Artem Berman: I have three types of questionnaire. Let’s call them questionnaires. The first questionnaire I have is called: ‘I have never worked’. This is for those who have a university education and have a disability or something like this associated with illness, trauma, and who have never worked. The second one is ‘I worked, but I don’t work now, or I don’t plan to work anymore’. And third ‘I work now’.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Third, third variant.

Artem Berman: I am opening it, I… I’m just running simultaneously this questionnaire on the website in order to have it in my eyes. It will be easier for me; I will just follow it and ask those questions that are…

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Have you drawn up questions by yourself?

Artem Berman: Yes, of course, I’ve composed all these questions by myself. Actually, that’s the point. Just one second, I will open it. Well, let’s start. I have it in English, but I will translate it into Russian. The first question we have… First, we have several formal questions. So, the first one, “Do you allow this interview to be used for scientific and research purposes?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Yes.

Artem Berman: That is what is called “informed consent”. Then, “Do you allow us to publish this interview on the website? You can answer, ‘I do not know yet, I’ll think about it and answer later.’ It’s up to you.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: In principle, there is no problem. I don’t mind.

Artem Berman: Okay. By the way, it will be publicity. Publicity is useful. The third one, ‘Would you like the interview to be published under your name or under any pseudonym?”

Arthur Nedashkovsky: I don’t have any pseudonym, so the name will be held up.

Artem Berman: Then the fourth question, actually, is your name.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: My name is Arthur.

Artem Berman: Very nice. Well…And the surname.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Nedashkovsky.

Artem Berman: Yes, very nice. Hence, contact information can simply be sent to me either by e-mail, or by phone, or by Skype then, so that we don’t waste time now.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Yes.

Artem Berman: And the sixth question is, ‘How old are you?’

Arthur Nedashkovsky: I am 31 years old.

Artem Berman: The seventh question is very difficult. It’s about sex. It seems that it’s male.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Yes.

Artem Berman: Yes, the eighth question, ‘Do you live independently, well, I mean, alone, or with parents, relatives, or someone else?’

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Yes, I live alone, well, in the other city.

Artem Berman: I see.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: The distance between me and my parents is approximately 700 km

Artem Berman: So, the ninth question, actually, is, “What kind of disability or what kind of health problem, trauma or something else do you have? You provide the information that you think is necessary to provide and which is okay for you to provide, namely: what happened, how old you were, how it affected your life in social, family, personal, professional aspects. Here is a detailed question.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: I get it. Well, it has turned out that according to Ukrainian legislation, I have the second degree of disability. At the age of 17, I was hit by a car, had an accident. Well, I crossed the road with my father in Dnepropetrovsk, and the officer of SBU hit us on the motorway in the middle of the road. My father died immediately, and me, I was a student at the Chemical Technological University at that time, I was saved, say, in Mechnikov regional hospital. Well, there were about ten operations there: spleen, abdomen blown out, the broken leg, larynx, well, a full set, a full mix. My left hand is paralyzed by 90% now; well, one and a half lungs are functioning. Well, the main thing is, of course, the paralysis of the hand for now.

Artem Berman: Accordingly, this is part of the question that is related to social, family, and professional life. You were only 17 years old, and you, probably, have just finished school. Am I right?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Yes, I have finished school. I was a freshman at the university (full-time), and of course, yes, after the accident had happened, that was a month of resuscitation. Well, it turns out that my father died immediately, my sister was three years old and my mother and, of course, well, the support of my educational institution. Well, first of all, the dean’s office, well, the support was for parents, relatives. Well… Can you hear me?

Artem Berman: Yes, yes, I can hear everything.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Well, first, there was a long recovery period, because there was a tracheostomy, that is, a tube in the throat.

Artem Berman: Yes, yes.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Then there were different nuances, operations periodically. They tried to cure my hand with suture nerves. There had been occupational therapy for about two years. It’s obvious that I didn’t work, I was at home. However, thanks to my university I was transferred to a correspondence form, I didn’t even have any academic leave or something like this. I finished my university and became a chemical technologist in the specialty I planned after five years. Well, during this time there were some moral, well, like everyone, probably a person, when he/she radically changes in life, this transition period is some kind of comprehension – how to live on, what to do. Well, it was like this. However, despite the fact that a disability pension was granted according to the legislation, I already worked approximately after three years. Yes, it was less than $ 100. There were attempts to find me in terms of work. I had all kind of jobs. I worked as a watchman, and like in Ukraine, maybe this is, of course, a minus, and on the one hand, it’s a plus, that from employing people with disabilities, by quota, every enterprise where the number exceeds 25 people…

Artem Berman: must…

Arthur Nedashkovsky: should employ people. So, I started to look for work, taking this opportunity. Well, my first job was… I was a watchman in the pharmacy.

