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The First Congress for Persons with Disabilities started the chronicle of the International Inclusive Movement

13-09-2017

The First Congress for Persons with Disabilities started the chronicle of the International Inclusive Movement

10The First World Congress of People with Disabilities was completed in the Sverdlovsk region. Participants of the event expressed gratitude to Russia, Sverdlovsk region, the government of the region and to all people and organizations that contributed to the preparation and holding of the congress.

The events of the Congress demonstrated positive changes in the role of people with disabilities in modern society, showed more active involvement of them in a wide range of social, professional and cultural processes. “We agree that the format of the congress creates favorable conditions for the realization of the creative potential and the activation of the internal forces and resources of the participants as a tool for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the establishment of an inclusive society” so it is said in the resolution adopted by the participants on the results of the Congress.

The holding of the First World Congress for Persons with Disabilities in Yekaterinburg was highly appreciated by Russian President Vladimir Putin. President of the Sverdlovsk region Evgeny Kuyvashev announced warm words of the head of state to the participants of the congress.

“”I consider your forum dedicated to the most important issues of improving the quality of life of people with disabilities – a large, socially significant event. It is a serious contribution to the solution of a wide range of tasks related to providing conditions for professional, creative self-realization of people with disabilities, the formation of their active life position. And, of course, the Congress platform will allow you to exchange experience, discuss promising ideas, get acquainted with the best practices and inclusive technologies”, said the President of the Russian Federation in his greeting.

In the opinion of the delegates, the Congress, which arose on the initiative of civil society and was supported by the business community and the government of the Sverdlovsk region, was a successful example of the implementation of the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on a “bottom-up” basis.

“In modern society it is necessary to develop inclusion and inclusive practices in various social, professional and cultural spheres. We are very grateful to all participants for the fact that they have overcome enormous distances in order to participate in the first World Congress for Persons with Disabilities in order to share with us all the stories of life, their professional and creative experience. I am sure that when you return home, you will broadcast the knowledge and experience that you’ve received at the Congress in your cities and countries” – said to the participants of the Congress Minister of Social Policy of the Sverdlovsk Region Andrei Zlokazov.

Members of the organizing committee handed over to the initiator of the international congress for persons with a disability movement to Thomas Kraus a book made of Ural gems, which will become a chronicle of the international inclusive movement.

The Congress closed with the famous song “We are this world” – a charity anthem, written in 1985 by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, which was performed by all participants of the event together. Then the delegates and organizers released white pigeons into the sky as a sign of continuing cooperation between people with various types of disabilities and their organizations in the creation and development of an inclusive and fair society.

The First World Congress for Persons with Disabilities in Yekaterinburg ended with an inclusive ball. This is an obligatory part of all congresses for people with disabilities that have ever been held in the world. The participants of the final event – about a thousand delegates, volunteers and organizers – came dress accordingly and performed waltz, polka, mazurka, polonaise and other dances to the sounds of the orchestra.

By the way, the third Russian Congress for Persons with Disabilities will be held, in a year – September 2018 in Sevastopol. Organizers have already presented it to the delegates of the world event, which was held in Yekaterinburg.

The alley of the first World Congress for Persons with disabilities was planted by its participants in the city park.

10-09-2017

The alley of the first World Congress for Persons with disabilities was planted by its participants in the city park.

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In the central park of culture and recreation in the name of Mayakovsky participants of the first World Congress for Persons with Disabilities have landed rowan alley.

Representatives of all countries participating in the congress planted 30 two-year-old seedlings of rowan. 28 fresh sprouts symbolize 28 countries, whose representatives took part in the Congress. Two more trees are planted in honor of the development of an international inclusive movement and in honor of the first World Congress for Persons with Disabilities.

In addition, more than two hundred congressmen drove through the park in the children’s railway. For the participants of the Congress, the Sverdlovsk Railway developed a special wagon equipped with elements of an accessible environment that allows children and adults using a wheelchair to visit the excursion. Work on the creation of the wagon lasted for four months. More than 10 wheelchair users at a time will be able to visit the excursion in this wagon.

“It’s nice that there is a children’s railway in Ekaterinburg. And it is even more pleasant that it is absolutely accessible for people who have disabilities, including those who use a wheelchair. I, as an expert on the organization of an accessible environment, a journalist of one of the regional TV channels, can confidently say that the tour and the park of Ekaterinburg are absolutely accessible”, said Yury Kuznetsov, a participant in the Congress from St. Petersburg.

