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New Stroke Research Combines Brain Stimulation and Gait Training

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Photo: Gait training [14/03/2014] A University of Illinois at Chicago researcher will test whether brain stimulation combined with gait training can improve patients' ability to walk after a stroke, under a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.New Stroke Research Combines Brain Stimulation and Gait Training - Read more

For Older Drivers One Drink May Be One too Many

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Photo: Older woman drinking wine [10/03/2014] You may have only had one glass of wine with dinner, but if you're 55 or older, that single serving may hit you hard enough to make you a dangerous driver.For Older Drivers One Drink May Be One too Many - Read more

Chronic Neck Pain Common Among Car Crash Victims

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[27/01/2014] A new study led by University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers is the first large prospective study to evaluate musculoskeletal pain outcomes after motor vehicle collision in the United States.Chronic Neck Pain Common Among Car Crash Victims - Read more

Improving Driving for People with Parkinson's Disease

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Photo: Elderly man in a car [10/01/2014] Deep brain stimulation may have a beneficial effect on driving ability for people with Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. Deep brain stimulation uses a surgical implant similar to a pacemaker to send electrical impulses to the brain.Improving Driving for People with Parkinson's Disease - Read more

Hybrid Cars Are a Status Symbol of Sorts for Seniors

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[04/11/2013] Prestige, price and quality are major influences on older people's decisions to buy 'pro-environment' vehicles, researchers say. Paying extra bucks to "go green" in a hybrid car may pay off in self-esteem and image for older drivers, as well as give a healthy boost to the environment, according to a Baylor University study.Hybrid Cars Are a Status Symbol of Sorts for Seniors - Read more

Improving Public Transportation for People with Disabilities

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Photo: Wheelchair in a subway [30/10/2013] Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, are collaborating on a five-year, $4.6 million federally funded project to advance physical access and public transportation for people with disabilities by bringing together computer science technology and the principles of universal design.Improving Public Transportation for People with Disabilities - Read more

You Are Never too Old for Sports

Being healthy! That’s what many elderly people wish. They also know that sport and exercise have a great influence on the physical well-being. What’s left is the decision, which form of sport is the right one for you.You Are Never too Old for Sports - Read more

Driving Cessation Hinders Aging Adults' Volunteer and Work Lives

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Photo: Elderly woman driving a car [30/09/2013] For many senior drivers, it is only a matter of time before they are forced to give up their car keys due to failing eyesight or other health issues. Now, University of Missouri researchers have studied how aging adults' driving cessation influences their work and social lives.Driving Cessation Hinders Aging Adults' Volunteer and Work Lives - Read more

Safe Navigation For Visually Impaired Persons

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Photo: New Device [11/09/2013] The project “A Mobility and Navigational Aid for Visually Impaired Persons” wants to help visually impaired persons to orient themselves in new environments by means of computer-aided vision. For development of a smartphone software solution, the research group around Rainer Stiefelhagen at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is awarded the US$ 83,000 Google Faculty Research Award.Safe Navigation For Visually Impaired Persons - Read more

Tourism for All: „We Want to Found a Nationwide Uniform Test Seal”

Whether beach or culture – vacation is for relaxing and recovering. That’s why you want to avoid needless uproar because of missing accessibility on site. In order to make it possible for vacationers to know in advance what they can expect at their destination, the National Coordination Office Tourism for All (NatKo) has invented a new test seal.Tourism for All: „We Want to Found a Nationwide Uniform Test Seal” - Read more

Hip Protectors with a Sporty Look

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Photo: Old woman with hip protector [16/08/2013] Norwegian researchers have developed a hip protector in a sporty design. Its looks are intended to appeal to the older people of today – who are quite particular about what they will wear.Hip Protectors with a Sporty Look - Read more

REHACARE 2013

Welcome to the leading trade fair on "Self-determined living!" - Welcome to the REHACARE International in Düsseldorf! REHACARE 2013 - Read more

Greater Convenience and Safety for Wheelchair Users

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Photo: Add-on module for wheelchairs [07/06/2013] With modern communication aids, users of electric powered wheelchairs can operate a PC and cell phone without human assistance. A new module is set to transform electric powered wheelchairs into communication hubs.Greater Convenience and Safety for Wheelchair Users - Read more

