Movement for Accessible Environment
conducted its first press-conference today in the Prime Time Press Club. The
movement was established by free persons who decided to address accessibility
problems on their own, with their own efforts, independently from others - the
problems which persons with disabilities are facing everyday – independent
mobility, unemployment, self-realization, communication, access to information
Leaders of the Movement – Goga Kokhreidze,
Rati Ionatamishvili and Giorgi Akhmeteli answered questions of attending
journalists and showed them the photos clearly demonstrating the poor physical
accessibility and infrastructural situation in Tbilisi. As revealed by the
photo monitoring public buildings such as banks, pharmacies, recreation
centers, shops, restaurants, cinema/theatres and public transportation are
barely accessible and useful for persons with disabilities.
Members of the movement are not
planning to turn the movement into any kind of organization, non-governmental
or other, and will try to push for the rule of law on accessibility and equal
conditions for everyone independently in the future.
The first results of the movement are
already in place – as stated during the press-conference by the Beeline Company
representative, Teona Baghdavadze, all of the Beeline offices will be adapted
to provide wheelchair-accessibility.
Please visit our gallery for the
results of the photo-monitoring.