Nastasia and Oksana the female founders of the association Kondor for physically disabled people

You Can Do Extraordinary Things And Disability Shouldn't Not Be A Limitation.


NASTASIA & OKSANA

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FOUNDERS ASSOCIATION KONDOR, FRANCE


Nastasia & Oksana embody charm, good mood and determination. On top of being sisters, the duo share a pretty unusual bound that brought them closer and changed their lives forever. One day of 2013, Oksana (22 years old) was victim of a rare spine accident. From a day to another, she became tetraplegic. 


Three years later, as Oksana was finishing her rehabilitation, the sisters joined forces and founded the Association Kondor. They raise awareness around the challenges people with physical disabilities face in their daily life and sharing concrete information on how to solve them. They also developed a travel blog where they reference cool and accessible museums, shops, cafés or bars, illustrating their adventures with pictures and videos. 



WHAT WERE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED?


OKSANA: After my stroke, I felt lost with regards to finding general information about how to adapt to my new life with a wheelchair. Your relation to space becomes a challenge from going grocery shopping, to your house having to be re-adapted. 


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What I really missed is the feeling of surpassing myself physically 

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YOU TWO HAVE MADE THIS NEW LIFE SITUATION A STRENGTH. WHAT IS YOUR MISSION?


OKSANA: With our Association Kondor and our travel blog, we aim to help people with physical disabilities by providing concrete advice and to show that you can be mobile, happy and fulfilled whatever your condition; that your background doesn't count and extraordinary things can be done regardless. 


NASTASIA: To trigger change. Sometimes people need to be shown that something is possible to believe in it and start acting. Oksana has always been very active and her new life frame has not stopped that. Sharing her experience on our blog and her social media helps changing people's perception towards disability and hopefully will raise awareness for more inclusion.


Nastasia founder of the association kondor to fight physical disability with her vegan backpack shopper in light blue

Nastasia is wearing the Backpack Shopper in light blue. Get yours here!

Shall We Get Personal? 


And By The Way...



OKSANA, YOUR INSTAGRAM IS FULL OF TRAINING PICTURES...


Indeed! It took me a while to consider getting back to sport. Before my accident I was dancing constantly. What I was missing is this feeling of surpassing myself physically. I started athletics and Crossfit to gain muscle mass on my upper body. I'm enjoying the speed and effort so much that I started training for competition... and why not going to as far as the Paralympic Games? Who knows! 


Oksana female founder of the French nonprofit kondor posing in her wheelchair

On the top image, Oksana is wearing the Mini-bag in black. Get yours here!

What Is The Little Arrow Your Follow Everyday?


NASTASIA: Keep learning and doing things that interest me and have meaning. Even if it results in compromising on other aspects such as a bigger salary for instance. 


OKSANA: I stay open to the idea that everything in my life can take a turn I hadn't planned and I try to enjoy it as it comes. Life is too short to be fought against. I also try to leave a positive impact behind me. 



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