Tashkent celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities
“You Can!” Such was the title of a meeting honoring the International Day of Persons with Disabilities organized by the UN Office in Uzbekistan, the Embassy of Israel in Tashkent and the Youth Union of Uzbekistan.
There are over one billion people with disabilities in the world, and the moral imperative is to create facilities and conveniences for them to ensure they fully participate in social life. If barriers are removed, people with disabilities can realize their potential and bring great benefits to society. The guests of the event spoke about some aspects of this issue and shared their experience in this area.
UN Resident Coordinator to Uzbekistan Helena Fraser noted that the adoption by the President of Uzbekistan of a decree endorsing a State Programme designed to cater to the needs of people with disabilities is in full compliance with the Government’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and the principle “Leave No One Behind.”
The Ambassador of Israel Eduard Shapira spoke about innovative developments that help people with disabilities to move around and provide visually impaired people with access to information and knowledge about the world. He also told those gathered that roughly 20 million people are in need of wheelchairs. About 7 million of them are school-age children. To facilitate access to wheelchairs, Israeli businessmen launched production of light-weight, low-cost children’s wheelchairs. The diplomat demonstrated one such wheelchair to the audience.
Another speaker from Israel, Yakir Segev, told the audience about the path he took and effort he put into making his dream come true. Despite being an amputee, who has a hand missing, Yakir serves in the army and is actively involved in entrepreneurship and public activities.
The event concluded with an informal talk, where those gathered gained a lot of interesting and exciting information from speakers who proved that opportunities cannot be limited.