A world without barriers. Over 500,000 people with disabilities live in Belarus. On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, one can say that their social protection is one of Belarus' state policy priorities.
There are specialized medical facilities operating for these people in Belarus, with modern technical means of rehabilitation being introduced regularly.
The creation of barrier-free environment is another goal of the country's policy in this area. A new direction is inclusive education. In this form of learning, usual children and children with disabilities study in one classroom.
Antonina Zmushko, Head of Special Education Deparment, Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus:
For the introduction of inclusive education is necessary to create special conditions. We need to take into account all the peculiarities of each individual child. One of these conditions is, for example, the presence of a teacher-defectologist in the inclusive classroom. At the moment we are working to introduce this inclusive education, and this work is steady. We launched about two years ago a nationwide pilot project involving eight institutions of secondary education. For now eight secondary schools are taking part in it.