Older Drivers More Open to Talking about 'Driving Retirement'

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Photo: Elderly woman driving a car [05/06/2013] Clinicians often wait too long before talking to elderly patients about giving up driving even though many may be open to those discussions earlier, according to a new study.Older Drivers More Open to Talking about 'Driving Retirement' - Read more

Ecuador for All: German Women Power Makes it Possible

Over 13 percent of Ecuadors population are officially registered with a disability. But the estimated number of unreported cases is much higher. Especially the bad healthcare system and a lack of information are to blame for this. But two German women are undeterred by the conditions and commit themselves to hippotherapy and accessible vacation offers in the land at the equator.Ecuador for All: German Women Power Makes it Possible - Read more

Over Hedge and Ditch: Wheelchair Travelling Abroad

When wheelchair users travel, they want to be far away more and more. By now, this is possible in many countries because they are widely accessible. But Andreas Pröve does not need any accessibility. On his journeys he prefers looking for the real big challenges.Over Hedge and Ditch: Wheelchair Travelling Abroad - Read more

Mobility Shoes Take a Load off for Knee Osteoarthritis Sufferers

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Photo: Walking feet [10/04/2013] New research suggests that patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) who wear flat, flexible footwear (mobility shoes) had significant reduction in knee loading – the force placed upon the joint during daily activities.Mobility Shoes Take a Load off for Knee Osteoarthritis Sufferers - Read more

March 2013: Accessibility and Mobility

On the way to work or during a vacation – particularly wheelchair users feel often confronted with numerous obstacles in the public long-distance and local traffic. To what extent travel assistants can help and how accessible bus and train really are, you will get to know in our Topic of the Month March: Accessibility and Mobility.March 2013: Accessibility and Mobility - Read more

Experiencing the World – without Barriers

Curbsides, pebble ways or prone sidewalks – these obstacles can spoil the holiday mood of wheelchair drivers everywhere in the world. But it does not have to be like that. A good planning and maybe even trained company help.Experiencing the World – without Barriers - Read more

Obligation of Transport Must Be Established by Law

Bus and train bring many people from A to B – fast and easy on the environment. However, the public means of transportation keep on hand some incommodities for people with disabilities. That’s why different working groups and institutes exert themselves for more accessibility in public local traffic.Obligation of Transport Must Be Established by Law - Read more

Thigh Fat Maybe Responsible for Mobility Loss in the Elderly

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[20/02/2013] A new study shows that an increase in fat throughout the thigh is predictive of mobility loss in otherwise healthy older adults.Thigh Fat Maybe Responsible for Mobility Loss in the Elderly - Read more

Assessing Driving Capability in MS Patients

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Photo: Man in a car; linked to [03/12/2012] A simple, accurate testing protocol to determine driving fitness in individuals with multiple sclerosis is the aim of a three-year study at Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU).Assessing Driving Capability in MS Patients - Read more

Exoskeleton Offers New Degree of Independence

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Photo: Brian Schaffer and the exoskeleton; linked to [28/11/2012] A team of engineers at Vanderbilt University's Center for Intelligent Mechatronics has developed a powered exoskeleton that enables people with severe spinal cord injuries to stand, walk, sit and climb stairs.Exoskeleton Offers New Degree of Independence - Read more

Optimised Clothing for Wheelchair Athletes

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Photo: sports man with hand bike; linked to [21/11/2012] More functionality and comfort for wheelchair basketball players and hand bikers. Within the framework of a research project, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim are aiming to optimise functionality and comfort of sportswear for wheelchair users.Optimised Clothing for Wheelchair Athletes - Read more

Paralympian Tells How Technology Changed Her Life

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[12/11/2012] Jenifer French, a sailor who won a silver medal at this summer's London Paralympics, describes in a new book how cutting-edge medical technology from the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center allowed her to resume an active life after being paralyzed 14 years ago.Paralympian Tells How Technology Changed Her Life - Read more

Acceptance of Help From Robots

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[22/10/2012] Most older adults prefer to maintain their independence and remain in their own homes as they age, and robotic technology can help make this a reality. Acceptance of Help From Robots - Read more

