On the 3rd of December, 2020, Vladimir Putin gave an important online meeting dedicated to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The event was attended by people with disabilities and representatives of non-governmental organizations. Participants got the president’s support for additional funding for local producers of rehabilitation equipment. On a separate note, Putin promised to help the Russian National Cybathletic team.
The importance of getting government support for the affordable rehabilitation products
According to official data, there are about 12 million people with disabilities in Russia, which is more than 8% of the country population. Experts predict that in 30 years the need for assistive devices will increase by another 5%.
Recent developments in the rehabilitation field help to make everyday life of these people easier and more comfortable. However, the government support plays an important role in that process, that’s why it was extremely valuable for everyone to hear the encouragement from the president firsthand.
Test Pilot’s Report on Impressive Results
Test pilot Yury Larin spoke at the video conference with a report on our team’s prizes at the International Cybathletic championship. He noted that we were ahead of such countries as Switzerland, Germany, Japan, and South Korea. And this is not only due to the innovative developments of the local manufacturers, but also due to the good organisation of the training stage, which was made possible by the governmental assistance.
Andrey Dividyuk, the Chairman of the Board of the Cybathletic Union, continued the speech. He reported to the president on reaching the goals of accessibility for people with disabilities and made a request to support the regular training of russian teams for the upcoming competitions in 2024.
Vladimir Putin addressed the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, who assured that the ministry always has additional funds for events of this level. As a matter of fact, they have provided the financial assistance for the russian team in the past competitions and will be definitely providing support for the participants of the Cybathlon-2024.
We see how government support for people with disabilities becomes a common thing and it fills our hearts with hope!