are offering digital solutions for different needs in the fields of rehabilitation and physiotherapy – be it customized training programs or fun exercise games. In this Topic of the Month, you can find out what innovative options are already available today and what can still be expected for the future.
12/10/2022Usability, autonomy, modernity – that's what digital components should add to rehabilitation and physiotherapy. This benefits both patients and professionals according to manufacturers of new technologies and software. Conversations with experts about the current situation and the future reveal how the industry is dynamic and ever evolving.
05/10/2022Getting used to an assistive device is not always easy. That's how Svenja felt about her wheelchair at first. But now she appreciates how much freedom and flexibility it gives her in everyday life. Which other aid she thinks should be invented and which special wheelchair she once discovered at REHACARE, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
05/10/2022Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other institutes have unveiled a home-use device that can monitor a patient's movements and gait speed to assess the severity of Parkinson's disease, the progression of the disease and the patient's response to medication.
21/09/2022Whether it's festivals or downhill skateboarding – Antonio Hoempler loves action and adaptive sports. He also enjoys riding his handbike. With the support of friends and assistive devices, he can pursue his many interests. How he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
12/09/2022You’re probably familiar with this scenario: You order a fabulous piece of clothing or shoes online, only to be terribly disappointed when the item arrives but doesn’t fit. It’s an all-too-familiar problem for people with disabilities who depend on these resources. Whether it’s a mobility aid or adapted car, the device must be customized to fit the needs of the individual to provide support.
12/09/2022It's finally that time again, REHACARE 2022 will take place live on site again! The joy is equally great among visitors and exhibitors, finally assistive devices can be tried out again and personal conversations can take place. Since we know that you can hardly wait to visit the trade fair, we have summarized some highlights for you in the Topic of the Month!
07/09/2022A prosthetic arm has given Isabelle Sievers a lot of quality of life and self-confidence. In just three years, she has overcome many lows and continued her self development. Her strong will and perseverance have helped her to achieve even the seemingly impossible. In our interview, she emphasizes that everyone has their own strengths and can achieve anything.
01/09/2022Inspired by the self-balancing Segway, Genny Mobility developed a wheelchair equivalent. What started as a newbie on the mobility aids market, now is ready for its third generation. The new wheelchair will be revealed in two weeks at this year’s REHACARE. Francesca Belotti allows for a little glimpse into what we can expect.
29/08/2022Not everyone likes cars and for some they are an environmental sin. But for people with disabilities, they can be helpful and represent mobility, participation and new opportunities. After all, anyone with a mobility impairment doesn't always want to be dependent on others. In the Topic of the Month, we show examples of vehicle conversions that provide more freedom.
29/08/2022Get in your camper to get away: Each year, thousands of Germans make this dream come true as is evidenced by the number of current new registrations of camper vans, travel trailers and recreational vehicles. Standard models often include many practical features - but unfortunately, accessible solutions are still few and far between.
24/08/2022Katja Tefiki had to completely reorganize her everyday life after she became paraplegic. She got her driver's license and today her car and wheelchair are her indispensable companions. She loves long car rides and paragliding is also one of her passions. How she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
10/08/2022Whether it's a cane or a walker, walking aids can make a significant contribution to greater mobility and a more self-determined life. Tahina Andale has also made this experience. Why the path to this realization was not always easy and what else has helped her to cope better with her chronic illness, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
28/07/2022Exoskeletons are constantly evolving and are increasingly finding their way into prevention and therapy. In this month's Topic of the Month, we look at how they help protect people from physical harm at work and how they can be used in therapy!
27/07/2022Alain Zanchetta is a fighter. He would have to overcome difficulties early on, but he has gained a lot of strength and confidence as a result. As a designer, he develops inclusive design products himself to help other people. At the same time, his job offers him the security and perspective he craves. At REHACARE.com he tells us how he rolls otherwise.
13/07/2022Bastian K. is a summer person at heart. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. In doing so, the lack of accessibility often causes him more difficulties than the progressive muscle weakness he has been living with for many years. When he is not on the road, he writes about his "life with PEG" on his own blog. On REHACARE.com he tells us how he rolls otherwise.
13/07/2022People with disabilities often rely on assistance in different ways. Whether it's speech computers, screen readers, i.e. software that vocalizes on-screen texts, or special power wheelchairs – what all assistance has in common here is that it works thanks to digital components.
29/06/2022Ann-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.
27/06/2022Reaching for a bottle and opening it when you're thirsty or quickly making a sandwich when you're hungry. What many people take for granted can be a problem for people with disabilities. In these situations, analog or digital daily living aids can be used to maintain independence. Read more about this in the Topic of the Month!
27/06/2022Opening a jar or getting on a bike to ride to the store: small things that many of us around the world do every day and tend to take for granted. But these activities are not a matter of course for everyone. Daily living aids can make a big difference to people with disabilities in making their lives easier.
15/06/2022Vanessa Lehnert has been severely disabled since a traffic accident in her childhood. But even with her limitations, she is not dependent on help – and for that very reason often has to fight for acceptance. She would like to see more understanding in dealing with disabilities of all kinds. How else she rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
27/05/2022For most people, the thought of water is associated with relaxation. A day at or on the sea, boating, swimming or water sports. But what of this is possible if you are in a wheelchair, for example? We can reveal a few things. Read more in our Topic of the Month!
21/04/2022The new Dot Pad is not only smaller and lighter, but also much cheaper than conventional tactile displays – making them more affordable and accessible for people with vision impairments. Dot Inc makes the online world of images more accessible and aims to improve other areas as well. In our interview the Senior Manager Mergel Takam talks about the advantages and technology behind the Dot Pad.
02/04/2022There are more than four million people in need of care in Germany, and for every one of them there are one or more caregivers. Discussions about their situation often focus on the right equipment, such as care beds, walkers or drinking cups. But one factor for pleasant and professional care is often forgotten – clothing.
28/03/2022Clothes should fit comfortably. They should make you feel great and be easy to put on and take off. Unfortunately, many "off-the-rack" clothes don’t meet these criteria. Those who don’t sport the measurements of the average woman or man find themselves at a distinct disadvantage. This includes people who use wheelchairs and people with restricted mobility.
28/03/2022When it comes to fashion, tastes differ, but actually everyone attaches importance to clothing that fits well and comfortably! But to find clothes that fit is sometimes not so easy.
09/03/2022Getting away from everyday life, exploring the world, going to concerts and bars with friends – Natalie Pinnisch enjoys her self-determined life to the fullest and doesn't let her neuromuscular disease stop her. On REHACARE.com the 35-year-old from Hamburg reveals what she considers a great day and how she rolls otherwise.
28/02/2022How does accessible living work? What do you have to pay attention to? These are important questions that young people (should) ask themselves, for example, if they are planning to build a single-family home. Read more about this in the Topic of the Month February.
28/02/2022Many homes and apartments are not accessible to people with disabilities. For years, builders of larger accommodations must comply with corresponding accessible design and construction requirements. Getting into an accessibility mindset right from the start benefits everyone!
09/02/2022Encouraging other people to be completely themselves and to live from the heart means a lot to Julia Wagner. On REHACARE.com, she tells us what has been her biggest challenge so far and how she rolls otherwise.
26/01/2022When talking about disabilities, many people first think of a person in a wheelchair. However, there are numerous physical and mental disabilities that are not visible at first glance. On REHACARE.com Christian S. tells us how he deals with his invisible disability and what he expects from society when it comes to dealing with disabilities.
19/01/2022To benefit people with disabilities, it takes more than a standard model to plug into the future. F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH collaborated with Electric Vehicle manufacturer e.GO Mobile SE to create this type of sustainable vehicle. REHACARE.com asked managing director and founder Frank Sodermanns what prompted the collaboration and learned about the little speedster’s countless possibilities.
12/01/2022More information about invisible diseases is urgently needed, says Nora Hamann. The 24-year-old knows from her own experience how important it is to exchange ideas with those affected, as well as other social contacts, in order not to lose hope even on gloomy days. What makes a good day for her and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
16/12/2021When you think of a wheelchair, you don’t necessarily consider it a high-tech assistive technology that is super trendy. In the past, the device was also heavy, over-sized, and difficult to transport. All that has changed, thanks to both innovative startups and well-known industry giants.
16/12/2021Wheelchairs have a special significance for their users: they give many people with disabilities a great deal of freedom by enabling them to live more self-determined. Whether for daily errands in the city, off-road adventures in the forest or for sports – the variety of wheelchairs is constantly increasing. REHACARE.com took a closer look.
15/12/2021Due to an abrasion, Jonah Holtermann's life was turned completely upside down. The 23-year-old thinks positively despite the challenges that still lie ahead. After all, in the interim it was touch and go whether he would survive at all. Thanks to which aids he is mobile again, how it felt to wear a prosthesis for the first time and what makes him roll otherwise, he tells at REHACARE.com
09/12/2021Nobody expects the reinvention of the wheel and yet that is exactly what P+L Innovations GmbH has accomplished. In this REHACARE.com interview, the company’s managing director, Dr. Christine Pflaumbaum, tells us what makes trivida® so unique, explains the benefits of a detachable wheelchair wheel and gives us insights into the development process.
01/12/2021Cassandra Mae Spittmann discovered the world of rhythm at the age of two. While she started out playing the tabla with her feet, the 19-year-old now elicits the notes with her hands. She has remained true to her preference for Indian music. With her voice and her songs, however, she is reaching an ever-growing audience worldwide. At REHACARE.com she tells us how she rolls otherwise.
17/11/2021If society doesn't provide accessibility, people have to do it themselves. That's why, Anna Fee has not only become active in the field of fashion. What "going your own path" means to her, why a flight was her greatest adventure to date and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
11/11/2021Raúl Krauthausen recently discovered how much an elevator can make your life easier and add accessibility to your home. These days, the disability rights activist uses the LiftonTRIO Home Elevator from Lifton GmbH to navigate his apartment in Berlin. Reason enough for REHACARE.com to ask the Liftstar Group what makes the Lifton home elevator so different from other systems.
03/11/2021Sebastian Schild has made his strength his profession and helps others to lead a better life. The 36-year-old is a speaker, trainer and expert for inner strength, perception and mindset. Who he would like to philosophize with, what he cannot live without and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
28/10/2021In the end, a good assistive device always means: more participation. People with sensory disabilities experience a different form of barriers every day – especially frequently in the area of communication. In our Topic of the Month, you can read about the aids that can help them use their smartphones without barriers, for example, or about the development of hearing systems.
28/10/2021Blindness or visual impairment means a loss or partial loss of the sense of sight. What it doesn't mean is that those who are impacted by this must aim lower or feel inferior. An abundance of vision aids does a fantastic job of replacing the sense of sight in the best way possible.
20/10/2021Not making happiness dependent on external circumstances or other people and believing that the best is yet to come – that is Silke Pan's recipe for success. What the sport is an expression of, why she would like to ride on the back of a dragon from literature and how she rolls otherwise, she told us at REHACARE.com.
