Sascha Schrön hates being patronized by others because of his disability. After all, he himself knows best what he can and cannot do. Why his head has prevented him from doing a parachute jump and why he admires inclusion activists, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
Name: Sascha Schrön Age: 33 City: Hamburg, Germany Occupation:Employee of the city of Hamburg Impairment: Quadriplegics (high paraplegia)
Sascha Schrön: A good joke or even myself, for example, if I get into nonsense again. I'm just a funny guy. With laughter life is simply much more beautiful and bad things can be endured more easily.
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Sascha Schrön: I have always been wanting to go skydiving. I just have not done it yet because I'm a little bit afraid for my legs and I'm somehow not stupid enough to jump out of a functional plane. Maybe I'll do it again sometime. ;-)
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Sascha Schrön: There are so many and I can hardly commit myself to one person. It is mainly people who put most of their time and energy into inclusion without expecting any material value. It is simply inspiring and has helped me to find meaning in my life.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Sascha Schrön: I would support the unconditional implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It was signed by Germany and has entered into force, but it is not really being implemented.
As the photo at the wheelchair basketball match between the BG Baskets and the Köln 99ers shows, Schrön is enthusiastic about sports. Whether basketball, baseball or American Football - he is guaranteed to own a New Era Cap and they have a place of honour in his apartment.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Sascha Schrön: I just want to have a quiet life and live it the way I want to. For example, I don't want people to keep asking me about my disability or being patronized about it, or telling me what I can and cannot do. People have no idea and then they want to give me advice or tell me how to live my life? Not with me! If it had been up to other people, I still wouldn't be able to do anything. I learned a new profession, go to work and run a YouTube channel!
I would like to be ...
Sascha Schrön: ... someone who has made good use of his life and inspired others.
Which questions would you like answered the most?
Sascha Schrön: Will I achieve my self-imposed goals? What else I wanted to say...
Sascha Schrön: No matter how bad life may seem at the moment, it could be worse and the better times will come back. The important thing is not to live in the past and give up. Everyone should have wishes or set goals and then pursue them, even if it is sometimes very difficult.