Why are we here and what is our role in life? That is a philosophical question. Niall El-Assaad would later like to be able to claim that he has done something of value to society. What this is, what makes him laugh, what he wants to do once again with full consciousness and what he thinks about accessibility laws, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
Name: Niall El-Assaad Age: 43 City: Manchester / UK Occupation: Product Manager Impairment: Paralysed with Spinal Cord Injury from chest down
Niall El-Assaad: Probably the wrong things, like how cheeky my daughter is.
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Niall El-Assaad: Fly in a helicopter. Although I have done it before, but was unconscious at the time.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Niall El-Assaad: Probably me: I change my views all the time!
Because Niall El-Assaad was frustrated of the situations at fuel stations for disabled drivers he developed the app fuelService. At the moment the application is not only available in the UK but also in Germany and the Netherlands.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Niall El-Assaad: We have laws on accessibility – but they are not enforced, so nothing happens. I would ensure that they were enforced or that high fines were imposed.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Niall El-Assaad: Family, Friends and Manchester United (not in order!)
I would like to be...
Niall El-Assaad: ...someone who achieves something real.
Which question would you like answered the most?
Niall El-Assaad: How am I going to get fixed?
What I finally want to say...
Niall El-Assaad: Anyone can achieve anything, they just need to start doing it.