Artem Berman: Look, meanwhile, we have answered the tenth question that is, ‘How did your social rehabilitation begin, what was the process of returning to active life and to society, that either someone helped and what or who and how did interfere it?’ You said that, in fact, the university helped.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Yes, yes. This help of so-called sections for people with disabilities in the city of Pavlograd made an immense contribution. I was enough fortunate to meet Shevchenko Vasily Vasilevich. This is a coach who is engaged in the rehabilitation of people with disabilities. He seemed to reassure something moral or some kind of self-confidence. We took part in various competitions: swimming, tennis, and track and field. That was not a professional sport, but just some kind of activity, which gave power, and at some stage I decided, I wanted, well, I first had a desire to get to the Paralympics, to participate, at that time it was 2002, China, in my opinion, I do not already remember. First, there were the Olympic games, then the Paralympic games, but since the Paralympic athletes, they were very huge and strong, I realized that I would not get to the Paralympic Games, but I wanted to get somewhere. And then, at some point, I decided that I wanted to run a marathon, it was a long time ago. I began trying to run. After 100 meters of running, I felt bad. The ambulance took me because there were echoes of the disease, there is intracranial pressure. Well, in general, it was serious. However, the desire was to run a marathon. Well, at first, I did not run, at first, I moved, then I walked quickly, then, well, by various methods, I continued to reach my goal. Then, in addition to the fact that I wanted some sports self-actualizations, my environment, that is, my close friends, they came to the capital, to Kiev, with my self-realization. I had to earn some money, and I also had a desire to try, here they all go, and I want to. And now more than two years, I am now in the Kiev region, well, let’s say, I live, I also work in search of such self-realization, and in this, I was very helped by the same Bekh. He noticed that when you put any such goals, you strive and in parallel in all spheres – both health and work and social sphere – all parties are tightened up. Therefore, I now work in Irpin near Kiev for more than a year. Who would have thought: my education is a chemist-technologist, but in a labor, I’m a programmer. I was wondering at some point in the IT sphere. But since I do not know English, I wanted to program, and I found 1C programming for myself. While slowly in this plan digging, I understand and do not stop. Taking advantage of the moment being in Kiev, there are a lot of companies, many spheres, and although I have been working for more than a year at the moment, I regularly go to interviews. It is interesting to me, in some way a challenge, to come to the company, to provide their opportunities, their services. There are a lot of different areas where I was trained, such as international companies, trade and hotels, agro-holdings, and the Antonov plant where I worked in my specialty. In general, there are a lot of spheres, it is very interesting, despite the fact that, as it were a trauma, I get acquainted with a lot of people, strong, interesting. Something a little off course lost.

Artem Berman: No, no, this is very interesting what you are talking about.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Regarding people with disabilities, I also concluded that everyone has their own choice. Someone is just happy with what he/she had, and someone wants more. Maybe, it is ambition, healthy ego, call it whatever you want. But I am sure if the person does something, he/she will have a result.

Artem Berman: I would like much to comment, just because you tell us very interesting things and we are a lot alike,
but since my function is an interviewer here, I am just mooing instead of saying something meaningful. It’s very interesting and, in fact, we are a lot alike. Actually, we have answered the tenth question, ‘who and what helped you and what prevented you?’

Аrthur Nedashkovsky: In fact, I had a clear shot, probably, in opposition to the support of loved ones, well, small problems like those with the same health prevented.

Artem Berman: Well, yes.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: The ambulance came to take me away. They cured me, and then I came back from the hospital. Well, yes, of course, I had a depression, but this is normal practice, that is so clutch!

Artem Berman: It’s also logical and I agree with it there 100 percent. Look, the eleventh question! We will have a quick overview. We have 21 question, we are already on the eleventh one. So, in principle, we answered half for half an hour, so answering your question how long the interview will last, I can say that it will last one hour.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: We can use ‘snapshot’ polls.

