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 in a ways that we could never have imagined. Unfortunately, disabled people in Russia are largely left out of this revolution. Russian children and their families need to have this world opened up to them so that they can reach their potential.
How do we help?
St Gregory’s has been working with pioneering organisations in St Petersburg and Moscow introducing groups of children and their families to high and low-tech solutions which can help them communicate, play and become more active in daily life. After the success of the first year of this programme we are extending it to benefit 15 families in each city. To make it even more effective, we will be training kindergarten staff so that our children will be able to be understood outside the home too. Since this if the first systematic programme of this kind, our colleagues will create webinars to advise other children and their families across Russia. Thanks to St Gregory’s, our colleagues will be able to get advice from specialists in the UK who have experience in helping match disabled people to the technology that can help them most.