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October 6, 2017

"EqualAccessibility. Living with Dignity Against All Odds”. Photo Exhibition Opening


On October 4, 2017, Karazin University, with the assistance of the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine and the Swedish Institute, in partnership with the National Assembly of People with Disabilities of Ukraine, held a presentation of the photo exhibition “EqualAccessibility. Living with Dignity Against All Odds”.

The exposition presents stories of 22 people — men, women, and children from Sweden and Ukraine who have proved that a disability is not a verdict and who have found their path in life.

The program of the event included a roundtable  on environment accessibility for people with disabilities from Swedish-Ukrainian experience, its participants, among others, being the University President, Vil Bakirov, the Head of the Department of Culture, Press and Information of the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine, Tetiana Nekrasova, the representative of the National Assembly of People with Disabilities of Ukraine in Kharkiv region, Head of Kharkiv NGO of Blind Lawyers, Oleh Lepetiuk,  the public figure, writer and teacher Sarah Shamlo.

“For me, this exhibition is a lesson of courage, love of life, power of spirit. We ought to follow the example of such people because they show us how to deal with life’s problems. It is desirable that as many people as possible visit this exhibition and get acquainted with the stories of human perseverance and purposefulness,” said Vil Bakirov in his welcoming speech.

According to Oleh Lepetiuk, this project is intended for those who do not meet disabled people in everyday life.

Sarah Shamlo described the lives of visually impaired people in Sweden. In particular, she said that they can get a guide dog for free and ask for the translation of  the necessary literature into Braille. In turn, Oleh Lepetiuk shared the Ukrainian experience in addressing accessibility issues for this category of people.

Those present watched a segment from the film “Amputation” by publicist Ihor Pomerantsev and the Head of the Department of Media Communications of the School of Sociology, Lidiia Starodubtseva.

The photo exhibition will be open for visitors throughout October.

Translation by Veronika Vetukhova

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