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  • People are actively signing the Memorandum on joining the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

    14 October 2014

    We continue to “Sign with heart” the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. Several dozen of organizations and hundreds of concerned persons have signed the public Memorandum. The most active even get souvenirs from the Office on the rights of persons with disabilities. 100th person who signed the Memorandum in social network got souvenirs with symbolic (there is a special sign for the participants in profile picture).

  • Executive: “If you take into account person’s peculiarities, disability doesn’t prevent from working”

    24 September 2014

    She knows about myths and stereotypes existing about persons with disabilities from the first hands, because 15 years ago she became disabled herself. Other problems appeared together with health problems: search of a new job, break-up with a close person, raising two kids alone. Many people would give up but Nadezhda Ivanovna says: “May be I’m a lucky person, and I just had no other choice as to continue to live and to work otherwise I wouldn’t be able even to get up in the morning.” Now she is the director of a private firm “Minsk factory of braking equipment” where more than a half of the staff are people with disabilities. 

  • Labour trainer: understands, teaches and helps

    17 September 2014

    In order people with disabilities could realize their right to labour In Poland there is a special profession – labour trainer. You shouldn’t think that this is an assistant. As a rule an assistant helps a person with disability not in his working place, for example helps to get home from work. Labour trainer accompanies, gives advices and guides in professional activity. He eases work of a person with disability: gives advices in a profession taking into account peculiarities of every concrete person, helps to organize a working place or even to find a job – to pick a good job advertisement, to prepare resume or to wear proper clothes for job interview. Labour trainer becomes a kind of a “life-saver” but he never does a job instead of his “colleague” but just directs him.

  • Art is accessible: art-weekend “Apple fresh” took place in Minsk.

    10 September 2014

    Moskovskiy district organization of NGO “Belarusian society of disabled” was the organizer of an art event for people with disabilities. The district branch of the organization has about 1500 members and about 30 of them are interested in expressing their talents. 

  • How to make sporting events held in Belarus more accessible?

    9 September 2014

    Monitoring of the accessibility of environment was presented in Minsk to public in the frames of Accessibility Week. It was held before the Hockey World Championship which took place in Minsk. The monitoring was held by volunteers with the help of specially created “Barrier-free environment monitoring tool”. Volunteers evaluated objects that could be used by potential participants of sporting events: railway station and airport, sport arenas, hotels and hostels, commercial units and other service providers.

  • Mom: “To study together with peers is a chance to understand the world better”

    4 September 2014

    - My son Ivan is 10 years old. He has such a type of autism that is called severe but at the same time he has a huge hidden potential. But in order for him to study special adapted to his demands conditions have to be created, special methods recognized all over the world should be used for socialization and teaching. It will give my son a possibility to show his talents and successfully adapt – Tatiana Golubovich the coordinator of parent initiative of the capital’s school № 5 starts her story. – Each such kid has a huge potential and they need assistance to unlock it.

  • “We are valued not only for criticizing but also for making recommendations”

    2 September 2014

    In what cases is joint work a great way to integration? Why do we talk not only about people with disabilities when we are talking about accessibility? What services can NGO render? We are trying to find answers to these questions together with a representative of organization “APEIRONS” Ivars Balodis who together with his team came to Belarus to participate in Accessibility Week – 2014.

  • To sign with your heart: organizations claim about their responsibility and wait the same from the government

    22 August 2014

    Чаму арганізацыі лічаць важным падпісаць Мемарандум аб далучэнні да Канвенцыі аб правах інвалідаў, разважаюць прадстаўнікі грамадскай супольнасці.

  • Russian specialists created accessibility map of Minsk metro

    22 August 2014
    This is a unique character of the project: evaluation of the environment was made by specialists but not by volunteers. Using the created by them evaluation instrument they inspected 29 stations of Belarusian metro. It is important to notice that accessibility is considered as a continuity of a route but not as a complex of separate elements which can or cannot be connected with each other. In the latter case we can say that you can just go by train from the first to the last station of the line but cannot use it in full measure as an accessible transport. 
  • Summing up the results and inviting to join the next Accessibility Week

    7 August 2014

    This year the Accessibility Week took place for the second time and lasted from June 1 to June 15 2014. The peculiarity of this year’s event was that activities took place not only in Minsk but also in other cities of Belarus: Grodno, Kobrin, Zhitkovichi, Lida, Smorgon, Baran, Bobruisk.

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