Inclusion in Ukraine has mostly developed in the last 7 years compared to all the years of Independence. Ukrainian society has begun to adequately respond to the problems and needs of people with disabilities, take care of their comfort, work, and leisure.
Nevertheless, Ukraine cannot yet be called a world leader in inclusion, but it is moving towards the ideal. As of today, the biggest challenge for people with disabilities is education, especially in not typical professions for people with disabilities and their employment.
In October 2016, Institute of Ukrainian Studies launched a project of distance learning courses for people with disabilities, which is implementing in Ukraine – “IUS IT Network”. Learning takes place online, which is convenient, safe, and accessible.
One of the important advantages of the “IUS IT Network” is that after taking some courses we try to arrange employment for students who have shown high success during studies.
The importance of this project is also underlined by the fact that it has the support of local authorities. This year we won a grant, and our project “IUS IT Network: computer training courses for people with disabilities” (this is a separate subproject within the training courses) is implemented with the support of the Department of Information Technology Development of Lviv City Council in the competition of socio-cultural projects “Let’s make Lviv better!” The grant will cover the Sales Management, Call-center course, Python Programming Language Course, and Computer Literacy Courses for People with Disabilities. Participants of these courses will be able to gain additional skills and find a job.
Over 4 years of work, more than 70 people with disabilities became graduates of the project, 31 of whom were successfully employed in the specialty of the studied courses.
We currently plan to expand the list of partner organizations that could employ our students, increase the number of courses, and provide stable funding.
Lukasevych Anna, Executive Director of IUS,
Serdiuchenko Anton, Vice President for International Affairs,
Anastasia Rogozhynska, IUS volunteer