06/10/2021I am here, we are here, and the world should know it – with this message, the World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 6 should not only draw more attention to the disease. It is also intended to raise awareness of the fact that there is still a lot of catching up to do in terms of the participation of people with cerebral palsy in many areas of society.
06/10/2021When you are disabled and/or chronically ill, self-acceptance is an important step in dealing with yourself and your disability – or in Antonia Feistenauer's case, her disabilities and diseases. What or who helps her in everyday life, what – on the other hand – would help society in dealing with disabilities, she told REHACARE.com.
28/09/2021Mobility is a key ability to live a self-determined life. It pertains to both the private and the professional realm: Agriculture, logistics, public service – none of them are possible without automobility. But who converts commercial vehicles to make them accessible for people with disabilities? And who pays for the costs? REHACARE.com looked into the matter.
28/09/2021After some initial hesitation, electromobility now seems to be picking up speed. We asked the German experts at AMF-Bruns and Sodermanns about the challenges of vehicle conversion. Aside from different drivetrain systems, PARAVAN continues to push the boundaries of automobility. REHACARE.com took a look behind the scenes.
28/09/2021Electric cars, e-scooters, and electric bikes – will our future be shaped by electromobility? Does this spell the end of the internal combustion engine? Or will we embrace alternative fuel vehicles that use hydrogen fuel for private transport? How will these new modes of travel impact the way we work? REHACARE.com addresses these questions in our current Topic of the Month.
22/09/2021Georg Kreiter was immediately taken with the speed and freedom of monoskiing when he first tried the sport for himself in 2006. Although he ended his sports career two years ago, he can't get away from monoskiing. He tells REHACARE.com what else is part of a good day for him besides sports and how he rolls otherwise.
08/09/2021Florian Lutz listens carefully to people with disabilities when it comes to making their lives more self-determined. As a rehab consultant, he is on the road around Göppingen – and on the internet: There, inspired by his daily work, he presents aids for people with disabilities. What he thinks aid manufacturers need to consider in development and how he otherwise rolls, he tells on REHACARE.com.
29/07/2021Dogs are not only popular pets, but in some cases they also do important work: Assistance dogs trained for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are not only a physical companion in everyday life, but above all must also be a psychological support. The association Rehahunde Deutschland e.V. trains such dogs. This year it celebrated its 15th anniversary.
14/07/2021Living a self-determined life is a matter of the heart for Janine Kolbig. She is the founder of the Centre for Self-Determined Living Northern Germany, which advises people with disabilities and represents their interests. What self-determination means to her, who the origin of this movement is for her and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
29/06/2021Society lacks education and awareness when it comes to assistance dogs. There are also no official uniform training standards and not even the term "assistance dog" (known as a service dog in the United States) is protected. REHACARE.com took a closer look at the obstacles people must overcome when it comes to the training and financing of this precious resource.
29/06/2021REHACARE.com spoke with two dog training centers and learned how much people with disabilities benefit from a canine companion in everyday life and discovered the type of training assistance dogs complete before they are matched with a person.
20/05/2021LIFEtool is as non-profit organization that counsels and equips people with the tools, they need to be successful. The Austrian company now successfully adapted its 2D-based simulator WheelSim to virtual reality. VR training enables power wheelchair users to practice difficult tasks in a safe environment.
30/03/2021March and April are the months the media home in on the fashion trends of Spring/Summer 2021 – as do (online) stores, of course. High time for REHACARE.com to check in with several labels. And who knows? Maybe your closet will soon also feature a piece of some of our highlighted brands?
04/03/2021On 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.
02/03/2021A variety of solutions can help when the intestines don’t work properly: a stoma is an artificial opening designed to treat disease, relieve symptoms and make life easier. Transanal irrigation (TAI) is another well-documented technique that helps remediate fecal incontinence and constipation. Medical device manufacturers and home care experts help find the best solution to every problem.
02/03/2021The reasons for living with incontinence or a stoma are as varied as the people affected themselves. Manufacturers of assistive devices are therefore particularly concerned that their products fit the users as well as possible. And they are also there to advise and support their customers. We will show you the variety of products and advice offers.
02/03/2021Looks like a pair of jeans, feels like a pair of jeans, is also a pair of jeans: But unlike jeans from the non-adaptive fashion segment, it is actually comfortable and functional for wheelchair users. And besides jeans, there are other items of clothing that, with a little adaptation, ensure that people with disabilities can be just as fashionable as others.
16/02/2021The eyes play an important role in everyday communication, for example in recognising facial expressions. But for people with severely limited mobility, the eye makes much more possible: Equipped with the MyEcc Pupil, they can move their power wheelchair or a robotic arm independently. How do the glasses make all this possible? REHACARE.com asked Managing Director Thomas Rosner.
10/02/2021Lily Rice can usually be found at the skatepark, refining her WCMX techniques in her pink wheelchair. The training is paying off: Lily entered the scene in 2017, two years later she was Women's World Champion. It was only logical that her biggest challenge to date was in the halfpipe – what it was, who motivates her and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
27/01/2021Lilli Zeifert has already seen a lot of the world. Perhaps that's why her great love is for what there is still to discover beyond the Earth: Whatever there is to find out about astrophysics – Lilli wants to know. Who she thinks are the smartest minds of all time, what she would like to discuss with them and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
14/01/2021The way we live is becoming increasingly more modern and connected. And while some people are skeptical about smart technology, other target groups welcome the great new opportunities it affords. Control units allow people with disabilities and older adults to control and monitor their connected home devices, which allows them to continue living a self-determined life at home.
14/01/2021Everyone wants to live a self-determined life, but it isn’t always easy to implement – especially if you are an older adult or live with a disability. Fortunately, there are systems that help promote autonomy and independence in your own home. Size doesn’t always matter as even little smart helpers can give users peace of mind and a feeling of security as they navigate everyday life.
14/01/2021Opening the front door by voice or having a 3D camera under the ceiling that precisely detects falls and calls for help? There are no limits to the possibilities of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL). We show you which smart technical systems are now hidden behind this term and how they can contribute to more self-determination for people with disabilities.
13/01/2021Vienna from a wheelchair perspective – this is how Evelyn Brezina captures all the beauty in her surroundings in her photos. Because she really loves taking pictures. What assistive devices she would like to have for this passion, who she would like to ask as many questions as possible and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
16/12/2020Kim Cremer is a doer, he doesn't let anything stop him. And even though he doesn't need a wheelchair himself, he sees where society still has a lot to catch up when it comes to accessibility – both in everyday life and in people's minds. Who has always encouraged him in his doer mentality, how this mentality fits in with his big dream and and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
09/12/2020Enjoying life despite all the difficulties: That is Nicole Kultau's attitude. One of the hurdles in her life was breast cancer – a topic that has left its mark on her and about which she informs her followers today. She wants other people affected to feel understood. Why her son is her teacher in matters of happiness and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
02/12/2020Erika Griessler is a nature lover, dreamer, author – and a stroke survivor. For her, it was self-evident: nothing can stop her from doing anything because of her spastic hemiparesis. Today, she uses social media to promote greater understanding of physical and psychological impairments. Which other topics are important to her and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
25/11/2020Dancing is her great passion - Jana L. distinctly shows this on her social media channels. She uses the attention of her thousands of followers to make her disease ME/CFS better known; a disease that makes physical exertion and thus also dancing mostly impossible. Why she does not let herself be stopped and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
18/11/2020When Laura W. was diagnosed with Rigid Spine Syndrome, she wanted to find out more about it – but experience reports were rare. Today, she uses her blog to lobby for society to think less in stereotypes and for other people to speak courageously about their various disabilities. Why this is so important to her and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
11/11/2020"The active amputee" – the name of his blog is program, because Björn Eser prefers to be outdoors. His big dream is to travel along the Silk Road. What else is close to his heart and why he would first change his title as Commissioner for the Disabled and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
04/11/2020Every person is precious. This is what Luisa L'Audace would like to give to young people with disabilities in particular and thus encourage them. Who has influenced her own life with only one single performance, what her high expectations are currently still preventing her from doing and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
29/10/2020Activities aiming at occupational therapy and rehabilitation are boring? Not necessarily! A new assistive exercise and sports equipment named Spike is not only designed to be fun, but also suitable for everybody who wants to get and stay fit. How this works for whom and what kind of history connects Spike with REHACARE? We asked!
28/10/2020His family and friends, his work as a flight attendant and being able to live a self-determined life – there are many things that are important to Alex Böhmer. Why especially his left leg is close to his heart, what he wants to do as soon as the corona pandemic allows it and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
21/10/2020Diving through the worldwide most beautiful coral reefs and roaming the rainforests as a jaguar – that is what Björn Reinsch dreams of. For which reason he does not feel ready for the first option, why he calls himself a "colorful mix" and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
14/10/2020Social participation and inclusion of people with disabilities is very important to Antonia Bögner. This is why she would give this topic top priority if she were Commissioner for the Disabled. To what extent her family has influenced her positively in her life and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
07/10/2020Climbing as a blind person? Jörg von de Fenn proves that this is possible. He would love to climb the Watzmann east face or the Eiger north face. Why this has failed so far, what he would stand up for as Commissioner for the Disabled and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
30/09/2020Never without hope, humor and music – that's what Noh Gourie is all about. These three things play an important role for him, not only as a rapper and comedian. What makes him laugh and why he is afraid he might miss an Oscar, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
24/09/2020Safe walking without tripping or falling is challenging for people with foot drop. Luckily there are technologies that provide active support by using functional electrical stimulation (FES). Pro Walk GmbH delivers these types of foot drop systems. How do these devices allow users to complete everyday tasks? REHACARE.com asked Nico Riedl, Product Manager and Physiotherapist at Pro Walk GmbH.
23/09/2020Books are especially close to Alexandra Koch's heart. They make her laugh, they are part of her vocation and they can be an important medium for representing people with disabilities. Who (successfully) encourages her again and again and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
16/09/2020Annette Jablonski wants to be a role model as an artist. She dreams of becoming self-employed and offering art courses for other people with disabilities. Who has influenced her on her way to her art, which questions she asks herself and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
09/09/2020She would like to make all information and applications of authorities available in Easy-to-Read language – that would be one of Andrea Lauer's first official acts as Commissioner for the Disabled. Because equality is close to her heart. Who and what else is important to her in life, to what extent a stranger has influenced her the most and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
31/08/2020What are strategies for successful inclusion in the primary labor market? Many employers only have a vague idea of what this entails, revealing the importance of comprehensive and practical information. The new REHADAT Gute Praxis (English: Best Practice) portal aims to be their go-to resource – and includes 900 practical examples. Why are they especially useful? We asked...
26/08/2020Marcel Renz wants to show that people with disabilities are like everyone else. As Commissioner for the Disabled, this would be exactly the goal of his campaign. Because every person should be accepted and respected as she or he is. Who has influenced him positively in his life and how he otherwise rolls, he tells on REHACARE.com.
