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Barrier-free policy in Ukraine: a dictionary of inclusiveness and a guide to barrier-free events

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Apr5,2024

The barrier-free policy in Ukraine: a dictionary of inclusiveness and a guide to barrier-free events

Barrier-free policy/Ministry of Digital

The barrier-free policy is actively being implemented in Ukraine at the national and local levels. It is aimed at creating equal and comfortable conditions for all citizens, regardless of life circumstances.

On March 29, a meeting of the Barrier-Free Council was held with the participation of the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska and chaired by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. This is stated on the page of the Ministry of Digitization.

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The war has a profound effect on our country and society. After all, due to constant hostilities, more and more people die or become disabled. Accordingly, the civilian population must learn to interact with soldiers who were wounded at the front.

Let me remind you that when we summed up the results of the year last time, we noted an alarming figure: for 50% of our society, people with disabilities remain invisible. Only a quarter of respondents say that they see people with disabilities in public places. And in fact, there are only three million of them officially. And about 300,000 more were added during the two years of the enemy invasion. Social invisibility always has only one reason – lack of opportunities… We must learn to preserve and value every inhabitant of the country. This is the only way to joint self-preservation and survival, Olena Zelenska emphasized in her speech.

The goal of the barrier-free policy is to create a barrier-free environment for all population groups, to ensure equal opportunities for every person to exercise their rights. In particular, it is about a person's access to work, information, education, the sphere of services, the opportunity to move freely in space, socialize and be involved in the life of the community.

During the discussion of the Barrier-free Council, the implementation of practical solutions at the level of local communities was discussed and other sectors. Also at the meeting, the “Barrier-free Event Guide” was presented – a handbook that contains practical solutions for preparing and holding online and offline events, including during wartime.

Organizers of events – conferences, exhibitions, any public meetings – are focused on seeing among their participants people with war experience. But how to organize it correctly? We never know who is next to us: what this person has experienced and what he has seen, in what state he is now. But we can create solutions in advance that will give all guests a good experience. The barrier-free event guide is about such solutions. About respect for the experience of different participants. He analyzes everything in detail – from communication to the interior. Because this is also important. One of the definitions of barrier-free is “when it is convenient for everyone without exception.” I think it could be a title for this whole philosophy at the level of the state and society. Because people with war experience are now all of us. That's why we all need barrier-free events and, in general, a barrier-free life,” the First Lady emphasized.

“Barrier-free Guide” is a guide to tolerant interaction . It originated as a guide to correct open source communication and is updated against the background of a hostile invasion. Because we all face new vital questions: how to interact during times of stress, where to turn to people with disabilities, how to generally support each other without causing additional trauma ?Now it exists as a section of the handbook.

Policy of barrier-free access in Ukraine: inclusiveness dictionary and barrier-free events guide

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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