The European Disability Forum Youth Committee discusses the significance of youth participation in the upcoming European elections, stressing the importance of accessible education, employment opportunities, and comprehensive accessibility for individuals with disabilities. They emphasize the role of voting in shaping Europe's future and advocating for disabled individuals' rights and inclusion.
Roland Arnold founded PARAVAN after learning about the challenges of accessibility and developed technical solutions for people with disabilities, including a drive-by-wire system for controlling cars. The company has continued to develop since then, expanding its product portfolio and working on innovative solutions for autonomous vehicles.
The medical technology company Ottobock has launched the height-adjustable Taleo Adjust prosthetic foot, which allows people with prosthetic legs to freely choose between different types of shoes. Thanks to feedback from users such as Zainab Al-Eqabi, the user-friendliness of the prosthetic foot has been improved.
Caesar van Heyningen will become the new CEO of CUREosity, a leader in the development of VR therapy systems for the medical field, on July 1, 2023. His predecessor, Thomas Saur, will assume the role of CVO. Together with the CTO, Stefan Arand, they form the company's new management team, which aims to establish and further expand the company internationally.
Heidi from Coventry set a Guinness World Records title by recalling 70 celebrity birthdays with ease. The record was achieved under Guinness World Records' new impairments initiative, which promotes inclusion for people with learning disabilities. In a separate attempt, Harvey Price, along with ten friends from a residential college, is drawing a 20m long train to break the Guinness World Record.
The Ottobock company celebrates life with its first global brand campaign #IAmAMountain. The song "Mountain" by Sam Ryder, which is the centerpiece of the campaign, is about perseverance and courage while Ottobock's campaign focuses on inspiring people with disabilities and their stories to change the image of them in society.
Roland and Luca Arnold are driving the PARAVAN Mercedes-GT3 #65 together in the GTC Race and are working on the development of new input devices for disability mobility and automated driving. Their goal is to contribute to the future of disability mobility and to develop innovative solutions.
Katja, who has a restricted field after a riding accident, was able – thanks to innovative camera technology and environment recognition in the car – to successfully view her driving test at the PARAVAN driving school in the Aichelau mobility park. In her future car, too, a monitor with the necessary environment recognition will be installed on the center console.
The Golden Award of Physical Therapists' Choice of 2023 was given to KARMA Medical's pediatric positioning wheelchair called Flexx Adapt. The adaptive seating system allows a wide range of accessory options for ultimate personalization.
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.
The occupational therapist is an important piece of the puzzle for anyone who experiences a significant mobility impairment. Their job is to assess and plan ways to help their client conduct daily activities and maintain the lifestyle they want with as little stress as possible.
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.