While in the Kyrgyz Republic, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what you find in the United States. The law in the Kyrgyz Republic mandates access to buildings for persons with disabilities and requires access to public transportation and parking. It also authorizes subsidies to make mass media available to persons with hearing or visual disabilities. However, the government generally does not ensure that these provisions of the law are implemented. Public transportation, sidewalks and road crossings, hotels, and restaurants are in practice rarely made accessible. As a result, it is very unusual to see people in wheelchairs independently traveling around Bishkek.