Inclusion means that every person is equal. What does that mean for your own life?

The story of Pia Schmid

I was nine and a half years old when the accident happened. As a child, I had no idea what tetraplegia was. I just felt that my legs were heavy. All I wanted to do was run around. It was only after about two months that they told me I would never walk again. I spent three years in the children’s hospital.

My parents fought to ensure that I didn't have to go into a protected workshop for people with a disability. I came home and was able to take part in normal day-to-day life again. I didn't get any preferential treatment and didn't feel any different to other people. At school I was extremely well accepted by my fellow pupils and teachers, which was the start of a normal life for me. Being active and participating in life has always given me hope and has been my source of strength even at times when I didn't feel great.

“I live by the principle that I am no different to anybody else: I can do that, too.”
Pia Schmid, tetraplegia since 1979

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