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The neighborhood of Ponichala in Tbilisi is home to many of the city's blind residents. Many live in poverty and suffer from a sense of isolation. But some blind residents enjoy the benefits of living near one another and sharing their troubles. Produced by Eka Kevanishvili for RFE/RL’s Georgian Service.
Khoja Abdulaziz Ashurov grew up in a small Tajik village where there was no assistance for the disabled, but he has refused to let his disability stand in his way. After building his own prosthetic leg, he began a career in the capital, Dushanbe.
Olena Tchinka suffered serious injuries in an accident, but she has never stopped dancing. With the help of prosthetics and a wheelchair, she runs a dance studio, performs in dance competitions, and inspires the students who attend her school.
As one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, Prague has made a special effort to welcome visitors with disabilities. Disabled tourists encounter the same facilities in the Czech capital that exist in any Western European city.
Disabled people are an invisible minority in Armenia, rarely seen on the streets or in public. Many feel that can't get the prized disability certification that allows them to receive government benefits without a bribe to an official.
Iraq's wheelchair basketball team is a regional powerhouse in its sport. Some of the athletes suffered injuries as the result of years of conflict in their country, but the players are the victors on another battlefield.
The Russian mother of a child with a developmental disability is seeking to sue a journalist who suggested that babies with genetic diseases should be euthanized. Her efforts have shed light on widespread prejudice in Russia, where people with disabilities are often regarded as burdens for society.
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