253504 Children with Disabilities in Ukraine: Progress towards the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Monday, October 31, 2011: 10:30 AM

Heather Witter, BS , Mission to Ukraine, Carmel, IN
In the former Soviet Union children with disabilities were typically institutionalized. This is still largely true in Ukraine. An overview of State provision of care for minors and young adults with disabilities in Ukraine will be presented along with the cultural climate and prevailing attitudes towards persons with disabilities. In addition, support available for parents of children with disabilities will be presented. Progress towards the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Ukraine will be addressed.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how Ukrainian government addresses the needs of its population with disabilities. 2. Evaluate the effectiveness of current systems in Ukraine for providing care for children with disabilities in light of the CRPD 3. Identify embedded attitudes towards persons with disabilities in Ukrainian culture and how they affect the quality of life for those living with disabilities.

Keywords: Children With Special Needs, Disability Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have traveled to Ukraine for several years and worked in their orphanages brining programs to the children and supplies.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.