"We need to get away from public procurement procedures and give a person with disabilities to choose the necessary technical means, services, social worker himself." The Vice Minister of labor and social protection of the population of RK Svetlana Zhakupova said about it during a press conference at the site of the Government,
Kazakhstan citizens with special needs will be able to choose and purchase individually the necessary technical devices and means of transportation at the expense of the budget through a special portal, which, in turn, will solve the problem of purchasing substandard and unsuitable special means.
"The portal of social services – it is when a citizen with special needs, seeing the provider of one or another product or service, has the right to choose a product himself. If he chooses technical devices of a higher class, he can pay extra (if the price exceeds the planned budget). This applies not only to technical means, rehabilitation, but also services, the choice of a social worker, an individual assistant, sanatorium treatment," - S. Zhakupova said.
At the same time, the Vice Minister of labor and social protection of the population noted that the portal should start its work before the end of the year. The portal will unite recipients and providers of social services on a single digital platform and provide an opportunity to purchase more qualitative services, means, devices and assistive technologies.
According to statistics, as of January 1, 2019, 685 thousand people with disabilities live in Kazakhstan, including 421 thousand people of working age (61.5%), 176 thousand people (25.7%) — persons of retirement age, 88 thousand people (12.8%) — children under 18 years. Families raising children with special needs will receive increased benefits from 1 July.
"If today we pay 31 thousand tenge, from July 1 we will pay 41 thousand 578 tenge",- S. Zhakupova pointed out. Today, more than 323 billion tenge is allocated from the state budget to support people with special needs.
In addition, the issue on opening of social jobs for mothers caring for children with disabilities is considered.
"We consider the opening of social jobs for mothers who care for children with special needs, that is, you can work at home. There are such categories of children who do not require a 24-hour presence, constant care, she can carry out activities in breaks and receive wages,"- S. Zhakupova said.