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Children's wheelchairs by PARAVAN: independent standing, lying, sitting and tilting
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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Controlling neural exoskeletons more precisely with diamond sensors
Brain-computer interfaces are able to restore some mobility to paralyzed people by controlling exoskeletons. However, more complex control signals cannot yet be read from the head surface because conventional sensors are not sensitive enough. A collaboration of Fraunhofer IAF, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, University of Stuttgart and other industrial partners has taken up this challenge.
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Ottobock acquires prosthetic rehabilitation provider Pace Rehabilitation
Ottobock, the global health-tech company, has successfully completed the acquisition of Pace Rehabilitation, one of the UK’s independent providers of prosthetic and rehabilitation services in the UK.
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Sunrise Medical: Magic 360 has been named one of the Retailers’ Choice Products Of The Year
In the annual feature from THIIS. Magazine, retailers were asked which products had impressed them most in 2022. Business leaders from across the mobility industry took part in highlighting one product that has stood out above all the others for them. Sunrise Medical is delighted that the Magic 360 was chosen by Lifestyle & Mobility, and named a product of the year 2022 in the latest edition.
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Interview with Mr. Qiu Yisong: Founder of the "Three Feet" guesthouse
Qiu Yisong, who hails from Yanshan, Cangzhou, in Hebei province, had his left leg amputated above the knee in 2010 due to a car accident. Currently he lives in Dali, in Yunnan province, and is the founder of the "Three Feet" guesthouse.
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How supervisors can create a better work environment for deaf or hard-of-hearing employees
Hearing loss cases are climbing globally — 1 in 5 adults are affected — along with a growing number of older workers who are more likely to experience hearing loss. A new study sheds light on how the severity of an employee's hearing loss can impact their experience at work — and the steps managers and employers can take to create a more inclusive environment for deaf or hard-of-hearing employees.
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AI enables greater mobility: Personalized finger joint implants from a 3D printer
The remobilization of finger joints that have been damaged by illness or injury is an emerging market in the field of demand-driven patient care. The FingerKIt consortium, which brings together five Fraunhofer institutes, uses AI to develop personalized 3D-printed joint implants so that these delicate finger parts can be replaced when necessary.
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Mencap receives £500,000 funding from Google.org to help support people with a learning disability online
Google.org announced their support for learning disability charity Mencap, granting the charity an incredible £500,000 to help it support people with a learning disability as they navigate the internet
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Managing Director of Funke Medical supports charity flights as a pilot
Andreas Funke, Managing Director of Funke Medical GmbH and volunteer pilot in the non-profit network “Flying Hope e. V. “, ensured a child’s quick and safe journey home after an operation with his flight from Rostock to Essen-Mülheim on 14th December 2022.
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Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai: Hearing Aid Adaptation Event successfully held
On 17th December 2022, the Hearing Aid Adaptation Event, hosted by Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., was successfully held at the Hearing Rehabilitation Service Center of Shanghai Prosthetic Factory, bringing an end to hearing difficulties and opening up a whole new world of sound and melody for people with hearing impairments.
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Stroke treatment for people with disabilities
When conducting clinical research, investigators aim to control as many variables as possible so it is easier to examine the effectiveness of new treatments. However, this sometimes means strict requirements lead to only a narrow population of patients being eligible to be enrolled in a trial.
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A prosthetic limb that can read my mind
Lifting a glass, making a fist, entering a phone number using the index finger: it is amazing the things cutting-edge robotic hands can already do thanks to biomedical technology. However, things that work in the laboratory often encounter stumbling blocks when put to practice in daily life. A team at FAU is investigating how intelligent prostheses can be improved and made more reliable.
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Funke Medical donates 5,000 euros to children's home in South Africa
The company Funke Medical GmbH donated 5,000 euros to the sponsoring group of the Rotary Club Dorsten for the financial support of a children's home in South Africa. The company's social commitment was also demonstrated by the fact that Funke Medical GmbH was a finalist in the "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes".
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FDA awards Breakthrough Device Designation to the ReWalk ReBoot Soft Exo-Suit for stroke rehab at home
The FDA grants Breakthrough Device Designation to the ReWalk ReBoot Soft Exo-Suit for stroke rehab at home. The ReBoot is a lightweight, battery-powered orthopedic exo-suit designed to support walking function in individuals with limited ankle function due to neurological injury.
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Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai: Wheelchair Basketball Campaign 2022 a major success
On December 2, 2022, Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and Jinchang Public Welfare Service Center organized the 2022 Wheelchair Basketball Campaign at Shanghai Noble Center. On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the aim was to encourage people with disabilities to actively participate in sports and to create public awareness of social inclusion.
