Weekend of unlimited opportunities: together we are creating the world comfortable for allJan 5, 2018
The rights of persons with disabilities are protected by law, but is there a real opportunity to exercise these rights?
To celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the United Nations in Ukraine, particularly the UN Development Programme and UN Volunteers, together with the National Assembly of Persons with Disabilities and the movement “Tak Maye Buty” organized a flash mob called The Weekend of unlimited opportunities.
The goal of the initiative was to draw attention to the rights of persons with disabilities, which are violated everyday due to inaccessibility of services and infrastructural facilities, and to raise people’s awareness of the urgency of this issue.
During December 1-3, 2017, a number of events took place in Kyiv’s service and entertainment establishments which allowed the citizens to get a better notion of how people with visual, hearing, and mobility impairments perceive the world and to try to safely overcome the hardships and obstacles which persons with disabilities face every day.
“On this day, it is important to draw attention to the issue of persons with disabilities. Participation in the initiative is voluntary for the establishments, as well as for the customers, so everyone’s contribution is visible. We all have been working as a team to change the stereotypes and the attitude towards persons with disabilities and to create a society for everyone,” – Larysa Bayda, Head of Department, National Assembly of Persons with Disabilities of Ukraine.
The initiative was joined by a number of museums, cinemas, inclusive spaces and universities, as well as more than 10 restaurants and cafes of the Ukrainian capital.
A number of events, including football matches, national festivals, creative workshops on Universal Design, theater performances, movie screenings, art exhibitions and museum tours were organized with a focus on challenges that people with disabilities face in their everyday life.