What has been your biggest challenge so far that you have mastered – and what has helped you?
Sascha Scholz: The biggest challenge was probably my driver's license. There was no suitable driving school in Rostock or anywhere here in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The nearest driving school was in Quickborn. I had to get up at 3 o'clock in the morning and take the public transportation to Quickborn to complete 4 hours of practical driving lessons and then drive half a day back home by bus and train. From bomb threats at the main train station in Hamburg, to people on the tracks, to broken elevators and non accessible stops, I have probably experienced every horror scenario for a wheelchair user. What helped me was the thought of the possibilities that would be possible with a car and a driver's license. And it was definitely worth it. In 2020 my partner and I went to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Nice and Venice by car. You can read about the trip (in German) on our blog www.rollendumdiewelt.de.
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?
Sascha Scholz: On the one hand, I am well supplied with aids and on the other hand, we have survived the Corona pandemic well. Therefore, I can unfortunately not make any recommendations here.
If nothing was impossible: Who would you like to meet one day and why?
Sascha Scholz: I don't really care much about celebrities so it's hard to choose a person for me. I think you could certainly have a lot of interesting conversations with inventors, erudite people or politicians from the past. But you certainly have interesting conversations with people who are still alive, too. If I had to choose one person, it would be the soccer player Lionel Messi, because for me he is the best soccer player in the world and on my bucket list is that I would love to see him play live one day.
What was your best REHACARE experience?
Sascha Scholz: Unfortunately, we have not been to REHACARE yet, but we definitely plan to visit it in 2023.
What I wanted to say ...
Sascha Scholz: Before we received the request for the interview, the column was unknown to us. We then immediately looked at and read through the other people who had already introduced themselves, full of excitement. At this point we would like to thank the whole REHACARE team for this section and also the possibility to introduce myself.