Her singularity makes her her own role model – Kassandra Ruhm is committed to a better Federal Participation Law, equal rights for everyone and she wants to create accessibility both in live and in thinking. Why female actors can have some more kilos and why people generally should show more empathy, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
Kassandra Ruhm: Even if it sounds absurd: myself. As a visibly disabled, lesbian woman, born in 1970, I would have wished for role models in my life situation. Sometimes it was difficult to be "different" that often and to not fit in anywhere naturally. So I became my own role model. That was good as well.
You have the chance to become the German Federal Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Kassandra Ruhm: I advocate for getting a better Federal Participation Law and that no one will be pressured anymore to live in a home for disabled people, because it is too difficult to get the necessary assistance, accessible living space and other disability compensations in the middle of our society. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities we are entitled to that since 2009 by the way.
Your life is made into a film: Who would represent you?
Kassandra Ruhm: Jasmin Tabatabai or Sibel Kekilli are great actors. On the other hand, it is important that disabled people should not always be played by non-disabled people in movies, but rather from actors who are disabled themselves. Furthermore, it would be a good measure if not every female actor would not be very slim. That you could see in movies how beautiful and attractive woman with some kilos more can be.
Moreover, I would like to know when the rights which the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ensures us will be observed in Germany. Instead of politics using many nice words, but improving not enough actually.
I also wonder how social recognition of lesbian and gay people will enhance in future. If homosexual partnership will be equal with heterosexual partnership and if they can adopt children together in some years? If teenagers do not have to be frightened anymore when they do not hide themselves and their love in school? Even though we still do not have the same chances, more than I would have dreamed of has improved in the last 20 years. That is great. Otherwise: If there should be a regression and it will be the same like in the 80ies or 90ies or even in the four decades before – maybe I do not want to know yet after all…