In addition, the participants of the Congress inspected the youth training center for the training of railway workers, and also strolled through the park.
“We are already seeing the legacy of the first World Congress for Persons with Disabilities. The wagon, designed specifically for congressmen, will now serve the residents of our region and make the excursion open to citizens with disabilities. The rowan alley planted by the participants of the congress will grow and remind us of those unique people who have come to the capital of the middle Urals from all parts of the world”, said the Minister of Social Policy of the Sverdlovsk region Andrei Zlokazov.

Let us recall that 711 participants from 28 countries of the world arrived in Ekaterinburg to participate in the first World Congress, including the UK, China, Germany, the US, Austria, Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, Georgia, Denmark, Israel, India, Ireland, Nepal, the Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Finland, France, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand and more than 20 constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

At the exhibition devoted to an accessible environment, four awards were given for the best technical means of rehabilitation

At the exhibition devoted to an accessible environment, four awards were given for the best technical means of rehabilitation

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In Ekaterinburg, the VI interregional specialized exhibition “Social support and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. Technical means, technologies, services” was hosted. In accordance with the decision of the Government of the Sverdlovsk region, a competition for the award for the best technical rehabilitation equipment presented at the exhibition was held within the framework of the exhibition.

“This year has become a record number of applications: 11 companies submitted their designs for the competition. It was not easy to choose the winners. Congratulations to all who participated, “- said the Minister of Social Policy of the Sverdlovsk region Andrei Zlokazov.

Diploma of the winner in the nomination “Technical means of rehabilitation for persons with limitations of ability to move” was given to the Center for Technical Rehabilitation OTTO BOCK-Ekaterinburg. The company presented a hip prosthesis with an external power source PN6-OB-E.

LLC “Vertical” won in the nomination “Technical means of rehabilitation for people with hearing impairment”. Their tactile-touch terminal «TAKTILE-VERT-42 / V» was recognized as the best in this segment.

“We are participating for the first time in the exhibition, we liked it. Serious companies were represented here”, said Sergey Shatsky, the director of the official representation of the tiflocenter “Vertical “in the Urals region.

In the direction of “Technical means of rehabilitation for persons with visual impairment”, the award was given to the Ural manufacturing company KRUST. They presented the electronic video-magnifier “Sokol-1”.

The Scientific and Production Enterprise “Children’s Rehabilitation Medicine” has developed a support for sitting OS-005 “I Can!”. They became the best in the nomination “Technical means of rehabilitation for people who have other disabilities.”

“For us, the victory in the nomination was a complete surprise, but very pleasant,” said Ekaterina Karpova, representative of the company “Children’s Rehabilitation Medicine”.

During the exhibition, a master class on health gymnastics “Body smile” (“Smiling body”) was held. He caused the greatest excitement among the public.

“A child easily gets ill and, usually, is easily cured. An adult becomes tough and strong, and if they get ill, it’s very serious. If they fall – they fracture their bones, while the child falls and immediately gets up. Also a drunk man can fall from the 5th floor without any particular consequences. Why is this happening? Because both the child and the drunk at the moment of falling are relaxed, and the adult person is tense. So the gymnastics “Body smile” is aimed at relaxing the body”, said Sergei Boroznyak, head of the adaptive physical fitness department of the Regional Center for the Rehabilitation of Disabled People.

Another exciting event at the exhibition was a master class on table sports games of the world. They were presented by the Regional Center for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled. “Matreshka”, “Djakkolo”, “Kulbutto” – national games of Russia, Holland and France have long been loved by the public. They are easy to play, fun, loaded with positive emotions.

“Table sports games carry a powerful rehabilitation potential. Here the coordination of movements and motor skills of hands is practiced, captures are trained, and mental activity is trained. Games are very emotional. I congratulate all the teams for participation in these competitions and wish them further success! “- commented the director of the Regional Center for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Tatiana Onohova.

This exhibition will be remembered by its visitors. For the first time, its guests were representatives of 27 countries. They are delegates of the First World Congress for Persons with Disabilities.

It should be noted that the issue of the organizing of an accessible environment is one of the most important for the Sverdlovsk region, where more than three hundred thousand people with disabilities live, this is almost 10% of the total number of citizens of the region.

