Rebecca Brunner likes to take her life into her own hands and gives every day the chance to be the best. Her prosthetic leg helps her to always try out new things and master new challenges. Here you can find out what the social media manager wants from her fellow human beings and how she rolls.
Name: Rebecca Brunner Age: 22 City: Innsbruck, Austria Occupation: Social Media Manager Disability: Leg amputation
Rebecca Brunner: I think it's the feeling of being grateful and fulfilled in the evening. For me there is no perfect "good day" and I always try to make every day a good day.
Which auxiliary means or daily living aids are indispensable for you?
Rebecca Brunner: Definitely the prosthesis. It accompanies me throughout the day and is now much more than just an assistive device for me: I see my prosthesis as a part of me that enables me to do everything I could not do without a prosthesis.
What would you like to see from society and your fellow people in dealing with people with disabilities?
Rebecca Brunner: I would like society to be more enlightened about this issue. I think it's a shame when people are reduced to their disability, when there is so much more to people.
Which assistive device would urgently need to be invented and/or improved?
Rebecca Brunner: Offhand I can't think of any tool that urgently needs to be invented. I'm very grateful for what has been done in these areas over the last few years and I'm already very excited about which improvements and new products will make our lives easier in the next few years.
Walking, running, jumping: With her prosthesis, these were all small challenges for Rebecca Brunner that she has overcome – and which have given her more confidence and joy.
What has been your biggest challenge so far that you have mastered – and what has helped you?
Rebecca Brunner: Every new thing I tried with the prosthesis was a little challenge. You have to have confidence and be open to the fact that things like walking, running or jumping will work. But all these new experiences come with so much joy and happiness. You just have to always believe that you can do anything.
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? Rebecca Brunner: During the Corona pandemic social contact was limited, but that's what I find so important in the assistive technology industry: the direct exchange between users and manufacturer.
If nothing was impossible: Who would you like to meet one day and why?
Rebecca Brunner: I would like to meet my grandmother again, just to be able to tell her about the direction my life has taken and to hear her advice.
What was your best REHACARE experience?
Rebecca Brunner: Unfortunately, I have never been there.
What I wanted to say ...
Rebecca Brunner: We are responsible for making our lives the way we want them to be. So enjoy every day and try to make every day the best.