Mindset expert calls for more acceptance of wheelchair users
Sebastian Schild has made his strength his profession and helps others to lead a better life. The 36-year-old is a speaker, trainer and expert for inner strength, perception and mindset. Who he would like to philosophize with, what he cannot live without and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
Name: Sebastian Schild Age: 36 City: Hamm / Germany Occupation: Speaker, Coach Impairment: paraplegic after an accident
Sebastian Schild: A day is just a day – You decide what you want to do with it.
Which auxiliary means or daily living aids are indispensable for you?
Sebastian Schild: The wheelchair, because I am paraplegic. The iPhone, because all my professional and private contacts now run through it. And then there is the control of the smart home, i.e. lighting, heating, et cetera...
What would you like to see from society and your fellow people in dealing with people with disabilities?
Sebastian Schild: Being disabled or using a wheelchair has to become a matter of course, similar to what has long been the case for people who wear glasses.
Which assistive device would urgently need to be invented and/or improved?
What has been your biggest challenge so far that you have mastered – and what has helped you?
Sebastian Schild: Adjusting after my accident to my new life with paraplegia.
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?
Sebastian Schild: Better preparation for possible future problem situations.
If nothing would be impossible: Who would you like to meet one day and why?
Sebastian Schild: Elon Musk to philosophize with him about the possible future of mankind.
What was your best REHACARE experience?
Sebastian Schild: Doing a test drive with a Segway wheelchair.
What else I wanted to say ...
Sebastian Schild: Pay attention to the things you can control. Be thankful for the things you have been given. Do not let anybody tell you what you can or cannot do. Barriers are only existing in your head.