Mainstreaming Policies and Services for People with Disabilities in Ukraine

Project Summary

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The first Phase of the Programme was implemented jointly by UNDP, WHO, ILO and UNICEF, during December 2012 – March 2015, in partnership with the Ministry of Social Policy and National Assembly of People with Disabilities and aimed to promote the inclusion and participation of people with disabilities by developing and applying universal design standards for products, environments, programmes and services to be usable by all people to the greatest extent possible.

The second Phase of the joint UNDP, ILO and WHO programme continues the promotion of accessibility and universal design standards ensuring the sustainability and scaling-up of the results achieved during the First Phase. It seeks to address existing barriers that prevent or limit equal access for persons with disabilities to services and facilities intended for the general public and fosters that the human rights of persons with disabilities for healthcare, education, employment, public services and social realization are fully exercised on a daily basis.

Project goals

The programme will operate at both national and sub-national levels to achieve the following goals:

1.    Enhancing access to mainstream employment for persons with disabilities, especially ensuring equal rights for men and women with disabilities

2.    Improving access to healthcare services for persons with disabilities with a particular focus on women and children with disabilities.

3.    Eliminating barriers to services for people with disabilities by supporting local initiatives for universal design in goods, services, infrastructure and information.

4.    Conducting awareness raising campaign on disability, accessibility and universal design among key stakeholders and broader public

As a result of Phase 2 of the Programme, advisory support is expected to be provided for up to 10 community initiatives to ensure proper implementation and inclusion of people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.

The Programme will continue maintenance of the website created in the first phase.

The Programme will support establishment of the Universal Design HUB to consolidate available international and national expertise on universal design and bring best international accessibility standards and approaches into various spheres of life: infrastructure, transport, construction, education, healthcare, recreation etc.


 The Final Project report of the First Phase is available here.

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