DISKUTHEK: What must change in Germany for accessibility?

Human right Accessibility – what needs to change in Germany?

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If you want inclusion, you have to create accessibility. On the International Day of People with Disabilities, the guests of the stern-DISKUTHEK talk about the barriers they encounter in everyday life and what needs to change so that all of us can lead a self-determined life.

Watch this video in sign language here.

Accessibility, what is it actually about? For people with disabilities, this means being able to lead a self-determined life. People who are not disabled often do not realize that some of us do not have access to everything. And that doesn’t just mean an elevator that replaces the stairs. It’s about much more. Accessibility is a human right and a prerequisite for inclusion and participation.

So what needs to be in Germany change? These guests discuss:

  • Erdin Ciplak aka mr.blindlife is content creator and gives guided tours at “Dialogue in the Dark”
  • Aaron Wahl is an author and lecturer on autism and emotion management
  • Katrin Langensiepen is a member of the European Parliament (The Greens/EFA) and deals with disability policy, among other things
  • Fredi Schoenecker aka triplepower_lion speaks of a child with Down syndrome from her perspective as a caring mother

We were supported in this episode of DISKUTHEK by the action human. The video suits you here also available with sign language.

Here you will find the timecodes for our key questions:

  • 02:50 – Key question 1: What does a self-determined life mean to you?
  • 16:40 – Key question 2: Why aren’t all people equal, even though this is stipulated in the Basic Law?
  • 27:13 – Key question 3: What can we do for accessibility?
  • 41:19 – Key question 4: If you could change one thing directly, what would it be?

Moderator: Daphne Ivana Sagner

Camera: Rashed Payam, Simon Prem, Robin Aldag, Mandy Päth

Image mix: Christoph von Gülich

Light: Simon Prem

Sound: Kai Nueske

Graphics: Markus Schwager

Graphic concept: Vladislav Estrin, Edgars Noskovs

Editors / editorial management: Isa von Heyl, Marco Klehn

Editorial assistance: Fanny Rudolphs

Editorial advice: Judyta Smykowski

Head of the stern video department: Hendrik Holdmann

Production management, direction: Christoph von Gülich

Editor’s note:

Our guest Aaron Wahl was considered unable to work in his early 20s. He was later diagnosed with Asperger’s. In Hamburg, Aaron then worked with a physically based training method that was originally developed for actors, but is also intended to promote the strengths of autistic people. The training is explicitly not a recognized therapy and is therefore controversial in its use in autistic people.

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