Johann Merkel came from Omsk. He is a 3rd year student at the Faculty of History, Omsk Pedagogical University. In his free time he is swimming, now for himself. Before that, the guy was eight years old a professional athlete. Johann trains in the weightlifting section and writes scientific papers. I chose him because it is the first person with limited opportunities who was able to come on an international internship, absolutely independent.
By attending the event, he shows that the Russian-German youth movement stands up for the right let, and take an example from more developed European countries that have a lot of experience in relation to internships for people with disabilities.
It is very interesting to watch the dialogue between young people from Europe and a guy with disabilities from Russia. How they find general topics for dialogue, conversation about hobbies, music, films, history and art of Europe.
About my childhood.
“My diagnosis is glaucoma. When I was born, I saw a little, then, two years later, my vision went to 0. Hard methods of upbringing began: no one in the family considered me unusual, I did everything on a par with others. I am glad that I was brought up so. Traveled to the village every summer from 4 to 14 years. There he received absolute freedom: he ran along with everyone else, learned to ride a bike, climbed trees. In the city ran through the garages. In general, the usual childhood, like all children. "
About their roots and how to get into self-organization
“I'm a German on the father’s side. My grandfather was deported to Kazakhstan and only in 1955 his family was allowed to return. But he did not do this, he remained to live there. And in 1989, my relatives left the Soviet Union and left for Germany.
I came to the movement of the Russian Germans quite recently. I was offered a trip to the cultural and business forum of the Germans, which was held in Novosibirsk in October 2018. I immediately joined in, I liked it, then I started learning German. And so managed to participate in the "Laboratory of NMO." Got a lot of positive emotions. ”
"At the" Laboratory of NMO "everything was fine, neither add nor subtract. There were no difficulties at all. It got to the point that when I returned to Omsk and went to the university by public transport, I heard a conversation of women standing nearby, where one other asked to move forward, to which she heard the answer: “Where I’m going, you don’t see, there is an invalid here! ". And I thought: "Well, I came home." In Novosibirsk, on the project, I was not treated as an invalid. I do not know what it is connected with ... But, most likely, because I initially set myself up like an ordinary person. I think that by my example, you can make sure that the guys can actively participate in the activities of the youth movement of the Russian Germans, even with some health restrictions. I was comfortable with the participants. I think they are with me too. ”
“I really liked the Novosibirsk tour. At first it was cold, then it became warmer, apparently because they started to go faster. Everything was available, of course, interesting. This super quest! I’ll take a program like a life hack and tell my friends about this wonderful application! ”
I raise this question, because in Russia, people with disabilities are greatly disadvantaged. In Russia, they are considered "unflattery", and many do not understand that they are the same people as everyone else. First of all, it is connected with politics and social structure. Because in society, even among young people, it is not customary to talk and discuss the problems of people with disabilities. They turn a blind eye and everyone in Russia pretends that they simply do not exist.
And instead of building ramps or elevators for people, build bridges to the Crimea. The bridge is nice, but you need to think about people. Then that people sit at home, and not because they are couch potatoes, but because at the entrance of their houses there are no elementary panels.
When I arrived in Germany, for me it was a big surprise and joy that in the country a lot of attention is paid to people with limited possibilities (the presence of tiles for the visually impaired, elevators on the platforms of railway stations and airports, traffic lights with podzvuchkoy, etc.). In Russia, this can be observed only in very large cities.