19/08/2020"Disability begins in people's minds," says Katrin Bittl, who would like people to stop defining themselves as disabled or non-disabled. What makes the artist laugh, what she would do out of delusions of grandeur and how she otherwise rolls, she tells on REHACARE.com.
12/08/2020Yoga teacher Britta Uhing dreams of dancing in the Pina Bausch ensemble. What her unusual first official act as Commissioner for the Disabled would be, who does not influence but impresses her, and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
05/08/2020Inclusion begins in the mind! That is certain for Anja Winkler. One topic that is particularly close to her heart in this context is work assistance. Which questions the coronavirus pandemic currently raises for her, which travel plans the certified pedagogue had to throw over for this reason and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
29/07/2020Raising awareness of ALS and real accessibility – these are the issues Bianca Riedmann is passionate about. What exactely real accessibility means to her, what defines the person who has been by her side for 15 years and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
22/07/2020From the bottom of her heart Marina Wendt wishes that people and animals are well. For example, she would like to inform people with disabilities about the help they are entitled to. What nutrition has to do with her heart's desires, which role her husband plays in her life and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
16/07/2020Fashion 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.
15/07/2020For Gianna, education is the first step towards more normality in interacting with people with disabilities. To what extent she would like to contribute to it herself, which role her father plays in her life and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
08/07/2020People with impairments are not as efficient as people without impairments? Sigrun Passelat wants to eliminate this prejudice once and for all. To what extent she herself is a role model and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
01/07/2020"Can't be done, doesn't exist" – Sonja Böckmann admires people with this attitude. In her opinion, no one should be disadvantaged due to illness or disability. Therefore, she herself also supports people and animals who need help. What she has always wanted to do and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
25/06/2020How 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.
24/06/2020More education about multiple sclerosis and other diseases and disabilities is not only necessary, it would also lead to more understanding and less prejudice. Hanna Kern is convinced of this. What she has always wanted to do and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
17/06/2020There are many things that make Nele Handwerker happy: her daughter, books and Fridays for Future. Why she, as Commissioner for the Disabled, would first of all start a survey, why she would like to be a cloud and and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
10/06/2020Antje Thiel sees discriminatory language towards people with disabilities as a major problem in society. What she would do about it if she was the Commissioner for the Disabled, which bizarre hobby she pursues and how the type 1 diabetic otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
10/06/2020Rehabilitation and robotics increasingly go hand in hand. That’s why it is crucial to ensure the quality of robotic rehabilitation at any level. How important is it for companies like ReWalk Robotics to have the support of health insurance companies? REHACARE.com asked and also learned about the company’s future hopes for the industry.
03/06/2020Accessible living space that is not automatically more expensive than other apartments – Janine Mailk would ensure that this is the case if she was the Commissioner for the Disabled. What is also close to her heart, what makes her laugh and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
27/05/2020Edith Arnold calls for self-determination for people with disabilities – especially in matters of sexuality. She has not only made this concern her profession, it is also the content of her blog. Why she is especially affected by the Corona Crisis and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
20/05/2020Carolin Wegner has already had to overcome many hurdles in her life: prejudices against people with disabilities, physicians who did not take her seriously, and the negative influence of some fellow human beings. But she could and can always count on the support of her family and friends. How her cats can make her laugh and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
13/05/2020Whether in terms of education or mobility – Julia Dumsky wishes for a world in which all people have the same opportunities and which has overcome the climate crisis. Because human rights and nature are particularly close to her heart. How she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
06/05/2020There's no such thing as "This doesn't work"! This is the attitude that Anas Alhakim's father gave him from the beginning. It not only shaped him, but certainly helped him to find a clear answer to a question that had been on his mind for years. Which insights he draws from the Corona crisis and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
29/04/2020Many did not believe in her, but Regina Rikowski proved them wrong: In her first mega march in 2019, she did 40 kilometers in a row. In any case, she did not let her multiple sclerosis slow her down. Who she has to thank for this fighting spirit and how she rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
22/04/2020Standing up begins in the head – Marion Bender has already learned this in the past. And that's why the keynote speaker wants to motivate other people to lead a self-determined life, which is exactly what they want. What else moves her and how she rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
15/04/2020Incurably happy – that is not only the name of her blog, but also her attitude towards life. Lea Beutnagel has only become even stronger by the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. What she has – nevertheless – not dared to do so far and what is the best medicine for her in life in general, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
08/04/2020Improving the world a little bit, living in harmony with nature and offering unrestricted assistance to people with disabilities – Nadja Schmidt knows: Without her disease spinal muscular atrophy, she would not have become the person she is today. Who is always by her side and what her big dream is, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
01/04/2020Never give up and look ahead – that is exactly what Kevin Hoffmann has already done. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he first fell into depression, but then fought his way back into a self-determined life on his own. What exactly makes him and others a fighter heart and who has always believed in him, the Social Media Manager tells us on REHACARE.com.
26/03/2020Diversity makes our society richer and stronger. That is why the podcast "Die Neue Norm" (English: The New Norm) does not center on people with disabilities but society as a whole – which includes people with disabilities. Once a month, the podcast features journalists Jonas Karpa, Judyta Smykowski and activist Raul Krauthausen as they discuss topics that move them, their listeners or society.
25/03/2020Unafraid and motivated to just tackle and do things – that is Nadine Kleine. What she was taught since childhood days, she still lives by today. What she nevertheless does not dare to do and why she would like to be Usain Bolt for a while, the medical student tells us on REHACARE.com.
18/03/2020As Federal Commissioner for the Disabled, Betty Schätzchen would like to shake up the German government and would particularly support the needs of deaf and hearing-impaired people. Her self-declared goal: to free people with disabilities from barriers and to relieve them through accessibility. At REHACARE.com she tells us how she rolls.
11/03/2020Active relapses of multiple sclerosis show up in MRT images as white spots. And exactely these spots made Alexandra Leyer live her life more consciously and love it above all. Therefore she writes down her experiences in her blog called Wunderflecken ('wonder spots'). Which person solved many other of her inner conflicts, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
04/03/2020Including affected persons in the legislative process should actually be a matter of course. However, Minister Jens Spahn's current health policy does not do this enough. Which is why Rosalie Renner would like to have a serious word with him. How she rolls besides that, what helps her through difficult times for example and why self-irony is a way to get at eye level, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
28/02/2020Is it a skateboard with no wheels? No, it’s a transfer board made by meinHOLTZ! These modern boards help people who use wheelchairs to easily move from one surface to another on their own. Not only does this make transfers easy, but the assistive devices also look stylish and sophisticated.
26/02/2020Janis Geiger is a freelance jack-of-all-trades. From trainer for movement arts to social work to craftsman – the man from Berlin is multi-talented. But even the most athletic guy stumbles sometimes. Why he doesn't mind and which things are especially close to his heart, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
19/02/2020An accident at work changed Mario Harig's life and made him a pensioner at the age of 34. But for the trained scaffolder that was no reason to be bitter. Quite the opposite. Why he likes life and who his role model is, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
12/02/2020Kai Bosch lives out his love of language in every conceivable way – whether on stage, in book form or with music. But the Poetry Slamer also passes on his knowledge in workshops – for clubs, associations and in schools. The exchange with others is very important to him. Why this is so and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
05/02/2020Invisible disabilities such as multiple sclerosis need more acceptance and attention in our society. Kira Dodillet is convinced of this. What else is very important to her and what she would probably shock her mother with, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
30/01/2020Overheating is a serious issue for people who use a wheelchair. Ice packs and water sprays used to help many of them in order to keep cool. But Corien Staels, Founder & Managing Director of WheelAir, wanted to find a technological solution for the problem of overheating. Since then the WheelAir concept is about to change lives.
29/01/2020Björn Schnake is an incredibly talented table tennis player. Last year he played his way from zero to place eleven in the world ranking list in class seven of the standing athletes. His big dream is to participate at Tokyo 2020, but why he needs financial support and how he rolls when he is not playing, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
22/01/2020At the age of 23, Kim Heinrich does not yet feel ready to take on such a responsible position as the Commissioner for the Disabled. But whom she would appoint as her advisor in this case and why the student appreciates unconditional honesty, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
15/01/2020Felix Brückner is a wheelchair user – so far, so (at least theoretically) unspectacular. Nevertheless, the man from Hamburg stands out. Most of the audience of a concert have never seen a frontman in a wheelchair. The musician wants to change that with his buddies Jens, Tobi and Justus. Why mirror images play a role and what he would like to change in society, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
08/01/2020Whether surfing, fitness or golf – being physically active is simply part of Dr. Thomas Frey's life. The idea of inclusion and participation is particularly important to him. Which other topics and also people play an important role in his life, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
18/12/2019Just because a disease can make life more difficult, it doesn't mean it's impossible – laughing, for example. Julia Lüttmann has internalised that. She would like to be healthy, but she still has not lost her laughter. What exactely makes her laugh and who helps her when she feels like crying, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
12/12/2019Sitting while standing up – Standing Ovation makes this oxymoron possible. The rail system with its C-shaped seat bar and seat lifting unit allows Austrian chef Peter Lammer to sustain his job despite an 80 percent disability rating pertaining to his legs. With REHACARE.com he talked about the invention that brought back his zest for life and the feedback he received at this year's trade fair.
11/12/2019Traveling is her passion: Simone Lai loves to explore the world. That this is also possible as a whellchair user is what she reports on her blog. And she doesn't mince her words! What kind of travel she still has problems with and how she rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
04/12/2019Doing what you love, even if life has put a supposedly big chunk in your way. Or as Peter Lammer says: "In order to change things, we have to allow ourselves to reach for the stars." Why a canyoning tour is too dangerous for the "floating" chef and why work has to do with joie de vivre, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
28/11/2019Whether they are on vacation in the mountains or brave winter weather at home – people with mobility impairments want to take precautions to arrive safely at their destination. Patrick Mayer is personally affected by disability and developed two products that enable wheelchair and walking aid users to master these situations: Wheelblades and the SafetyFoot.
27/11/2019Her love for literature is huge. This can be seen on Ayasha Mack's blog. And also in our HOW WE ROLL interview her love for words plays a big role, as well. Why it is still difficult for her to visit the Frankfurt Book Fair and what new position she would like to create in every city as the Federal Commissioner for the Disabled, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
20/11/2019The sporting story of Katharina Bauernschmidt is a little fairy tale. The Para Canoeist did first start her sport in December 2017 and was already spotted as a talent by the national coach months later. More about her goals as an athlete, her role models and what else is close to her heart she tells us at REHACARE.com.
13/11/20192020 is an important year for Paralympic sport. Whether Lukas Schiwy will fly to Tokyo with the national team in sitting volleyball will not be decided until March. What other sports event he has been lacking time for and what he thinks of the REHACARE he tells in HOW WE ROLL.
