23-Sep-2021

REHADAT - Database around disability, occupation and participation

Database supports the professional participation and inclusion of people with disabilities

“Hello! My name is Ariadne and I can support you in your search for assistive resources. However, I do not replace professional advice.” This is how the digital assistant introduces herself when she offers to navigate advice seekers through the new REHADAT Assistive Resource Finder app.

With fourteen portals, as well as numerous publications, apps and seminars, REHADAT is a central, free and impartial information service on participation and inclusion of people with disabilities. REHADAT began as a digital database of specialized literature and has grown to become a contact and collection point for everything worth knowing about disability, medicine, therapy, professional life and much more. REHADAT will have its own booth at REHAB 2022, where professional and private visitors can learn about REHADAT’s s digital information and consulting services.

REHADAT informs about more than just vocational integration

It all began in 1989, when REHADAT (which is now funded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs) was initially only about vocational integration for people with disabilities. Mareike Decker, a consultant at REHADAT, summarizes its evolution: “We have long known that people should be viewed holistically and that work is a big part of life. But if there are difficulties in a person’s residential environment, with their access to assistance devices, with legal issues, or health and family problems, then an isolated vocational information system does not help.” As a trained occupational therapist, Decker works enthusiastically in the REHADAT team to bring together the wealth of knowledge and life-enhancing information for those affected and their professional environments in rehabilitation and vocation. Employers, for example, will find helpful information collected here about hiring people with disabilities as well as best practice examples. REHADAT’s services are barrier-free and accessible at no cost.

Assistive resources, practical examples, legal information, statistics, addresses, literature, education, research and further training: the knowledge available from REHADAT is comprehensive and, thanks to cross-linking with international institutions, it also extends far beyond Europe’s borders. For quick and accurately targeted dialogues with responsible institutions or organizations, REHADAT can respond either through a conversation with a real person or by interacting with digital Alexa, who goes by the name “Ariadne” here as she guides questioners through an extensive database of relevant knowledge.

Tips and explanatory videos on social media and YouTube

In addition to the portals, there are also easily readable, illustrated and comprehensive brochures on a wide variety of disease patterns ranging from diabetes through hearing impairment to rheumatism. REHADAT’s team collects knowledge and prepares it so that even non-medical people can readily understand it and get helpful tips. Resources for vocation and work, degree of disability and compensatory levy: many topics are explained in an ever-growing collection of videos on YouTube. Mareike Decker adds: “Sharing with users and feedback from them are extremely important to us because we want to offer practical added value for the people who consult REHADAT, many of whom are facing personally difficult and challenging circumstances. By informing people impartially and reliably, and by offering them a broad range of information, we pursue our goal of creating a basis for individual options for action.”

Link tips:

Central access: www.rehadat.de

Resources:

https://www. hilfsmittelfinder.de

Brochures on the design of occupational participation for individual disease patterns (knowledge series): https://www.rehadat.de/presse-service/publikationen/

Tips on issues related to disability and occupation::

https://www.rehadat-gutepraxis.de

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVymJtubI33eFXHiJ4OyHyQ

Further addresses of aid providers and central contact points:

https://www.rehadat-adressen.de