Creating an accessible environment for people with disabilities. This was discussed at the round table of the project of the United Russia party – “United Country — accessible environment”, held at the Kursk State Medical University.
The meeting was chaired by Anna Gladilina, Adviser to the Governor of the Kursk Region on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and Alexander Ternovtsov, Deputy Chairman of the Public Chamber of the Kursk Region. The coordinator of the forum was the rector of KSMU, deputy of the Kursk Regional Duma Viktor Lazarenko.
— An indicator of the maturity of civil society in any country is the attitude towards people with disabilities, – Viktor Anatolyevich Lazarenko emphasized in his opening speech — Fortunately, the president of our country became the initiator of changes in this environment in Russia and, having begun, they are successfully continuing. Perhaps things are not happening as fast as we would like. For that reson, there is no doubt about the relevance of our round table.
The agenda of the meeting included the following issues: “Information saturation with the events of the official website of the party “United Russia” ; “The Census of wheelchair users”; “On the plan of field meetings in the districts of the region as the best regional practice of the project”; “On volunteer activities in support of the party project”.
As Anna Gladilina explained, the question of the census of wheelchair users in our region arose due to the fact that not only in the Kursk region, but also in Russia as a whole, there is no specific information about people with a certain type of limited health opportunities. There are only concepts – “disabled child”, as well as groups I, II, III for HIA. In this connection, it is very difficult to solve issues related, for example, to employment, to housing benefits, because the exact number of wheelchair users is unknown.
There is a special conversation about visiting meetings in the districts of the region to check the quality of the accessible environment. The Adviser to the Governor stressed that the purpose of these trips is to provide an opportunity for disabled people to get to socially significant institutions without problems — to the post office, to the polyclinic, to the MFC — and get the necessary service.
There was also the conversation about volunteering. According to Natalia Ketova, the head of the KSMU social Center, there are detachments at the university that carry out volunteer work with disabled people in different directions. Some of them cooperate with specialized institutions and societies of people with disabilities, others work with elderly citizens with disabilities (monitor blood pressure, take medications, and so on), others, for example, the volunteer detachment “Phoenix”, help children with disabilities.
By the way, 99 students with disabilities study at Kursk Medical University and almost half of the children from this number are members of volunteer detachments. That means that, having information about their own diseases and the ways to improve the quality of their life at the same time, they are ready to share it with everyone need it.