RehApp: a tool for fieldworkers to work with people with disabilities

The RehApp demo is now available via this link.

The latest version of the Spinal Cord Injury (Reh)App is now available in the google Play Store and Apple Store.

Fieldworkers all around the world aim to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families within their communities. They are often occupied with a broad variety of tasks and responsibilities, requiring (medical-) therapeutic knowledge as well as social and technical skills. However, fieldworkers generally have a basic educational background and often received limited training to perform their job. Therefore, a large number of member organisations of the IDDC CBID Task Group – in close collaboration with other experts – are developing a mobile application, so-called: RehApp.

The RehApp is specifically designed for fieldworkers in low-and middle-income countries and aims to enhance their capacity to work with people with disabilities within the community: assess their abilities and inabilities, design rehabilitation interventions, provide care and support, and refer appropriately. It consists of different chapters – covering various types of impairments – organised according to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, commonly known as the ICF. This includes: body functions and structure, activity, participation, personal factors and environmental factors. The RehApp offers fieldworkers basic information on possible causes, signs and symptoms related to a specific impairment. It also provides practical intervention options at personal, relational and societal level. Text is clarified by illustrations, that can be enlarged, printed and shared. The RehApp ensures that fieldworkers always have relevant and practical information at hand. However, the RehApp is not meant to perform medical examination and services. Users will need to rely on a correct diagnosis by a (medical) specialist first!

The RehApp is available for free, and once downloaded, it can be used in any setting without internet access. The chapters on Spinal Cord Injury, Amputation and Leprosy are already available. The following chapters are expected to be finished soon:

  • Albinism
  • Burns
  • Club Foot
  • Communication Disability
  • Deafblind
  • Developmental Dysplasia Hip
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Mental Health-Psychiatry
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Post-Polio Paralysis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Stroke
  • Visual Impairment

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the RehApp, please don’t hesitate to contact the project coordinator: Mirian Wester, m.wester(a)