Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Russians Anti-Disabled

From the MT:
"Residents Protest Creation of Educational Center for Special Needs Kids"
Residents of an apartment building in the southern Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk have refused to approve the opening of an educational center that would be able to accommodate children with special needs, the Takie Dela news website reported, citing local TV channel Afontovo. An NGO called Pravo Na Schastye (Right to Happiness) won a government grant earlier this year to open an educational center where pupils with special needs could study for free alongside children their own age who don't have special needs, the report said. The center was due to open on the first floor of a residential building, but its residents opposed the installation of a wheelchair ramp. Current national housing legislation requires that two-thirds of the residents of a building approve a ramp's installation, and in this case less than 20 percent of the residents gave their consent, the report said. The others said they didn't want to look at disabled children on a daily basis. "I don't want to look at children in wheelchairs. I can't help them, and I don't want to see them every day and cry myself to sleep every night. I have the right not to," one of the women living in the building told TV channel NTV. Some people were against installing the ramp because it would take up space and leave them less room in which to park their cars. The head of Pravo Na Schastye, Nadezhda Bolsunovskaya, has filed complaints with the prosecutor's office and social services. In addition, the city administration has submitted a request with the State Duma asking for amendments to legislation that requires residents' approval to install ramps in residential buildings.

^ Bigotry is alive and well in the hearts (if you can say they have any) of these people in Krasnoyarsk. These people have got to be some of the worst people on the face of the planet. They are part of the reason why the disabled in Russia continue to be discriminated against and hidden. It is the second decade of the 21st Century and these residents are acting like an angry mob from the 1800s. For the ones that say they don't want to "look at them everyday" meaning the disabled - I would say that there are many alcoholic Russians that go out in public and make scenes - which I have personally witnessed - that make them out to be drunken losers and yet they are allowed to say they don't want to taint Russian society by seeing the disabled. There is a special place in hell for these kinds of bigoted people. The Russian Government needs to make laws protecting the disabled and not the bigots. They need to have their own ADA (a Russians With Disabilities Act) where those with disabilities are protected, where they have access to every open and public place and where it is not up to a bunch of bigots in an apartment building to decide who should live there and who shouldn't. All Russian citizens - disabled or not - should have the same freedoms and protections. Those freedoms should never be allowed to be voted down by regular citizens. ^


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