December 3, 2018, the world community celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year’s theme of the International Day on Persons with Disabilities, ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality,’ speaks to the heart of UNDP’s work to achieve inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
In February 2015, the Republic of Kazakhstan ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and since then has been working to involve people with disabilities in the daily life of society. The Convention itself is aimed primarily at protecting and promoting the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities, eliminating discrimination in connection with disabilities, and ensuring the full participation of persons with disabilities in society.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) supports the Republic of Kazakhstan in improving the quality and living conditions of people with disabilities. In particular, a methodology for the individual selection of technical auxiliary (compensatory) means and special means of transportation (assistive aids/devices) was developed.
In order to determine the priorities of the state policy in the field of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, UNDP analyzes the implementation of the Action Plan to ensure the rights and improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2012-2018, on the basis of which a vision and recommendations for further promoting the rights of persons with disabilities with the requirements of the CRPD will be developed.
In addition, in 2018, the work on the development of automated information systems of the Social Services Portal and the System for the selection of assistive aids/devices has begun, which will be completed in 2019.
“United Nations Development Program together with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is carrying out an enormous amount of work towards improvement of the quality and accessibility of services and assistance to individuals (families) who have fallen into difficult life situations. This year, the development of two automated systems has been started, the Portal of Social Services will serve as a single platform for both service recipients and service providers, AIS Assistive Aids is intended for the use by medical staff and specialists of medical and social assessment in determining the need of a person with disabilities in rehabilitation equipment according to the existing health problem” – said Botagoz Yussupova, project manager.