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EnableMe Insights – Participation as the key to better assistive devices and more inclusion

11.07.2024

"Nothing about us without us" is the motto of EnableMe Insights. The message is clear: accessibility and inclusion only work if people with disabilities are actively involved in the various development processes. In an interview with REHACARE.com, Boryana Milova from EnableMe talks about the goals and challenges of the project – and how you can get involved.
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STEETS

Innovative STEETS module: Safe placement of walking aids

10.07.2024

An innovative idea in the field of mobility devices comes onto the market: the STEETS module makes it possible to place walking aids safely and stably. After four years of intensive development and testing, three students from Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts and Paderborn University and Paderborn University of Applied Sciences and Arts present their final product.
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G. Klauke/GGT

Accessible living: When everyone benefits

24.06.2024

When people think of accessible living, they have images of wheelchairs and walking frames in their heads. But accessibility should be considered for everyone – as a matter of course and in every building construction. Only then will it become widespread. REHACARE.com spoke to Martina Koepp, Managing Director of GGT, about challenges and solutions for age-appropriate and accessible living.
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Smart Living & Health Center e.V.

"House of the Future" in Berlin: a center for self-determined living

17.06.2024

The "House of the Future" is located in the heart of Marzahn-Hellersdorf in Berlin. It is part of the Unfallkrankenhaus (Accident hospital) Berlin (ukb) – an innovative facility dedicated to promoting a self-determined life. In June, the center invites you to a special open day.
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AMF-Bruns

AMF-Bruns: Accessible conversion for comfortable and safe transportation

10.04.2024

From mid-2024, AMF-Bruns will be offering accessible conversions for the new Hyundai STARIA. The futuristic vehicle not only impresses with its design, but also with flexible conversion solutions that enable the safe and comfortable transportation of wheelchair users.
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Making cycling possible for everyone – exploring the new HASE BIKES flagship store

14.12.2023

Mobility means more than just moving from A to B. It means freedom and independence. This makes it all the more important to enable unrestricted mobility for everyone. At Schaltwerk – the new flagship store of HASE BIKES in Waltrop, Germany – visitors can discover new ways to become or remain self-determined and mobile.
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Darlene Alderson / Pexels

Digitalization in therapy professions: Progress against the shortage of skilled workers?

26.10.2023

There is a shortage of skilled workers – also in the therapy sector. People who need physiotherapy, ergotherapy or speech therapy due to a disability, illness or injury often have to wait a long time for entry into a program. Progress in digitalization offers new opportunities for those affected and can relieve the burden on therapists.
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Andi Weiland, Boehringer Ingelheim / Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Inclusion in the workplace: how to make real participation in working life a reality

16.10.2023

Workplace inclusion – a topic that has preoccupied many people for decades, but continues to receive little attention in society. Instead of asking what measures can be taken to make a workplace barrier-free, many people with disabilities are still excluded and labelled as "not employable".
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Andi Weiland / Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Louder is not always better: assistive devices for people with hearing disabilities

27.09.2023

Participation is not the same as taking part. Many people with a disability are no strangers to this realization. At REHACARE 2023, Susanne Schmidt from the German Association for the Hearing Impaired explained to us where the problems lie in the participation of people with a hearing impairment and what technical, but also very human solutions are possible.
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envato/astakhovyaroslav

REHACARE 2023: Professional participation is possible for all

31.08.2023

People with disabilities have the guaranteed right to be part of the community in all areas of life. But unfortunately, there are still far too many barriers that exclude individuals from the community.
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REHACARE Shanghai

REHACARE CHINA: for visitors, country and progress

22.08.2023

Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. has upgraded REHACARE SHANGHAI to REHACARE CHINA and moved the trade fair to Suzhou. The event will take place from 23 to 25 August 2023.We spoke to James Zhang, Senior Project Director of Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. about the background, the importance of the show for the country and the highlights of the event.
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PARAVAN

