Saki is one of the oldest Crimean resorts near the Black Sea. The town is dominated by the rehabilitation center which transformed Saki into a Mekka for the disabled with spinal cord injury. People who have spent more than a decade of their life in a wheelchair share their experience with those who came here for the first time helping them overcome the trauma.

Saki - a capital of the disabled

Saki - a quiet Crimean town near the sea and a healing mud resort is often referred to as the capital of the disabled. A wheelchair is the most common means of transportation which people use here. Disabled people or "spinals" as they (as they refer to themselves in Russian) flock here striving for the only ambition - to get back on their feet. Allthough nowadays such an injury is not a verdict, only a few people manage to walk again. But it is not the physical condition that disables but inaccessible environment and social attitude. In this regard, Saki is believed to be a different matter, for every inhabitant of the town treats a person in a wheelchair as an equal both in opportunity and status.

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