Disability in Ukraine

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2.7 million people in Ukraine (6%[1]) were reported having a disability in 2014.[2] This number did not include the (reportedly) 1.5% of people with temporary disabilities.[2] In 2014, 35% of people aged 60–70 had some age-related disability. For people aged over 80 years, this number grew to 50%.[2]

Ukraine is notoriously "disability unfriendly".[2][3] For example in the capital Kiev only 4% of infrastructure is considered to be "disability friendly"..[2]

In the 1990s unemployment rates for disabled rose sharply in Ukraine (and other Eastern European countries) due to economic downfall.[4]

Ukraine is one of the most successful countries of the Paralympic Games.[5][3]

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  1. ^ "People and Society: Ukraine". CIA World Factbook. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e (in Ukrainian) Ukrainian city for all or only for the elect?, Ukrayinska Pravda (21 August 2014)
  3. ^ a b Heroes in Rio, Ukraine's disabled struggle at home, Yahoo! News (23 September 2016)
  4. ^ Disability in Ukraine, International Labour Organization (12 April 2003)
  5. ^ Paralympics: What is the secret of Ukraine's success?, BBC News (30 August 2012)