If society doesn't provide accessibility, people have to do it themselves. That's why, Anna Fee has not only become active in the field of fashion. What "going your own path" means to her, why a flight was her greatest adventure to date and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
Name: Anna Fee Age: 26 City: Bitburg / Germany Occupation: Fashion designer,student Impairment: Afflicted with HMSN Type1 (hereditary motor-sensitive neuropathy) & has designed a fashion collection for other wheelchair users with (neuro-)muscular diseases
Anna Fee: Sunshine and spending time with my boyfriend and our cat.
Which auxiliary means or daily living aids are indispensable for you?
Anna Fee:My active wheelchair because I need it to get around; my orthotics and posterior walker because they allow me to stand a little and walk a few steps.
What would you like to see from society and your fellow people in dealing with people with disabilities?
Anna Fee:I would wish from my fellow human beings that they do not underestimate people with disabilities and that they do not consciously or unconsciously exclude them, and from society that accessibility is expanded – on the streets and in people's minds.
Which assistive device would urgently need to be invented and/or improved?
Anna Fee: There should be more aids for dressing and undressing or just more accessible clothing. The limited choice in this area inspired me to create my fashion collection "Go Your Own Way".
What has been your biggest challenge so far that you have mastered – and what has helped you?
Anna Fee: I once traveled from Germany to Surrey (England) and back again within one day for an aptitude test at a company – alone. My parents were delighted that I made it back home and said I had a good guardian angel. ;D (At this point, a big thank you to the nice airport employee who saved me!).
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?
Anna Fee: I think what almost all industries can learn from the pandemic is that they can use online customer service and online sales to reach people who are not so mobile.
If nothing would be impossible: Who would you like to meet one day and why?
Anna Fee: I would love to meet Avril Lavigne in person, because her music moves me deeply and has helped me through difficult times. But I would also find it cool to chat with Marie Antoinette, because she had a very extraordinary life.
What was your best REHACARE experience?
Anna Fee: I've actually never been to REHACARE, but I've only heard good things and I can imagine that there is always a lot of cool stuff to discover there.
What else I wanted to say ...
Anna Fee: When there is a will, there is a way. ;-)