Mainstreaming Policies and Services for People with Disabilities in Ukraine

Project Summary

A joint initiative of UNDP and UNICEF in Ukraine, the programme promotes 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. 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.

Project goals

The programme works at national and sub-national levels to achieve the following goals:

1.       Develop the capacities of sub-national authorities to apply the accessibility and universal design principles. 

Piloted in two regions of Kharkiv oblast – town of Chuhuyev and Valkivskiy rayon, the programme will undertake a comprehensive assessment of existing capacities and barriers in the environment, processes, products and services provided to persons with disabilities to gauge clients’ satisfaction with current policies, practices, and services. Together with local community representatives, the most critical issues will be for which specific interventions will be develop to demonstrate how accessibility and universal design principles are applied in practice through small initiatives in the area of employment, healthcare and social services.

2.        Raise awareness about disability, accessibility and universal design principles at the national level. 

  • Comprehensive and tailored training on disability, accessibility and universal design issues for professionals of relevant ministries, service providers, business, and civil society organisations;
  • Information and public awareness campaigns to overcome prejudices towards persons with disabilities and to promote accessibility and universal design at the early stages of design and development of products, programmes, and services;
  • Sharing of good practices on accessibility and universal design;
  • Adoption of accessibility and universal design regulations and/or training programmes by government agencies and/or educational institutions. 

Upon completion, the programme will organize the first national conference on accessibility and universal design to share the best practices and results of its interventions.


At the national level:

  • National MoU was signed with Joint Programme partners;
  • Over 70 representatives of ministries, state services, institutes, judiciary and human rights experts involved in designing and implementing state policies in the areas of education, medicine, social services, transport, and architecture have been trained on Universal Design and accessibility. In addition, private sector representatives have been trained on universal design principles and their role in promoting a socially responsible business;
  • Seminar on Universal Design for UN country team was organised;
  • Press club organized for national and regional mass media to discuss the role of media in promoting the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities;
  • Extensive media coverage of issues related to accessibility of people with disabilities with over 15 stories in online and print media as well as interviews on TV;
  • The concept for the creation of the animation video on Universal Design was developed. It is expected that the animation video will be ready in February 2014.

At the sub-national level:

  • Assessments of existing capacity and barriers in environment, processes, products and services for persons with disabilities in  town of  Chuhuyiv and Valky district conducted with results being presented in the communities;
  • Over 150 people - stakeholders from Kharkiv, Valky district and  town of Chuhuyiv have been trained about Universal Design and Accessibility and Universal Design and Employment;
  •  Sessions on Strategic planning were conducted in the two pilot regions 





UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

US$ 161 300

US$ 172 300

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

US$ 10 000

US$ 10 000

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)


US$ 2 000 

US$ 10 000 



US$ 161,300

Project Overview
Project start date:
Estimated end date:
Total budget:
US$ 365 600
Geographic coverage:
pilot regions of Kharkiv oblast – town of Chuhuyev and Valkivskiy rayon.
Focus Area:
Poverty Reduction
Eradicate Extreme Hunger and Poverty
Project officer:
Kristina Bagramian
Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, National Assembly of People with Disabilities, Kharkiv Oblast State Administration