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“If you have a person with
an intellectual disability in your family,
it means you were building
a system of support for years.
For me it took 10 years to build
everyday support for my son.
And this system was ruined in one moment.”
Raisa Kravchenko and Yuliia Klepets
had a speech on 10 November 2022
to talk about the situation of
people with intellectual disabilities
and families in Ukraine.
Raisa said that now on top of the military attacks,
there are also electricity blackouts
because of attack on infrastructure.
The internet may switch off at any moment
because of the problem with the electricity.
Support services are mostly closed.
All the resources need to go to the military.
Raisa said that they are all are grateful
for all the international support
that helps them get some help and restore
at least some of the support services.
There are 4,000 new people who
went into institutions during this year,
since the February attack on Ukraine.
Yuliia said that having the support of personal assistant,
or services on some days is great help.
Yuliia said that her daughter
can’t sleep any more,
as a result of the electricity blackouts.
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