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Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.

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Wednesday, November 30 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Living with a (Dis)Abilities in Postsocialist Ukraine: a fight for equity. LIMITED

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This presentation summarizes the current state of social inclusion and education for people with disabilities in Ukraine. Through recent interviews with local advocates for social inclusion and education a researcher from Ukraine analyses the current barriers to social integration for people with disabilities in Ukraine. Transcribed video interviews with youth with disabilities, their parents, government officials, school directors, teachers, and NGO leaders will be presented to give first hand insight in to the issues by those affecting, and those affected by, the current state of social inclusion and education in Ukraine. Events throughout Ukrainian history have shaped its culture to value uniformity which led to social exclusion for Ukrainians with disabilities. The historical lack of experience with diverse populations makes it a struggle for Ukrainians to accept and understand differences. A long Soviet history of people with disabilities being labeled, by definition, different, just compounds the issue. While there has been forward movement, discrimination is still pervasive and not all Ukrainians have a positive view of diversity. Nowadays, Ukraine is increasingly looking for opportunities to integrate people with special needs, but there are a myriad of barriers along the road to an inclusive society. In recent months, Ukraine has fought to get on the course to democracy, freedom and human rights, but people with disabilities are often still invisible and feel unwelcome in their own country. There are gaps in legislative laws, and tremendous architectural and social barriers for people who look or behave differently. Since Ukraine’s independence, churches, NGO’s and private schools have been the pallbearers for change, but there are still many areas in need of reform and the only way to become a truly inclusive country is to change the Ukrainian mentality towards these discriminated groups. The presenter hopes that the presentation, with first hand insight from people working in the field will help educators, students, parents, caregivers and others who support the growth and learning of children become familiar with the current state of social inclusion and education in Ukraine.

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Inna Stepaniuk

PhD student, University of Kansas


Wednesday November 30, 2016 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Grand F 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

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