06/11/2019Christian Heintz has already stood on the sports field with Dirk Nowitzki and Leon Draisaitl. Both athletes are 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 REHACARE.com.
30/10/2019At REHACARE 2019, Erik Machens transformed the exhibition hall into a dance floor and impressed many visitors with his performance. How he felt about the atmosphere at the trade fair and why wheelchair dancing is a particularly inclusive sport for him, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
23/10/2019A misdiagnosis almost cost Lea Raak her life in 2011. This is one of the reasons why she wants to clear up prejudices against diabetes type 1 on her blog. But she also wants to give other people affected a voice. What is close to her heart besides more love and empathy and how she would promote inclusion in Germany, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
16/10/2019Fashion Week – that would be great! And not as a spectator, but as a booked model. That's what wheelchair user Claudia Neun wants. What other dreams and goals the model with MS has and who made her choose this career path in the first place, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
09/10/2019While others are having a midlife crisis at 40, Patrick Mayer knows he's not done with life yet. The Swiss entrepreneur still has a lot to do. To meet a hungry polar bear, on the other hand, is not on his to-do list. On REHACARE.com, he tells us why children with disabilities are so important to him and what certain numbers he would like to know.
02/10/2019Showing what is still possible – even with a wheelchair. This is what Nico Schinacher wants to achieve on and with his Instagram and YouTube channel. Which project the passionate hobbyist has just finished and which YouTubers actually inspire and motivate him every day, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
25/09/2019There's something else going on, just a little different! Christine Rupp follows this motto. Both on her blog and in the social networks she gives many insights into her everyday life, which she has been living with multiple sclerosis for over 30 years now. Which chances she missed due to the early diagnosis and what she wants to achieve with her blog, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
18/09/2019Thijs Hendriks is a tetraplegic and supports the rights of people with spinal paralysis in his association "Quereinsteiger" (lateral entrants). He tries to support those affected and their relatives in the first period after accidents. On Thursday at the TREFFPUNKT, he tells us that a life with even the most severe physical disability is worthwhile. What else moves him, he tells at REHACARE.com.
12/09/2019Problems transitioning into the workforce? Adolescents with disabilities can get support from the North Rhine-Westphalian KAoA-STAR program. REHACARE.com sat down with the program coordinators of LVR (regional authority Rheinland) and LWL (regional authority Westfalen-Lippe), Eileen Witte and Johanna Korte, and asked about the program and the types of services it provides.
11/09/2019Franziska Wetzl writes on her blog named FibroFee with a big pinch of humor about life with a chronic dung heap under her boots. Why her humor is simple, why she is committed to more awareness for visible and invisible disabilities and why she is obsessed with the idea of a "Wishing-Table", she tells us at REHACARE.com.
04/09/2019Seven years ago Andrea Schütt won our competition "Pimp my Wheelchair" with her Wacken wheelchair. And still today her passion for the Metal festival is unbroken. Why exactly this passion is leading her to REHACARE this year and how she rolls in general, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
22/08/2019There are various different kinds of auxiliary means at REHACARE. And the drinking and eating aids are definitely among the popular ones. With its assistive devices the company Assistive Innovations bv from the Netherlands wants to help people with different disabilities to become more independent with eating. CEO Arthur Blom tells REHACARE.com more about classic and new products.
14/08/2019Tobias Nerlich would like to know why some teachers are still struggling with the topic of inclusion. Why he prefers to look into the future, why he does not like to be reduced to the things he cannot do and why he would do more for street lighting in Germany, he explains at REHACARE.com.
07/08/2019More empowerment among the people. That would make the world a better place for Yvonne Ganzhorn. What Justin Timberlake has to do with one of her unfulfilled wishes and where she would like to sit in the front row, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
31/07/2019Currently, her vocational diploma still needs a lot of attention, but when Begüm alias SmooVie finishes school, she wants to make a name for herself as a digital and print media designer. What else is important to her and how she deals with questions that are burning under her nails, she reveals at REHACARE.com.
25/07/2019Gentle vibrations delivered to feet alert users to dangerous situations as they walk and prompt a more normalized gait pattern. That’s the concept behind the sensory orthotic insoles by novapace. In this interview, Simon Staffa, project manager at novapace, explains how this technology can help people with Parkinson's disease and describes the opportunities digitization brings to rehabilitation.
17/07/2019Why employee motivation would be one of her first official acts as Commissioner for the Disabled in Switzerland, and why shaping her thoughts positively in order to lead a happy life is helping her, Melanie Misiano tells us at REHACARE.com.
10/07/2019You're never too old to realize your dreams – finds Sabine Klemens.Why her travel destinations range from the Caribbean Sea via North and South America to a dog sled tour with overnight accommodation in an igloo and what the wheelchair model admires most about the answers of her "How We Roll" predecessors, she tells at REHACARE.com.
03/07/2019Live and let live – that is the motto of Marion Heist. Nobody should judge others and rather practice more acceptance. What makes her laugh, what she cares about and which strong personality has shaped her the most, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
26/06/2019Whether alone or in a team – the appropriate attitude is the be-all and end-all if you want to reach your goal. Cinderella Glücklich knows this from her own experience. Who she would first swear to the right team spirit and the necessary work ethic and which wishes and questions she deals with, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
19/06/2019With black clothes and white gloves Ines Helke stands on stage and performs – together with the sign language choir 'HandsUp'. Why one of the choir members had a special influence on her and what kind of visions she has concerning inclusion and participation, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
12/06/2019Leaving the comfort zone and doing things people don't expect from her, let alone trust her to be able to do – Anja Hebel loves to go beyond boundaries. The born fighter can't be knocked down by anything. Why invisible disabilities and chronic illnesses are close to her heart and what she thinks about stereotyped thinking, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
05/06/2019The halfpipe is his sports field, the wheelchair his sports equipment: At the second international German WCMX Championship, Til Augustin became German Champion in his starting class D3/Intermediate in mid-May. Which (sporty) wishes are still open, the wheelchair skater tells us on REHACARE.com.
29/05/2019She loves fashion, hippos and the creative use of words. As a slam poet, author and presenter, Ninia Binias – stage name Ninia LaGrande – is a sought-after guest at many events. What she cares about most and which system she would like to revolutionize completely, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
28/05/2019Accessible and realistic – that’s how auxiliary aids should be in the eyes of Professor Carsten Zahout. Students at the Smart Accessibility Laboratory (SmAccLab) are working on technical solutions that fulfill these requirements and lead to increased participation for people with disabilities. REHACARE.com found out how product engineering and inclusion join forces.
22/05/2019In social media she is well known as Rollifraeulein and recently Tanja Kollodzieyski also founded her own Twitter project to increase the visibility of people with various disabilities. To what extent we are all a puzzle and what kind of connection she would like to have with a German actress, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
15/05/2019Manfred Fischer demands the same respect and appreciation as everyone else for people with disabilities.Why the Austrian has not yet fulfilled his dream of the Easter Islands and which question the hobby astronomer would have liked to have answered, he tells at REHACARE.com.
08/05/2019Normality in dealing with him - that's what Yaro would like his fellow men to do. But the YouTuber is far from hiding in his room because of his SMA. True to the motto: "Where there is a will, there is a way", he fulfils his wishes with the necessary portion of creativity. What else is important to him, he tells on REHACARE.com.
02/05/2019Johannes Mairhofer loves his professional freedom. As the initiator of www.spekabled.com he is on the road a lot. But when he's not trying to bring more diversity to German-speaking stages, he's not bored. The photographer, author, speaker and consultant is almost always busy. Why it was a fictitious character who gave him his freedom, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
24/04/2019Self-employed and mother of two – with these characteristics Gina Doormann often cannot afford to be ill. And if an invisible disability like MS is added, she gets to hear that she would not look ill at all. Reason enough for her to blog about her life for that very reason. What she is up to and which why questions she asks herself, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
18/04/2019Your car ran out of petrol and you need support refuelling it? The new app fuelService is about to help you find a petrol station where you get the help you need. The app is for free and globally available. App founder Niall El-Assaad told REHACARE.com how it works.
17/04/2019Why are we here and what is our role in life? That is a philosophical question. Niall El-Assaad would later like to be able to claim that he has done something of value to society. What this is, what makes him laugh, what he wants to do once again with full consciousness and what he thinks about accessibility laws, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
10/04/2019More than eight years ago Kathy Schwack booked her first cruise at a travel agency. Everything was new and exciting – especially cruising with disabilities – was a real challenge. She took up this challenge and visited over 70 ports from Panama to Limassol. Who she has the travel gene from and which place is still on her wish list, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
03/04/2019Who knows how to get a date with actor Joaquin Phoenix can contact Fuchsia Aurelius. You almost would have seen the British woman on the big screen as well. Why it did not work out in the end and why actors with disabilities have a hard time in the industry, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
27/03/2019Sebastian Waechter knows doubts, fears and other negative thoughts. But he does not let them become a barrier for his plans. Anyway, he hasn't made a parachute jump yet. However, this is less due to his mindset. Why he is still looking for the right provider for his dream and what his way to satisfaction looks like, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
21/03/2019The 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.
20/03/2019For a long time Ilka Brühl lacked a healthy self-confidence. Because of her cleft face, self-doubt gnawed at her. A long way and many photo shoots later, her journey is not yet over, but the dreamer and optimist wants to make the world a better place. Who helped her on her way and how she wants to help others, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
13/03/2019More women in the tech industry! That's what Saskia Bader wants, so she's no longer the only woman in development teams. Why she would still like to organize an offline event and would like to live off her nerd existence, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
06/03/2019A life with type 1 diabetes is a full-time job. For Beate Kerber, however, her diabetes equipment is just as much a part of her travels as enough fresh underpants. Why a good wine belongs in her luggage as well, which journey she would like to go on and why a street sweeper is her role model, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
27/02/2019Wille Felix Zante produces texts and a lot of other stuff for many publications, such as the Deutsche Gehörlosenzeitung. In the media and in general he would like to see much more accessibility. Which door he would knock on for a corresponding accessibility law and why he would like to be a flea on one of his cats, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
20/02/2019For a long time, the flight of the bumblebee was considered a paradox. Although solved in the meantime, the apparent paradox is still a suitable motto of life – also to Laura Mench. What she would wish for her peers and why she thinks that the direct dialogue could lead to a better implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
13/02/2019Bestseller author, model and Paralympic athlete – Erica Powell wants to achieve all this. And alongside the way, she also wants to clear up prejudices about people with disabilities. Why Erica finds stereotypes are annoying, why she always has to laugh when asked about her guide dog and which questions she frequently asks other people, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
06/02/2019It is not only her sporting success in badminton that makes Katrin Neudolt a special athlete. It is her commitment to deaf people and her constant engagement to show that they also have a voice. Why she would like to change her racket for a pair of skis and which top athletes are important in her life, she tells on REHACARE.com.
