Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Yekaterinburg celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On Tuesday, Yekaterinburg celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities, drawing attention to more than 50 municipal agencies that provided services for handicapped residents of the city.

Yekaterinburg first began commemorating the occasion following the passage of the World Program on Action concerning Disabled Persons by the United Nations in 1982, Ekburg.ru reports.

Since then, the city of Yekaterinburg has put several city-wide initiatives in place to accommodate its disabled populations. In 1999, Yekaterinburg implemented its "Affordable City" social program, gathering a panel of architects and designers to create city-wide guidelines for the installation of wheelchair ramps.

In 2003, Yekaterinburg put forth the "Free Movement" initiative, which provided municipal funds for 10 social projects aimed at improving the lives of the city's disabled community.

"All my work is aimed at making the city...better," the Free Movement chairperson said, according to Ekburg.ru. "It helps not only the disabled, but also other residents."