Public association “Republican Association of Wheelchair Users” (PA RAWU) is a public, non-governmental, non-commercial organization, founded in 1997 and uniting disabled people with malfunction of musculoskeletal system, residents of the Republic of Belarus, using wheelchair for movement and those requiring constant nursing. PA “RAWU” is registered by Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (certificate of registry №00816 from 30.08.1999).
Nowadays Association is a unique organization in Belarus, uniting disabled people with the hardest disability group – the 1-st. The organization consists of 14 regional organizations with branch offices in Minsk, Vitebsk, Brest, Orsha, Mozyr, Borisov, Bobruysk, Polotsk, Pinsk, Lida, Mohilev, Kostiukovichi, Chotimsk, Choyniki. The membership of organization counts around 700 persons.
The core sphere of PA “RAWU” activity is hosting of wheelchair users social rehabilitation events (conferences, meetings, seminars for wheelchair users, their families and families of specialists engaged in this sphere); monitoring, studying and analysis of wheelchair users’ difficulties; conducting of hiring campaigns for wheelchair users, holding of sports and fitness actions and competitions.
Association assists in reintegration of wheelchair users into civil society by all possible and available means:
This methodology involve a course of theoretical preparation for prophylaxis of specific medical problems of people with spinal cord defects, also recommendation on arranging wheelchair user’s lifestyle and solving some problems of intimate and domestic character. Since 1997 there has been 8 seminars arranged, where 150 wheelchair users from all regions of the Republic of Belarus took part.
PA “RAWU” has created the Internet-resource, where the maps of Byelorussian road services’ availability and the map of Mozyr city availability for wheelchair users are placed. In particular one can freely download illustrated reference book “Available environment for disabled people”, which in plain language shows ways of creating of unfettered environment for disabled people, considering byelorussian building specifications.
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