Unified National Standard for adaptation and accessibility for persons with disabilities to be developed in Kazakhstan

Measures to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities were considered at the government session. Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population Tamara Duisenova, Minister of Healthcare Azhar Giniyat, Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Kairbek Uskenbayev presented reports on the issue. Akims of Nur-Sultan city Altay Kulginov and Akmola region — Ermek Marzhikpaev spoke about the situation in their regions.

The Prime Minister noted that the state support system is constantly being improved. This is evidenced by the adopted legislative amendments aimed at the possibility of increasing the income of persons with disabilities and their families, improving their quality of life.

“The Head of State instructed to simplify the procedure for establishing disability. Since the beginning of this year, the pilot project of the remote determination of disability has been scaled throughout the country,” the Prime Minister recalled.

At the same time, thanks to the Social Services Portal, the terms for receiving technical aids and rehabilitation services have been reduced from 8 months to 30 days.

By the end of this year, 17 early intervention centers will open, which will allow timely detection of pathology in newborns and provide their treatment.

In addition, 12 rehabilitation centers for people with disabilities are being built in the regions. This will make it possible to cover an additional 25,000 people with disabilities with social rehabilitation in the social protection system.

Alikhan Smailov noted the need to continue the implementation of comprehensive measures to support people with disabilities, giving a number of instructions.

First. The Ministry of Labor, together with the Ministries of Health and Digital Development, will continue to work on improving the Social Services Portal, as well as integrating information systems for the introduction of remote examination.

Second. Akimats of the regions to ensure coverage of people in need with technical means and rehabilitation services by the end of the year up to 90% and by the end of 2023 up to 100%.

“It is necessary to expand the network of day care departments for persons with disabilities and create small social service houses,” Smailov emphasized.

Third. The Ministry of Healthcare, together with akimats, should pay special attention to early diagnosis of morbidity and early intervention to prevent disability.

The Prime Minister instructed all interested government agencies, together with akimats, to develop a Unified National Standard for adaptation and accessibility for people with disabilities.

He stressed that the task of the Government is to ensure the creation of a favorable environment for people with disabilities, so the issues of improving their quality of life should be under the constant control of ministers and akims.

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