Stefan Nilsson, age 39, lives in his own apartment in Stockholm. He has a large family with whom he likes to spend time. Stefan is a member of JAG and participates in the daily work offered for members at JAG’s headquarters.
What kind of support do you need?
I have had a personal assistant since 1994. Prior to this, I lived at home and was helped by my parents.
What element of the independent living movement is most important to you?
That one should be able to live like everyone else.
Tell us about a person who means a lot to you and why.
My mom, I’d say, because she is always there and I can count on her. We have a very close relationship. She’s the one I call if I am upset about anything.
What personal achievement are you most proud of?
I won the national gold medal in Boccia in 2000.
What makes you want to get up in the morning?
I try to stay in bed as long as I can!
What makes you laugh?
When people make fools of themselves. And comical films.
What makes you angry?
I become infuriated when my assistant doesn’t do as I wish.
What do you do to relax?
I go to hockey and soccer games as often as I can. Otherwise, I watch sports or films on television.
What were you doing ten years ago?
About the same thing as today.
What do you think has been the most important advancement for people with disabilities in the last ten years?
Perhaps that accessibility has improved somewhat at restaurants, sports facilities and on public transport.