What has been your biggest challenge so far that you have mastered – and what has helped you?
Annika Schröder: That's a good question, I can't name a central challenge. I think in the end it's the sum of the "little things" in everyday life. :)
Having a disability brings a lot of bureaucratic work with it, managing this on an ongoing basis alongside a job, therapist training and competitive sports is a constant challenge. Fortunately, I still get a lot of support from my family.
What can the assistive technology industry learn from the Corona pandemic to make life easier and/or better for people with disabilities in the future?
Annika Schröder: I can't think of anything specifically related to the coronavirus... But what we have seen during the pandemic is that politics is quite capable of tackling problems in depth and at great financial expense in a very short period of time. I would like to see more political determination to implement accessibility in public spaces (such as public transport, building infrastructure).
If nothing was impossible: Who would you like to meet one day and why?
Annika Schröder: In terms of sport, I would love to meet Jessica von Bredow-Werndl one day. I have read her book and find her attitude towards competitive sport, her handling of success, failure, pressure and expectations exciting. She has found a way to keep the focus on the joy of the sport and the well-being of the horses, the environment/team and herself.
What was your best REHACARE experience?
Annika Schröder: In 2014, I met my future driving school (Cornelia Schiefer) and my car refitter (Sodermanns) at REHACARE. Besides the freedom my driving license gives me every day, I had a very nice time at REHACARE and later during my driving lessons. In 2022, as a Para Badminton national player, I was allowed to present our sport in the Sports Center and was able to make many connections in this regard. This also gave me a lot of joy.
What I wanted to say...
Annika Schröder: Having a disability is not a significant limitation for me; as long as I have an environment in which I can move freely (accessibility) and I would be happy if society would accept it that way.