People with and without disability living and working together was in my childhood a naturally way of life. An uncle of my father was disabled. He was part of our familiy and lived and worked with us on our farm. Nobody of us found it worth mentioning.
Later I learned to see, that institutional support for disabled people sometimes leads more to exclusion than to inclusion. People with disabilities who live and work in special institutions are not allowed to live self-independent. They are not visible in our society which results in a lack of awareness and know-how for accessibility.
From the beginning of my working life on I was fighting for the right of people with disabilities to live their own lifes. First I encouraged young parents of disabled children to empower themselves by founding a self-regulating community centre.
During this time I got to know my partner and co-founder Klaus Candussi. Since then we enjoy it to be independent entrepreneurship characters who are able to co-operate in competition and to establish sustainable businesses.
The next key activity in my career was the establishment of an advisory centre where we learned to understand the perspectives of people with learning and physical disabilities.
This was the point for the decision of Klaus and me to found a new social enterprise which we called "atempo - for equalisation of People". With atempo we have the goal to change the role of people with disabilities from a needy user of social institutions to a valuable member of the society on the one hand. On the other hand we want to capacitate society for managing diversity and inclusion.
We are sure that inclusion makes people wiser. We can see that in our own enterprise, where people with and without disabilities are working together. We know that our services and products are that good, because we are creating and delivering them in inclusive teams.
PS: Although you asked for an personal bio I would like to stress out, that I am going my way since a long time together with my partner, Klaus Candussi. Therefore I permitted myself to note to the fact that we are creating and improving our business in a partnership. That does not mean that each of us would not be able to create business without the other, but we like it more to do our work together.