Lars Hemme - That's how he rolls


Lars Hemme is actually pleased with his life, but he keeps on asking himself when disabled people are no longer treated as second-class citizens. Therefore he would like to speak to Ms. Merkel. Why he has not been on the Way of St. James yet and what he can laugh about, he tells us on
Photo: Lars Hemme with flatcap; Copyright: Lars Hemme

© Lars Hemme

Name: Lars Hemme
Age: 41
City: Paderborn, Germany
Occupation: Scientific assistant in the central student counselling for the field study with disabilities
Impairment: Affected myself and supporter for people with disabilities in and around Paderborn
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When did you last laugh heartily and what about?

Lars Hemme:
Because of a movie and its situational humor – but I do not want to make publicity for this absurd movie. But I can tell you about this in a private conversation.

What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?

Lars Hemme:
To go the legendary Way of St. James. But I did not dare so far because of my bad wheelchair.

Which person has influenced you most?

Lars Hemme: Dr. Peter Radtke – he is simply a forerunner in the field of disability and mastered his life with diversity. Like Raul Krauthausen he champions our interests.

You have the chance to become the German Federal Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?

Lars Hemme:
To plan and implement the Federal Participation Law respectably. To conceive uniform guidelines for the personal budget.

Photo: Lars Hemme having fun and being surrounded by a group of friends; Copyright: Lars Hemme

Self-determined living, equal rights and equality are near and dear to Lars Hemme; © Lars Hemme

Your life is made into a film: Who would represent you?

Lars Hemme:
James McAvoy – because he already represented a wheelchair user quite powerful once in the movie "Inside I’m dancing" and his character in this movie is similar to me.

I would like to be ...

Lars Hemme:
…in conversation with Ms. Merkel to clear the social injustices and the despotism of the administrative bodies in dealing with people with disabilities.

Which questions would you like answered the most?

Lars Hemme: Why do people with disability have to exist at social minimum? How can we be a part of the society? And why are we seen as a part of the society, although we are entitled in many respects to be none? When are people with disabilities no longer considered to be second class?

What I finally want to say...

Lars Hemme: Basically I am pleased with my existence. I would just be much happier, if they would not give me the feeling sometimes, I’m the one to blame for my disability and would just be "batting".