PARAVAN premiere Hyundai STARIA: Expressive design with plenty of space

16.08.2023

The new PARAVAN Hyundai STARIA is a modern wheelchair-accessible multivan that can be customized and is available with various features such as a cassette lift, drive and steering system, and voice control. Thanks to a lowered vehicle floor, it offers spacious interior space for wheelchair and passengers.
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visitBerlin; Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Automobility: Self-determined living in everyday life

03.08.2023

Self-determination is one of the basic needs of every person. However, the everyday life of people with disabilities often becomes more difficult due to various barriers and restricted mobility. This frequently also applies when it comes to driving a car. Individual adaptations and digital solutions, however, often make this possible again.
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Timo Hermann | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

From handbike tours to camping holidays – how to manage mobility in leisure time

27.07.2023

Riding a bike or going for a hike at the weekend – what is normal for many can be a great challenge for people with mobility impairments. When participation in social life is impeded, the quality of life often suffers. The effects vary depending on the degree to which people are affected. Thankfully, many companies offer solutions to manage the desire for mobility in leisure activities.
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PARAVAN

PARAVAN: Reintegration into working life with disabilities

10.07.2023

PARAVAN GmbH demonstrates a wide range of possibilities for individually adapting vehicles and machines to make it easier for people with disabilities to re-enter working life, whether through adaptations to access or the control of the vehicles. Inclusion in the workplace requires willingness and a common basic understanding among all parties involved.
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SailWise

Active on vacation – with the right travel offers and the right assistive devices

28.06.2023

Everyone likes to travel. A vacation promises relaxation, action and adventure or simply a break from everyday life. Even if people with disabilities must consider more than people without disabilities when planning a trip, a vacation according to one's own interests is no longer an unreachable goal. The travel industry has a lot to offer these days.
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Photo: Two teenage girls sitting in an inclusive sailboat at Rehacare; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / Andreas Wiese

Messe Düsseldorf / Andreas Wiese

Sports for people with disabilities: active on land and water

13.06.2023

Many people engage in sports in their free time. Some want to promote their own health, others want to achieve a specific goal. Some people use sport to clear their heads, while others simply enjoy it. Sports activities also serve as a meeting place for social contacts and shared experiences.
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Wheeleo®

Wheeleo®: the walking aid for stability and autonomy

31.05.2023

The new generation walking aid companion? The Wheeleo® feels like a never-ending guardrail and accompanies you everywhere you go. With its one-handed design it helps regain autonomy while supporting movement in everyday situations. For example, it enables grocery shopping, opening doors and walking the dog. It also reduces the risk of falling, is easy to transport and has an elegant design.
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ergoflix

Folding electric wheelchairs by ergoflix: adding more joy to life with the right mobility solution

18.04.2023

Autonomy instead of dependency, social inclusion instead of social isolation – that's the motto of ergoflix. Leveraging high levels of motivation and conviction, the medical equipment manufacturer is committed to making it easier to access smart and aesthetic mobility equipment. The company developed a series of foldable electric wheelchair models that promote an active and flexible lifestyle.
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2KERR

IBOT electric wheelchair: go wherever you want – physically and socially

30.03.2023

The iBOT is a multifunctional personal mobility device that allows users to achieve things that were previously impossible. With twenty years of advanced technology combined into one device with six different modes, users can go wherever they want. And wherever they are, the iBOT electric wheelchair makes participation possible.
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PARAVAN

PARAVAN delivers vehicles for people with disabilities to car rental company Avis

29.03.2023

PARAVAN GmbH delivers vehicles for people with disabilities to the Avis car rental company. A total of 20 new VW Caddy 5 Maxi will leave the yard of the PARAVAN mobility park in Aichelau by the end of March and begin their journey to Avis rental stations throughout Germany.
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MEYRA GmbH

MEYRA presents the world's first folding wheelchair NANO S

22.03.2023

The company MEYRA has produced the first folding wheelchair named NANO S. It is a folding wheelchair with open frame and removable leg supports, which stands out with its lightness and stability.
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European Disability Forum

