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We don’t have roads and squares for people with disabilities

Trans. by D.SERGELEN

 The Human Rights Commission evaluated the living conditions of people with disabilities in Mongolia.  Although there are 117,000 disabled people living in Mongolia, out of which over 28,000 are children, special public resources and pedestrian crossings with sensors have not yet been built for their use.

A significant factor in the high number of impaired individuals living in Mongolia is traffic and industrial accidents. How can we help these disabled people?

Members of parliament, administrators of the city, and state authorities have discussed helping and promoting disabled people’s lives many times but have still not implemented the changes talked about.

Recently constructed overpasses at Bumbugur market, 100 Ail, and a bus station at 120 Myangat have seen much better improvements for use by impaired people.  These overpasses have elevators for elders, disabled people, pregnant women, and others who might struggle with mobility.

The Mongolian National Association for Wheelchair Users, National Federation of the Blind, and Mongolian National Federation of the Deaf participated in designing the overpasses at Bumbugur and 100 Ail with the Ulaanbaatar Traffic Police Department.

During the evaluation by the Human Rights Commission, it was identified that a special walkway with Braille for visually impaired people had not been built at the Bumbugur overpass, and that wheelchair users couldn’t use the elevator by themselves, requiring assistance to reach it.

The specialists warned that the Braille walkway on the overpass at 100 Ail did not meet standards, and the elevator’s size was inadequate and it was dangerous to use

For disabled people, it is hard to live, study and work in Mongolian society because accessible working and living environments are not provided.

Looking at statistics from 2013, there were 54,967 male and 52,178 female disabled individuals living with visual, hearing, cognitive and speaking impairments and illnesses such as leprosy, epilepsy, and mental illness in Mongolia.

As the organizers working on behalf of disabled residents said, they delivered a recommendation letter to the ministries and state administration organizations before the building of access ramps last year, but they have not been built .

The organizers say that they will deliver the results of their accessibility inspection again, this time as a recommendation to the Cabinet, Parliament and relevant organizations. If the attempts of the Human Rights Commission and relevant organizations could be made effective and if state organizations implemented their recommendations, impaired people’s lives in the city would improve.

 

Undesnii Shuudan interviewed M.Chuluun-Erdene, manager at Tugeeml Khugjil Center, an NGO for people with disabilities.

 

What other problems face impaired people besides road and transportation issues?

 

There would not be any difficulties for people with disabilities if the road and transportation issues are resolved. Actually, because of the transportation issue, people with disabilities don’t have any choice but staying at home.  Another issue is to provide salaries for people who help disabled people.

Undesnii Shuudan also interviewed citizen M.Tsengel,  to learn about problems facing people living with disabilities.

 When did you become visually impaired?

I used to be able to see until I was seven years old.  I became blind because I did not have lens replacement surgery.

 Have you ever crossed the overpass at Bumbugur trade market?

Yes, I have, but there was no Braille walkway for visually impaired people. For me, it’s hard to cross a road and I usually receive someone’s help to cross. It would be really easy if a siren was installed at pedestrian crossings.

 Do the companies that build overpasses listen to suggestions like this?

Not really. I think it is better if the construction companies meet with impaired people and reflect what is said in building projects.

Source: Undesnii Shuudan

 

Trans. by D.SERGELEN

 

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he Human Rights Commission evaluated the living conditions of people with disabilities in Mongolia.  Although there are 117,000 disabled people living in Mongolia, out of which over 28,000 are children, special public resources and pedestrian crossings with sensors have not yet been built for their use.

A significant factor in the high number of impaired individuals living in Mongolia is traffic and industrial accidents. How can we help these disabled people?

Members of parliament, administrators of the city, and state authorities have discussed helping and promoting disabled people’s lives many times but have still not implemented the changes talked about.

Recently constructed overpasses at Bumbugur market, 100 Ail, and a bus station at 120 Myangat have seen much better improvements for use by impaired people.  These overpasses have elevators for elders, disabled people, pregnant women, and others who might struggle with mobility.

The Mongolian National Association for Wheelchair Users, National Federation of the Blind, and Mongolian National Federation of the Deaf participated in designing the overpasses at Bumbugur and 100 Ail with the Ulaanbaatar Traffic Police Department.

During the evaluation by the Human Rights Commission, it was identified that a special walkway with Braille for visually impaired people had not been built at the Bumbugur overpass, and that wheelchair users couldn’t use the elevator by themselves, requiring assistance to reach it.

 The specialists warned that the Braille walkway on the overpass at 100 Ail did not meet standards, and the elevator’s size was inadequate and it was dangerous to use

For disabled people, it is hard to live, study and work in Mongolian society because accessible working and living environments are not provided.

Looking at statistics from 2013, there were 54,967 male and 52,178 female disabled individuals living with visual, hearing, cognitive and speaking impairments and illnesses such as leprosy, epilepsy, and mental illness in Mongolia.

As the organizers working on behalf of disabled residents said, they delivered a recommendation letter to the ministries and state administration organizations before the building of access ramps last year, but they have not been built .

The organizers say that they will deliver the results of their accessibility inspection again, this time as a recommendation to the Cabinet, Parliament and relevant organizations. If the attempts of the Human Rights Commission and relevant organizations could be made effective and if state organizations implemented their recommendations, impaired people’s lives in the city would improve.

 

Undesnii Shuudan interviewed M.Chuluun-Erdene, manager at Tugeeml Khugjil Center, an NGO for people with disabilities.

 

What other problems face impaired people besides road and transportation issues?

There would not be any difficulties for people with disabilities if the road and transportation issues are resolved. Actually, because of the transportation issue, people with disabilities don’t have any choice but staying at home.  Another issue is to provide salaries for people who help disabled people.

 

Undesnii Shuudan also interviewed citizen M.Tsengel,  to learn about problems facing people living with disabilities.

 

When did you become visually impaired?

I used to be able to see until I was seven years old.  I became blind because I did not have lens replacement surgery.

 

Have you ever crossed the overpass at Bumbugur trade market?

Yes, I have, but there was no Braille walkway for visually impaired people. For me, it’s hard to cross a road and I usually receive someone’s help to cross. It would be really easy if a siren was installed at pedestrian crossings.

 

Do the companies that build overpasses listen to suggestions like this?

Not really. I think it is better if the construction companies meet with impaired people and reflect what is said in building projects.

Source: Undesnii Shuudan

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