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Equal Opportunities! Mariupol creates accessible conditions for everyone

03 December 2021, 23:00
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Social Security

It is an International Day of Persons with Disabilities today. Mariupol is moving towards increasing accessibility, creating a barrier-free environment and strengthening social support programs. The director of the department of social protection Irina Korobka told about this.

According to her, by this day it was planned to hold a gala concert of the festival of inclusive creativity "Together we are one." The participants fell in love with it, and most importantly, it helps people with disabilities to open up. Due to quarantine restrictions, the date was postponed, but the finalists will definitely show their numbers. On the eve of the holiday, financial assistance was sent to people with disabilities of the first group within the framework of the social program “Mariupol, taking care of you”.

“Creating an accessible environment is a big job that goes on all year round. It involves many specialized services of the municipality. The fact that our city is moving in the right direction is evidenced by the results of the rating of the public organization "Dostupno.UA". According to it, Mariupol is recognized as the most accessible city in Ukraine. We received high scores for the accessibility of public transport, tactile tiles at crossings and conditions created in pharmacies. The work is continued, ” Iryna Korobka says.

It is worth noting, the work is constantly underway to increase the level of accessibility in the provision of services in Mariupol. The start-up center "1991" and the social office "Multicenter" are equipped with barrier-free elements. The new municipal transport is low-floor and equipped with retractable ramps. In all reconstructed parks and facilities, all elements of accessibility are taken into account.

“Accessibility is becoming the new norm in society. This is right! Our goal is to create equal opportunities for every person, to make the infrastructure of the city as open and friendly as possible for everyone, ” Iryna Korobka emphasizes.

By the way, Mariupol is among the first cities to join the initiative of First Lady Olena Zelenska  "Without Barriers". It aims to create equal opportunities and develop a space that is friendly to people with limited mobility.