Web Accessibility Directive: better feedback mechanism, more expertise needed

20.03.2023

An evaluation report by the European Commission reported on the first three years of application of the Web Accessibility Directive (WAD). The period of the review overlaps with the accelerated digital transformation brought on by the pandemic.
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Ottobock

Ottobock: a new lease of life with an app-controlled leg orthosis

15.03.2023

Denise was 29 years old when she underwent disc surgery – a seemingly harmless procedure. However, the surgery didn't go as smoothly as planned and when she woke up from anaesthesia, she could no longer feel her right thigh. The diagnosis: incomplete paraplegia. The world's first smart leg orthosis, the C-Brace® has given the mother of two new mobility and improved her quality of life.
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ReWalk Robotics Ltd.

ReWalk exoskeleton receives FDA clearance for stairs and curbs

13.03.2023

ReWalk, a leading provider of innovative technologies that enable mobility and wellness in rehabilitation and daily life for individuals with neurological conditions, announced that its innovative ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton technology has received clearance from the FDA for use on stairs and curbs in the US, making it the only personal exoskeleton to receive FDA clearance for this indication.
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private

Frank Lackner – That's how he rolls

08.03.2023

Frank Lackner fights for more accessibility in public spaces. In 1991, he and a friend founded the International Citizens' Initiative for Wheelchair Users' Interests, or INTERROLLI in short. What improvements he would like to see in disabled toilets and how else he rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Showerbuddy

5 ways to make a home easier for elderly people

08.03.2023

The transition from elderly people being fully independent to needing a bit of help is often gradual. Sometimes the signs aren’t obvious nor are these people actively seeking out help. But in order to keep them safe in their own home, we need to proactively take some steps to make daily tasks easier.
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DC_Studio

Neural prosthesis uses brain activity to decode speech

06.03.2023

Researchers from HSE University and the Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry have developed a machine learning model that can predict the word about to be uttered by a subject based on their neural activity recorded with a small set of minimally invasive electrodes.
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PARAVAN

"Mobile tailor-made suit" by PARAVAN: flexible operating devices for vehicles

27.02.2023

Lukas drives his new Ford Tourneo Connect with the Space Drive driving and steering system and two joysticks – one for accelerator/brake and one for steering. But every now and then, someone else sits behind the steering wheel who doesn't need these input devices. Thanks to a resourceful solution from PARAVAN's technicians, this can be realized within a minute.
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Flexo-Handlaufsysteme GmbH

Tangible safety: self-determination thanks to Flexo handrail systems

23.02.2023

Code-compliant handrail systems provide safety and make stairs accessible and usable for more people. They help reduce fall risk, facilitate more mobility, and allow people to gain access to all rooms. Thanks to its work with older adults and people with disabilities, Flexo-Handlaufsysteme GmbH knows about potential barriers and has made it its mission to promote the self-determination of people.
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Sandra Lange

Annika Schröder – That's how she rolls

22.02.2023

Accessibility plays a key role for Annika Schröder. She sees a need to catch up in many areas – from public transport to bureaucracy. The 25-year-old competitive athlete has the support of her friends and family. Why she would like to see more determination from politicians and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Ottobock

Ottobock unveils the patient care of the future

22.02.2023

On 20 February, the global healthtech company Ottobock opened the doors to its most state-of-the-art and future-oriented clinic to date. Located in the newly developed Sartorius Quarter in the German city of Göttingen, the clinic will provide care for patients across the country and worldwide.
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PARAVAN GmbH

Reintegration into working life: Operating a wheel loader via joystick

15.02.2023

Alexander Klems has been driving wheel loaders for 21 years. In 2019, everything was going to be different. He got injured. He could no longer operate the accelerator pedal of his Hitachi ZW 330 wheel loader, which he almost always has to step on when loading construction materials. Another solution was needed, which was found at PARAVAN thanks to the Space Drive drive-by-wire system.
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private

