Vienna from a wheelchair perspective – this is how Evelyn Brezina captures all the beauty in her surroundings in her photos. Because she really loves taking pictures. What assistive devices she would like to have for this passion, who she would like to ask as many questions as possible and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
Evelyn Brezina: No pain, sun, outdoor photography.
Which auxiliary means or daily living aids are indispensable for you?
Evelyn Brezina: 24 hours care, electric wheelchairs (outside/inside), CPAP device (sleep apnoea) What would you like to see from society and your fellow people in dealing with people with disabilities?
Evelyn Brezina: An active approach to the unknown. This means: Ask instead of looking away in shame or staring stupidly. Pass the same on to the children.
Which assistive device would urgently need to be invented and/or improved?
Evenlyn Brezina: Swivelling mobile phone holder for the bed, so that the carer does not have to readjust it every time. Individual solution for a mobile phone holder for mobile phone photographers/filmmakers that can easily be swivelled in all directions and 360° with one hand.
What has been your biggest challenge so far that you have mastered – and what has helped you to do so? Evelyn Brezina: To restore an approximate "before"-condition after each of my major fractures (thighs, arms, ribs). Unfortunately, this was no longer possible in the last few years.
What can the assistive technology industry learn from the Corona pandemic to facilitate or improve the lives of people with disabilities in the future?
Evelyn Brezina: I think everyone did their best to be available. A virus doesn't stop a wheelchair battery from breaking or a ventilator from becoming defective. Knowing that someone is there to help at all times is the most important reassurance.
If nothing would be impossible: Who would you like to meet one day and why?
Evelyn Brezina: God. I would pester him/her like a three-year-old child with hundreds of Why questions.
What was your best trade-fair experience?
Evelyn Brezina: I saw my first Invacare power wheelchair at a rehabilitation fair in Vienna (I think in 2006), with an integrated seat lift. It was love at first sight. It has greatly improved my mobility and quality of life.
What I finally want to say...
Evelyn Brezina: Thank you that there are people like you who have our best interests at heart!