Artem Berman: No, no. It’s okay. In principle, the more you tell me, the more interesting. What you say in such detail is more than wonderful and I’m very grateful.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: I also wanted … I could have missed something important…This is the word “community”, that is, socialization with people with that have same problems who found themselves in the same situation. It is very important. I miss my guys who are in Pavlograd, this is a huge moment of involvement.

Artem Berman: Yes, psychological support. People who understand you and are ready to listen. Yes, really, now I’m doing shit, I do not have to put my words like this, so I did not say that. Let’s ask the eleventh question, your education, again the information you think is necessary to be given. Maybe, it is a story, maybe just it is an answer, namely: did you have an education before your accident, but we have already found out, you were 17 years old, you were a freshman at university, you completed secondary school. Did you get an education after the thing that happened to you, right?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Yes.

Artem Berman: Why did you choose exactly this specialization, a chemist-technologist? Well, there was a family tradition or some pieces of advice…

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Yes, it’s a family tradition. Initially, they would like me to be a pharmacist, but when I came to the Admission Board, the girls told me that it would be difficult to obtain free education because of the competition. Let’s enter the “rubber” – the technology of polymers. You can enter there without any problems. We have fun, we have a lot of girls. I bought any of that, I mean processing technologies, tire industry, gum, and rubber. So, that was my choice.
In principle, I did not regret it, because when I arrived in Kiev after completing my studies, my first work was at the ‘Antonov’ plant. It is a world-famous aircraft-building plant, exactly in the shop where all the polymer structures are made, I mean all the details. I was very proud that I studied specifically for the chemist-technologist, polymer processing.

Artem Berman: The famous Internet meme ‘to blow off all the polymers’ is clear for you.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Yes, we still probably have a bit of polymer.

Artem Berman: I think, thanks to the current leadership of the country, we will blow off them successfully. Let’s not talk about sad things though. So, you have already told us what influenced your choice. You said that was a family tradition. What is the level you had after the graduation of the university – bachelor, specialist, master etc.?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: That was at that time, everything has changed now. Specialists have become the same as masters. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree and then a specialist.

Artem Berman: So, you are a master now. The next question is whether you receive any kind of support or special treatment that is connected with your disability from the organization you are currently working in? Do you have some special support?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: No financial help.

Artem Berman: Maybe, flexible schedule? Maybe, other kinds of support?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: No. As for everyone.

Artem Berman: Ok, I see. The thirteenth question is whether you have ever been promoted in your career, whether you see the career development within your current organization or within any other organization for yourself? What career path do you want for yourself?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Well, since I work in the organization for more than a year and everything seems to be fine, but at the same time I’m constantly on the lookout. When I take another one or two days as a vacation, I say that I’m going for an interview. First, everyone was a little surprised or indignant, but now they have already got used to it. Well, I will answer your question, since I go to the interview, then I want some …

Artem Berman: Further development?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Yes, or at the place where I work. In any case, I want some self-realization. As for me, self-realization is continuous receipt of some new skills and knowledge. I just compare: when the person gets some new knowledge and skills, his/her material comforts grows simultaneously. So it’s impossible to separate these things. All of us want to earn a lot, all of us want to be involved in interesting work, to bring some benefit. This is my principal ambitions, aspirations. I want to go about my own business, to be useful.

Artem Berman: I get it. The fourteenth question. Are there any difficulties or problems related to your disability at your work? For example, if you worked as a loader, then you would definitely have some difficulties. It would be difficult for you to pick up sacks of potatoes. Is there something like that in your work? What can be a problem for you because of your disability?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Well, since my left hand is completely paralyzed, it seems to be in my jeans pocket, so, to some extent, there are some limitations. I cannot take a large empty paper box. It is light but bulky and large, I would take it with two hands but you start to be ‘perverted’ with just one of them

Artem Berman: How can you cope with a computer mouse and a keyboard?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: A mouse, a keyboard… I can type, there are no problems. I don’t have things that can make me difficulties. If it’s necessary to move a cupboard and a table, I can move both the cupboard and the table.

Artem Berman: I have understood that all the difficulties can be overcome. The fifteenth question is very interesting. I’ve already understood, but still, ‘What were the main reasons for the fact that you started working and what reasons motivate you to continue working You have made it clear more than once.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Well, it sounds different. Well, the main reason is to be like everyone else, probably, to take responsibility. On the one hand, you can live off your parents, rely on state or on someone else. Maybe selfishness, you can call it whatever you want. However, first of all, but it’s a responsibility for yourself and as a result for your relatives, for your sister. It’s not like a challenge, it’s taken for granted. This is upbringing. Every person is brought up in order to support themselves or their loved ones.