«Inclusive» city was created in Ekaterinburg by people from all over the world

09-09-2017

«Inclusive» city was created in Ekaterinburg by people from all over the world

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About one and a half thousand people from all over the world together implemented a unique project called “Inclusive City” in Ekaterinburg . About 700 of them are participants of the World Congress for Persons with Disabilities, which is being held in Yekaterinburg these days. The rest are residents and guests of the Urals.

“Often, ordinary people do not know how to correctly, and if it is possible to interact with people who have disabilities. Therefore, we organized our “inclusive city” – a place of meeting and recreation”, noted the organizers of the congress.

“Inclusive City” is a unique event that united people with disabilities and without. The importance of such projects is aimed at interaction of citizens with each other, said the head of the region Evgeny Kuyvashev, stressing that “it is very important to strengthen the positions of an inclusive society, to immerse society in the problems of people with disabilities”.

Congress delegates from more than 20 countries on the territory of the Palace of Sports and Games (due to weather conditions the project was implemented on this site, rather than in the open air) presented the national culture of their people, presented their kinds of crafts and held thematic master classes aimed at development of skills of competent inclusive interaction. On interactive stages, inclusive games were held, a fair, an exhibition of Russian national arts and crafts, an obstacle course were opened.

“This is not the only inclusive project, but, of course, the most ambitious and large-scale. People with and without disabilities participate in interactive activities, help each other, have a good time. It is also important that some games and quizzes are organized and conducted by people with disabilities. This shows that the project’s goal is to show that people with disabilities can be in demand – it’s quite achievable, “said Andrei Zlokazov, Minister of Social Policy of the Sverdlovsk Region.

Alexandra Lazareva from Sevastopol, a visually impaired person, organized a quiz: with closed eyes, you must guess what is in the bag (rice, buckwheat, sugar, mango, peas) or determine by smell what in special containers (coffee, vanilla, orange, pepper).
“Everyone says:” I know, I know, I’d like to see and tell you exactly! “. And with closed eyes they can not guess. So we give people the opportunity to test their abilities, show whether it is possible to feel what’s there, without a vision, “- said Alexandra.

By the way, the day before this girl had held a culinary master class: participants of the congress from different countries learned to cook Russian kurnik with closed eyes . And tomorrow, at the closin of the congress, she will present the third Russian congress for Persons with the Disabilities, which will take place in her native city Sevastopol.

Another interactive platform is a labyrinth that needs to be driven through in a wheelchair. By the way, people without disability try to overcome it . All of them are surprised at how this is really not easy, and those who are in a wheelchair for health reasons give them advice. Having reached the finish line, they shake hands: they passed the labyrinth together.

Within the “Inclusive City” a concert was also organized at which all residents and visitors of the city were able to demonstrate their talents. Organizers called this site a “free microphone”: it is not necessary to state in advance the desire to speak, it is possible to freely enter the stage.

Tomorrow the first World Congress for Persons with Disabilities will be closed in Ekaterinburg and the final event will be held – an inclusive ball.

“Inclusive” city was created in Ekaterinburg by people from all over the world

“Inclusive” city was created in Ekaterinburg by people from all over the world

About one and a half thousand people from all over the world together implemented a unique project called “Inclusive City” in Ekaterinburg . About 700 of them are participants of the World Congress for Persons with Disabilities, which is being held in Yekaterinburg these days. The rest are residents and guests of the Urals.

“Often, ordinary people do not know how to correctly, and if it is possible to interact with people who have disabilities. Therefore, we organized our “inclusive city” – a place of meeting and recreation”, noted the organizers of the congress.

“Inclusive City” is a unique event that united people with disabilities and without. The importance of such projects is aimed at interaction of citizens with each other, said the head of the region Evgeny Kuyvashev, stressing that “it is very important to strengthen the positions of an inclusive society, to immerse society in the problems of people with disabilities”.

Congress delegates from more than 20 countries on the territory of the Palace of Sports and Games (due to weather conditions the project was implemented on this site, rather than in the open air) presented the national culture of their people, presented their kinds of crafts and held thematic master classes aimed at development of skills of competent inclusive interaction. On interactive stages, inclusive games were held, a fair, an exhibition of Russian national arts and crafts, an obstacle course were opened.

“This is not the only inclusive project, but, of course, the most ambitious and large-scale. People with and without disabilities participate in interactive activities, help each other, have a good time. It is also important that some games and quizzes are organized and conducted by people with disabilities. This shows that the project’s goal is to show that people with disabilities can be in demand – it’s quite achievable, “said Andrei Zlokazov, Minister of Social Policy of the Sverdlovsk Region.

