【DE】This is REHAB 2022: A brief overview

Trade visitors and the community had to wait three years: On the 23rd In June, REHAB Karlsruhe reopens its doors as one of the world’s most important trade fairs for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion. Since 1980, REHAB has been a set date in the industry calendar every two years. After the corona-related break, the renowned trade fair will take place from the 23rd to the 25th. June 2022 with around 350 exhibitors from 18 countries on around 35,000 square meters at Messe Karlsruhe.



REHAB Karlsruhe: 21. European trade fair for rehabilitation, therapy, inclusion and care (photo credit: Messe Karlsruhe/ Behrendt and Rausch)



In three barrier-free exhibition halls plus outdoor areas, the latest aids, therapy devices, trends in rehabilitation technology, care and orthopedic products will be presented for three days. For trade visitors and people with disabilities, REHAB Karlsruhe is the central point of contact for mobility and everyday aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, handbikes, disabled cars as well as aids for children and adolescents: To get a market overview, get to know innovations, test aids yourself, exchange ideas with experts in person and to further educate yourself. Due to the three-year break, a lot of novelties and premieres are expected.


Jürgen Dusel, Federal Government Commissioner for People with Disabilities, opens REHAB personally. Also this year, prominent guests will be guests at REHAB: Samuel Koch, Kristina Vogel, Janis McDavid and Tina Pesendorfer have announced their participation. Further information such as supporting program, visitor information and ticket shop can be found online at www.rehab-karlsruhe.de.


Topic overview through marketplace concept


A total of eleven so-called marketplaces, from “mobility and everyday aids”, “child and youth rehabilitation” to “therapy and practice” to “construction and living”, “car and traffic” or “leisure and travel” represent the trade fair topics. In the Neuheiten Center, on the 3,000 square meter test course, the car test track or the inclusive sports facility, the focus for visitors to get to know and try out products as well as to participate.


In the future pavilion, young start-ups, research institutions and innovative companies present their ideas, visionary products and smart developments: among other things, robotic aids for people with a lack of arm or hand mobility, an innovative mattress with automated movement sequences and a training app for paraplegics.


The Tinyhouse trend can also be found at REHAB: Visitors can visit a barrier-free Tiny Rolli House in the atrium, find out about equipment and production or rent it for a holiday.


View into the trade fair program


In the two forums in Hall 2 and Hall 3, an extensive supporting program is offered daily, for example with lectures on the current legal situation in the supply of aids or decubitus prophylaxis, with practical workshops and panel discussions. In addition, program items are also planned at individual stands.


Prominent brand ambassadors: Samuel Koch invites as brand ambassador of Made for Movement on the 24th. June at 1 p.m. for a reading from his current book. Kristina Vogel, brand ambassador of trivida, can visit visitors on the 23rd. June at 3:30 p.m. in Forum Hall 3 during their lecture “Better cross-section than average”. Tina Pesendorfer, professional Austrian wheelchair tennis player, answers questions about the power of a positive mindset and her experiences in wheelchair tennis from 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. The internationally renowned motivational speaker and excellent “slammer” Janis McDavid is as a mobility ambassador on Thursday, 23. June at 12 noon and 2:30 pm at Paravan and will report on his racing project.




Janis McDavid is at REHAB as mobility ambassador for Paravan (photo credit: Paravan)




Advice and networking: The young online platform for active wheelchair users Guidzter.com presents itself live and onsite at REHAB for the first time. Community and fans can get to know the guides personally, witness product tests and benefit from tips and experiences through the planned Q&A sessions.


For the first time, a peer event of the Fördergemeinschaft der Querschnittgelähmten e.V. will also take place. (FGQ) at REHAB: Here, personal advice and networking are also in the foreground. The Digital Assistive Technology Industry Association presents itself for the first time as the new European industry umbrella organization DATEurope at REHAB 2022 with a joint stand. Here everything revolves around digital assistance technologies and the exchange between electronics experts, therapy specialists and users.



Melanie Eilert, gamer and blogger with spinal muscular atrophy, gives expert tips at the human electronics stand. (Photo credit: Humanelektronik / Anna Spindelndreier)



Entertainment and prevention: Inclusive gaming is on the agenda at Humanelektronik “HEsports.” With innovative controllers, customizable buttons and sensors, even people with the most severe motor limitations can play on several gaming places. At the auric booth, individual consultations and free hearing tests are offered in a hearing aid vehicle. The company t-rv makes a risk of decubitus visible at an early stage via free Boditrak® seat pressure measurements by means of a stretchable sensor mat.

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