The campaign "Coffee with a friend" is being held in Uzhgorod too
The campaign "Coffee with a friend" launched by known immigrant from Donetsk and a person with cerebral palsy Roman Kislyak after he was driven out of Lviv restaurant continues in Ukraine.
In Uzhgorod this important campaign is promoted by Larysa Voyevodina. The woman is raising a 5-year-old girl Anna, who has cerebral palsy, and she knows how hard it is for people with special needs in our sometimes very cruel society.
The woman said that she was driven to join the campaign in Uzhgorod by the society's misrecognition of how many people with cerebral palsy are around us. She believes that such kids must not be hidden, but rather they should be taken to public places for people to see that such people exist. For now, reactions of people are ambiguous, Larysa Voyevodina sadly says and tells about incidents when people would either just ignore her child and would not help with a cart or would stare as if at some inexplicable phenomenon
Similarly, children look at their peers with cerebral palsy wondering, but only because their parents would not explain them anything.
In addition to the problem of acceptance by society, there is a very complex problem of city infrastructure. In the city, there is no public transportation, that people in wheelchairs could use, and the state of roads and pavements turns people in wheelchairs into prisoners at home.
Nowadays, Larysa's daughter is often invited to coffee, and the mother also invites friends woth cerebral palsy for something tasty. The woman hopes that other Uzhgorod residents will follow her, and it will change something in our society.