“The life of people with disabilities in Ukraine is a day-to-day hurdle race,” Roman Semenukha

The Verkhovna Rada adopted a bill on amendments to the law “On the rehabilitation of disabled people in Ukraine regarding the transport services for persons with disabilities”.

The Samopomich faction believes that the country desperately needs qualitative, comprehensive and systemic legislation on the rehabilitation of people with disabilities, and it supported this bill. However, according to MP Roman Semenukha, this bill is rather insular.

“This bill suggests harmonizing the legislation with the current realities, namely, it suggests providing transport services for persons with disabilities who are being rehabilitated in special institutions, regardless of their location. Undoubtedly, this is an important suggestion that can improve the life of people with disabilities.

However, by not specifying the sources of financing for this bill its authors envisage additional expenditures of either rehabilitation institution or local budgets. Given the fact that this year the authorities have already transferred the payment for public services in educational and medical institutions, as well as salaries of administrative and technical workers of these institutions,  to the local budgets, there may be not enough funds for additional expenses for persons with disabilities in the budgets. And this useful bill will give hope to people, but it will remain on paper,” the MP notes.

We shall add that as of 2016, there have been more than 2.6 million people with disabilities in Ukraine. More than 1.5 million of them are children. It should also be noted that from the beginning of the Ukrainian-Russian war the number of people with disabilities in Ukraine has increased by almost one hundred thousand people.

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