Vehicle Conversions: No off the Shelf Cars

When people with physical impairments want to drive a car, they cannot simply get into any vehicle and start driving. Depending on the disability, the vehicle needs to meet specific conditions; generally, a customization is necessary. The German Association of Disabled Car Owners (“Bund behinderter Auto-Besitzer/BbAB) provides help in regards to conversions.Vehicle Conversions: No off the Shelf Cars - Read more

Mobility in Spinal Cord Injury

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[19/09/2012] Kessler Foundation has begun testing the upgraded Ekso in individuals unable to walk due to spinal cord injury. Ekso, a wearable, battery-powered robotic exoskeletal device, has been undergoing clinical investigation at Kessler since October 2011, when the research team received the second commercial unit.Mobility in Spinal Cord Injury - Read more

REHACARE 2012

Welcome to the leading trade fair on "Self-determined living!" - Welcome to the REHACARE in Düsseldorf! REHACARE 2012 - Read more

London 2012: In the Grip of the Paralympics Fever

Long jumpers, javelin throwers and sprinters – the athletes of the Paralympics in London are all fire and flame for the most important competition in the world. The organizers of these events have caught the Paralympics fever as well. In the current documentary on REHACARE.de top athletes speak about their ultimate goals and of their secret fears.London 2012: In the Grip of the Paralympics Fever - Read more

Auxiliary Means: Until the Prosthesis Fits

After accidents and amputations, prosthetics help in replacing missing body parts. However, for the devices to function optimally, they have to be fitted well to the wearer. A comprehensive process – from manufacturing to walking training. Auxiliary Means: Until the Prosthesis Fits - Read more

Senior Citizens: Asking Those to Whom it May Concern

Too small keys, too small writing: The design of the new coffeemaker or of the new mobile phone is not always well thought through. The development of many products often disregards the users. Above all senior citizens can tell you a thing or two about it. Now the Senior Research Group from Berlin, Germany wants to change this.Senior Citizens: Asking Those to Whom it May Concern - Read more

First GPS for the Blind

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[25/06/2012] A new application for devices with Android operating systems, called OnTheBus, helps people find their way and move around in large cities. The application is useful especially for people with visual, hearing or cognitive impairments.First GPS for the Blind - Read more

Globetrotter in a Wheelchair: "Men with Kalashnikovs Have Arrested Me"

Far countries, foreign cultures – this are the challenges Andreas Pröve faces up to over and over again with enthusiasm. His wheelchair does not hinder his thirst for adventure, on the contrary: Just because many people do not think he is capable of doing it, he ventures the apparently impossible.Globetrotter in a Wheelchair: "Men with Kalashnikovs Have Arrested Me" - Read more

Dementia: Understanding the Patient Brings Better Care

Patients suffering from dementia often cannot articulate themselves clearly. If they constantly shout out incomprehensible words or even react aggressively towards their surrounding, it can be a difficult situation for the people caring for them. Scientists are therefore researching support possibilities to unburden the interaction for both parties...Dementia: Understanding the Patient Brings Better Care - Read more

Tongue Drive System Goes Inside the Mouth

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[27/02/2012] The Tongue Drive System is getting less conspicuous and more capable. Tongue Drive is a wireless device that enables people with high-level spinal cord injuries to operate a computer and manoeuvre an electrically powered wheelchair simply by moving their tongues.Tongue Drive System Goes Inside the Mouth - Read more

Carrier at the Cemetery: A Different Kind of Inclusion

In the fields of gastronomy or the landscaping there are numerous integration companies. Why not at a cemetery, as well? This is what the city government of the German town Worms thought and started the successful project „Integration at the cemeteries of Worms“.Carrier at the Cemetery: A Different Kind of Inclusion - Read more

When Teens with Autism Want to Drive

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[11/01/2012] In a study to investigate driving as it relates to teens with a high-functioning autism disorder (HFASD), child development and teen driving experts found that two-thirds of teenagers with HFASD who are of legal driving age in their state are currently driving or plan to drive.When Teens with Autism Want to Drive - Read more

Lying and Sitting More Comfortably

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[16/12/2011] People who have to sit at work often have back pain. People permanently confined to bed are even worse off – they frequently develop bed sores. New smart cushioning is intended to eliminate the discomforts of lying and sitting. An integrated sensor system equalises pressure selectively.Lying and Sitting More Comfortably - Read more