30/01/2019Sexuality and disability – there are still many prejudices about it in our society. And Christian Kiermeier would like to refute these prejudices with the help of his blog. What kind of wishes he has already fulfilled and why he would like to be a time traveler, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
24/01/2019For many people, living in a shared accommodation is a matter of course. But how well does this work if you have a physical disability and require assistance? This is where careunities comes in. The online platform matches people up with future roommates and also plans to retrofit buildings for accessibility, thus creating more shared living spaces.
23/01/2019Roxana Dobrica wanted to start a new life in Italy nine years ago. But a car accident cost her seven years until she started to live her life again independently. Her new life also includes handbiking. Which dream of her former life she still remembers, why it is important to laugh and why she would never switch lives with someone else, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
16/01/2019Accepting help and showing willingness to help – that is what Saskia Katharina Most would wish for from people, whether with or without disability. Why the blogger has overcome her fears in setting up her blog and why it is important to her to constantly improve herself, she explains at REHACARE.com.
09/01/2019"Hearing is overrated," is the title of her book. But Cindy Klink has made a name for herself above all with her YouTube channel, on which she translates songs into sign language. Why she thinks that hearing impaired or deaf people are still marginalized and what she would change as the Federal Commissioner for the Disabled, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
19/12/2018Lisa Mümmler can't say why she started blogging – maybe her thoughts just had to come out. But the blogger knows why Lizzi's World has been online since November 2016: as a connection between her, her thoughts and the world. Why she wants to follow the Way of St. James, what impresses her about blue whales and why Master Yoda doesn't fit the question, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
12/12/2018It's not the body that stands in your way, it's your own mind – at least that's what Robin Nixdorf thinks. The Mainzer likes to push his body to its limits in order to overcome them and become stronger. In which mindset he lives his life, how he would replace the word "Commissioner" in Commissioner for the Disabled and how he would supplement school lessons, he reveals at REHACARE.com.
05/12/2018When Nadine Wettstein goes on an urban exploration tour with her guide dog, she usually realizes that things aren't as bad as she thought they would be. Her advice: Just do it! What insights she would like to have, what she thinks about accessibility and why inclusion is not a gift for people with disabilities, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
28/11/2018His works are ruthlessly open, full of disarming truths and with powerful images. But author, musician and graphic artist Benjamin Schmidt hasn't had enough yet. Who his muses and companions were, why he would like to swim with an octopus and where he took off his glasses, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
21/11/2018Richard J. Schaefer holds it like the founder of the scout movement: He wants to leave the world a bit better than he found it. How this philosophy of life affects his private and disability-political work, the Austrian tells us on REHACARE.com.
14/11/2018The world is colorful! According to this principle Lukas Krämer tries to encourage other people with disabilities and at the same time to break down prejudices of non-disabled people. Why he got into politics and what his first act as the Commissioner for the Disabled would be, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
07/11/2018Either completely or not at all. There is nothing in between for Heidi Ulm. Perhaps this also explains her goal of persuading society to rethink its thinking about people with disabilities. What she learned from her prosthesis maker, what kind of socially critical questions the 19-year-old has on her mind and how a YouTube channel can help to break down prejudices, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
01/11/2018Role models in the media like her – that's what Toni Furmanski would have liked in her childhood and youth. This is also why she is so enthusiastic about the fact that more and more people with different disabilities appear in fashion and advertising. To what extent this would have helped her in as a teenager and why answering our questions made her shed some tears, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
24/10/2018Anyone who took part in REHACARE 2018 and watched a CYBATHLON Experience race saw Bert Pot in action. The Dutchman formed a team with Claudia Breidbach and showed how suitable his hand prosthesis is for everyday use. He will also be at the next CYBATHLON 2020. What else drives him around, he tells on REHACARE.com.
17/10/2018On his blog you can read his story from his first symptoms to his final diagnosis to his rehab and his present life with multiple sclerosis. Why he says that he is not considered an "exemplary" MS patient, what kind of research he is interested in and whose views he shares about life, he tells on REHACARE.com.
10/10/2018Alhassane Baldé is a successful German para-athlete in wheelchair racing and has already won several medals. For him, the topics of sport and participation are therefore closely linked. Why he is grateful to his parents and what role Barack Obama plays, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
04/10/2018The human being should be in the focus, not the disability. And in questions which concern people with disabilities, they should also be consulted themselves. That's what Michaela Gurzinski would like to see from society and politics. She also tells us on REHACARE.com who can make her laugh quite well and what she still needs about ten certificates for.
26/09/2018Frank Rennhack can't visit REHACARE himself, but his colleagues and supporters of the Para Ice Hockey are once again in the Sports Centre with their roller sled this year. What the German national player would like to be and what he cares about next to his sport, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
20/09/2018Whether we listen to the radio or a concert – for most of us, it’s hard to imagine life without music. Meanwhile, people who wear digital hearing aids often don’t get to fully enjoy the rich landscapes of sound because they depend on the accessibility and quality of audio induction loops. The OpenEarConcept© research project is committed to supporting greater musical enjoyment.
19/09/2018Diversity is an enrichment. It is his parents Michel Arriens owes this attitude to. On REHACARE.com he tells us why he would like to have a time machine to get politics 2.0 rolling and why he believes that his romantic idea could fail because of relativity. And he also tells all visitors at REHACARE how he became an activist – on Friday 28 September.
12/09/2018Leonard Grobien – also known as Typitus – was a part of #AbilityTube Berlin, the first meeting of German-speaking influencers with disabilities. And maybe the five YouTubers have set something in motion, which will become quite big in the coming years. Why he already follows his profession with his YouTube channel and what is close to his heart besides movies, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
05/09/2018Her blog is actually a kind of diary, but – according to Katja Alekseev – it should encourage other women to stand up for their wishes. Currently, the 29-year-old is fully occupied with her studies, her blog and her work for DIE PARTEI. What she would do if she had more time and why air travel is not for her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
29/08/2018Laura Gehlhaar has no heart for blue carpets! And she makes noises when she moves over to the toilet – at least that's what her boyfriend claims. But the author and activist can laugh about it. What she can't laugh about and how the processing status of her dream trip is, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
23/08/2018Controlling an electric wheelchair by using smart glasses? Smart glasses like munevo Drive make this a reality. Visitors have a chance to check them out in person at this year’s REHACARE trade fair. Konstantin Madaus from the startup company Munevo looks back on the previous trade show presence and invites everyone to join him at his company’s booth again this year.
22/08/2018If you travel a lot for work, you don't necessarily feel like travelling in your free time. In this respect it is understandable that Raul Krauthausen has not yet realized his trip around the world. What made Germany's most well-known inclusion activists laugh on Twitter lately and to which serious questions he would like to have an answer, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
15/08/2018Inclusion and work are her topics – the activist Anne Gersdorff studied social work and works as an integration consultant. She doesn't take herself so seriously and would like to take one or two time travels. To whom she owes her humanistic image of man, what she would like to change politically and where her dream journey should go to, she tells on REHACARE.com.
08/08/2018From the middle of nowhere in Wales, Beth Griffiths writes about beauty, lifestyle, disability and books she reads. Besides that the 25-year old Welsh girl is a passionate wheelchair Basketball player. Her team, the Worcester Wolves, is kind of family to her. What her attitude towards life is, what she would love to do and what her relationship to cheesecake is like, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
01/08/2018More than 150 years ago Lewis Carroll succeeded with "Alice in Wonderland" in creating a work that still inspires people today. Anyone who follows Michelle Rebane on Instagram knows how enthusiastic she is about the characters and the work of Carroll. On REHACARE.com she tells us what she wants to achieve herself, why she gets stopped by clichés and what she has to say about prejudices.
25/07/2018First, it was quite some overcoming for Manuela Richter to leave her comfort zone, but it was worth it. Meanwhile, the Leipzig native loves to be outdoors with her dogs and to experience adventures. To whom she owes her thirst for adventure, which adventure she would like to experience and why she is so fond of dog trekking, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
19/07/2018Tourism 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.
18/07/2018Revolutionaries and free spirits are among his role models – no wonder then that Christian Bayerlein also likes to address unpleasant topics. Who would like to experience him live, has the opportunity at this years REHACARE forum on Friday. On REHACARE.com he tells what his first official act as Federal Commissioner for the Disabled would be and what he would like to be part of.
11/07/2018As the name of her blog "Life of an ambitious turtle" suggests, Fiona Anderson does not let her disease slow her down. On the contrary: in addition to caring for her children, the British woman is also an active campaigner. Which person has influenced her most and why passion is important to her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
04/07/2018Our society must finally live inclusion instead of just talking about it. Sima Surkamp demands this for the labour market as well as for the economy and politics. Who or what is also near and dear to her and which accessible vehicle she would like to own, she tells at REHACARE.com.
27/06/2018Just going outside in shorts in summer. Lisa Brockschmidt didn't dare to do that for a long time because of her leg prostheses. Meanwhile she has found this courage. But why this required courage at all, she herself does not know. What she likes about other amputees, how she relates to her orthopaedic technician and who else is important to the 22-year-old, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
21/06/2018Self-determined living needs accessibility. This does not only apply to step-free entrance for wheelchair users, but also for the digital environment. For example, when blind people surf the internet with a screen reader, they need web sites that are accessible. But reality often looks different. Reason enough for the M-Enabling Forum to focus on this topic at this year's REHACARE.
