Adaptation of cultural institutions for persons with disabilities will require 52 billion

На адаптацию учреждений культуры для инвалидов потребуется 52 млрд рублей

More than 50 billion rubles are required for the conversion of Russian cultural institutions to the needs of citizens with disabilities, said first Deputy Minister of culture Vladimir Aristarkhov, speaking at the round table “Culture in an inclusive society”.

These findings the Agency did in the course of monitoring of accessibility of objects of culture of the Russian Federation for people with disabilities. The roundtable was organized by the Commission under the President of the Russian Federation for Affairs of persons with disabilities in the framework of major programme V of the International cultural forum.

The Deputy Minister said that in the context of monitoring, the Department collected data on total financial needs of the Russian state and municipal institutions of culture conversion for the needs of citizens with disabilities.

“The Ministry of culture for the first time conducted a financial needs assessment. Aggregate demand, according to the data obtained from the regions, amounts to 52 billion rubles — for all institutions of culture”, — said the Deputy Minister.

The Deputy Minister drew attention to the fact that because we are not talking about design estimates, figures are approximate. “In my opinion, the real figure is around 45 billion rubles,” — said Arseny.

He also added that one of the major problems in the conversion of the culture institutions for the needs of persons with disabilities is that the Ministry has no data on the number of people with disabilities of different nosologies. “We have a little less than 10% of the population — people with disabilities, but we do not know how in Russia, the visually impaired, as hearing and so on,” he said. However, Aristarkhov cited data of the Ministry of labor, according to which in Russia, about 190 thousand people with hearing impairments, 120 thousand of visually impaired people, 240 thousand wheelchair users.

In turn, member of the RF Public chamber, member of the presidential Council of the Russian Federation on disability Diana Gurtskaya noted that wheelchair accessible culture should not be limited to ensuring their physical access to cultural facilities (elevators, ramps and other non-lethal weapons). “We are talking not only about physical access for persons with disabilities in cultural institutions, and the possibility of disabled people to participate in culture, to explore the arts, work in culture, to do themselves,” said Gurtskaya.