Press releases 2020-03-16 cat_press releases Press releases / 16-Mar-2020 REHAB Trade Fair Will Be Held in Three Exhibition Halls Although more than a year remains before REHAB 2021 opens its gates, approximately half of the available exhibition area has already been booked more Karlsruhe, 16 March 2020 – The barrier-free exhibition grounds of Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre will be the venue for the 21st REHAB – European Trade Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy, Care and Inclusion from 6 to 8 May 2021. Expenditures in the healthcare system are constantly increasing and the market for aids and medical appliances continues to grow. Trends such as digitization and the overall ageing of society are heightening the demand for the products and services presented at REHAB. Particularly as a result of strong demand from its exhibitors, REHAB 2021 will offer stand space in a third hall for the first time. “The high quality of this trade fair and its visitors assure REHAB’s ongoing growth. We continue to place great importance on optimal distribution of exhibitors in the halls and on the fair’s unique atmosphere. We are pleased to be able to do justice to the fair’s excellent development and to promote its further evolution by opening a third hall in 2021”, explains REHAB’s Project Manager Annika Gehrmeyer. By expanding the exhibition area into three halls rather than the previous two, even more space will be available to present innovations and to promote interdisciplinary sharing among experts from the care-giving sector, the health industry, people with disabilities and their carers. The proven concept of theme-oriented marketplaces such as “Mobility & Daily Living Aids”, “Child & Youth Rehabilitation” and “Cars & Traffic” will be retained and will continue to structure the comprehensive range of products and services presented at the trade fair. Approximately half of the available exhibition area has already been booked Although more than a year remains before REHAB 2021 opens its gates, approximately half of the available exhibition area has already been booked. Months in advance of the upcoming fair, numerous well-known manufacturers, dealers and service providers from Germany and other European countries have reserved their stands in Karlsruhe and thus in Baden-Württemberg, which is Germany’s leading state for medical technology. Returning exhibitors include industry giants such as Otto Bock HealthCare Deutschland GmbH, Paravan GmbH and the Danish company Alu Rehab ApS. Manufacturers of children’s wheelchairs such as Rehatec Dieter Frank GmbH, SORG Rollstuhltechnik GmbH + Co KG and Berollka-aktiv Rollstuhltechnik GmbH have likewise confirmed their intention to participate in REHAB, which is held every two years and is the most important platform for high-quality mobility aids and children’s aids from Germany and other European countries. Interested companies can still book stand space at the early-bird rate until 30 June 2020. The Future Pavilion offers opportunities for start-ups and academic institutions to present their innovations, above all in the areas of digitization and robotics.About REHAB KarlsruheSince 1980 REHAB Karlsruhe has been one of the most important trade fairs for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion, and has established itself every two years as the most important platform for high-quality mobility aids and children’s aids from Germany and other European countries. Specialists from all over Germany and neighbouring countries traditionally use REHAB to learn about the latest trends in rehabilitation technology, innovations in the assistive aids industry and new therapeutic options as well as to take advantage of further training opportunities. As a platform for the sharing of information among manufacturers, specialized dealers, therapists, medical professionals, nursing staff, service providers, associations, people with disabilities and their carers, REHAB is a must-attend event on the industry’s calendar. Approximately 18,500 visitors and 468 exhibitors participated in REHAB in 2019. The 21st REHAB – European Trade Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy, Care and Inclusion will take place at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 6-8 May 2021. 2019-05-23 cat_press releases Press releases / 23-May-2019 REHAB scores points with further growth Industry convinced by the concept and the offers at the trade fair more Approximately 18,500 specialist and private visitors flocked to the exhibition halls at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 16 to 18 May (KMK / Behrendt and Rausch). Karlsruhe, 23 May 2019 - For the 20th anniversary of REHAB, 460 exhibitors from 21 countries (2017: eighteen countries) presented their latest rehabilitation, orthopaedic and medical technology products, as well as innovations for care and therapy, on a total of 40,000 square metres (2017: 35,000 square metres) of exhibition space. The approximately 18,500 specialist and private visitors who flocked to the exhibition halls at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 16 to 18 May made REHAB the preeminent venue for peer-level encounters between people with and without disabilities. Increasingly