20/06/2018Sascha Schrön hates being patronized by others because of his disability. After all, he himself knows best what he can and cannot do. Why his head has prevented him from doing a parachute jump and why he admires inclusion activists, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
13/06/2018Sarah Alexander has been passionate about writing for as long as she can remember. So, it was only quite logical that she started blogging a few years ago – about lifestyle and beauty topics as well as about her disability. Why she has such a positive attitude to life today and what role her grandmother plays in it, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
06/06/2018Walking despite a paralysis and being able to fly, although humans are not made to do so - for Susanne Boehme it is all just a question of imagination. Why the parachutist does not allow herself to be deprived of her sport and why there is hardly any increase to her previous life, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
30/05/2018Today, the Internet enables many people to be heard. Also Shona Cobb got a voice through it. At the age of 14, the Brit started her blog. That was six years ago and her blog has grown with her ever since. Why disability rights campaigners inspire her and why the 20-year-old would like to be able to speak more in public, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
23/05/2018Digital accessibility is very important to Eva Papst. This is the only way for the blind Viennese to find her way around the Internet without any problems. That is why she has been working against digital barriers for almost 20 years now. Why she would also wish for a robot guide dog and what role she thinks blind people should play in thrillers, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
16/05/2018Getting into a dialogue with people - meanwhile Jahn Graf has made this his professional task: On his YouTube channel "Jahn's Rolling World" he meets people with and without disabilities. His aim is to break down barriers in people's minds. Why the dialogue as communication form is so important to him and what he would like to be, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
09/05/2018Founding a company is a hard step for many people. Martina Gollner simply dared it. The woman living in Vienna, Austria, does not feel comfortable with being dependent on others and enjoys the freedom of not having to. Why she moved from her home village in Styria to the Austrian capital and why the opportunity to help shape also means responsibility, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
02/05/2018When asked about her qualities, Paola Klokler answers with stubbornness, she doesn't give up easily and being hyperactive. The number 14 of the Brazilian national team in wheelchair basketball always tries to improve herself and approach perfection. Why she wants to go on a sightseeing tour, even though she has already traveled a lot, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
25/04/2018Family man, national hockey player and medical student - all this is Timur Oruz. Determined and ambitious are also appropriate descriptions. The 23-year-old was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six. But he would not let it slow him down. Why diabetes also has potential for him and what his first official action as Commissioner for the Disabled would be, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
18/04/2018Sport is her great passion, especially dancing. As the first certified Zumba® trainer, Conny Runge is now trying to establish wheelchair Zumba® as a fitness program. Which sports she would like to try and what else she is interested in besides sports, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
11/04/2018"The boundaries are in your head! The rest is endurance and organization," says Christian Tiffert. Together with his seven assistants, the quadriplegics travelled 8,000 kilometres through Russia last year. Why he is afraid of a trip around Cape Horn though and what role his former professor plays in his life, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
04/04/2018For Tim Stratmann many things about human behavior are strange and yet it is him who often seems strange to other people. The 30-year-old is autistic, but only got the diagnosis at the age of 29. What he would like to do and why he asks people not to bend, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
28/03/2018Long live the carnival: For Paul Ittenbach, the German fifth season is something very special, as he makes costumes for his electric wheelchair every year. Why his carnival club is close to his heart, what he owes to his wife and why he feels that people with disabilities are not welcome everywhere, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
22/03/2018Maximum 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.
21/03/2018Dominique Kogut and Retriever Miss Rosalie are a well-rehearsed human-dog team. However, the media designer does see room for improvement in the training of assistance dogs. Where a journey would go if her savings would be sufficiant and why her own claim to herself prevents her from writing a book, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
14/03/2018The pictorial comparison that the meteorologist Edward N. Lorenz used for his research, which later became known as the butterfly effect, inspired Eva Vos for her book title. You can find out why she sees herself as a butterfly tamer in her literary work. Why the author has never left Europe before or what kind of question she would like to be answered, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
07/03/2018Daniela Maier was in good health until she was 30 years old. Then, after a HIT type II, she had both her lower legs amputated. After one and a half years in hospital and rehabilitation, she has learned to see her life from a different perspective. How she wants to help other people in such an extreme situation and what her blog has to do with it, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
28/02/2018Julia Bierenfeld started her blog to help others deal with the diagnosis of MS better. She is above all grateful to her family and her boyfriend, who gave her strength in the difficult time after her diagnosis. Why she would like to travel for a whole year and how important a positive attitude is, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
21/02/2018As it is typical for her zodiac sign Libra, Julia Andres is a sociable person. However, due to her MS and especially the fatigue associated with it, it was meanwhile difficult for her to leave the bed. Why she had to learn how to come to terms with herself alone and what advice she would give to others, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
14/02/2018Many non-disabled people tend to feel sorry for people in a wheelchair. But Viola Winkels, for example, knows better than that: Not only did she rely on the rolling support when she was still able to walk, but she is now also actively on the road with her two wheelchairs and her handbike. What she is afraid of and what annoys her among people with disabilities, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
07/02/2018"Music can change the world because it can change people", said Bono of U2. For Emma Purcell music is everything and always around her. Well, the 24-year old British has a weakness for words, either written or sung or performed on a stage. What her dreams are and why J.K. Rowling influenced her, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
31/01/2018Claudia Grimm was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis almost seven years ago. With her blog she gives an insight into what it's like living with MS and shares her worries and fears with her readers. Why the self-employed web designer pleads for more love and acceptance in the world and why her dream of participating in a musical has failed, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
24/01/2018Laura Chrobok can tell you a thing or two about the gruelling bureaucracy and job search for people with disabilities. And she wrote a book about it. But her book is not just about her search for employment but also about the good things in life, such as travelling. Why she wants more honest employers and what city she has dreamed of but already visited, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
18/01/2018Visually impaired and blind people can now enjoy stunning visits to the City Museum Trier thanks to audio tracks, tactile reproductions, and replicas. Together with students who participated in the "Cross Media" seminar as part of their studies at the University of Trier, Design Professor Christopher Ledwig developed a one-of-a-kind multimedia service in Germany: the so-called "blind kit" trolley.
17/01/2018It was her sheer will that drove Mel Reis not to see her limb amputation as a negative fact but as a chance. And it was her passionate determination to get back to dance, as she used to before the car crash that crushed her leg when she was a teenager. What question she has to answer the most and how she would like to help others, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
10/01/2018Michael Mohr was one of the eight "vilmA" award 2017 winners that the VdK North Rhine-Westphalia annually chooses. The 40-year-old from Düren donated his prize money to his heart's desire. What this is, what he is grateful to his parents for and why he would like to see more independence from people with disabilities, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
03/01/2018Laughter is the best medicine. In this sense Kim Lumelius is a pretty jolly person. Instead of getting angry about barriers, she prefers to overcome them. That's why her travels are always an adventure. What kind of journey she has not made yet and why she considers gratitude to be an important asset, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
20/12/2017Philipp Schrenk was always the only student or employee with a disability. But it worked out. Today, Schrenk really loves to travel and to offer other people orientation to accessible holiday destinations with his travel blog. Why his weaker self has kept him away from the Caribbean so far and what question he has for the health insurance companies, he tells on REHACARE.com.
13/12/2017Markus Boettner grew up with the Wartburg in sight and the Thuringian Forrest as playground. After he graduated University the passionate musician moved to Galway, Ireland. He moved back to Germany since half a year now. What moves the linguist and why a quotation of his good friend enriches his life, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
06/12/2017Para ice hockey is the ultimate sport for Christian Jaster. Since he was a child he is infected with the ice hockey virus. Meanwhile, Jaster has become an integral part of the German Para Ice Hockey National Team and webmaster of the official homepage. What other sports he wants to try out and what he would like to be, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
29/11/2017Since Andrea Heidrich uses a wheelchair because of a rheumatic autoimmune disease, she is dependent on the help of her assistance dog Jay. But since the Bochumer is already dog crazy anyway, also the Maltese Sandy belongs to the pack. In addition to her dogs, topics such as social justice are important to the 49-year-old as well. What else is on her mind, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
22/11/2017For the 20-year old Isabel Keane one way to express herself are her stylish wheel covers, created by her sister. But the covers to beautify her wheelchair are not the only reason how Ailbhe influenced her younger sister. Why Isabel looks up to her creative sister, what she wants to accomplish but has not done until now and what she wants to be known for, she tells at REHACARE.com.
15/11/2017Dunja Fuhrmann wants to go high up - climbing is her passion. The idea of inclusion is particularly close to her heart. What else she is committed to and what kind of group she would like to recruit, she tells on REHACARE.com.
08/11/2017Accessible views in word and picture - Frank F. König would like to offer this with his extensive online presence. However, he has not yet been able to implement the view and step across the "big pond" into the USA himself. On REHACARE.com he tells us what is the reason for this and which signs he wants to remove and why.
01/11/2017Run, just start running: Lisa Scheer couldn't do that for fourteen years because her knee was stiff. About a year ago she decided to have an amputation of the leg. How this decision and the time before it shaped and changed her and her life, she tells at REHACARE.com.
25/10/2017Fidi Baum discovered the love to German rap thanks to the Fantastischen Vier. He did not make his musical passion to his profession. In return, he is a social pedagogue with heart and soul and is committed to the topic of inclusion. What his first act as a federal disability commissioner would be and why Ryan Gosling would be suitable to impersonate Graf Fidi in a film, he tells at REHACARE.com.
18/10/2017Literature in Easy Language is still an exception. That's why writer Kristof Magnusson floats against the tide and writes books in at least Simple Language. What he has never written before, but would like to and how he is connected to Iceland, he tells at REHACARE.com.
11/10/2017Anja Moerstedt had to learn to give her body more time: She fell ill with a rare genetic defect from one day to another. But the 45-year-old from Emden remained positive. Through her limitation, she found her mission: to draw attention to discrimination. What moves her and why the way she was educated is important for her life today, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
04/10/2017Writing is very important to the blogger Lea Voitel. That's why she is very grateful to her German teacher, who encouraged her to do so at the time. The 20-year-old has found her destiny in self-determined travel. Why a festival visit for her was nevertheless something very special and what she would like to see from the society, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
27/09/2017Tan Caglar has Turkish roots and uses a wheelchair. In today's society, these are sometimes two reasons why one can be excluded. But the 37-year-old takes it with humor and soon will be touring in Germany with his comedy program. How to get Donald Trump, Bud Spencer and James Bond into one questionnaire, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
20/09/2017Julia Latscha would love to know how her daughter, who has multiple disabilities, sees the world. But even without this knowledge, there are many things in Germany that the author would like to change. What she wants for her daughter and why she can fight like a lioness for her children, but doesn't dare to spend a night in the forest, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
13/09/2017Sometimes lecturers have a greater influence on students than they may be aware of. Claudia Böhme came up with the idea of bringing together blind and visually impaired people and museums, thanks to a suggestion of the student vocational guidance service. Today, the 46-year-old is a cultural mediator. What else she is interested in besides accessibility in museums, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
06/09/2017Not all people with disabilities depend on a wheelchair. Many diseases are invisible to other people. Karina Sturm can tell you a thing or two about it. What challenge, besides her disease, the 30-year-old had to overcome while eating with her neighbours and why she secretly dreams of the Nobel Peace Prize, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
30/08/2017Denise Bartels was raised along the claim: "There is nothing impossible as long as you try hard enough". Since she has the diagnosis Ehlers-Danlos-Syndrome it is sometimes hard for her to satisfy her acquired self. Who helps her in this state of mind and what she thinks about the so called Federal Participation Law, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
23/08/2017Felix Brunner loves the mountains and even a momentous accident cannot hold him off from his adventurous hobbies. Why he does not believe in limits but in the German pupils, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
17/08/2017For nearly 20 years, the "Fanclub Sehhunde; Fußball-Fanclub für Blinde und Sehbehinderte e.V." promotes match reporting for the blind to ensure that its members fully experience a stadium visit. REHACARE.com spoke with deputy chairperson Nina Schweppe about the match reporting for the blind and the obstacles that still need to be overcome before full inclusion in stadiums becomes a reality.
17/08/2017The 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.
16/08/2017Coco de Bruycker wants to change the film industry - for people with disabilities. At the age of 21 the girl from Germany dreams big. Which goals she has and why she is not afraid of dancing in the London Underground but does not dare to be part of a flashmob, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
09/08/2017Depending on Sven Reusch, society would benefit if they would stop thinking in stereotypes. He would rather embrace more space for the uncharted and acceptance for everyone. And because they are known for being out of the box the Ramp'n'Roller Reusch likes Jürgen Klopp and Jürgen Vogel. What it is that Harry Potter is ahead of, Sven Reusch tells us at REHACARE.com.