Sebastian Stabler – That's how he rolls

08.02.2023

Not just stand, but dance – that's what Sebastian Stabler would like to do. He is still waiting for the right assistive equipment. But the paraplegic 37-year-old already shows himself to be a sporty and active person. Why he would like to meet a certain bodybuilder and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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PARAVAN

Children's wheelchairs by PARAVAN: independent standing, lying, sitting and tilting

01.02.2023

At the rehaKIND congress, PARAVAN presents the versatile wheelchair portfolio of the PR series for children with a seat concept that grows with the child. There is a wide range of possible uses. With the adaptable power wheelchairs, children are in the middle of the action and not just there.
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private

Karina Sturm – That's how she rolls

25.01.2023

Writing a book – a dream for many people. For Karina Sturm, it was a chance to accept her diagnosis. By giving advice, she wants to enable other people to do what she has managed to do herself: to become an active part of their own disease management and to live a self-determined life. How she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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private

Sascha Scholz – That's how he rolls

11.01.2023

Nowadays, mobility for many people with disabilities means being able to be self-determined in their own car. One prerequisite for this is a driver's license. Which detours and obstacles Sascha Scholz had to overcome to get his license, where he went on his subsequent European tour, and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Patrick Estebar

Kae Tran – That's how she rolls

14.12.2022

Self-determined mobility is possible in Kae Tran's everyday life mainly through her walking stick. The aid has become her most important companion. What changes she would like to see in rollators and in society, what role mental health plays for her and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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privat

Victoria H. – That's how she rolls

30.11.2022

Victoria 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.
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private

Ricky – That's how he rolls

16.11.2022

His 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.
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Saskia Melches

Saskia Melches – That's how she rolls

02.11.2022

Various 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.
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Rebecca Brunner

Rebecca Brunner – That's how she rolls

19.10.2022

Rebecca 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.
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Svenjas Welt

Svenja – That's how she rolls

05.10.2022

Getting 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.
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Antonio Hoempler

Antonio Hoempler – That's how she rolls

21.09.2022

Whether 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.
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Messe Düsseldorf/Constanze Tillmann

Choose, touch, and try out products – experience REHACARE live and in-person again in 2022

12.09.2022

You’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.
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Isabelle Sievers

Isabelle Sievers – That's how she rolls

07.09.2022

A 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.
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CreativeNature_nl/envato

Living a self-determined life: accessible travel around the world

29.08.2022

Get 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.
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Veigel GmbH + Co. KG

Electromobility: technology support for people with disabilities

29.08.2022

For persons with reduced mobility, participation in social and civic life is often only an option if the conditions are right: Wheelchair users need accessible designs to train stations or bus stops to use these modes of transportation. Unfortunately, many places still lack accessible accommodations, which is why many people rely on cars to ensure their mobility and transportation.
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Katja Tefiki

Katja Tefiki – That's how she rolls

24.08.2022

Katja 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.
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Tahina Andale

Tahina Andale – That's how she rolls

10.08.2022

Whether 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.
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Alain Zanchetta

Alain Zanchetta – That's how he rolls

27.07.2022

Alain 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.
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Leben mit PEG

Bastian K. – That's how he rolls

13.07.2022

Bastian 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.
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Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Digital assistive technologies: Modern tools to make life more accessible

13.07.2022

People 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.
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Ornamin

Small things that have big benefits: daily living aids help make everyday life easier

27.06.2022

Opening 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.
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ostfriesland.travel

Accessible trip planning: City sightseeing or active travel adventures?

