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International Meeting Point For People With Special Needs

Anyone looking for compelling evidence of the performance achieved at international levels by the market for all aspects of rehabilitation and care can't afford to miss REHACARE INTERNATIONAL 2008, to be staged in Düsseldorf from 15 to 18 October. Some 800 exhibitors from 30 countries ranging from Belgium to the USA will showcase their latest products, services and findings at the trade fair and congress. A compact and easily navigable overview of solutions for all aspects of life and target groups will be spread across some 30,000 square metres of net exhibition space in Halls 3 to 7 of the Düsseldorf Trade Fair Center. The spectrum of offerings will span everything from mobility and daily living aids, through assistive devices for in-patient and out-patient care, communication technologies and barrier-free living concepts to ideas for recreation, travel and sport.

Above all in the line of mobility, REHACARE INTERNATIONAL presents a product palette that is unparalleled in its comprehensive range. "Everyone who's anyone in the business of wheelchairs, vehicles, walking aids, adapted vehicles and the related services will be stepping out this year at REHACARE with a wide product portfolio. Among them will be Otto Bock, Handicare, Invacare, Meyra, Sunrise Medical, Permobil, Bischoff und Bischoff as well as Thomashilfen, " pointed out Wilhelm Niedergöker, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf. "Some 300 suppliers will provide buyers, trade visitors from the rehabilitation and care industry as well as individuals with special needs or those requiring care and their families with a panoramic overview of innovations and further developments covering the length and breadth of the mobility theme."

Once again this year, theme parks featuring bundled information devoted to target-group-specific solutions will be the hallmark of the world's No. 1 trade fair for disabled people, those requiring care and chronically ill individuals staged in Düsseldorf.

A new addition to REHACARE INTERNATIONAL in 2008 will be the industry competition "REHACARE DESIGN AWARD 2008/2009", which is Messe Düsseldorf's way of offering exhibitors the chance to earn a high-calibre quality seal. Essen-based red dot projects will be responsible for the organisation and expert supervision of the competition. All REHACARE INTERNATIONAL 2008 exhibitors are invited to submit products in eight categories, which will be evaluated by a jury comprising international design and industry experts. Compelling design and creative drive will be rewarded with the "REHACARE DESIGN AWARD: GOOD DESIGN" or "REHACARE DESIGN AWARD: BEST DESIGN", while especially innovative products will be recognised with the "REHACARE DESIGN AWARD: BEST INNOVATION".

In honour of the winners, an award ceremony will be held during REHACARE INTERNATIONAL in Düsseldorf. Plus, all award-winning products will be showcased at a special presentation during the trade fair's run as well as on a dedicated Internet portal and will subsequently be published in an international industry handbook.

Barrier-free, cross-generational building and living were among the information offerings especially well received by REHACARE visitors last year. With the theme park "Wohn(t)raum" (living dream) in Hall 3 and the congress of the same name on 16 and 17 October, Messe Düsseldorf will once again pick up on this theme, highlighting it from a new angle. For instance, one of the congress series will tackle technical support systems for providing care in the home and living environments for the aged.

Hall 5 will present a compact exposé of electronic assistive devices, special software, electronic data processing and innovations for blind or visually impaired people as well as for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. All the latest and greatest in vehicles adapted for those with special needs can be viewed by visitors to Hall 6.

In addition, many tried-and-trusted facilities and focal themes, such as products and services relating to training and jobs, the disabled child, people with acquired brain damage as well as recreation and travel will retain their place on the agenda.

Hall 7a will be dedicated entirely to sport for people with special needs. Those looking to further their education or training and gain deeper insights into products, applications and health policy issues should head to the CCD.South – Congress Center Düsseldorf to take advantage of the wide range of REHACARE workshops and seminars on offer.

REHACARE INTERNATIONAL 2008 will open its doors between 10am and 6pm from 15 to 17 October and from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, 18 October. Tickets will cost EUR 12. People with disabilities, students and trainees pay EUR 7. Individuals escorting holders of disabled identity cards indicating the need for permanent accompaniment will be admitted free of charge.



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