Fighting at Many Fronts

If on a battlefield the opponents attack from all sides, the fight seems hopeless. Like this battle a mother has been fighting for her multi-handicapped daughter for many years. However, she will certainly not give up! Fighting at Many Fronts - Read more

REHACARE international 2011

Welcome to the leading trade fair on "Self-determined living!" - Welcome to the REHACARE International in Düsseldorf! REHACARE international 2011 - Read more

REHACARE 2011: The price of inclusion

Accessibility and inclusion - these are the goals set by legislation and lobbyists for disabled people. Not just integration, but the right of full social acceptance of each person as an individual. With this in mind manufacturers, interested parties and representers discussed rehabilitation, nursing care and aid in Düsseldorf at the REHACARE.REHACARE 2011: The price of inclusion - Read more

High Speed ​​and cuddly seals - Opening Report REHACARE 2011

Helpers, who are individually customized are able to assist people with disabilities in all walks of life: When moving, with their personal care or communication. Nowadays HighTech plays a crucial role - as the trade fair REHACARE in Düsseldorf shows. High Speed ​​and cuddly seals - Opening Report REHACARE 2011 - Read more

Driving Errors Increase with Age among Older Drivers

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[06/06/2011] Even healthy adults with a safe driving record tend to make more driving errors as they age, including potentially dangerous mistakes, such as failing to check blind spots, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. Driving Errors Increase with Age among Older Drivers - Read more

Guide Vests: Robotic Navigation Aids for the Visually Impaired

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[01/06/2011] A group of researchers is creating a high-tech aid for blind and partially blind people who have long depended on white canes as their only tool for getting around. A design first shown a year ago is now being further developed.Guide Vests: Robotic Navigation Aids for the Visually Impaired - Read more

Breaking Down Barriers to Voting for Seniors

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[18/03/2011] A study of a process called mobile polling – where election officials register voters onsite, then bring voting ballots to long term care residents and provide voter assistance as needed – found that nursing home residents, staff and election officials all agreed that mobile polling is better than current voting methods.Breaking Down Barriers to Voting for Seniors - Read more

Making ADHD Teens Better Drivers

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[26/01/2011] A University at Buffalo (UB) researcher's work with a state-of-the-art driving simulator is making better drivers among those considered to be the most risky motorists on the road: teens with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).Making ADHD Teens Better Drivers - Read more

Driving Simulators Help Elderly Improve their Road Skills

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[19/01/2011] Older drivers could benefit from training programs that put them behind the wheel – in a driving simulator, with an observer who helps them develop their skills. Driving Simulators Help Elderly Improve their Road Skills - Read more

Hospital: Higher Mobility Reduces Stays

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[15/12/2010] A new study has shown that hospitalized elderly patients who literally "get back on their feet" by taking even short walks around a hospital unit tend to leave the hospital sooner than their more sedentary peers.Hospital: Higher Mobility Reduces Stays - Read more

Perceptual Training Improves Vision of the Elderly

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[10/12/2010] Elderly adults can improve their vision with perceptual training, according to a study from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and Boston University that has implications for the health and mobility of senior citizens.Perceptual Training Improves Vision of the Elderly - Read more

Top-class sport with a handicap: MobiCup 2010

About seven million people with a disability live in Germany. According to a recent study the interest in disabled sports is increasing constantly - not only due to the recent German success at the Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Therefore it is no surprise that at the first Mobicup - a actionday of sports for the disabled - a lot was going on. Top-class sport with a handicap: MobiCup 2010 - Read more

Osteoporosis: Fractures Significantly Reduce Quality of Life

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[27/08/2010] An international study of more than 60,000 women highlights an additional risk associated with fractures.Osteoporosis: Fractures Significantly Reduce Quality of Life - Read more

Driving Guideline for People with Alzheimer's

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[19/05/2010] The American Academy of Neurology has issued a new guideline to help determine when people with Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia should stop driving.Driving Guideline for People with Alzheimer's - Read more

Older Drivers Often Involved in Daytime Crashes

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[19/05/2010] To help improve traffic safety, engineers identified the characteristics of older drivers in Kansas and the types of crashes they are involved in.Older Drivers Often Involved in Daytime Crashes - Read more