22.06.2022

How do you want to spend your annual summer vacation? Are you headed for the beach or is skiing in the mountains more your style? No matter the destination, most people use their vacation time for a relaxing escape. Unfortunately, planning a trip can be stressful and is especially challenging for people with disabilities, as they must find accessible accommodations and inclusive destinations.
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Andrea Francolini-www.afrancolini.com

Inclusion in water sports: "Disability is no longer an issue once you get in the boat"

13.06.2022

What does inclusive sailing entail? Just ask Elke Paatz. She practically grew up on a sailboat and has become disabled as the result of a sports accident. Paatz is the contact person for inclusive (adaptive) sailing on behalf of the German Sailing Federation (German: Deutscher Segler Verband), DSV.
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seventyfourimages

The joy of water sports includes people with disabilities

27.05.2022

Water sports such as diving, sailing, or kiteboarding evoke a feeling of freedom! You don’t have to travel the five oceans of the world to get in on the fun. Depending on the type of sport, your local man-made lake or public swimming pool can also do the trick.
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Elena Zubiaurre / privat

Elena Zubiaurre – That's how she rolls

04.05.2022

Living with an invisible disability – Elena Zubiaurre knows how it feels. She lives with multiple sclerosis (MS). But strangers don't see it. That's why she would like society to be more careful and attentive. She tells REHACARE.com which everyday aids and auxiliary means should also be invented and why home office and mandatory masks are a blessing for her.
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Dot Incorporation

People with vision impairments: The Dot Pad bridges the information gap

21.04.2022

The 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.
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Niklas Arnold Photography

Dietmar Sen – That's how he rolls

20.04.2022

Dietmar Sen doesn't want to have to hide or be ashamed of his weaknesses. His message: "Let's be authentic!" He tells REHACARE.com which things he wishes for and what he misses from his youth.
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Yvy Anheier

Alina Esleben – That's how she rolls

06.04.2022

Instead of new assistive devices, Alina Esleben would like to see a normalization of accessible public spaces and transportation. On REHACARE.com she shares her thoughts on local production within the assistive technology industry and how she rolls otherwise.
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PantherMedia / HayDmitriy

Adaptive clothing: designed to fit

28.03.2022

Clothes 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.
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Natalie Pinnisch – That's how she rolls

09.03.2022

Getting 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.
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Photo: Three men, three generations. The oldest man sits in a wheelchair, the younger men sit on the couch in front of a TV; Copyright: PantherMedia / Andriy Popov

PantherMedia / Andriy Popov

Accessible housing: a win-win situation

28.02.2022

Many 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!
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Accessible bathrooms: fostering and maintaining greater autonomy and independence

28.02.2022

For most people, the bathroom is their happy place and sanctuary – which is why it is important to remove any barriers for safety, ease, and comfort. Unfortunately, this is not always a given when it comes to people with disabilities. Unless you live in a new building, you may have to remodel bathrooms and toilet rooms to accommodate your special needs.
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University of Chicago

Prosthetics: stretchable pressure sensor could lead to better robotics

20.12.2021

In the future, soft robotic hands with advanced sensors could help diagnose and care for patients or act as more lifelike prostheses.
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Udo Fischer | nunsichtbar.de

Cassandra Mae Spittmann – That's how she rolls

01.12.2021

Cassandra 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.
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Anna Fee – That's how she rolls

17.11.2021

If 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.
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Liftstar GmbH

Stylish and innovative design: taking it to the top with the Lifton home elevator

11.11.2021

Raúl 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.
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Touch, hear, participate: Assistive technology helps conquer visual impairment

28.10.2021

Blindness 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.
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Converted and safe: Mobile with your own car

15.09.2021

For people with disabilities in particular having their own vehicle is incredibly important for their mobility. Whether behind the wheel themselves or for the safe transportation of people with disabilities – the conversion industry always has suitable solutions at the ready. We asked our exhibitors what new, innovative products they have in their portfolio in terms of mobility.
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Lukas Kapfer | www.th-10.de

Full participation: paving the way to an inclusive society

31.05.2021

Whether it affects cultural, political, economic, or social life – people with disabilities have a right to participation. This was recognized and stipulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But how is society as a whole implementing this directive? How are inclusion and participation put into practice and what role do companies play in promoting diversity?
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Andi Weiland | Boehringer Ingelheim, Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Assistive devices in the workplace: Making communication accessible

