Inclusion: In focus at REHAB

At REHAB 2021, successful local inclusion projects are awarded the Karlsruher Inklusionspreis (Karlsruhe Inclusive Price) for the first time

Karlsruhe, December 02, 2020 - On December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) will be celebrated. It aims to raise awareness for the concerns of people with disabilities and to strengthen the commitment to their rights. But even more than ten years after the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to ensure the equal participation of people with disabilities in all areas of life, came into force in 2009, there is still much to be done in the area of inclusion. The need for action in the school sector, for example, is demonstrated by a study published in November 2020 by the Verband Bildung und Erziehung (Association for Education), in which 45 percent of teachers in Germany state that their school is not barrier-free at all. 56 percent of the 2,127 teachers surveyed believe that inclusive teaching makes sense in principle, but only 27 percent believe that joint school attendance is currently feasible in practice.

Inclusive sports activities at REHAB

At REHAB 2021, which will take place from May 6 to 8 at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, the topic of inclusion will be examined with regard to various fields of social action: from the promotion and care of children and young people to training and further education, jobs and cultural participation. At the inclusive sports complex, people with and without disabilities can try out various inclusive sports activities together and train with professionals. The exhibitors offer products and services that increase independence and enable participation.

Consultation at REHAB

For the first time, local, successful inclusion projects will be honored at REHAB 2021: On May 7 at the trade fair, the city of Karlsruhe will award the Karlsruher Inklusionspreis (Karlsruhe Inclusion Prize) to individuals, companies and associations that are committed to reducing disadvantages for people with disabilities or handicaps and overcoming prejudices. "As a European trade fair for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion, REHAB has always been a platform for the presentation of successful inclusion projects and thus offers the ideal framework for the recognition of exemplary inclusion. The Karlsruher Inklusionspreis (Karlsruhe Inclusion Prize) clearly shows how many Karlsruhe citizens and institutions are committed to helping people with disabilities. Their successful projects as well as the city's commitment to an inclusive society will be made visible to a broad public by the awarding of the prize at REHAB," explains Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.

Dealing with COVID-19 at the REHAB Karlsruhe

Due to the dynamic situation of the pandemic, it is not yet possible to make any final statements as to which concrete hygiene and distance rules will apply to the safety of visitors and exhibitors at REHAB 2021. Messe Karlsruhe is taking a proactive approach to the issue and observing the course of the pandemic, supported by a medical expert committee headed by Prof. Dr. Martin Hansis, former medical director of the Karlsruhe Municipal Hospital and former member of the hygiene commission at the Robert Koch Institute, and Mr. Frank Eckardt, German Red Cross District Association Karlsruhe e.V., in order to jointly define the necessary safety and hygiene standards. "One thing is certain: we will do everything in our power to ensure the protection of everyone involved by means of a sophisticated safety and hygiene concept that meets the highest standards. Trade fairs that have already taken place throughout Germany are proof that the concepts work," reports Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.

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