15 inclusive routes were developed by the organizers of the first World Congress for Persons with Disabilities for delegates from 28 countries. 711 participants with different forms of disabilities were able to get acquainted with the city today.
“The sites were tested beforehand by the citizens – people with disabilities and senior citizens. While creating the routes, the organizers tried to take into account all the nuances: accessibility and interest. 15 excursions show the capital of the Urals from different sides: Yekaterinburg is a historical, religious, cultural, industrial, transport, presidential, geological, mineralogical, fabulous and even cosmic,” said Andrei Zlokazov, Minister of Social Policy of the Sverdlovsk Region.
The guests also passed along the “Red Line” – a pedestrian route through the historic center of the city, including a visit to the 1905 Square, the Workers’ Waterfront, the Sevastyanov House, the Church on the Blood and other sights.
On the list of inclusive excursions are the Museum of the History of Stone-Cutting and Jewelry Art – the only museum in Russia that represents a full review of artistic development of the unique natural resources of the Ural region. More than forty guests from different countries happened to see unique exhibits from marble, jasper, malachite.
Crafts from malachite particularly impressed guests from the Moscow school of St. George – they were not only interested in the sculpture of the Mistress of Copper Mountain, but also the technology of making various products from this ornamental stone.
“With us came the guys who, in addition to the developmental specialtis, have mental specialties. It is very important for them to take part in the congress and visit similar museums – this is communication, new knowledge, and the opportunity to express oneself, to feel equal to other people, “said Tatyana Lemesh, a teacher at St. George’s School in Moscow.
The participants of the excursion learned the history of stone-cutting and jewelry art of the Urals and Russia got acquainted with the work of local jewelers.
A greater interest among the guests was caused by the “Bazhovskaya room”. Especially for this exhibition, craftsmen from Palekh made 11 art panels dedicated to P.P. Bazhov’s tales.
Excursions around the city in the congress were guided by 35 professional guides in 3 languages - Russian, English and German. By the way, some “points” became interactive: for example, in the cinema museum of the Sverdlovsk film studio, the participants of the congress voiced a fragment of the film. Delegates of the world event could choose a suitable excursion in advance.
In addition, the participants of the congress were given maps of Yekaterinburg with the routes in Russian, English and German. Guests of the Ural capital will be able to independently visit the excursion and get acquainted with the sights of the city during the days of the congress or after it: many delegates have already announced their desire to return to Yekaterinburg again.
It should be noted that in the Sverdlovsk Region a comprehensive program “Accessible Environment” was developed and is in operation until 2020. With funds allocated from the regional budget, social facilities are equipped with ramps and handrails, call buttons, elevators and other devices that create a barrier-free environment.