Thursday, July 10, 2014

Overcoming Obstacles: Raul Krauthausen

People often pat him on the head or just stare at him. Raul Krauthausen is confined to a wheelchair. He has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, known as brittle bone disease. A disease that causes his bones to fracture easily and left him permanently stunted. Yet, wheeling around Berlin, Krauthausen feels completely normal and full of life. 

Krauthausen is an Internet Developer, radio talk-show host, and activist for people with disabilities. Krauthausen has been involved in the development of the Internet platform Wheelmap.org, the first online map of public places rated on accessibility and accessibility design. 
 
Krauthausen understands that "normal" people have difficulty feeling relaxed around people with disabilities; yet, every tenth German has some form of disability (seen or unseen). Krauthausen frankly discusses the difficulties of his disability and hopes his openness will help people understand that the disabled are like everyone else, just a little different. They experience frustration, love, success, and disappointment. 



In his new book, Dachdecker Wollte Ich Eh Nicht Werden (I Didn't Want to Be A Roofer Anyway), Krauthausen describes what it's like dealing with his condition. It's an honest and funny account of his life. Listening to Krauthausen, you quickly forget his disability, and see a very impressive man that has risen above the limits of his wheelchair.

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