703 participants from 28 countries, including the UK, China, Germany, the U.S., Austria, Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, Finland, France, Georgia, Denmark, Israel, India, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, will convene on September 7 to 10 2017 in Yekaterinburg.
Our country will be represented by the participants from its 23 regions: Yekaterinburg and the Sverdlovsk region, Moscow and the Moscow region, Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad region, the Tomsk region, the Ulyanovsk region, Karelia, Buryatia, the Irkutsk region, the Rostov region, the Samara region, the Yaroslavl region, the Belgorod region, Crimea, the Kemerov region, Udmurtia, the Novgorod region, the Nizhniy-Novgorod region, the Khabarovsk region, the Chelyabinsk region, the Ryazan region, the Altay region, the Omsk region, the Khanty-Mansy region-Ugra.
International participants constitute the majority of all Congress delegates (457 people). They are members of social and therapeutic communities and socially-engaged organizations, as well as independent participants. Russia will be present through the following regional and city socially-engaged organizations and centers of curative pedagogy: the Fellowship of curative and pedagogical associations, the Center of social rehabilitation “Turmalin”, the Altay regional organization of the All-Russia society of people with disabilities, the Foundation “Liniya Dobra-Linlayn”, Blagoe Delo NGO, WHITE CANE NGO and many others.
The slogan of the Congress is “Making Values Visible”. We will see it to be carried out in projects, creative initiatives and inclusive practices.
In the creative section, there will be 46 workshops, including musical, dance, art, crafts and other active workshops. Musicians from Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and other folk instrumental bands will come to Yekaterinburg. Some musicians will play the instruments made by people with disabilities themselves. For example, the Norwegian participants are bringing their traditional bells. Additionally, among the workshops one will find many communicative workshops. Thus, people of different national backgrounds will be able to interact with each other.
More than 150 trained volunteers, among which there are people with disabilities, will accompany and assist the Congress participants. These days these volunteers are taking courses with the focus on the first aid and communication skills, including English language training. There are vacancies available for German-speaking volunteers.
The government of the Sverdlovsk region allocated 40 subsidies for people with from the Sverdlovsk region. These subsidies are competitive and they will allow the recipients to participate in the Congress for free.