Specializing in Special Needs
Dipl. Päd. Uli Ehlert
CEO REHAdapt Engineering
The clients we serve with our mounting products are characterized as having “special needs”. Another common term is having “complex communication needs”. Do those labels really indicate there are different requirements than any other consumer? In many aspects the lines between consumer goods and Assistive Technology get blurry – as seen in the increasing use of iPads in the field. Still there is a difference between technology use of random consumers and persons with disabilities: the computer, access tool or communication aid often can’t be used if it is not positioned appropriately. Either it can be used in a certain setting, say, within that one wheelchair, nursery bed or standing device; or it is of no use at all. We have to make it work under all circumstances – alternatives are simply just not given.
Yet the great challenge is not just that – any mechanical problem can get solved by throwing enough resources at it. The real touchstone is solving the problems without adding more complexity to the client’s life. In daily use, with various caregivers, in ever changing situations, the equipment needs to just work… intuitively, reliably, and simple.
We achieve that through our unique service concept, our design experience, the universality of our systems, with our high quality standards in production and our holistic view even on specific problems. What we achieve is truly special: serving complex needs with sophistication, but without increasing complexity.
After working for many years for an AAC company in Germany, in 2001 Josh Lengemann, CEO decided to use his experience he gathered about the AAC field and his knowledge as Mechanical Engineer to develop a simple yet strong and versatile mounting system unifying several improvements. That same year the company REHAdapt Engineering was founded. Design was turned into a real product a year later, made by external companies, assembled in-house and well accepted by our first customers. Within a short time, modest in-house production was necessary to catch up with constant expansion of the product range and growing demand from our customers. In-house production was realized in a small room half size of a garage located in an apartment building in the city of Kassel, Germany.
Founder of Rehadapt Engineering
By that time Josh and his wife where living in a small 4th floor apartment of that same building. Several extensions have been done ever since, including the move from Kassel to Melsungen (distance about 20 Miles) in order to find more payable space to rent. Here, in 2005, the first employee started to work for REHAdapt. More second and third hand production machines were purchase that same year. Exports to other EU-states started in 2005, to the US and other countries around the globe in 2007. In 2008 the company moved to bigger and more modern facilities (Lohfelden… just a few miles away from Kassel) where additional and more sophisticated machines were housed.
As a result of incorporating an outstanding work ethic paired with quality products the company now employs over 20 people and sells world-wide. We continue to push the boundaries of research and development in order to meet the complex and unique needs of our customers.
North America Branch Offices
Our Rehadapt North America’s branch is located in St. Augustine, FL serving our United States and Canadian customers. REHAdapt Engineering is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of specialized mounting systems. With many years devoted to design and craftsmanship, REHAdapt has refined the mounting system and thus redefined the way devices are mounted. We strive to provide both technical and sales service at the highest quality.