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Dmytro Shchebetiuk has bravely taken on the gargantuan task of lobbying authorities in Ukraine, on behalf of other disabled people, to re-engineer the country’s architecture so that, as much as possible, it is accessible to people with disabilities.
“The architecture is not accessible. Most people with disability are afraid to go outside,” says Shchebetiuk.
As a result, many people with disability in Ukraine prefer to stay indoors. Shchebetiuk says this has contributed to a false perception that Ukraine, statistically, has less disabled people than other countries.
“Someone once told me that in Europe there are too many persons with disability but in Ukraine, there are no people with disability. What they didn’t know is Ukraine does have many people with disability only that they are sitting at home and you can’t see them.”
In this video, Shchebetiuk explains how he is challenging those assumptions by helping make disabled people more visible in Ukraine through encouraging more of them to participate in everyday life and removing, one by one and with the help of video blogging, the physical and psychological encumbrances that have turned them into people who are confined indoors.
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