What has been your biggest challenge so far that you have mastered – and what has helped you to do so?
Antonia Feistenauer: To be honest: self-acceptance.
It's only in the last few years that I've learned that I'm perfectly fine. That autism is not a bad thing and that I have absolutely no shame in having a disability/illness. It was a long way there and I even had to leave some contacts behind. Today, I want to educate about such issues to counter prejudice and to encourage others who may still have this journey ahead of them. My biggest help was my husband. By simply accepting and loving me as I am and helping me to figure myself out and accept myself.
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?
Antonia Feistenauer: That accessibility is still a huge problem. Keeping a distance, for example, is hardly possible when a stranger has to hold open a door or generally help. It is also visible again that many buildings are simply not accessible by wheelchair, such as many vaccination and testing centers.
If nothing would be impossible: Who would you like to meet one day and why?
Antonia Feistenauer: Stephen Hawking, because we have/had similar views and he was an incredible genius. He is a real idol for me and his work fascinates me totally. It was through him that I first discovered how exciting physics actually is. And Raúl Krauthausen – because he's just a cool guy!
What was your best REHACARE experience?
Antonia Feistenauer: Unfortunately, I have never been there – but hopefully once, as soon as it is possible!
What else I wanted to say ...
Antonia Feistenauer: To everyone who still has this journey ahead of them, I would like to say: You are good the way you are and just as valuable as everyone else.