Thomas Olejniczak - That's how he rolls

For Thomas Olejniczak a little dream came true concerning his professional life: He now sales clothes in a fashion store chain in Germany. Not many autistic people with learning disabilities get this kind of possibility. As a successful example of professional inclusion he has lately been awarded with the vilmA award. What kinds of wishes have not been fulfilled yet, he tells us on


Photo: Thomas Olejniczak; Copyright: VdK NRW

Thomas Olejniczak; © VdK NRW

Name: Thomas Olejniczak
Age: 22
City: Essen, Germany
Occupation: Sales Advisor in a fashion store
Impairment: Autism, learning disability
When did you last laugh heartily and what about?

Thomas Olejniczak: During a break at work. My workmate and also friend of mine was so nice and told me that I should better not eat everything at once.

What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?

Thomas Olejniczak: Working as an executive.

Which person has influenced you most?

Thomas Olejniczak: My oldest sister. She is working for H&M for years now - where I always wanted to work as well.

You have the chance to become the German Federal Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?

Thomas Olejniczak: People with disabilities who have achieved a lot and taken their chance should be treated equally. That's what I would make happen.
Photo: Thomas Olejniczak; Copyright:

Thomas Olejniczak received the so called vilmA award this year because he proves that inclusion in professional life can be successful; ©

Your life is made into a film: Who would represent you?

Thomas Olejniczak: My workmate Frank Hartl.

I would like to be ...

Thomas Olejniczak: a businessman.

Which questions would you like answered the most?

Thomas Olejniczak: There are some questions concerning the development of my disease that haven't been answered yet.

What I finally want to say...

Thomas Olejniczak: I want to get a driver license some day.