Artem Berman: Great. Then, the provocative sixteenth question, ‘Can you imagine that you won’t work anymore? What would the consequences?’

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Unfortunate consequences. However, not so unfortunate because when that injury happened, I didn’t work at all. It depends on the way of thinking – positive or negative one.

Artem Berman: Look, Arthur, it’s not a question of changing your job. It’s about the situation that you wouldn’t probably work at all.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: I’ll explain you by my example. Despite the fact that I am looking for a job, I also admit that I can leave this good work where I work now. Maybe, it’s possible to be said, ‘ We are looking for someone else’. In this case, I can also be left without work.

Artem Berman: You see, it’s a bit different. You tell me about the situation when you are unemployed temporarily, but you immediately look for other opportunities. However, I am talking about a conscious decision – ‘I don’t want to work anymore, I have a pension, or it has turned out that the rich uncle had left 1 million $ inheritance, so I am not gonna work anymore. I will sleep till 10 a.m.’ Well, 1 million is a stupid example. However, ten million… You can easily imagine yourself without work. Picking the nose, scratch the back of the head, reading books… Can you imagine yourself without work? So, you have decided not to work principally and consciously

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Well, many people seek to this If there is any guarantee, some kind of confidence, then why not? I work in Irpen and live in Nemeshaevo. It’s up to 20 km to get to my work. I need to walk half an hour on foot, then 25 minutes by train and then I should use a shuttle bus. It’s like this every day. Sometimes I have a desire to win the lottery. Then it would be that model that you have just proposed: to read books, to pick the nose, waste your time, go on a trip somewhere.

Artem Berman: A month, three, six, nine… Then, I think, you will still go crazy.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Yes, or it will be necessary to look for some mojo. You will feel bored. Now I have my work and everything is fine. They ask me, ‘Why do you leave?’ Anyway, it’s all boring and dull.
I have everything that needed to be automated and that’s it. The initiative is not approved. Rhythm is boring.

Artem Berman: I draw the conclusion that … The direct consequences of leaving work now … We remove these 10 million for brackets, they would be still economic, money is still needed. It’s unlikely that you would be able to seriously think about not working and living on a pension, right?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Yes, absolutely.

Artem Berman: In addition to this, we have those facts that you have mentioned before. I mean, mojo, self-esteem and self-realization. Leaving the work would destroy everything.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Still, we want material wealth. The work is like a material pillow of safety. However, the fact that I am looking for a job, going for lots of interviews won’t last forever. Now I understand that one day I will have to think about other things, I won’t run anywhere, I won’t rush anywhere. As many Europeans.

Artem Berman: I know exactly what you are talking about.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: In my case, the advantage is that I don’t have a family, children, a soul mate, attempts at making different experiments, some actions. For example, some of my friends have two children. I have a friend who is a miner, he is the same age as me. He thinks how close he is to a pension every day. This happens because minors have an early retirement. He has been waiting for a stable state pension in order to relax, devote himself to the family, rest, and fishing.

Artem Berman: How would you like your balanced life? These two mini questions at once, “Are you interested in this option? Are you a man of more extremes?” Balance is good, but I want some kind of self-realization to the limit, “into space so into space.”

Arthur Nedashkovsky: The second option is more convenient for me. Stability is boring.

Artem Berman: Well the next question is, ‘Do you expect any support from the state?’

Arthur Nedashkovsky: No. This is also my vision. I try not to rely on anyone, maximally on myself.

Artem Berman: Basically, you answered the seventeenth question. It sounds like this, ‘What was your first job or why did you leave the previous one if you had it?’ You’ve said that you are supposed to find yourself.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Yes.

Artem Berman: The eighteenth question is what does your family think about your work? Well, what do your family and relatives say about the fact that you work?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: They support me as much as possible. To some extent, thanks to them, I have a motivation. My sister was three years old when the car hit me. She has already grown up, she is already eighteen years old. She also lives near Kiev, she studies to be a vet. To some extent, this also motivates me.
I want my sister to be safe, under supervision, we are all together. Mum visits me, relatives support me.