Alexandra Lazareva from Sevastopol, a visually impaired person, organized a quiz: with closed eyes, you must guess what is in the bag (rice, buckwheat, sugar, mango, peas) or determine by smell what in special containers (coffee, vanilla, orange, pepper).
“Everyone says:” I know, I know, I’d like to see and tell you exactly! “. And with closed eyes they can not guess. So we give people the opportunity to test their abilities, show whether it is possible to feel what’s there, without a vision, “- said Alexandra.

By the way, the day before this girl had held a culinary master class: participants of the congress from different countries learned to cook Russian kurnik  with closed eyes . And tomorrow, at the closin of the congress, she will present the third Russian congress for Persons with the Disabilities, which will take place in her native city Sevastopol.

Another interactive platform is a labyrinth that needs to be driven through in a wheelchair. By the way, people without disability try to overcome it . All of them are surprised at how this is really not easy, and those who are in a wheelchair for health reasons give them advice. Having reached the finish line, they shake hands: they passed the labyrinth together.

Within the “Inclusive City”  a concert was also organized at which all residents and visitors of the city were able to demonstrate their talents. Organizers called this site a “free microphone”: it is not necessary to state in advance the desire to speak, it is possible to freely enter the stage.

Tomorrow the first World Congress for Persons with Disabilities will be closed in Ekaterinburg and the final event will be held – an inclusive ball.

Photos from excursions and master classes

Photos from excursions and master classes

Master class “Dramatic Theater” was held in the framework of the First World Congress for Persons with Disabilities. In total, 20 people took part in the event, including people with disabilities.

Master class “Dramatic Theater” was held in the framework of the First World Congress for Persons with Disabilities. In total, 20 people took part in the event, including people with disabilities.

The master class was held by Randi Jacobsen – social therapist, theater teacher, and Oliver Brink – assistant, actor of inclusive theater from Denmark. In their classes, teachers use theatrical practices as tools for social therapy. Games are one of the ways to comprehend the world, as well as human adaptation to the environment. Game practice contributes to the development of participants in the master class of imagination, attention, memory. In addition, through the theatrical games in the classroom, the need for self-expression is realized, there is liberation and the disclosure of the personality, and by the end of the session the person becomes bolder and more resolute, hears himself and others, experiences the joy of communication and mutual understanding.
These changes were well noticed by the spectators who came to the master class. At the beginning of the lesson, unfamiliar people with disabilities, experiencing language difficulties, were shy and cautiously went to contact. Gradually, performing together soft sketches, voice improvisations, plot – role games, in movement, in dance, in interaction, all became soft, beautiful, free. A special language of communication arose in the team, participants began to understand others without words, to experience the joy of communicating with each other.
The time of the session slide by, and at the end of the event, nobody wanted to leave. All with pleasure communicated, hugged and photographed in memory of the event.

Photos from events (day two)

Photos from events (day two)

Visit to the Museum of the History of Stone-Cutting and Jewelry Art

Visit to the Museum of the History of Stone-Cutting and Jewelry Art

IMG_1239[1]More than forty guests from different countries happened to see unique exhibits from marble, jasper, malachite, presented in the Museum of the History of Stone-Cutting and Jewelry Art . This is the only museum in Russia, which represents a complete review of the artistic development of the unique natural resources of the Ural region.
Guests could enjoy the beauty of malachite – the marvelous stone symbol of the Urals. Crafts from malachite especially impressed the young people 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.

Tatyana Lemesh, teacher of St. George’s School in Moscow: “We have children who have mental specialties besides developmental specialties. It is very important for them to take part in the Congress and visit similar museums – this is communication, and new knowledge, and the opportunity to express themselves, to feel equal to other people. ”
The participants of the congress learned the history of stone-cutting and jewelry art of the Urals and Russia, got acquainted with the work of local jewelers.
The greatest interest in the guests was caused by the “Bazhovskaya room”. Specially for this exhibition the masters from Palekh made 11 art panels according to P.P. Bazhov’s tales.
None of the visitors of the Urals museum itself left the excursion disappointed and will certainly tell about a wonderful trip to the pantry of the unique natural resources of the Urals in their homeland.

15 inclusive excursions around Yekaterinburg were visited by people with disabilities from 28 countries of the world

15 inclusive excursions around Yekaterinburg were visited by people with disabilities from 28 countries of the world

IMG_1239[1]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.

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