Member of the Public Chamber of St. Petersburg Diaghilev: Protection of the rights of people with disabilities has worsened

In Russia, the protection of people with disabilities has worsened, Gennady Diaghilev, a member of the All-Russian Organization of Disabled People, a member of the Public Chamber of St. Petersburg, told reporters.

As an example, he cited changes in the rehabilitation program. So, in the nineties, certain categories of citizens with disabilities were given a free or concessional car, but now it is impossible to get a vehicle, Diaghilev noted. According to him, the situation has improved, however, with the creation of an accessible environment, but “not fully.”

“For example, such art institutions as St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Russian Museum and the Hermitage have built lifts for the disabled, you can climb the colonnade. But this was done by the leaders of these organizations, and the city structure does not have such financial resources to make the accessible environment accessible, ”the expert gave an example.

He added that more ramps have appeared in the city, however, they are often placed with violations, for example, with too high a rise.

“In order for a disabled person to be independent, he must do it himself,” Diaghilev noted, adding that as a result, people with disabilities still have to seek help from outsiders in order to climb the ramp.

According to the public figure, it is necessary to introduce fines for non-compliance with the requirements for an accessible environment. This will stimulate business to create conditions for people with disabilities.

“Society should turn its face to the disabled,” Diaghilev is sure.

The day before was held the International Day for the struggle for the rights of persons with disabilities.

Rosbalt presents the All Included! Project, designed to show that disability is a problem that concerns each of us. And the moral state of a society is determined by how it treats people with developmental disabilities.

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