Artem Berman: I see, super. And let me ask you the last three questions. The nineteenth question is whether your work is connected with your education. I mean, whether you have practice or not. This question also has two subparagraphs. The first one is whether your higher education helps you in finding more opportunities for the work. The second one is, ‘ How do you maintain your level in your profession? Do you attend some courses? Maybe, books? I mean, tell us about the relevance of your knowledge. So the question is whether you work in the specialty? Does higher education help in search of interesting opportunities and work and how do you maintain the current level of knowledge in the profession?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Since I am a chemical technologist and work as a system programmer, I do not seem to overlap, but on the other hand I work n a diagnostic clinic, people are taking tests there: blood and various reagents, various substances. It’s also one of the advantages. For chemistry, to imagine if I was studying for a philologist or some other education, this is the most that neither is the best result. But since the programmer is a system, a little bit of IT is also very interesting. As the sphere develops, you need to learn something new. The courses are rarely, self-learning is more often. YouTube channel is the permanent thing. Then something new, some new technologies, whenever possible, some kind of events…Sometimes in Kiev, if they are free.

Artem Berman: So, the twentieth question is whether you receive any financial support from the state. Since this is a question is about the amount of money you can decide whether to answer or not. I also have two subquestions.
What percentage of your total income does this support consist of? Are satisfied with your level of income?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: The state pays a pension about 70 $ every month. Another variant is sanatorium treatment.However, I haven’t been anywhere for fifteen years. Alternatively, you have a huge advantage that is subsided transport in the metro and in the train. These incentives are very significant. or.

Well, I also have this as an option, in addition to the fact that I’m here at full-time, and I have a desire to have a business startup, well, say, cloths trading.
Artem Berman: Some kind of side work?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Yes

Artem Berman: Super. Well, the question about the satisfaction of your income level is an idiotic one. I think that even Abramovich will say, ‘No, not really. Wish I could have a couple of billions more”.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: I wish I could say, “Yes, I’m happy”, but I’m not happy. So what? I should be just happy with what I have. However, I am not happy with it.

Artem Berman: It’s okay as the background, but you still have so much room to grow. Well, I have understood the answer. And the last twenty-first question sounds like this, “Can you describe yourself as you can. In order to do this, please, the following sentences: “I ..” or “Before the trauma I was ..”, “I am capable to… “,” I can .. “,” I want ..” and ” I’m afraid that .. “. Again, you can finish as many sentences as you wish. How can you finish the sentence ‘I…’?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Let’s finish the sentence “Before the injury …”

Artem Berman: Yes, let’s finish it.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: I was young before the injury …probably. I stopped being young after the injury. I became mature. What is the next?

Artem Berman: “I am capable of …”

Arthur Nedashkovsky: I am capable of a lot of things. Well, this has a minor subtext.

Artem Berman: This is normal. Are you capable of what?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Probably, I am capable of everything. “Everything” is stared with a capital letter. What is the next?

Artem Berman: “In the future, I …” and continue. How do you see yourself in the future?

Arthur Nedashkovsky: In the future… I am a good husband, father of three children, a successful entrepreneur, a good son, a good brother and just a happy person

Artem Berman: Super. The last two phrases that we will continue are: “I want …” and on.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Actually, everything I’ve just said to you can, as it were, have no motivation. Probably, to the question that I want, I want to constantly be motivated, always have a source of motivation, this is probably a very important moment.

Artem Berman: Super. The last two phrases which we will continue are: “I want …” and …

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Actually, all I’ve just told you. It’s like there are no motivations. Probably, I want to be constantly motivated, always have a source of motivation. This is probably a very important point.

Artem Berman: And the last one, “I’m afraid of. ..”

Arthur Nedashkovsky: I’m afraid of falling and not getting up. Today, I have walked the dog. So, I was walking down the stairs and thought that I could fall down and broke my leg. I am just afraid of falling and that’s it.

Artem Berman: Well, I understand what you mean. In fact, we have finished twenty-one questions. If there is something that you want to say, then I’m happy to listen to you. If you think that you have already said everything, it’s also fine. If you want to ask me something, just ask.

Arthur Nedashkovsky: Thank you very much, Artyom, such an experience! Although it’s nine o’clock here, I feel motivated. I am also very glad to have an opportunity to talk to you.

Artem Berman: Thank you!