02/08/2017To Sibylle Brandt equality, equal opportunity and the right to equal treatment of all people from all walks of life is an important concern. How an accidental meeting with former Chancellor Willy Brandt influenced her and which questions she wishes to be answered by society, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
26/07/2017After Christian Kenk told us "How he rolls" in the last week, today it is Bernd Mann's turn. He is the personal assistant of his friend Christian Kenk. What kind of questions the second author of "Schwer behindert, leicht bekloppt" (Heavily disabled, slightly loco) has in mind and which thought from the German philosopher Immanuel Kant he prefers, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
19/07/2017Christian Kenk and Bernd Mann are best friends for 25 years now. Their deep friendship has often been smiled at or caused disapproval. But it never changed a thing between their relationship and so they came up with a book called: "Schwer behindert, leicht bekloppt" (Heavily disabled, slightly loco). What else is important to Christian Kenk besides friendship, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
13/07/2017Modern and user-friendly: job seekers are able to indicate their type of disability on the Capjob.de employment portal and search for jobs that are right for them. REHACARE.com spoke with founder Felix Hüning about the unique features of Capjob and why virtually all parties could benefit from an inclusive employment landscape.
12/07/2017Katrin Gensecke is an expert in her own cause, an inclusion ambassador and wants to change something politically. It is important for her to see that every person is unique. She wonders when the people themselves will be focussed again in our society. Who influences and supports her the most and what it’s all about with Latin-American rhythms, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
05/07/2017Lisa Schütte is a family person, dog lover and has diabetes type 1. How life feels like with this disease, she writes on her blog lisabetes.de. What else is important to her except her family and friends and her dog Nero and how Batman, Emma Watson and Norway fit together, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
28/06/2017Björn Schulz is a cheerful person. Being an interested person as well he would like to know how the city of Florence manages to make almost all historical buildings accessible - and why in Germany it is still impossible due to monument protection. Why he has never been to Wacken OpenAir yet and who influenced his sense of humor, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
21/06/2017If you're asking Anja Bohr, every human being has the right to understand and to be understood. That's the reason she learned sign language. While she would be afraid of being Commissioner for the Disabled, there's not much more she wouldn't dare. Which question the sign language assistant would like to get an answear to, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
15/06/2017For many, recognizing and understanding characters is an important prerequisite to social participation. Inclusive communication design helps people with visual impairments to accomplish this. REHACARE.com spoke with designer and expert of the German Association for Blind and Visually Impaired People, Florian Adler. He has developed a digital guide to inclusive communication design.
14/06/2017Jan-Oliver Wülfing wants to influence his personal assistants in the long run: with being more open-minded or more aware of accessibility. As a federal disability commissioner, he would make everything more inclusive. In the movie about his life things would be heating up – instead of tearjerker a bank would be robbed. What kind of role dancing also plays in his life, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
07/06/2017Sabine Ochaba loves to travel. After she visited Burma, the USA, Cuba, New Zealand and Iceland, she found a new destination for 2019. Which one it is and what Nina Hoss, Veronica Ferres and Nicole Kidman have in common with her, she tells at REHACARE.com.
24/05/2017Accessibility – this is especially near and dear to Ute Göres. That is also why her first official act as a Commissioner for the Disabled would concern this topic. Why her parents are particularly important to her and why it would be nice, if Ingrid Bergmann would still be alive, she tells as at REHACARE.com.
17/05/2017A society full of diversity is something Marlies Hübner really cares about. So she steps up for the voiceless, because inclusion of people with any kind of disability is something that matters to her a lot. What she additionally thinks about diving and who inspires her the most, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
10/05/2017For Samira Mousa a positive approach to chronic diseases is very important. Such diagnoses can be the reason for a new start: living healthier, taking better care of oneself. That is something that she herself lives and constantly makes a subject of discussion in her blog. What she thinks about hiking thousands of kilometers and why a tired cat makes her laugh, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
03/05/2017Whether in the meadow under the starry sky or alone in the desert – the actor and martial arts teacher Benjamin Piwko wants to feel and experience nature as close as possible. He wants to lead as a good example and give courage to other people. Why he likes Iron Man and what the beautiful soul is all about, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
26/04/2017That people see the positive skills of others first, and not their shortcomings – that is Katrin Sickerts heartfelt wish. But also traveling is very high on her wish list. She can laugh about many things – and she does it happily and loud. Why compliments and appreciation are important to her and what kind of role for pupils she has in mind, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
20/04/2017More self-confidence and independence – things you can learn from horse riding for example. People with disabilities can take this important step with "Rolli auf Trab" (English: Trotting with Wheelchairs). REHACARE.com spoke with Sandra Glöckler of "Rolli auf Trab" about the lust for life that horse riding inspires and the interaction and experiences with the animals.
20/04/2017Literature should be accessible to all – including people who depend on texts written in Simple English. A project in Frankfurt, Germany, now wants to make this possible. REHACARE.com spoke with Hauke Hückstädt, the director of the Literaturhaus Frankfurt about the "Frankfurt, deine Geschichte. Literatur in Einfacher Sprache" project.
19/04/201723-year-old Jordan Luce is a professional wheelchair basketball player. Therefore, you can find him quite often in the gym. But his interests are not only in sporty, but also in animals. That’s why he would love to rescue injured animals. Still, he can laugh about an incident with a duck. What this is all about and which question he would like to have an answer to, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
12/04/2017Jan Nic Arnold is all about one topic: sports. Whether it is handball, athletics or swimming, the fifteen-year-old from Stuttgart can hardly be stopped. But also his friends and especially his father play an important role in his life. He has his eyes firmly on his big dream and so his next stop is already clear. You can find at REHACARE.com what this is.
05/04/2017Courage plays an important role in the life of Simone Plaschke. And this does not only regard the planned skydiving experience, but much more the process of learning to be true to oneself and to show what kind of person one is. What this is exactly about, what she connects with cranes and ravens and what she thinks about topics like dying, death and grief, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
29/03/2017A fair and emancipated world for everyone – that is what Danny-Ralph Cäsar wishes for. In order to make this dream become reality, he is activiley involved in politics. His motto: Together many things are possible! Who has impressed and influenced him the most so far and what he has not dared to do yet, he tells us at RECAHARE.com.
23/03/2017Music breaks down boundaries – that’s something the Association "Grenzen sind relativ e.V. - Kultur, Gesellschaft und Inklusion" clearly shows. Initiator and project manager Mischa Gohlke is a professional musician, who has been hearing impaired and nearly deaf since birth. He wants our society to get excited about a holistic approach to inclusion with the help of music.
22/03/2017"Be bold and wild and wonderful" – Elke Ederer gladly gives the advice of Pipi Longstocking to other people. Lucky Luke also plays an important role in her life – next to her boyfriend, her dog and her diabetes. To this, she devotes a whole homepage. And what it is all about with an animal sanctuary and Jim Morrison, she tells us at RECAHRAE.com.
15/03/2017Whether it is ice skating, modeling or writing a blog – trying out new things and fulfilling herself is especially important for Kim Elena do Calvário Moquenco. Also, she has many ideas for her assignment as German Federal Commissioner for the Disabled. Who are her heroes and what makes her angry about movies portraying people with disabilities, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
08/03/2017Never give up and always stand your ground – despite a stroke of fate. This is an advice the tattooist Melinda Litzendorf not only hands out to others, but also follows herself. Besides her dogs, especially her family is near and dear to the eightfold mother Melinda Litzendorf. Which role her husband plays in her life and why Snapchat makes her laugh heartily, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
01/03/2017Lydia Zoubek wishes for a better acceptance of people with disabilities in our society. In order to give an insight into her life as a blind woman, the mother and housewife blogs about her everyday life. In what kind of way we caught her and where she wants to take a look behind the scenes, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
22/02/2017With his project "BlindLife" Erdin Ciplak tries to address the topic of blindness and visual impairment in a relaxed way. Among other things, he reports on auxiliary means and everyday problems. How his Taekwon-Do coach helps him to master his everyday life and what a dream he connects with a Mercedes CLS AMG, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
16/02/2017A wizarding student who triumphs over evil. A girl who meets the love of her life. Literature has many facets and captivates us with wonderful stories day in and day out. Yet not everyone has access to these texts because accessible books for blind or visually impaired people are few and far between.
15/02/2017In the life of Maria Langstroff several people play an important role. They give her not only support but also courage and strength. The student and authoress has an unknown muscle disorder and enjoys her life to the fullest. Why not an actress, but her mother should represent her in the movie about her life and which comedian makes her laugh, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
08/02/2017Do not think so much, just do it – this has always been Boris Guentel's motto for already a long time. He wants a better cooperation in society and that people with disabilities are not prejudiced. Because everyone should get the chance to convince with his or her abilities. What kind of role his "Sensei" plays in his life and which challenge awaits him soon, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
25/01/2017Equal opportunities and acceptance of everybody by everybody – this is what is near and dear to Jochen Wier. For him this can be lowered curb stones as well as an unconditional basic income. What has been hindering him from paragliding until now and why would like to be blind for a certain amount of time, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
19/01/2017Every little person should be able to buy beautiful clothes yet there are still no fashionable items available in standard sizes. That’s something Sema Gedik wants to change – with her project titled "Auf Augenhöhe" (English: At Eye Level). REHACARE.com talked with the designer about her inspiration, her goals and the obstacles she had to overcome.
18/01/2017If she had enough time and a companion, Viola Steinbeck would really love to travel across the USA. And although it is not possible at the moment, she holds on to this dream. Which question she would like to have an answer to and why her grandparents are her one and only, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
11/01/2017Her family is really near and dear to Ina Schallenberg, especially her son Jayden. To what extend her loved-ones are also the reason to not letting a dream come true, what she thinks about the Federal Participation Law and why Mila Kunis should represent her in a movie about her life, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
22/12/2016Shopping with a disability is no easy feat: almost every store is not accessible. But what does accessibility in retail actually mean? REHACARE.com spoke with Patrick Dohmen of the EUKOBA Association about the idea behind the LernLaden (English: Learning Store) and the awareness and sensitization project for retailers, employees and apprentices.