More Mobility-Related Disabilities in Middle-Aged Americans

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[26/04/2010] The proportion of older middle-aged Americans who report disabilities related to mobility increased significantly from 1997 to 2007, in contrast to the disability decline that has been found among Americans ages 65 and over.More Mobility-Related Disabilities in Middle-Aged Americans - Read more

Elderly at Risk of Elevator-Related Injuries

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[26/02/2010] Older adults are more likely to use elevators than stairs or escalators. While elevators are one of the safest forms of transportation, they can pose a real danger for the aging population.Elderly at Risk of Elevator-Related Injuries - Read more

Artificial Foot Recycles Energy for Easier Walking

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[22/02/2010] An artificial foot that recycles energy otherwise wasted in between steps could make it easier for amputees to walk, its developers say. Artificial Foot Recycles Energy for Easier Walking - Read more

Safety Net for Fall-Prone Elderly

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[20/01/2010] Falls are the main cause of injuries among elderly people, but until now doctors have had few ways of monitoring and counteracting mobility problems among patients. New research aims to change that.Safety Net for Fall-Prone Elderly - Read more

Great British Bus Tour

[29/06/2009] Daring Clive Bailey and James Skinner have finished a trip of a lifetime by travelling the length of mainland Britain between the iconic points of Land End to John O’Groats. Great British Bus Tour - Read more

Vision Problems Prompt Older Drivers to Put Down the Keys

[07/01/2009] A new study finds that a decrease in vision function is a key factor in bringing about this decision for drivers in the US aged 65 and over to recognize when they can no longer drive safely.Vision Problems Prompt Older Drivers to Put Down the Keys - Read more

Improving Transport Systems for Older People’s Needs

[19/09/2008] A new study has pinpointed how simple, low-cost measures could revolutionise older people’s ability to use transport systems effectively, safely and with confidence. Improving Transport Systems for Older People’s Needs - Read more

New Device Helps Visually Impaired to Drive

[17/10/2007] A team of researchers from the University of Granada in collaboration with the University of Murcia, has developed a visual aid device which significantly improves the vision of sight impaired patients. New Device Helps Visually Impaired to Drive - Read more

Arthritis: Pain Prevents from Excercising

[13/10/2006] Pain is the biggest factor preventing people with arthritis from exercising, an international survey to mark World Arthritis Day on 12 October has revealed.Arthritis: Pain Prevents from Excercising - Read more

Higher Blood Pressure: Possible Reason for Losing Mobility

[17/08/2006] Gait difficulties in older persons may be caused by higher blood pressure, as a research of the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center suggests. Higher Blood Pressure: Possible Reason for Losing Mobility - Read more

Fear Increases Risk of Falling in Elderly

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[09/05/2005] In a study of older adults, primarily African American women, a Temple University researcher found a strong fear of falling, which increases the risk of ultimately suffering a fall.Fear Increases Risk of Falling in Elderly - Read more

Exercise May Improve Mobility in MS Patients

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[04/03/2005] Exercise therapy can improve muscle strength, mobility and other signs of fitness in people with multiple sclerosis, according to a recent review of studies.Exercise May Improve Mobility in MS Patients - Read more

Study: Longer Rehab for Elderly Hip Fracture Patients

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[20/08/2004] Extending supervised outpatient rehabilitation by six months helps elderly patients more fully recover from hip fractures, according to the first controlled study of its kind. The study also showed that these patients can benefit from progressive resistance exercise training. Study: Longer Rehab for Elderly Hip Fracture Patients - Read more

Mobility online – Links and more

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[01/06/2004] A cloudy day offers the chance to go online and get some information and inspiration for an active summer!Mobility online – Links and more - Read more

Blind and Partially Sighted Pensioners: High Risk of Accidents and Poverty

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[03/03/2004] Thousands of older people are being left to cope alone when their sight fails, and at an increased risk of accidents, poverty and social exclusion because of inadequate state support according to a report published today by British Gas and RNIB.Blind and Partially Sighted Pensioners: High Risk of Accidents and Poverty - Read more

Driving License for People with Handicaps

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[01/11/2003] Apart from an professionally adapted car, a valid driving license is fundamental to regain mobility. Many people with special needs wonder whether which restrictions and regulations apply to their form of disability.Driving License for People with Handicaps - Read more

 
 

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