many of the visitors, 68 percent of whom were experts, undertook long journeys to come to the fair. “All market participants – from manufacturers and dealers to experts, as well as people with disabilities and their relatives – gather at REHAB every two years. The Karlsruhe location likewise received top ratings”, says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH, who adds: “This year the exhibition halls were fuller than ever. We achieved increased visitor numbers and a double-digit growth (14 percent) in the total exhibition area. To meet the increased demand, we are already conducting talks on expanding our exhibition space for the next REHAB.”A diverse selection with a clear structureVisitors experienced an excellent and informative spectrum of products and services in two barrier-free exhibition halls, an events hall and on the open-air exhibition area. Ninety-six percent of those surveyed praised the quality of the exhibitors and emphasized their satisfaction with the wide range of products on offer. To adequately reflect this multifaceted market, the comprehensive spectrum of products and services presented at the fair was divided into various thematic marketplaces. Exhibitors and visitors alike were delighted with the continuation of this tried-and-tested concept: “I can best describe the marketplace concept as target-oriented. We were surrounded by our specialized trade partners and we found precisely the practical sharing of know-how with specialized dealers that we were hoping for”, explained Eduard Harsch, Area Sales Promotion Manager at Philips GmbH. The thematically structured concept, which facilitates speedy orientation and efficient sharing, received a topmost rating from 91 percent of the visitors. Exhibitors were able to intensively interact with their clientele (KMK / Behrendt and Rausch). Exhibitors appreciate the visitor mix and plan to participate again in 2021Consistently positive feedback was expressed by the exhibitors, who especially praised the visitors and the many successful business deals. “We have a good mix of visitors here and we can intensively interact with our clientele. Our stand is frequented by specialist and private visitors, as well as by people from many different age groups. Some of them ask very specific questions, which shows that many customers are knowledgeable and well-informed. For others, however, the situation and the needs are still new, which is why they want to inform themselves more generally”, reported Marcel Schäfer, Regional Manager of RMT RehaMed Technology GmbH. Michael Pura, Regional Manager of Permobil GmbH, praised both the mix of target groups and the number of visitors: “We are absolutely delighted. Visitor traffic was very good. We not only meet the specialist trade here, but also our retail customers.” The employees of Otto Bock HealthCare Deutschland GmbH were similarly impressed: “Our sales representatives are all highly satisfied. We had plenty of work to do, we enjoyed very good discussions, and we met our target group”, explained Lars Haufe, Market Management Mobility Solutions. Equally positive feedback was voiced by both first-time and longstanding exhibitors: “This is the first time that we came to REHAB to present our products. We have already concluded some business deals and we are very satisfied with the quality of the visitors”, said Franz-Josef Lasek, Managing Director and Partner at AHA! Effekt-Technik Vertrieb GmbH. Bernd Lohmüller, Marketing Manager at MEYRA GmbH, said: “We have enjoyed coming to REHAB for many years – for decades, in fact. This fair is an absolute ‘must’ for us. And it is unique thanks to its pleasant, informal atmosphere.” Mobilcenter Zawatzky GmbH, which has been exhibiting since the first REHAB in 1980, likewise numbers among of the fair’s first and most loyal exhibitors. The reason is simple, as Managing Director Andreas Zawatzky well knows: “REHAB is a ‘must’ for us.” The fact that REHAB is a firm date every two years is also evident in the strong interest expressed in returning to participate again: “We are very satisfied with this trade fair. The quality of the discussions was very high, and the audience of specialist visitors, health insurance company employees and retail customers was impressively sophisticated and discerning. We will surely return again next time”, said Patrick Schwarzkopf, Area Manager and Rehabilitation Consultant at Life & Mobility GmbH. REHAB’s project director Annika Gehrmeyer is pleased to report: “Numerous exhibitors have already announced their intention to participate again in 2021 and some of them have already made binding bookings. We have also received many inquiries from businesses that would like to participate for the first time as newcomers at the upcoming REHAB.” People who wear arm or leg prostheses demonstrated the potentials and limits of contemporary prosthetic technology (KMK / Behrendt and Rausch). International technological progress in KarlsruheREHAB ranks among the foremost trade fairs in the industry. The spectrum on offer at the fair clearly reflects the fact that technological progress is also a major driver of innovation in the field of rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion. In addition to