The occasion for the holiday was a plate made for a new street in the Troparevo-Nikulino area - more recently, it bears the name of a German doctor who arrived in Russia at the beginning of the 19th century. True, the pointer has nowhere to hang - on the street there are no buildings. So for now, he will remain at the embassy school, which is also named after the philanthropist doctor.
German Ambassador to Russia Rüdiger von Fritsch, explaining the importance of the festival of inclusion, noted that the figure of Haas and his affairs unite Russia and Germany, Germans and Russians. Of course, Dr. Haas in the XIX century did not deal with the inclusion and problems of people with disabilities. But he was a humanist. And, as you know, the principles and ideals of humanism are the basis of any social activity.
Anna Hofinga is on the board of the Russian public organization of persons with disabilities “Perspective” and heads the German-Russian Social Forum at the St. Petersburg Dialogue. She was awarded the Gaas Medal, which is awarded to the FSIN for improving the health care system in the penitentiary system. From the point of view of practical experience, Anna Hofinga notes that the problems of people with disabilities are often formal, and certain groups of the population still exist outside of society.
What was the strength of Dr. Haas, who sought to make life easier for prisoners and homeless people? In each he primarily saw a man. A barrier-free environment, inclusion in a normal life should not be achievements, it is the natural right of every person to be happy and do what he wants without disturbing the freedom of others.
Creativity helps to find a common language. The guests of the festival could learn what they learn in the workshops and on creative activities in more than 50 Russian public organizations involved in the rehabilitation and inclusion of people with disabilities.
The authors of some methods work closely with European experts. Thus, the Our Solar World organization, which deals with the rehabilitation of children and young people with autism spectrum disorders, is a part of the international organization Autism Speaks and the European association Autism Europe, which protects the rights of people with autism at the EU level. The head of the rehabilitation program of the center, Irina Leonova, says that in the Russian regions there is a request to change the quality of life of the disabled.
“We have now won a presidential grant for conducting training courses for teachers from eight federal districts. We received a huge number of applications to conduct classes by our specialists. We not only teach others, but also learn ourselves, says Irina Leonova. - They brought the German specialist Ulla Kisling to Moscow, she told us about sensory integration. Most Russian developments are sharpened on psychological work, but you need to remember about sensitivity. The Kisling technique removes irritating factors, and it becomes easier for a child with autism disorder to process information. ”
Concerts and theatrical performances were held at various venues of the German School. They sang, danced, applauded everything - with and without diagnoses, children and adults, Russians and Germans.