Normality in dealing with him - that's what Yaro would like his fellow men to do. But the YouTuber is far from hiding in his room because of his SMA. True to the motto: "Where there is a will, there is a way", he fulfils his wishes with the necessary portion of creativity. What else is important to him, he tells on REHACARE.com.
Name: Yaro Age: 14 City: near Cologne Occupation: pupil and YouTube channel operator Impairment: muscular disorder (spinal muscular atrophy type 3)
Yaro: My dog often manages to make me laugh. Sometimes his head position and his gaze are enough for that. But I also find puns very entertaining. Also because of humorous videos or funny situations I like to laugh a lot.
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Yaro: I can't think of anything, since I dare almost anything. I've already been paragliding, have been partially rappelled down headlong and backwards in a wheelchair and will go diving in summer.
Some things I may not be able to do like others. But then we find creative solutions and keep searching until I can do what I want to do.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Yaro: I don't think it's/was a special person, but different persons - depending on the situation. I wouldn't say that I'm easily influenced, but depending on what is said, I let myself be convinced.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Yaro: My first official action would be to draw more attention to people with disabilities in order to make it clear to everyone that people with disabilities are also people who want to be treated as such.
Why are people - not only those with disabilities - who are different from the average treated differently? That is a question that 14-year-old Yaro has. On his YouTube channel he tries to show that wheelchair users are as normal as possible.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Yaro: It is particularly important to me to be able to develop normally in all areas despite my disability and to be treated like everyone else.
I would like to be...
Yaro: ... able to walk normally and do everything like non-disabled people. At least I would like to know what that is like. I live very well with my disease, but I would like to experience what it is like to be regarded as a normal person.
Which question would you like answered the most?
Yaro: Why is anyone who is a little different automatically treated differently or viewed differently?
What I finally want to say...
Yaro: My YouTube series "Muscle Disease in the Wheelchair" is all about this: I want to explain to as many people as possible what the life of a wheelchair user is like, where difficulties lie, but above all what is good and where the positive sides are. I want to encourage and help those affected to be optimistic. At the same time, I would like to make it clear that wheelchair users are also normal people.
I am pleased about each comment and new subscribers to my channel.