People with disabilities are willing to fight for their budget rights

Тимур Латыпов

Timur Latypov, representative of the “European Association for the rights of persons with disabilities” in the Odessa region, said at a briefing on the possible cancellation of benefits for the disabled, which was envisaged in the draft budget for 2015.

The reason for the speech was the draft law on the state budget for 2015 № 1577. His points included the abolition of benefits for people with disabilities. In particular, were abolishing benefits for people with disabilities to enroll in higher and vocational-technical schools. Another clause was providing a complete abolition of benefits for public transport.

However, on December 26 the bill was amended. Benefits for admission schools have been kept, although somewhat altered the procedure itself. Whereas previously there were disabled for the interview, but now they will take exams, and then, if successful, will be transferred out of the competition.

Have been kept also price reductions for disabled groups 1 and 2 in public transport. Timur Latypov noted that the abolition of benefits for people with disabilities would be a huge mistake on the part of the state. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities UN provides maximum assistance measures for people with disabilities and ensures their equality in society. It is important to ensure that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live a normal life, especially with respect to providing a barrier-free environment for them. Because of this, they have no opportunity to exercise their right to study, work, protection of their rights in government, the courts. If people with disabilities have the opportunity to work properly, the problem of benefits would not be so acute.

State with all the forces will reduce costs. It is possible that once again will try to do it at the expense of the disabled. Social activists involved in the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities, armed with preparing for this.

If we talk about the reduction of benefits, it is necessary to change the whole system of social protection of people with disabilities. For example, to get the transport comply with legal requirements to ensure the availability of vehicles for the disabled.

The second highest importance is the problem of providing means of rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. Programs providing rehabilitation performed unsatisfactorily. And it’s not only a lack of money. There is passivity of disabled people, on the one hand, on the other hand – laziness and indifference of officials to their work. The main thing – to comply with existing legislation and to toughen the responsibility of officials for unfair work.