solutions for the use of virtual and augmented reality in rehabilitation, the presentations also included smartglasses apps to control wheelchairs, as well as hearing aids that can be connected to smartphones. In connection with the topic of medical and rehabilitation technology, REHAB was also able to exploit the strength of its location in Karlsruhe as a technologically leading region. The renowned Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the acclaimed ETH Zurich collaboratively organized an international CYBATHLON prosthesis series at REHAB. People from six nations who wear arm or leg prostheses demonstrated the potentials and limits of contemporary prosthetic technology for helping prostheses’ wearers accomplish everyday tasks. International academicians and scientists from universities and industrial research institutes presented their latest findings at the accompanying symposium. Prof. Dr. Tamim Asfour, Head of the Faculty for High Performance Humanoid Technologies at KIT, drew a positive conclusion: “We were able to experience what these assistive technologies mean for people with physical disabilities. I am delighted that Karlsruhe has so much to offer, including REHAB as a trade fair on this subject. We have just agreed that we will return for the next REHAB.” A diverse array of first-class specialized events attracted experts from throughout Germany and its neighbouring countries to Karlsruhe (KMK / Behrendt and Rausch). Strong supporting programme The comprehensive supporting programme, which included 88 hours of lectures, live demonstrations and panel discussions, likewise met with widespread approval and earned top ratings from the participants. Demand was particularly strong for lectures in the specialist forum, as well as for demonstrations of products for outpatient nursing and home intensive care at the newly created Joint Pavilion Homecare in practice. People with and without disabilities could try out various sports such as badminton or football at the Inclusive sports complex, where professionals coached and played along with the participants. In the Culture Bistro, top sportswoman Anna Schaffelhuber gave insights into her life as a wheelchair user. A diverse array of first-class specialized events attracted experts from throughout Germany and its neighbouring countries to Karlsruhe. Therapists, specialist retailers, and professional carers eagerly attended workshops on about wheelchair and assistive-device provision led by facilitators from the ROLLETS rehabilitation network. The fair was the ideal venue for the 43rd Conference of the German Association of Bobath-Therapists, which took place within the framework of REHAB and attracted approximately 200 Bobath-Therapists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This also applied to the Regional Care Conference of the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe, which brought together numerous participants from ambulatory, home stationary and clinical care in the context of REHAB at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. The next REHAB will take place from 6 to 8 May 2021 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. 2019-05-06 cat_press releases Press releases / 06-May-2019 REHAB Begins Ten Days from Today Beginning on 16 May, the 20th edition of REHAB will present the latest trends and developments in rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion. more REHAB presents the latest trends and developments in rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion from 16 to 18 May at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre (KMK / Behrendt und Rausch). Karlsruhe, 6 May 2019 – REHAB, one of the world’s leading trade fairs for the rehabilitation industry, presents the latest trends and developments in rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion from 16 to 18 May at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. Experts, people with disabilities and their relatives can gather information and share ideas with experts and the community in the unique and informal atmosphere of the twentieth REHAB trade fair. More than 460 national and international exhibitors present their newest rehabilitative, orthopaedic and medical-technology products, as well as innovations for care and therapy, on a total area of circa 40,000 square metres. More than half of these exhibitors are manufacturers; followed by dealers, service providers, institutions, associations or self-help groups. The outstanding market overview is complemented by a varied supporting programme with practical and specialized lectures, roundtable discussions, training sessions and opportunities to test products. For optimally efficient orientation, the trade fair is subdivided into ten thematic marketplaces. As REHAB’s official patron, Jürgen Dusel, the German federal government’s commissioner for matters relating to persons with disabilities, will personally open the trade fair.National and international competenceExhibitors from a total of 21 countries are participating in REHAB. International exhibitors account for approximately 14 percent of all exhibitors. Germany’s neighbouring countries are especially strongly represented. Austrian exhibitors are, for example, LUF