Tools of freedom - the story of Christian
My name is Christian Bayerlein. I am a wheelchair user with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, web developer and activist. As such, I fight for the rights of disabled people, e.g. for better accessibility or the right to live in the community.
Seeing the world
I have a great interest in technology and accessibility and I give lectures on this topic and take part in several projects on the subject of empowerment.
I love being with friends, going to the movies, and enjoying art and culture. I'm a nerd, I love science and science fiction - especially Star Trek.
I travel a lot, seeing the world is one of my greatest passions. Together with my girlfriend, I have been to many places on earth, from Mexico to Thailand, from South Africa to Iceland.
This is what inclusion should look like and the Micro Joystick from mo-vis offers an important component to make this possible.
Tools of freedom
I get the mobility I need for my everyday life, but also for small and big adventures through my wheelchair, which I operate with a mo-vis Micro Joystick. For me, the wheelchair, together with the joystick, is a tool of freedom, without which none of this would be possible.
Due to my weak muscles, I cannot use my hands or operate normal joysticks. That's why I use my lower lip to control the mo-vis Micro Joystick. With it I can carry out the controls precisely and also perform filigree maneuvers. Plus, it takes minimal effort to hold the joystick, so I can drive for a long time without getting tired.
This only works because the Micro Joystick is very easy to move, since it only needs 8.5 grams of force to activate. The size of the joystick is also ideal, so that I can control it with my lower lip. I only use the small pin, so without a ball or cup. I can balance this stick well on my lower lip, hold it well and push it in the right direction.
Always in the middle of the action
I also think it's great that I can not only drive with the joystick, but also use other functions of the wheelchair, such as adjusting the seat and, for example, a virtual mouse to use my smartphone.
This means that I can communicate while on the move and I am always in the middle of the action. This is what inclusion should look like and the Micro Joystick from mo-vis offers an important component to make this possible.