ASTANA – A wheelchair repair and maintenance centre has opened in Astana. The Inva project, created at the Public Association of People with Limited Abilities DOS Independent Life Centre provides services for the repair and maintenance of special means of transportation for people with limited abilities.
The centre provides troubleshooting and routine maintenance in a specialised service centre with specialised equipment to provide wheelchair maintenance and repair services.
“The project implementation ensured timely maintenance of the special equipment. It allows detecting and eliminating a breakdown in time. As a result, people with special needs got an opportunity to lead an active life,” representatives of the public organisation noted.
Eighty percent of the centre staff are people with physical challenges.
Wheelchairs are issued by the state for five to seven years. During this time, a person with a disability does not have information on how to maintain the equipment or whom to turn to in case of a breakdown. According to statistics, there are approximately 1,000 people with musculoskeletal disorders in Astana.
For wheelchair repairs, one can call +7 (7172) 46-65-68.
Numerous organisations in Kazakhstan run projects and campaigns to involve people with special needs in social life. According to organisers, such programmes allow persons with physical challenges to live independently and to participate fully in all aspects of life. The state also works to ensure people with disabilities are on an equal basis with others.
For example, the Damu-Komek programme supports entrepreneurs with disabilities by raising awareness of their problems and the resources they need (financial assistance, property, consulting support, other services) and encouraging and helping people with special needs to start business.