GmbH, Memocorby Systems GmbH and KLAXON MOBILITY GmbH. Swiss exhibitors include, among others, Hocoma AG, SWISS-TRAC ATEC Ingenieurbüro AG and the start-up MyoSwiss AG. The twentieth REHAB also hosts companies from the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and France. After its successful participation in 2017, the Danish trade association Danish.Care once again gathers nine Danish companies at a joint stand. “For Danish companies the German market for assistive and welfare technology is the biggest and most important export market. Germany has a long tradition for fairs and it is so important to be present and visible, if you want to make it to Germany”, explains Danish.Care’s Director Morten Rasmussen. This year’s fair also marks the first time that Danish companies are contributing lectures to the supporting programme.Informative lecture programmeApproximately 88 hours of specialized lectures and discussions provide ample opportunities for visitors to learn about current topics and to share ideas with specialists. Speakers in the specialist forum shed light on various topics such as “current legal framework conditions in the provision of medical aids for therapists, medical-supply stores and other service providers”, inclusion in schools and workplaces, and the significance of the independent participatory advice centres that have been newly established as part of the implementation of the Federal Participation Act. The role of self-help in times of inclusion will be discussed on 17 May by Stephanie Aeffner, state government commissioner for matters relating to persons with disabilities, Herbert Pichler, president of the Austrian Disability Council, and representatives of the LAG Selbsthilfe Baden-Württemberg e.V. (Self-Help Association of Baden-Württemberg).Several marketplaces present not only a remarkably wide range of products, but also specific lecture programmes. For example, experts from the Forum of the International Association rehaKIND e.V. give lectures on therapy concepts, care options, and problems and solutions in child and youth rehabilitation at the Marketplace for Children and Youth Rehabilitation. This marketplace also offers trade visitors and families with handicapped children the opportunity to meet specialized exhibitors such as SORG Rollstuhltechnik GmbH + Co. KG, HOGGI GmbH, Rehatec Dieter Frank GmbH and Schuchmann GmbH & Co. KG. The Marketplace Cerebral Rehabilitation is the relevant meeting place for anyone who deals with brain damage, stroke or neurological rehabilitation. In the programme designed by ZNS – Hannelore Kohl Foundation and hw-studio weber, experts discuss for example the fitness to drive of people with neurological diseases, outpatient Bobath rehabilitation for stroke patients, and memory training in daily life.Test and try out new itemsREHAB’s supporting programme also offers numerous opportunities to test products. Visitors can try out scooters, tricycles and handbikes on a special test course. People with and without disabilities can play inclusive sports together at the Inclusive Sports Complex. Products for outpatient nursing and home intensive care are demonstrated and can be tested at the marketplace Homecare and Nursing. As part of a CYBATHLON Prosthesis Series, visitors can see how wearers of arm or leg prostheses master everyday challenges and also gain firsthand experience of the challenges of life with prostheses by wearing special prosthetics for non-handicapped persons. Visitors can discover and try out custom-made solutions for cars at the Marketplace Cars and Traffic, where, for example, Mobilcenter Zawatzky GmbH provides several specially equipped Volkswagens, Allied Vehicles Group makes available a number of modified Ford vehicles, and PARAVAN GmbH invites visitors to test the driving characteristics of a converted Peugeot Traveller, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Volkswagen Passat. 2019-03-12 cat_press releases Press releases / 12-Mar-2019 Preview of REHAB 2019 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre more The press conference informed about facts and highlights of REHAB (photo: KMK/Jürgen Rösner) Karlsruhe, 12 March 2019 – Rehabilitation specialists, people with disabilities and their relatives will be able to obtain information and advice on new trends and developments in rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion at the twentieth edition of REHAB, which takes place from 16 to 18 May 2019. To present the high-quality and informative range of products, two barrier-free exhibition halls, events hall and outdoor area will be filled to capacity. The total exhibition area has grown by circa fourteen per cent to a total of 40,000 square meters. Approximately 450 exhibitors from twenty countries and circa 18,000 visitors are expected at REHAB. From start-ups to market leaders, a wide range of manufacturers, dealers, service providers and associations representing the entire spectrum of the assistance industry will be present. To facilitate rapid orientation and to promote the sharing of ideas, the broad spectrum of presentations is divided into individual thematic marketplaces. Jürgen Dusel, the German federal government’s commissioner for matters relating to persons