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EU's global health strategy includes persons with disabilities
In a position paper, the European Disability Forum (EDF) had urged the European Commission to focus on people with disabilities. Now the EDF welcomes the new "EU Global Health Strategy: Better Health for All in a Changing World", which among other intentions refers to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
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F. Sodermanns Automobile: Independent driving with amputations and without certain limbs
F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH helps people without individual limbs and with amputations to drive independently using the latest technology and individual adaptations. With rahm Zentrum für Gesundheit GmbH, the company creates prostheses and orthoses using 3D scanning and 3D printing processes and adapts them to the driving aid.
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FAU lands $1.2 million NSF grant to transform prosthetic hand control
A project at Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science aims to enable amputees to maximize their individual potential for controlling the full dexterity of artificial hands. The project combines artificial intelligence, machine learning, biosensors and automated training to transform the state-of-the-art for dexterous control of prosthetic hands.
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Germany's second-largest health insurer accepts preliminary ruling on ReWalk exoskeletons as direct disability compensation
The health insurer BARMER accepts the second-instance ruling of the Federal Social Court North Rhine-Westphalia. This decision enables paraplegics in Germany to obtain exoskeletons as direct disability compensation on an easier pathway.
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Interview with Mao Zhongwu: Paralympics winner in skiing and inclusion ambassador
Becoming 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.
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Parasports in the time of Coronavirus – restart and reset on hold
To overcome the challenges resulting from the pandemic, sports clubs and associations had to get creative. Reinhard Schneider, Chairman of the Disabled and Rehabilitation Sports Association of North Rhine-Westphalia e. V., knows about the future challenges disability sports face due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on sports associations.
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Height-adjustable, versatile and adaptive – wheelchairs for kids
A wheelchair should fit your needs and support your life wherever it may take you. In theory, you can find the perfect model from many available options. But for one group of people, the choices are more limited – children. Meanwhile, they are the ones in dire need of assistive technology that helps them play with their friends and fosters their independence.
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Labor force participation of people with disabilities in the time of Coronavirus – opportunities and stumbling blocks
Not many of us are lucky enough to find our dream job and stay in it until the day we retire. Sometimes this might be due to health and medical reasons, which could necessitate occupational rehabilitation. If people have a severe disability, Germany’s Federal Integration Offices, or Inclusion Offices along with the pension insurance providers are the responsible authorities.
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Rollators: lightweight mobility aids with style
They used to have an image problem. But now, rollators or walkers, are anything but boring or stuffy. For many, they are treasured state-of-the-art companions for everyday life and a way to express their personality.
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The right assistive technology promotes active sports participation
Whether it’s activities in the water, snow or at home – exercise is a great way to boost your health and feel better. A wide range of assistive technology also makes this an option for people with physical disabilities or mild dementia. Some of these tools allow users to enjoy sports in spectacular, beautiful backdrops – in both winter and summer.
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Lionel Messi and OrCam: Enhancing self-determination in the lives of people with visual impairments
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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Crisis-proof: moso navigates confidently through the coronavirus pandemic
Years of business expertise, in-house production, and new personnel competency – the Motion Solutions GmbH is well-positioned to withstand the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic and continues to offer its customers the best service. CEO Gierse discusses the role products like the COSEAT and EasyStand play in this setting and reveals the expectations the moso team has for the future.
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Accessible hiking in the mountains: The X8 off-road power wheelchair takes users to the top
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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Joëlette Kid makes outdoor experiences more accessible
Going on new adventures with the whole family is fun for everybody. At least, if the necessary assistive devices meet the needs of their users. So does Joëlette Kid – the new all-terrain chair by Ferriol-Matrat. In an interview with REHACARE.com, Alison-Lore Bourget told us about the special features and how especially the children react to their new possibilities.
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Mobility: Small hand control systems with a big effect
Simple, ergonomic, reliable – the multifunctional handles, ACCEL BIKE and ACCEL QUAD, enable improved participation in a mobile and self-determined life. What the two solutions have in common and yet differ, Pierre Gouraud, International Sales of Sojadis Equipement, reveals in an interview with REHACARE.com.
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EXTRA: Made to measure sports wheelchair for a better performance
Solid and adapted – this is how auxiliary means for competitive sports such as wheelchair basketball should be. That's why EXTRA wheelchairs from Turkey offers made to measure sports wheelchairs to professional sports people. REHACARE.com talked to Demirhan Serefhan, Managing Director of EXTRA, about the importance of customization and valuable feedback directly from the basketball court.
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Photo gallery: A safe island for siblings
Since May 2020, the sibling support of the Angelika Reichelt Kinder- und Jugendhospizes Joshuas Engelreich (English: Angelika Reichelt Children and Youth Hospice) has been taking place in the newly created so called Geschwisterinsel (English: Sibling Island). You can gain a small insight in our photo gallery.
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