More than 30,000 Ukrainians have already taken part in an all-Ukrainian online survey on barrier-free issues initiated by First Lady Olena Zelenska. The main goal of the initiative is to make the barriers that exist in Ukrainian society visible, and make their removal a priority at the state level.
The large-scale dialogue initiated by Olena Zelenska will help hear each other’s thoughts and understand which barriers Ukrainians face most often and which of these barriers need to be overcome first.
In her video address to Ukrainians, the President's wife noted that any barriers can be removed, but they must first be realized.
"The first step to solving the problem is to see and acknowledge it. The opinion, vision, remarks, objection, suggestion of everyone who took part in the "Big Conversation on Accessibility" are the first "gaps" in the walls between different but equal people built by barriers," the First Lady said.
The all-Ukrainian online survey within the project started in early May and will last another month. Its partners are the Ministry of Digital Transformation and the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. Anyone can answer questions about physical and psychological barriers, as well as barriers related to cultural and age characteristics, on a single portal of public services "Diia" (https://diia.gov.ua/barrierfree/ uk). The questionnaire is available in three languages, and there is also a version of the website for the visually impaired people.
The results of the survey will be published in July and will serve as a basis for identifying priority steps on building Ukraine as a country without barriers.