with disabilities, has accepted the patronage of REHAB and will be personally present at the fair’s opening.Numerous new exhibitors at the marketplacesA large number of first-time exhibitors are enriching REHAB this year. In particular, the diverse offers for barrier-free travel at the marketplace “Leisure and Travel” will be complemented by new exhibitors such as the Ferienhotel Bodensee Stiftung Pro Handicap and the operators of the skywalk allgäu Naturerlebnispark. Lifta GmbH, which manufactures Germany’s best-selling stairlift, will be exhibiting for the first time at the marketplace “Building and Living”. HERNIK GmbH, Pohlig GmbH, HASE BIKES, the Dutch wheelchair manufacturer Life & Mobility GmbH and the Allied Vehicles Group from Great Britain likewise number among the new exhibitors at REHAB 2019.Demonstrations of products for home intensive careFor the first time, the marketplace “Homecare and Nursing” will offer visitors individualized and practical demonstrations of products for outpatient nursing and home intensive care this year. These cost-free product demonstrations are organized by the Competenz Netzwerk Außerklinische Intensivversorgung e.V. [Competence Network for Out-of-Hospital Intensive Care] (CNI) in cooperation with exhibitors from the marketplace. For example, Mölnlycke Health Care GmbH provides insights into modern wound care and offers visitors the opportunity to practice their care-giving skills on a dummy. HiPP GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG provides information about enteral nutrition and cooking with HiPP liquid food. Two first-time exhibitors will also be participating in the event: Smiths Medical Deutschland GmbH will make its tracheal cannulae and infusion pumps available for testing, while Philips GmbH Respironics will offer visitors the opportunity to test its oxygen therapy and cough assistance devices.Lectures, further education and scientific symposiumIn addition to exhibitors, REHAB also offers an extensive, specialized and informative lecture programme of approximately 140 lectures. This series is organized by the ZNS – Hannelore Kohl Foundation, the hw-studio weber with the trade journal “not” [“need”], the International Fördergemeinschaft rehaKIND e.V. and various competent exhibitors. For the first time, the Deutscher Schwerhörigenbund Landesverband Baden-Württemberg e.V. and the Cochlea Implantat Verband Baden-Württemberg e.V. are organizing a lecture program for the Hearing Theme Park at the specialist forum in Hall 1.For therapists, specialized dealers and professional caregivers, the ROLLETS rehabilitation network is offering for the first time intensive workshops on topics related to wheelchair care and assistance provision. Therapeutic and nursing staff receive one training point for attending each of these workshops, which focus, for example, on the process of acquiring assistance equipment, justifying expenses when communicating with funding agencies, and transfer techniques that reduce the strain on the caregiver’s back.ETH Zurich and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology are co-organizing a CYBATHLON prosthesis series at REHAB. Here, individuals with an arm or leg prosthesis accomplish everyday tasks and thus demonstrate the potentials and limitations of prostheses. At the accompanying academic symposium, researchers in prosthetics, orthotics, exoskeletons and other related areas will present their research work and their findings on the subject.“Snack and Talk” talk series, VR cinema and hands-on activitiesAmong others, the monoskier and multiple Paralympics winner Anna Schaffelhuber and Tobias Pfeiffer, who is chef de cuisine at “handicap” Restaurant in Künzelsau, will share insights into the life of people with disabilities during the “Snack and Talk” talk series in the Kulturbistro. A virtual-reality cinema enables visitors to travel virtually to places that are difficult to reach for many people with and without disabilities.The test track for scooters, tricycles and handbikes, along with the motor vehicle test track, enable interested people to conduct onsite tests of driving devices and automobiles. At the inclusive sports facility, people with and without disabilities can play inclusive sports together and train with coaches and professionals. The range of facilities here includes, for example, wheelsoccer, badminton and, for the first time, handball and table tennis. Furthermore, wheelchair dance and e-hockey are two sports, offered at REHAB for the second time, which interested people can rarely try out directly and with no obligations. 