21/12/2016Studying abroad being visually impaired needs more preparation, but it is also worth it: Since October Tina Paulick is living in Ireland and blogging about her experience. She wants more accessibility in the internet and explains that life is not defined by a disability. Why she would like to be her dog and what is important for her, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
14/12/2016Tabea Hosche is a journalist and filmmaker. But not Hollywood is in her focus, but rather people with disabilities. She wants to report about people just the way they are - not pitying, not heroizing, not only with regard to disability and its consequences. Why she would like to slip into the body of her daughter for a week, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
07/12/2016Nothing about us without us! This motto of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is what Dr. Carsten Rensinghoff demands for decisions in politics concerning people with disabilities. This would be the foundation for comprehensive inclusion. Where else he sees some problems in this regard and who influenced him the most, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
30/11/2016She studies hearing impairment pedagogy, is an author at hearzone.net and translates songs into sign language: Christine Tschuschner wants to live in a self-determined way – also with capital resources. That’s why it is important for her that the Federal Participation Law will be optimized. Why she fancies for Cosma Shiva Hagen and which animal she would like to be, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
24/11/2016There are some unique and interesting stories about accessibility and disability. Martin Habacher is someone who tells these stories. His goal is to find and then share them with the world on his YouTube channel. REHACARE.com spoke with Martin Habacher about his most beautiful story and his motivation to look beyond what he sees.
23/11/2016For almost a month, the exhibition "Touchdown 21" has been opened by people with and without Down Syndrome in the Federal Art Gallery in Bonn, Germany (Bundeskunsthalle). Anne Leichtfuß has also put a lot of passion into the preliminary work. On REHACARE.com she tells us what else moves her besides her work as a translator for Easy (German) Language.
16/11/2016People need clear goals for life, says Christian Troger. Therefore his goal is to motivate and inspire others. Everything that is important for him he tries to realize – in professional or private life. He informs us about the legal situation for disabled people in Austria and what he would like to change, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
09/11/2016Preserving and implementing human rights of people with disabilities is near and dear to Ottmar Miles-Paul. He really wants that there is justice in our world. Therefore, the committed activist fights against the worsening of the German Federal Participation Law – online as well as offline. What kind of idea he definitely wants to realize some day, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
02/11/2016Togetherness on eye level – that is what Anouk Schmitt likes to advocate for. People should act with each other exactly this way, no matter what sex, religion or disability they have. She tells us on REHACARE.com, why she wants to be a child again and what makes her partner so special.
26/10/2016Matthias Klei loves to overcome boundaries, likes to face personal challenges and tries to realize his dreams - for example a trip around the world. An inclusive society which is geared to disadvantaged people would make things much easier. Why Christoph Waltz would be the perfect cast for him in a movie, and what is getting on his nerves, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
20/10/2016It is called the disease with a thousand faces: multiple sclerosis (MS) manifests itself very differently in different people. Many don’t like to talk about their illness and the subsequent restrictions it entails. REHACARE.com spoke with Jann Kessler, the director of the documentary film "Multiple Fates - About the Struggle with One’s Own Body" about his personal connection to MS.
19/10/2016Lars Hemme is actually pleased with his life, but he keeps on asking himself when disabled people are no longer treated as second-class citizens. Therefore he would like to speak to Ms. Merkel. Why he has not been on the Way of St. James yet and what he can laugh about, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
12/10/2016Being braver and free from doubts – if this was Theresa Steinkellner, she would simply grab her backpack and go hiking. For her, being free is just as important as appreciating people and showing them respect and empathy – for example in her job as a personal assistant. Why tomato juice is a mystery for her, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
05/10/2016Stefanie Batzer can sometimes attract attention so that streetlights have to suffer from it. Looking at all the injustices in the world, she would like our society to become open-minded towards all people finally. How she would like to change the world of work and what she lacks the courage for, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
28/09/2016Dennis Winkens would like to win the lottery and to go skydiving – but unfortunately, neither the numbers nor the weather played along yet. But much more important to him are advancements concerning accessibility and inclusion, best by removing all tax limits. Which question he is asking himself and what he would like to be, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
21/09/2016Her singularity makes her her own role model – Kassandra Ruhm is committed to a better Federal Participation Law, equal rights for everyone and she wants to create accessibility both in live and in thinking. Why female actors can have some more kilos and why people generally should show more empathy, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
14/09/2016Discovering new cultures and people and coming closer to herself as a consequence – Meike Mittmeyer-Riehl loves travelling and her cat which makes her laugh every day. She wants to put the topic of young stroke patients more into public’s eye and advocates for a more tolerant world with more humanity. What she has always been wanting to do, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
07/09/2016Anja Hebel is a fighter. She does what she wants to do and never bounces back. Being an aerialist at Cirque du Soleil would be the perfect job for her. But what she wishes for the most, is giving not directly visible disabilities more attention. Which questions she is asking herself and why Elizabeth Taylor would be the perfect cast for the movie about her life, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
31/08/2016His passion is photography: Arne Schöning is always looking for new inspiration, does not take life too serious and has a refreshing self-mockery. What he dislikes about the title German Federal Commissioner for the Disabled and what he always wanted to do, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
24/08/2016Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud likes metal music, is in love with Captain Jack Sparrow and would like to understand her cat at least once. She advocates more public commitment, disability rights and their realisation. What kind of dreams she has and why dolphins and pirates play a role in it, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
17/08/2016Marit Müller’s life is like a blockbuster: From romance over drama to western, it includes just everything. And the protagonist herself convinces with unconventional thinking and a healthy self-confidence. Which questions bother her and why does she want to kick some people’s shin, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
16/08/2016A look at the living situation of many people with learning disabilities reveals they often only get to choose between living in care homes or their families’ homes. Many of them are not aware of the numerous inclusive shared housing options that gradually emerge in Germany and where people with or without disabilities live together.
10/08/2016Lara Möhlenbeck wants more accessibility and more intensive research. She has a big heart, values honesty, her health and having time for herself. On REHACARE.com she tells us why she likes the German actress Alexandra Maria Lara so much and what else is important to her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
03/08/2016For Petra Wontorra one thing is very important: Germany needs a good Federal Participation Law and has to destroy barriers, which are in many heads. Every human being should be able to equally take part in all areas of life. Which questions she would like to get an answer to and what kind of role a yoghurt plays in this context, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
27/07/2016Diving with sharks and whales? Maybe not! But Chris Robertson also likes the smaller pleasures like ice cream with almonds. At REHACARE.com, he tells us more about the things that matter to him and what role Tyrion Lannister, a full beard and unicorns play here!
20/07/2016Young, fully inclusive and on air in German TV: this is Kim Denise Hansmann. At REHACARE.com, she tells us what is important to her, what she fights for and what else she wants to achieve.
13/07/2016Luisa Eichler loves enjoying the sun, singing and traveling. Just recently, she traveled from Würzburg to Berlin especially for a demonstration against the Federal Participation Law. For what else she campaigns alongside to such actions, what kind of language she would like to learn and what is going on with her hair texture, she reveals on REHACARE.com.
06/07/2016Marcella Becker is a proud mother of a child with autism. She wishes that people look over the rim of their tea cup. She would like to live in a world where it is normal to be different. A world where other people give her son obviously a ladder to pick an apple like all the others. What she also wishes for, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
29/06/2016Fighting for accessibility in the head of local politicians and other decision makers and counseling other affected people, this is what is very important for Norbert Sandmann. That persistence can be worth the effort, he has already experienced on his own. How he sees life in general, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
22/06/2016Multicultural and diverse Berlin – this is where Heiko Mersch lives. However, he dreams of going somewhere else – far away: he wants to ride with his bicycle through the Outback of Australia. Where and with whom he wants to make a few fine adjustments and why of all things a woman should play the leading role in the movie of his life, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
15/06/2016Michael Hausman has diabetes mellitus type 3 and had a stroke three years ago. Since then, he campaigns for more information about this disease and also runs a blog on this topic. Who always supports him and which question he wants to be answered, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
08/06/2016Family, friends and wheelchair basketball – these are the elementary things in the life of Marcel Gerber. His next goal: he wants to try driving a kart. Why Will Smith should represent him in the movie about his life and what he knows about God, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
01/06/2016Just daring to live happy and free against all reservations – that’s exactely the way Silke Naun-Bates chose. Her life nowadays as a successful author, partner and mother proves her right. Why she wishes for accessibility, although she does not really depend on it, and how she handles fear, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
25/05/2016Those who are open-minded and interested in other people – also in those who are different – have less prejudices. That’s at least what Agnes Gebler thinks. But she also understands first fears of contact. What matters to her is the willingness to approach to others. What else is important to her and which questions she would like to be answered, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
24/05/2016Many people who had to leave their home country traveled in a wheelchair or used crutches. The stress of this escape was at times even more exhausting and taxing for some than for others. REHACARE.com spoke with Sigrid Arnade (ISL e.V.) and Eva-Maria and Andreas Mohn (Andreas Mohn Foundation) about the Ability4Refugees platform that aims to improve the availability of auxiliary means for refugees.
18/05/2016Enjoy every moment and make your own experiences – that is what is important in life for Melanie Eilert. Alongside her political interest, she is very passionate about musicals. How this fact would influence making a movie about her life, which musical actress could represent her the best way and what her answer to all questions is, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
11/05/2016Because of the fact that Anna Siuda is deaf, many people think she is not capable of doing several things. But she tries not to let herself be pulled down and campaigns for accessibility for everybody. What kind of dreams she has and what kind of advice she gives other people, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
04/05/2016Ju Wheelymum would like to shout it out to the world: "We exist – please see us!" The 30-year-old mother continuously writes for her blog to focus at parents with a chronical diseases and an impairment. On REHACARE.com she tell us who is her tower of strength and whose strange way of singing makes her happy.
28/04/2016Disabled parking spaces, lower counters, stair lifts, and elevators – those are just a few of the provisions of an accessible medical practice. Yet many physician offices don’t meet these requirements. To make it easier for people with disabilities to find available accessible medical practices close-by, the "Accessible Practice" project has created a directory.
27/04/2016Berlin is beautiful! Still, now and then one can think about going elsewhere - like Annika Möller. Read at REHACARE.com if she will put this plan into action or if she will rather stay and enjoy the sun and Berlin’s air in Lichtenberg!
20/04/2016Timo Ameruoso wants to leave his mark. He would like to change something in our society – if necessary also with the help of some special tickets. To what extent his role models Muhammad Ali und Bruce Lee have to do something with it and why his coma many years ago made him want to travel to the USA, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
13/04/2016Her family and friends have a save place in the heart of Nicole Franke. But her biggest love is music. That’s why she is a passionate concert visitor who loves to support her artist on site. Who or what makes her laugh and what she thinks about pitifulness, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
06/04/2016Living one’s life open-minded and true is a matter of course for Christoph Gockeln. In his eyes everybody should also be able to laugh about themselves. He actually really likes to do it. What else is near and dear to the politically commited programer and which two public persons he has a special relation to, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
30/03/2016Whether young or old, disabled or not – people should live in peace and happiness with each other. Also their origin and skin color do not play a role, when it comes to Iris Westermann. For her it is the person itself that counts. On REHACARE.com she does not only tell us how tolerance can work out, but she also declares her love to her husband.
23/03/2016Petra Ulbrich wants all people to be kind to each other. But if this does not work on a large scale, then she wishes that it’s at least possible in her small family surrounding – for example in dealing with her children. What she has learned because of them and what kind of shared situations make her laugh, she tells us on REHACARE.com.