I.Metshin: “No one will carry your burden, but we want to support you on this way”
In Kazan, a
virtual map will be developed which will show facilities that are not equipped
with accessible environment. This decision was announced today by the Mayor of
Kazan Ilsur Metshin at a meeting with parents raising children with
disabilities. The event was held at the renovated library on Klara Zetkin
Virtual map of an inaccessible
A virtual map with facilities which are not equipped with an accessible
environment will be developed together with parents raising children with
disabilities in Kazan.
The issue of inaccessibility of facilities was voiced by Farida Sabirova,
one of the mothers who came to the meeting. “There are very few stores with the
proper ramps, if there are any, they have the wrong angle, which is simply
impossible to use with a wheelchair”, - she said.
Ilsur Metshin noted that “Accessible Environment” as a pilot project was
launched in Kazan 10 years ago, but at that time there were no strictly
prescribed standards. The head of the city stressed that now, during the
construction, all social facilities in Kazan are equipped with everything
necessary for people with disabilities – ramps, railings, tactile paving.
The situation is more complicated at the commercial facilities. Ilsur
Metshin suggested displaying all these sites on the virtual map. The head of
the city instructed the representatives of the district administrations,
together with the participants of the meeting, to visit the sites where mothers
of special children most often face difficulties, and to fix these facilities.
Help of volunteers at the
Volunteers will help children with disabilities at the sports venues, and
Good Kazan will help recruit a team.
Landysh Mayer told about the problem often faced by parents of children who
want to play sports. Her son had to stop swimming because there was no one in
the locker room to help her child.
The head of the city said that today in Kazan at eight sports venues there
is an opportunity for sports on preferential terms or even free of charge.
Ilsur Metshin proposed to attract volunteers to these venues to help children.
New places for leisure
It is planned to create groups for children with disabilities in each
cultural centers in Kazan. By September 1, a leisure center for children with
disabilities will open on the first floor of the Ekiyat puppet theater, and a
children's laboratory for creative activities will open at school No.49.
“Children's institutions are mainly focused on working with healthy
children, but we would also like our children to attend them”, - Landysh Mayer
said to the head of the city.
The decision to utilize youth clubs and renovated cultural centers was
announced by Ilsur Metshin.
Mary Poppins for children
Together with Kazan businessmen, it is proposed to create a fund that will
allow to cover the costs of babysitters for children with disabilities. So, parents will be able to
leave their children with a reliable specialist.
“Parents can’t leave home, and they have no one to count on, the services
of babysitters are also expensive”, - said Dalia Gainanova.
The Mayor of Kazan proposed to engage entrepreneurs in solving this issue.
With their participation, as well as with the help of the Good Kazan project, a
fund will be created to organize this work.
A recreation center for families with disabled children will be built near
Kazan.Ilsur Metshin called on
business representatives to help the authors of the project – Adelia
Sadrtdinova and her husband.
“Many families raising special children can't stand the stress, they broke
up, because it's really tough,” - noted Adelia Sadrtdinova. Together with her
husband, they decided to create a country recreation center for such families.
Ilsur Metshin supported this idea.
“No one will carry your burden, but we want to support you and provide you
with all the necessary assistance. All that I heard today is not a matter of
money, but of attention, and it is important that there are more kind people
around who would help and care. All issues will be taken into account, we will
move forward in the dialogue with you”, - the head of the city concluded.