Members of the AT project

Disabled children

What’s the problem? A huge amount of creativity has gone into finding lo- and hi-tech solutions to problems disabled people face every day, particularly when it comes to communication difficulties (this is often called Alternative Communication).  New software and the internet can give severely disabled people opportunities to communicate and take part in community life…

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A mother who grew up in an orphanage and her young daughter

Parents who grew up in orphanages

What’s the problem? Young people are often told when they are growing up in an orphanage that it is inevitable that they will repeat their parents’ mistakes and fail when they have children of their own.  We don’t believe this.  We do know that without the right help, parents who grew up in orphanages can find…

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A training session for orphanage leavers

Teenage orphanage leavers

What’s the problem? Every year in St Petersburg 800 young people leave the orphanage system to fend for themselves.  Most are totally unprepared, even those leaving in their early twenties.  During their time in institutions they are not allowed to take decisions or responsibility, so they are very immature when they leave.  They find it…

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