You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Anne Gersdorff: Unfortunately, as it seems to be the custom today, I would first assure myself of more power. At present, the (German) Federal Commissioner for the Disabled has more of an advisory function. Next, I would set about reforming the Federal Participation Law and making assistance a legal priority, creating structures for inclusive education and an inclusive labor market. In my opinion, for the budget for work, people with disabilities do not have to spend years in a workshop for disabled people in order to be entitled to it.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Anne Gersdorff: Mhhh...I think all the great people around me. On the other hand, inclusion, diversity and discrimination structures are topics that concern me very much.
I would like to be ...
Anne Gersdorff: Oh, I'm actually quite happy with myself, which is why I don't necessarily want to be someone else. But if I had the possibility, I would like to travel back into the wild 20's as well as the 68's and the time of the German reunification.
Which question would you like answered the most?
Anne Gersdorff: I wonder why it is so difficult for us to grant other people something – be it just a peaceful or self-determined life in a safe, self-chosen environment or the success of activists. I think it costs so much energy that we could use much more sensibly. I also wonder how we can counter this whole shift to the right. What do I do about it? Is that enough?
What I finally want to say...
Anne Gersdorff: Thank you for this interview and see you at REHACARE.