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 Programme is being implemented by the United Nations Development Program in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) with the support of the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities together with Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, Ministry of Health of Ukraine, and National Assembly of People with Disabilities.
To continue 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.
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
1. 10 local initiatives on Universal Design in health care, employment, social services, infrastructure etc. are implemented;
2. 180 representatives of national and sub-national authorities, business, service providers, employers have capacity to apply Universal Design and accessibility principles;
3. Universal Design Hub to raise awareness on accessibility and Universal Design principles among public and professionals established and functions;
4. 2 manuals on job coaching and on implementation of the accessibility and universal design principles in health developed and presented to the partners;
5. 400 000 representatives of national and sub-national authorities, business, service providers, employers, general public enhanced capacity on principle of accessibility and Universal Design as result of public educational and awareness raising activities/events/ products;
6. 4 sectorial regulations or training programmes on accessibility and Universal Design developed.
7. Website on Universal Design as an online knowledge sharing platform, set up during Phase 1, supported and complemented with new information, best practices, stories, project reports, presentations, community stories, testimonials, etc.