What makes you laugh?
Sebastian Waechter: If I can fool around with my girlfriend and/or good friends on a relaxed evening and we don't take ourselves too seriously – preferably with a good glass of wine. Since five months also my little niece always brings a smile to my lips...
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Sebastian Waechter: I've been wanting to do a parachute jump for a few years now. However, it is not because I do not dare, but because every provider of tandem parachute jumps has rejected me because of my height and my paralysis height (1.98 meters; C5 cross-section). So if someone knows a provider who can do that, let me know.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Sebastian Waechter: I don't have THE one person who has influenced me the most. But in fact I have had the luck in my life so far that some people have supported me actively and voluntarily, especially during my time as a student. At a time when I was dependent on welfare, they helped me to assert myself against the windmills of health insurance companies and social welfare offices. This has allowed me to experience the value of volunteer work for myself, which is why I am now a volunteer peer at the Association for the Promotion of Paraplegics.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Sebastian Waechter: It would be a matter of concern to me to improve the funding opportunities for training and further education programs for people with disabilities. Especially for people with disabilities, the highest possible qualification is all the more important. At the same time, I would take companies up to their obligation to hire more people with disabilities. I believe that the most important aspect of inclusion is the integration of people with disabilities into the workplace.