Habitat is a combination of conditions and elements that are necessary for human life. Some of them can be indifferent, without others it is impossible to exist, and still others can have a negative impact. Therefore, it is difficult to live in a modern society to people who have limited mobility. Especially if the optimal barrier-free environment is not created. Let us consider in more detail.
What it is
In a modern society in which there should be equal opportunities for all users, the most important indicators of quality are the comfort of their life. Therefore, the creation of a barrier-free environment is one of the basic directions of the social policy of any democratic state. This, of course, is also about Russia.
The concept of "barrier-free environment" is contained in a number of legislative acts of the Russian Federation, in which it is interpreted in different ways. If we generalize the existing definitions, we can draw the following conclusions.
In modern Russian society, conditions are created for all categories of citizens, including for the disabled. The barrier-free environment consists of such elements of the environment that provide free movement and use by people with various types of violations (physical, sensory or intellectual). Functioning in such conditions allows citizens with special health opportunities to lead an independent from anybody or something vital. Consequently, an accessible environment for people with disabilities is a familiar environment that has been refined to suit their needs.
Social policy of Russia. The program "Barrier-Free Environment"
Within the framework of international agreements and national legislation, certain actions are being taken to implement the tasks set in the program. Active conditions are created to ensure that people with disabilities have the opportunity to fully develop their abilities, play sports and integrate into society as much as possible.
The basic criterion for assessing social policy is the availability of physical environment for such citizens. It is about the possibility of using housing, transport and information channels; get education and work.
Until recently, in the Russian practice of urban development, the organization of all types of services did not take into account the special needs of disabled people. At present, the situation has radically changed, there are a number of resolutions.
The formation of a barrier-free environment is an important task, which is paid attention in the design of construction, reconstruction and major repairs. As a result, the estimated cost increases within 6%. Usually this is a significant amount. But these costs only seem to be excessive at first glance. Consider the main advantages.
The economic effect of creating a barrier-free environment
The formation of accessible conditions for the life of disabled people has a significant economic result.
First, the organization of a barrier-free environment is gradually reducing the need for residential care, reducing the cost of their construction and maintenance. This is one of the main achievements of the program.
Secondly, there are new taxpayers. Many able-bodied people with disabilities are able to get a job. This is in the situation of the demographic "pit" and in the presence of a shortage of labor resources in many regions solves a large number of problems.
Thirdly, there is an opportunity to arrange the fate of some citizens with special health opportunities who are able to move independently and not depend on anyone.
As the statistics show, as a result, the available state spending pays off within five to ten years.
Currently, most barrier-free cities in Russia are already creating a barrier-free environment. Moscow in this list takes a leading position.
"Low-mobility" groups of the population having a disability
Categories of citizens who have limited health opportunities are characterized by different types of physical and other restrictions. Naturally, a barrier-free environment for them must satisfy the specific needs of their life.
But this requirement can be attributed to other categories of citizens who do not differ in any physical restrictions. Creating certain conditions will make their life more comfortable.
- persons with disabilities who have injuries of the musculoskeletal system;
- persons with disabilities who have hearing and vision impairments.
Low-mobility population groups without disabilities
- persons from 60 years;
- temporarily incapacitated for one reason or another;
- women "in the position";
- people who carry baby carriages;
The influence of creating a barrier-free environment for all social groups
Creating comfortable living conditions can affect the quality of life of all citizens, even those who do not have physical limitations.
A smooth descent, a congress and an established ramp will not only help disabled people. Other citizens are more comfortable to climb or descend on an inclined surface.
Handrails are also needed for the elderly, women "in the position", children and people with obesity. Even very mobile people who do not have physical limitations, in bad weather or ice, will prefer to use those ladders that are equipped with handrails.
Contrast lighthouses, which are necessary for people with limited vision, will help other people to freely navigate, and sound signals created at crosswalks for hearing-impaired people were used by everyone.
Barrier-free environment at school
Thanks to the state program "Barrier-free environment", every child with limited health opportunities has a chance to attend an educational institution. At present there is at least one equipped school in every district of Russia.
The main changes for creating a special environment in a general education institution should be carried out in the following areas.
First, for the movement of disabled people it is necessary to equip the porch and build ramps, install collapsible platforms and expand doorways. This will allow this category of citizens to feel confident and safe.
Secondly, to orient children with visual impairments, it is necessary to paint the extreme steps of the stairs with a contrasting color. For this category it is recommended to install special light beacons that will help this student freely move around the educational institution.
Thirdly, for the rehabilitation of children in schools, they create health cabinets and multi-sensory rooms, where classes with specialists are held.
Fourth, the cabinets should be equipped with modern equipment and special furniture. This will help improve the learning process.
Fifth, for people with reduced mobility, modern information technologies are a real “window” to the outside world. Therefore, schools must be fully equipped with everything necessary.
For children with disabilities, it is necessary to create a barrier-free environment. Thanks to this they will be able to realize their potential.
For a full life of people with limited mobility, modern infrastructure needs to be significantly changed.
Thanks to the state system of measures formed in recent years, a barrier-free accessible environment for disabled people is gradually being created. This is achieved through the production of special technical means, individual and public transport, informatics and communications.
Considerable attention is paid to the reconstruction of educational institutions. This will allow disabled children to learn with their classmates.