26.04.2021

Especially for blind and visually impaired people, the lack of or non-working augmentative communication devices frequently means that they have no prospect of participating in the workplace. We discussed with Bruno Behrendt from Papenmeier why screen readers are sometimes nothing more than pretty tools and learned why technical support is THE perennial issue when it comes to customer service.
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Myd'l: Diverse, innovative and individual – ramps for all occasions

28.01.2021

Shopping – especially in city centers – can quickly turn from pleasure to frustration. Namely, when stores are only accessible via one or more steps. The French company Myd'l has a solution ready for every barrier in terms of accessibility – whether private or business. Successfully active in international business for 22 years, the manufacturer now also offers its products in Germany.
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Ines Zeifert

Lilli Zeifert – That's how she rolls

27.01.2021

Lilli 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.
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Lionel Messi and OrCam: Enhancing self-determination in the lives of people with visual impairments

10.12.2020

Off the soccer field, professional footballer Lionel Messi is known for his commercials for Pepsi, Lay's or Dolce & Gabbana. Now he has also become the brand ambassador for OrCam MyEye and shines a bright light on this unique assistive technology. Why did the two decide to form this rather unusual partnership?
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Sunrise Medical

Accessible hiking in the mountains: The X8 off-road power wheelchair takes users to the top

03.11.2020

From the valley to the hut in a wheelchair – and no shuttle bus or mountain railway required. Wheelchair manufacturer Sunrise Medical teamed up with various partners as part of a joint initiative to turn this idea into a reality.
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Heidehotel Bad Bevensen@FDS Hotel gGmbH

Accessible travel: Hotels for everyone

02.04.2020

When people with disabilities plan a trip, accessible accommodations are typically a critical aspect to consider. Both the hotel room and the surroundings should offer all the typical amenities, but also address the person’s special needs. REHACARE.com showcases three hotels that want to facilitate comfort and ease, especially for people with mobility disabilities.
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Safe smart living and aging in place

07.01.2020

Our living space reveals a lot about us. It undergoes many changes as the years go by and – with any luck - adapts to our circumstances. Sooner or later accessibility becomes an important issue for all of us. When it comes to our own four walls, this may consist of technology that enables us to live a self-determined life or may involve smart home devices and assistance systems.
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Standing Ovation facilitates mobility at the workplace

12.12.2019

Sitting 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.
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Mobility: Overcoming barriers with Wheelblades

28.11.2019

Whether 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.
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Career of the future: Accessibility Professional

14.11.2019

(Digital) accessibility is no longer a niche market and there is an increasing demand for skilled talent. That’s why many countries have already sought the support of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). Soon there will be a Chapter that serves the German-speaking community called the IAAP DACH Chapter.
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Modifications: Self-determined mobility thanks to accessible VW Bulli Bus

01.07.2019

Whether it’s for their professional life or to travel – many people with disabilities need a car that provides mobility without limits. A small car is often unable to accommodate unique needs. That’s when you need a bigger vehicle – like a minivan.
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A new level of accessibility – Gaming with the Microsoft Adaptive Controller

19.06.2019

Explore old temples, become soccer world champion, fight space battles – video games make a lot of things possible. But still, complex controls and a one-size-fits-all hardware keep people with disabilities from fully enjoying games. We visited the gamer Melanie Eilert and took a look at the Microsoft Adaptive Controller that supports her in Xbox gaming.
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Customers with disabilities demand diverse accessible concepts

01.04.2016

Let’s assess the situation: we asked around the social networks. What do people with different types of disabilities experience day-to-day when they go shopping? We wanted to find out what barriers they encounter, how they deal with them and what they expect from the retail industry.
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How can I help you? – An accessible shopping experience please!

01.04.2016

Wide aisles, a lot of room between the shelves, non-slip flooring and easy-to-read price tags – this is especially important for senior citizens and persons with disabilities when they shop. But in the real world, things are often very different: shopping carts that are hard to maneuver, narrow checkout aisles or undersized dressing rooms are all too common.
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