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.
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 competence
Exhibitors 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 programme
Approximately 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 items
REHAB’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.