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Вітаємо вас у Довіднику безбар’єрності

«У комунікації приховано набагато більше сенсів, ніж нам здається. Цей Довідник допоможе розкрити нові, додаткові смисли, коли в центрі уваги – людина та її різноманіття. І це стане першим кроком у формуванні нової етики спілкування».

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Олена Зеленська



Disability is a social issue, not a medical problem.

Up until recently, disability was talked and thought about in the context of charity, as a medical problem, or simply as an individual’s personal problem. Half a century ago, a person with a disability was usually seen as an eternal patient in hospitals, unable to cope and dependent on the help of others. Therefore, people with disabilities were often either pitied or treated like heroes. However, after disability rights organizations began to appear en masse around the world and people with disabilities began to loudly declare their rights and remind us that they are part of society, the concept of disability evolved.

Today, disability is seen as the result of the interaction between people with disabilities and the physical and social barriers that prevent them from taking an active part in society. In fact, barriers such as stereotypes and prejudices, institutional barriers connected to laws and policies, economic barriers, etc., are what excludes people with disabilities from public life and puts them in a position that degrades them.

And just a reminder: the correct way to refer to people with disabilities is “people with disabilities” and not “the disabled” or other such terms. Of course, in the case of a particular person and in personal communication, it is preferable to use the terms that they themselves consider appropriate.


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