I am dedicated to fighting for independent living. I was born in 1975 and I live in the south-western part of Germany, in the Rhine valley, and I am a wheelchair user with SMA. I studied computer science, now working as a web developer at the German Federal Archives.
I am severely disabled and need help around the clock, although it is only standby during nights. I organize my personal assistance in the employer model.
I have been active in the field of disability rights and empowerment for many years. I’m dedicated to promote Independent Living as live standard for every disabled person. From 2004 to 2011, I worked for the ZsL Mainz (CIL) as a peer counsellor and project coordinator, giving advice on and lobbying for personal budgets and assistance. During the EU funded PROGRESS project, I worked for ENIL, mainly in the field of lobbying for EU assistance legislation, but also helping to organize conferences and to co-ordinate member organizations. From 2009 to 2014, I have been more active on a local level, working as ombudsman for disabled people in the city of Koblenz, Germany.