Thursday, September 26, 2013
Russia’s Hurdles for People with Disabilities
Why are steps not being taken to make living situations more comfortable for the disabled in Russia? It seems ironic for a city hosting the Paralympics to not offer the same accessible lifestyle to its own citizens. The disabled citizens in Sochi cannot enjoy comfortable lives because the government officials are giving their cases less attention than the Paralympic athletes are receiving. More effort should be made on the part of the Russian government to provide accessible buildings and transportation to the 13 million disabled individuals living in Russia. Why are the disabled not being given the same basic rights as other citizens? They deserve to live as comfortable a lifestyle in Russia as any other citizen who is not disabled. Measures should be taken to make the city accommodate for those who are disabled. If Russia is willing to build new structures that accommodate Paralympic athletes, then they should also be willing to make the lives of its own citizens more comfortable.