2019-02-06 cat_press releases Press releases / 06-Feb-2019 REHAB Presents Innovations in Action more The 20th REHAB will be held from 16-18 May 2019 at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. (Behrendt and Rausch) Karlsruhe, 6 February 2019 – About 450 exhibitors from 18 countries will present their latest rehabilitative, orthopaedic and medical-technology products, along with diverse innovations for care and therapy at the REHAB – Trade Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy, Care and Inclusion from 16 to 18 May at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. From dedicated start-ups to the industry’s established leaders, a wide range of companies will offer consulting on their latest developments, which include wheelchairs, communication aids, stair lifts and many other products. Representatives of self-help groups, travel companies and educational institutions likewise attend REHAB to explain how they can best assist people with handicaps. The fair’s spectrum is thematically divided into ten marketplaces to facilitate speedy orientation and encourage lively exchange among participants. Among other new items in the supporting programme are two offers – the Joint Pavilion Homecare in practice and the CYBATHLON Arm and Leg Prostheses Series – that enable visitors to gain firsthand experience of the capabilities of the innovations on display.Joint Pavilion Homecare in practice with product demonstrationsOutpatient nursing and home intensive care for care recipient are becoming increasingly important because of the ever-growing numbers of people who need care, many of whom would prefer to be cared for in their own homes. Therefore, the marketplace “Homecare and Nursing” with exhibitors and a supporting programme was organized for the first time at the preceding REHAB.This year the marketplace “Homecare and Nursing” will be expanded to include the new Joint Pavilion Homecare in practice, where professional caregivers, specialized dealers and relatives of individuals affected can view practical demonstrations of products for home intensive care. These cost-free demonstrations of products are organized by the Competenz Netzwerk Außerklinische Intensivversorgung e. V. (CNI) [Competence Network for Out-of-Hospital Intensive Care] in collaboration with industry partners. This year the marketplace “Homecare and Nursing” will be expanded to include the new Joint Pavilion Homecare in practice. (Behrendt and Rausch) CYBATHLON Arm and Leg Prostheses SeriesTogether with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the CYBATHLON will be a guest at REHAB with its CYBATHLON arm and leg prosthesis series. The CYBATHLON is a unique contest in which people with physical disabilities competitively perform everyday tasks with the aid of state-of-the-art technical assistance systems. The contest’s objectives are to promote progress in research and development, to encourage the implementation of assistance systems and to foster inclusion. Organized by ETH Zurich, the CYBATHLON competition was held for the first time in 2016. Prior to the second competition in 2020, CYBATHLON series events will focus on several individual disciplines. At REHAB individuals with arm or leg prostheses will compete on two parallel racetracks, where they will master everyday challenges and thus demonstrate the potentials and limits of current technologies. In addition, the KIT is organizing a scientific symposium on “Assistive and Wearable Robotics”.Additional information is available online at www.rehab-karlsruhe.com and www.cybathlon-symposium-karlsruhe-2019.org/.About REHAB Karlsruhe As one of the world’s leading trade fairs for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion, REHAB has been a must-attend event on the calendars of rehabilitation professionals, people with disabilities and their relatives every two years since 1980. REHAB presents the latest rehabilitative, orthopaedic and medical-technology products, as well as innovations for care and therapy. Marketplaces bring together the fair’s diverse topics and promote lively sharing among participants. Numerous lectures, live demonstrations, discussions and opportunities for further training round out the fair’s supporting programme. The twentieth edition of REHAB will take place at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 16 to 18 May 2019 2018-11-30 cat_press releases Press releases / 30-Nov-2018 Interview with Anna Schaffelhuber more Anna Schaffelhuber (Referat für Bildung und Sport / Sebastian Arlt) On 16 May 2019 Anna Schaffelhuber will moderate the opening of the REHAB - trade fair for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion (16 - 18 May 2019) at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. KMK News spoke with the successful monoskier and Paralympics winner about her sport, her life and her plans for the future.You started monoskiing when you were just five years old. Why did you choose this sport and later pursue it competitively?I found the combination of freedom, speed and nature that was exactly right for me in monoskiing very early in my life. As soon as I sit on a monoski, I can glide to all the wonderful places where other people go on two skis. And I simply love to be outdoors in nature and among the mountains. What equipment do you need for your sport? Monoski, ski, crutch skis (short poles), helmet, ski goggles and winter clothes. Alongside your sport and various social projects, you are also studying for certification as a teacher of business and mathematics in secondary schools. How do you juggle all these activities and interests? It definitely takes plenty of planning, coordination and self-management. I always try to accomplish as much as possible during summer months so I’ll have more free time to devote to the sport in winter. Naturally I have often thought that a student’s life could be organized much more