Fellow Ukrainian citizens!
December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, proclaimed by
the United Nations General Assembly, is observed. The world community is
addressing disability issues through the prism of human rights. By ratifying
the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Ukraine has
undertaken a number of commitments to shape the state policy in order to
intensify and harmonize the standards of social protection of persons with
disabilities with those in the countries of Europe.
demonstrating significant progress in the system of social protection of people
with disabilities. A
large number of normative-legal acts aimed at
integrating such people into active social life have been drafted and improved.
the principal activities of the Government, in particular, are to ensure the
participation of persons with disabilities in political and public life; to
create barrier-free environment for people with disabilities, which envisages
apart from the adaptation of architectural environment or transport
infrastructure, the provision of access for persons with disabilities to
information and communication; to
establish conditions for employment of persons with disabilities by setting
workplace quotas for such persons; to improve
the quality and level of accessibility to social services; to
introduce a comprehensive rehabilitation model for people with disabilities,
including children who belong to at-risk groups.
has also taken a series of vital decisions aimed at the development of a new
Ukrainian school, the creation of a modern educational environment taking into
account the requirements for a reasonable adaptation of the entire
infrastructure of educational institutions to children's needs. In
order to ensure the rights of children with disabilities to be raised in
families, the institutional care system is being reformed and a
personality-oriented model of education is introduced with the maximum
accounting for the needs, interests and abilities of each child.
I believe that
our common goal which is to help people with disabilities to feel they are
full-fledged citizens of their country unites the entire Ukrainian society. There
live people close to us who require constant attention, help and protection.
I wish people
with disabilities and all those who engage in solving the problems of
protecting their rights, realizing their potential and all undertakings,
health, strength, inspiration, success!
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr GROYSMAN