Kim Cremer is a doer, he doesn't let anything stop him. And even though he doesn't need a wheelchair himself, he sees where society still has a lot to catch up when it comes to accessibility – both in everyday life and in people's minds. Who has always encouraged him in his doer mentality, how this mentality fits in with his big dream and and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
Name: Kim Cremer Age: 34 City: Mettmann, Germany Occupation: Accountant Impairment: Lower leg amputation left
Kim Cremer: When a plan doesn't work again, even though I was firmly convinced that it would. Humour is the key to dealing with certain situations!
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Kim Cremer:I can't think of anything. I'm the "just do it" type – you'll see if it was clever afterwards. Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Kim Cremer: My father. If I had an idea where some people would say I'm nuts, he still optimised it with me and supported me in my actions – often to my mother's and my wife's sorrow. He never gave me the feeling that my performance was not good enough. The main thing was that I was satisfied with my performance.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Kim Cremer: Accessibility obligation in public buildings and shopping centres, restaurants and so on as well as in public transport. Too often, buildings are built so narrow that wheelchair and stroller use becomes a challenge. Money is spent on the design and layout of shops, but the fact that two steps at the entrance are already an obstacle is often forgotten. Yet solutions are often so simple. Public transport must be uniformly designed so that people with disabilities don't have to think about where to get off the train, for example. There are underground stations with stairs and no lifts, which means that wheelchair and walker users are forced to go to another station and take detours.
What is especially near and dear to you? Kim Cremer: Serenity. Inwardly as well as in the environment. There is too much envy, hatred and stress in the world. That causes resentment and tension. I want to be able to deal honestly with people without thinking that my counterpart is symbolically holding a knife behind his back.
I would like to be once...
Kim Cremer: on a world tour in an off-road van.
To which question would you like an answer?
Kim Cremer: Why do companies refuse to employ people with disabilities? Where has humanity gone?