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Accompanied Living Project for Surgut Residents with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Makes the TOP-100 Best Social Projects in Russia

16 october 2019

Department of Public and External Relations of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra informs:

The Surgut accompanied living project for young people with autistic spectrum disorders and mental disorders made the Top-100 Russian social projects in 2017.

This news was made public on the eve, following the meeting of the coordination committee for holding contests for the grants of the President of Russia aimed at developing civil society. Participants of the event summarized the evaluation results regarding the implementation of projects, which had been backed by presidential grants in 2017 and had been completed by the end of 2018.

Governor of Ugra Natalya Komarova highlighted the success of the Surgut residents in her Instagram account. “Over 140 Surgut residents have received help and support over the two years of work. Emphasis has been made on socialization: pupils’ relatives aged from 10 to 35 were involved in special training courses and events, and additionally, an outdoor summer camp was held,” the head of the region wrote.

The Governor noted that the project initiators, Natalya Glotova and Irina Mironova are mothers of special children. This year, these female residents of Ugra submitted their application to take part in the contest for a presidential grant aimed at the adaptation of children aged from 1 to 8, and they obtained it.

Natalya Komarova extended her congratulations and support and wrote: “The project has involved experienced specialists, i.e. a psychologist, a speech therapist, social workers, and a specialist in sensory integration. The authors of the initiative are intending to let young Ugra residents outside of Surgut benefit from their 2019-2020 project. Field consultations and meetings will be held throughout the region. Two centers are currently open. The Surgut administration made the decision to provide them with premises free of charge. Project participants are smiling, they don’t fear to cope with problems on their own any longer.”

Let us recall that the accompanied living project has been implemented in Surgut by the Children of the Rain regional public organization for helping children, adults and disabled people with autistic spectrum disorders. It is the first grant project of the association, which benefitted from federal support in the amount of about 3 million rubles.

The project aims at establishing an accompanied living model for disabled people with mild mental disorders, who do not need hospital care. Here they get the opportunity to live in society, use social support services, and continue developing after 16 years of age, when schooling is already over.

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