simply; but when winter comes, I again realize why I do all this. It has always been very important to me to be independent of sport and to always have a “Plan B”, respectively a concept for the time after my career as a sportswoman.We are delighted that you will be moderating the opening of REHAB 2019. What do you expect from the rehabilitation trade fair? This will be my first time in Karlsruhe and I am very excited to see if I can discover one or two new thing for me there. I am also eagerly looking forward to many conversations and pleasant encounters. The most important aspects of a trade fair for me are the opportunities it offers for sharing ideas and finding clever little solutions to utilize in daily life. As in past years, REHAB 2019 will again host the “inclusive sports complex”, where visitors with and without handicaps can acquaint themselves with and participate in inclusive sports such as wheelchair rugby, inclusive hockey and wheelsoccer. Which sport would you like to try? Hmm... I am especially curious about wheelchair tennis and cross-country skiing at the moment. I’ve tried them both, but only sporadically and without the perfect equipment, so I have chosen those sports to be the next entries on my list! You are an ambassador for the medical technology company Otto Bock, which manufactures prosthetics, orthoses and wheelchairs, and which is also an exhibitor at REHAB. What features are especially important for you in a wheelchair? First of all, a wheelchair must be stable, lightweight and have a chic look. The wheelchair is ubiquitous and an object of daily use in my life. Every metre I move, I also move the wheelchair, whether I propel it up a hill or lift it into a car, so I want to eliminate as much unnecessary weight as possible while simultaneously preserving a reasonable degree of stability for this “utilitarian object”. I found the optimal balance of these two criteria at Otto Bock. And beyond that… it also looks chic ;-) The exhibitors at REHAB present newly developed market-ready products as well as research projects, for example, a stair-climbing wheelchair. In your opinion, which assistive devices are not yet available on the market? What would you like to see developed in the next few years? Ooh, that’s a difficult question. If I knew exactly what things are missing, I would already be involved in intensively planning their creation! I have a few suggestions for improvements. One has to do with a handbike for trails in the mountains. In general, I would like to be able to move more freely in nature and on mountainous terrain, both in summer and in winter. Will wheelchair users someday be able to go on skiing tours? Hmm…. What do you generally want from society in dealing with people with disabilities?Simply that people with disabilities are treated normally. I personally always like it best when people ask me before they feel afraid of contact. Of course, barrier-free accessibility is a fundamental topic: I view it as the linchpin of society! For example, if I cannot get into a cinema, a town hall or a bakery, then I surely cannot participate in everyday life in a normal way and I also cannot be in the midst of society. People in Germany have talked about and debated this topic for a long time already. That was good because reflection should definitely be encouraged. But now the time has come to take action! Germany can learn a lot from other countries. What are your plans for the near future, both as an athlete and personally?I am always full of ideas and I am looking forward to new challenges. First I will complete my studies at university in March 2019. Then I will get married and build a house. My situation as an athlete is just fine for me, as it is. I no longer have to prove anything: I can try things out and take risks. Basically I see myself at the start and that is the most important thing for me right now.Biographical Information: Anna Schaffelhuber was born in Regensburg in 1993. Dependent on a wheelchair since her birth, she began monoskiing as a child. Since then, she has developed into the world’s most successful monoskier, winning seven gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal at the Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, Sochi and Vancouver as well as nine gold medals at world championships. Schaffelhuber was named German Disabled Sportswoman of the Year in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. She was voted World Disabled Sportswoman in 2015.About REHAB Karlsruhe As one of the world’s leading trade fairs for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion, REHAB has been a must-attend event on the calendars of rehabilitation professionals, people with disabilities and their relatives every two years since 1980. REHAB presents the latest rehabilitative, orthopaedic and medical-technology products, as well as innovations for care and therapy. Marketplaces bring together the fair’s diverse topics and promote lively sharing among participants. Numerous lectures, live demonstrations, discussions and opportunities for further training round out the fair’s supporting programme. The twentieth edition of REHAB will take place at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 16 to 18 May 2019.