Anne Schütz already learned in primary school that no distinction should be made between people with or without disabilities. So it's no surprise that she would like to meet the namesake of her primary school. Who that is, which device means independence for her and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
Name: Anne Schütz Age: 33 City: Rostock, Germany Occupation: Office administrator in a specialist shop for diabetes aids Impairment: Short stature, form Achondroplasia
Which auxiliary means or daily living aids are indispensable for you?
Anne Schütz: I no longer want to do without my car. My car is adapted for disabled people and has an adapted driver's seat and pedals. Hurray for independence and flexibility! What would you like to see from society and your fellow people in dealing with people with disabilities?
Anne Schütz: More awareness. Disability is only a feature, not a flaw.
Which assistive device would urgently need to be invented and/or improved?
Anne Schütz: The public toilets and sanitary facilities need to be improved. The circle of people should be expanded and little people should also be considered, no matter whether they are young or old.
What has been your biggest challenge so far that you have mastered – and what has helped you to do so?
Anne Schütz: The biggest challenge is to go through life day by day with my disability. And I live and love life with dwarfism.
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?
Anne Schütz: The Corona crisis has created additional challenges for people with disabilities. For example, workplace equipment in the home office is a major challenge.
If nothing would be impossible: Who would you like to meet one day and why?
Anne Schütz: Werner Lindemann. He gave his name to my primary school in Rostock. For me, primary school was the great beginning of everyday life – so no difference between children with and without disabilities.
What was your best REHACARE experience?
Anne Schütz: I have not yet visited the trade fair in Düsseldorf.
What I finally want to say...
Anne Schütz: Many things... Let's laugh, life is serious enough. Thank you for allowing me to respond.