The second day of the “Riga Academy for the Rights of People with Disabilities” training in Latvia, Riga, was rich and effective, focusing on accessibility – Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Discussions centred around universal design as a broad concept and philosophy regarding the protection and accessibility of every individual.
The Deputy Minister of Economy joined the meeting, sharing insights into accessible construction, the control process, and the legal responsibility of designers and builders for violations of building regulations. The Deputy Minister also discussed experiences preserving historical architecture and transforming it for modern accessibility.
A pleasant meeting took place with the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Latvia, Anatoliy Kutsivol. They had the opportunity to discuss the embassy’s accessibility, the challenges faced by people from Ukraine in Latvia, employment opportunities, and types of assistance.
At the end of the session, lecturer Iryna Melnyk from the Easy Language Agency introduced us to the accessibility of information and communication, including information and communication technologies and systems. The target audience is people with perception difficulties. Easy Language is a step towards improving language learning and a helpful tool in everyday life. The session also included the sharing of achievements, brochures, and guides created in easy language.
Our day concluded with a summary of the laws and the current state of accessibility in Ukraine.