More awareness in everyday life – that's what Hannah B. wishes from society in regards to disabilities and their various forms. On REHACARE.com, the 25-year-old from Berlin reveals who or what restored her lost self-confidence and how she rolls otherwise.
Name: Hannah B. Age: 25 City: Berlin, Germany Occupation: Office employee at an independent organization in the social sector Impairment: Infantile cerebral palsy since birth
Hannah B.: Functioning elevators, outgoing people, good music and a good book
Which auxiliary means or daily living aids are indispensable for you?
Hannah B.: For me, the Etac MoLift Raiser (transfer aid) is indispensable because otherwise I would not be able to change my position – from wheelchair to couch, from couch to bathtub, and so forth.
What would you like to see from society and your fellow people in dealing with people with disabilities?
Hannah B.: I would like to see more awareness in everyday life regarding disabilities and their many forms. Even if the same words are written on paper, every person with a disability is unique. Just like people without disabilities. It is important, especially in this area, to relentlessly educate about grievances in order for our society to learn what consistent diversity without exclusion means.
Which assistive device would urgently need to be invented and/or improved?
Hannah B.: There are already wheelchairs that can climb stairs, but they would have to be included in the aids catalog of the health insurance companies – in other words, they would have to become more affordable.
What has been your biggest challenge so far that you have mastered – and what has helped you?
Hannah B.: My biggest challenge so far has been finding an employer willing to hire me. After successfully completing my training in office communication in fall 2019, two years of rejections and interviews that at most served the good conscience of the employers followed. Since September 2021 I am now working at an office of a carrier for individual case assistance, travel and housing for people with disabilities and I am appreciated for my work. The self-confidence I have lost over the past years has now been restored.
If nothing would be impossible: Who would you like to meet one day and why?
Hannah B.:Raul Krauthausen because he is a role model in the field of education regarding disabilities and diversity.
What was your best REHACARE experience?
Hannah B.: I have never been there.
What else I wanted to say ...
Hannah B.:It is never too late to raise your voice as a person with a disability - no matter how you do it. You have to spell out the problems to society until it gets annoying and something is changed.