Ukrainian NGO Dostupno.UA became a platform for informing people with disabilities about help and support during the war. The organization publish Information on evacuation, transfer, humanitarian and medical assistance in Ukraine and abroad.
With the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, the organization Dostupno.UA has transformed its activities into informational and coordinational support of people with disabilities regarding various opportunities. New contacts have appeared in Poland, Sweden and Germany with organizations and volunteers who help find shelter, coordinate and support people on the ground.
Many Ukrainians with disabilities found the opportunity to evacuate to the west of Ukraine or abroad thanks to the information provided by Dostopno.UA, including people from Mariupol who managed to escape the siege.
Even now, most shelters are not accessible for people with disabilities, especially for those who use a wheelchair. But some Ukrainians with disabilities are afraid to leave their homes because they don’t know how to evacuate, who can help them, or whether they are waiting abroad.
Therefore, the organization’s main task during the war is to provide sufficient information on evacuation in Ukraine or abroad and help according to needs. They want to ensure that people with disabilities have equal opportunities for evacuation and obtaining information and can always find up-to-date information.
Since the start of the information project, 7 materials on opportunities for people with disabilities have already been published:
- what assistance can be received by families with children with disabilities;
- where to receive complex rehabilitation for people with disabilities;
- what payments Ukrainians can receive during the war;
- emergency rehabilitation assistance for people with disabilities;
- evacuation of people with disabilities from hotspots in the Donetsk region;
- do you have to go through a wartime commission to prove your disability?;
- now it has become easier to issue documents for people with disabilities to cross the Ukrainian border.
The project is implemented with the financial support of Zagoriy Foundation.