Sabine Ochaba – That's how she rolls


Sabine Ochaba loves to travel. After she visited Burma, the USA, Cuba, New Zealand and Iceland, she found a new destination for 2019. Which one it is and what Nina Hoss, Veronica Ferres and Nicole Kidman have in common with her, she tells at
Photo: Sabine Ochaba; Copyright: Ewa Wojciechowska

© Ewa Wojciechowska

Name: Sabine Ochaba
City: Friedrichshafen am Bodensee, Germany
Occupation: Comissioner for the Disabled, historian, blogger and free author
Impairment: Visual impairment

When did you last laugh heartily and what about?

Sabine Ochaba: I’m laughing several times a day, especially at bizarre things.

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

Sabine Ochaba: Africa is the only continent I haven’t been to. It used to be too dangerous for me. But for 2019 I have found a proper company.

Which person has influenced you most? And why?

Sabine Ochaba: My maternal grandma. She was the first Montessori-educationist in Germany and supported me very lovingly.

Phote: Sabine Ochaba and her dog Jinny; Copyright: Brigitte Geiselhart

Always on Sabine Ochaba's side: Jinny the guide dog; © Brigitte Geiselhart

You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled in your country. What would you do first?

Sabine Ochaba: I would encourage the Federal Ministry of Health to obligate the empathy-lessons in the apprenticeship and academic studies for medical and nursing staff.

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

Sabine Ochaba: Nina Hoss or Veronica Ferres – not only because of the hairstyle but also because of their bond to southern Germany. For the international blockbuster I would prefer Nicole Kidman.

I would like to be ...

Sabine Ochaba: an eagle.

Which questions would you like answered the most?

Sabine Ochaba: When will people with disabilities finally have the same job-options like non-disabled? Why are people with disabilities seen as less worthy than non-disabled? Why are people with disabilities demanded to be thankful?

What I finally want to say?

Sabine Ochaba: Disabilities are not infective!