My name is Katrin Modic. I have a 10 year old son. During the week we live in Ljubljana and we spend the weekends at our house in the countryside which is also our real home.
I am employed at the Jožef Stefan Institute which is the leading Slovenian scientific research institute, covering a broad spectrum of basic and applied research. I do my work from home through adapted computer equipment.
What is your personal experience of disability?
Blindness and motion disability.
How did you discover the Independent Living movement?
I discovered it through communicating with YHD – Association for Theory and Culture of Handicap.
Is there an area of Independent Living that you are especially interested in?
I think that many fields are relevant to me, but the most important would be Advocacy.
Who has influenced you the most, and how?
YHD – because they provided me with the information on Independent Living.
What personal achievement are you most proud of?
I am proud of the fact that I have a family and that I managed to finish University and obtain a degree. Also with the job that I have I can be economically independent.
Do you have a favourite saying or proverb?
Every event in a person’s life is a new opportunity.
What motivates you to get up in the morning?
I am motivated by new challenges that life brings everyday.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I am educating myself in the fields of psychology and communication; I also cook and create new receipes. Debating with my son and hanging out with my friends gives me great satisfaction as well.
Who would be your ideal dinner guests?
I would have to think about that, but it would surely be a person who I respect.
What advice would you give to young adults with a disability?
I would like to say that there are a great number of opportunities which start to appear in front of you when you start to search for them. Think about what and how you can do something, and not what you can’t do and are deprived of.