Photo: The M-Enabling Forum Europe 2019; Copyright: beta-web

European digital inclusion strategies

13.11.2019

The 2nd M-Enabling Forum Europe took place on September 19, 2019 at the Congress Center of Messe Düsseldorf during REHACARE. The conference demonstrated the importance of promoting digital inclusion and accessible and assistive technology for persons with disabilities and senior citizens.
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Photo: A workshop in the FabLab; Copyright: Projekt EL4

FabLabs: Learning digital competence and promoting participation

01.10.2019

People with disabilities often need custom-made or adapted items because disabilities are unique to each person. And sometimes the affected person is the only one who comes up with great ideas that are truly helpful in daily life. But not everyone has the knowledge or equipment to create their very own auxiliary aid. This is where so-called fab labs come into play.
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Photo: Johanna Korte and Eileen Witte; Copyright: Stefanie Freudenreich

Career launch made easy: customized support services for people with disabilities

12.09.2019

Problems 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.
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Photo: Visitors in the entrance area of REHACARE 2018; Copyright: Messe Duesseldorf/ctillmann

September 2019: Highlights at REHACARE 2019

02.09.2019

The time has come again: In September, the exhibition halls in Düsseldorf will be transformed into a market of possibilities. Because REHACARE 2019 is just around the corner. 740 exhibitors from 43 countries are offering a wide range of products for rehabilitation, care and self-determined living. In our current Topic of the Month you can find out more about the highlights of REHACARE 2019.
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Photo: Bob Griffin at the booth of Tomcat SNI Ltd at REHACARE 2017; Copyright: Tomcat SNI Ltd

Trikes, power attachments, drive-by-wire systems: The many faces of mobility

02.09.2019

Whether it’s two, three or four wheels, whether it requires muscle strength or extra assistance – mobility has many faces and plays a big part in promoting self-determination for people with disabilities. This year’s new PRODUCTS & NEWS @REHACARE forum (Hall 4 / H21) – powered by MOBITIPP – showcases solutions that support participation with mobility options.
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Photo: Visitors in the entrance area of REHACARE 2018; Copyright: Messe Duesseldorf/ctillmann

Highlights at REHACARE 2019

02.09.2019

The time has come again: In September, the exhibition halls in Düsseldorf will be transformed into a market of possibilities. Because REHACARE 2019 is just around the corner. 740 exhibitors from 43 countries are offering a wide range of products for rehabilitation, care and self-determined living. In our current Topic of the Month you can find out more about the highlights of REHACARE 2019.
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Photo: Logo of the REHACARE on a glass surface; Copyright: Messe Duesseldorf/ctillmann

REHACARE 2019: everyone comes together at the market of endless opportunities

02.09.2019

Whether you are a professional, family member or a person with a disability – there’s something for everyone at REHACARE, the leading trade fair for rehabilitation, prevention, inclusion and care. Set to take place September 18 – 21, 2019, the doors of the exhibition halls in Düsseldorf will once again open to welcome anyone interested in auxiliary aids, innovations and expert information.
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Photo: Laura Gehlhaar holds the travel magazine in her hand while sitting on the train; Copyright: Xiomara Bender / B-Plus-K

Tourism: "Questions about accessibility and participation are omnipresent"

02.09.2019

Whether travel providers, accessible mobile homes or special aids for travelling – travel and tourism are a popular topic in the Düsseldorf exhibition halls every year. At this year's REHACARE, exhibitors will be adding a versatile event to their range at TREFFPUNKT REHACARE: news from accessible tourism.
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Photo: The iEAT Light Grip eating aid; Copyright: Assistive Innovations bv

"Assistive devices help to actively join the meal"

22.08.2019

There 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.
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Photo: wheelchair user in a blurred photo effect drives over a people with disabilities and jobs sign at REHACARE trade fair; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

August 2019: Auxiliary means for everyday working life

01.08.2019

A job is the basic prerequisite for a regular income and thus for a self-determined life and participation. People with a disability often need specific auxiliary aids to participate in everyday work life. How those already help to make everyday working life easier today and in the future and why inclusive approaches are important in the area of software, we explain in our Topic of the Month.
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Photo: Wheelchair user talking to her colleague; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Labor force participation: How auxiliary aids can help make the workday easier

01.08.2019

Special tools, accessible software or a modified work environment – there are many ways to create a more accessible workplace for people with disabilities. Options range from conventional analog tools to digital solutions. But how can disability inclusion in the workplace be ensured – today and in the future?
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Photo: Wheelchair user driving through a warehouse; Copyright: O4 Wheelchairs GmbH

WorkHopper: where sitting is a pleasure

01.08.2019

How often do we change our sitting position throughout the workday? People who don’t use wheelchairs can "stretch their legs" during a long day at the office. Unfortunately, that’s not a real option for wheelchair users. That's why the Dutch manufacturer O4 Wheelchairs has created the WorkHopper, a dynamic and ergonomic solution that’s specifically designed for the workplace.
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Photo: Hands on a braille display at a laptop; Copyright: Michel Arriens | www.michelarriens.de

Creating an accessible workplace: inclusive software for people with and without disabilities

01.08.2019

Optimized technical workflows that efficiently accommodate blind, visually impaired and sighted people – the inclusive software by Dräger & Lienert GbR makes it reality. In this REHACARE.com interview, Hansjörg Lienert explains how a small company in Marburg has managed to succeed in international markets and reveals why entrepreneurs sometimes have to take risks to thrive.
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Photo: wheelchair user in a blurred photo effect drives over a people with disabilities and jobs sign at REHACARE trade fair; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Auxiliary means for everyday working life

01.08.2019

A job is the basic prerequisite for a regular income and thus for a self-determined life and participation. People with a disability often need specific auxiliary aids to participate in everyday work life. How those already help to make everyday working life easier today and in the future and why inclusive approaches are important in the area of software, we explain in our Topic of the Month.
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Photo: Trade fair visitors stand in front of a wheelchair-accessible vehicle at REHACARE 2018; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Self-determined mobility on all roads

01.07.2019

For many people, being mobile in a self-determined way is simply normal. People with disabilities often do not experience this self-evident fact. Buses and trains are not accessible, and for many their own converted vehicle still verges on luxury. What ideas for more accessibility vehicle manufacturers are currently working on and what new attitude to life a converted minibus can bring with it?
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Photo: AssistX Mobil-Set plus; Copyright: CSS Labs

"An assistive home and nurse call system provides security and protects privacy"

03.06.2019

Whether you are at home or in a nursing home – you always have to be in a position where you can reliably summon assistance in an emergency by pressing a call button. Yet not everyone is able to easily use the conventional call buttons. That’s why it is important to offer alternatives that provide peace of mind and protection.
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Photo: Reading devices for visually impaired people at REHACARE 2018 ; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Daily living aids improve quality of life

03.06.2019

Whether they are smart and connected or simple and low-tech – the market offers many different types of tools and resources that make everyday tasks easier for people with disabilities. They also increase self-determination and promote participation in all areas of life.
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Photo: Cutlery drawer with Gripoballs in it; Copyright: Gripoballs

Self-determination thanks to eating and drinking aids

03.06.2019

There are many reasons why a person has trouble eating or drinking, including tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease or neurologic symptoms caused by multiple sclerosis. Eating independently without the need for help is a pervasive need in all of us. It is usually not an issue if we have the right tools.
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