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Project information

Help bring technologies to Russian disabled kids

Assistive technologies can help severely disabled people communicate in a way that we could never have imagined. Unfortunately, Russian disabled children are largely left out of this technological revolution. You can help open this world for them so that they can reach their potential.

November 2017 - September 2018

Charity information: St Gregory's Foundation

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  • Need


    Disabled young people in Russia face enormous challenges. Only 16% of disabled adults in Russia are in employment. There are multiple reasons behind this: the physical environment is not accessible for disabled people and education is usually inadequate or non-existent. The majority of Russian disabled people are largely left out of new technologies and the internet which can give them opportunities to integrate into community life as never before.


    St Gregory’s is raising funds for a pilot project to introduce disabled children in St Petersburg and Moscow to high and low-tech solutions which can help them communicate, learn and socialise.   In each city a group of fifteen children will be assessed and given tailor-made assistance.  We hope that this will show others what is possible and enable a longer-term project to take off.  In addition, our colleagues will create webinars to advise other parents, carers and specialists across Russia.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We want to bring modern effective rehabilitation to severely disabled children and teenagers


    » Each child's ability to communicate will be assessed and they will have tailor made intensive support at sessions with highly qualified specialists

    What success will look like

    We'll assess the success of this aim by drawing on quantifiable statistics of each child's personal progress during the programme and reports from our local partners.

    Aim 2

    We'll address social exclusion of families with disabled children and help them integrate better


    » Parents, relatives and carers will be given weekly family support and consultations at specially designed sessions with highly-qualified specialists

    What success will look like

    We'll establish a system of support to each family and monitor each family's situation including relief of stress, employment, help of local authorities, social services and peers

    Aim 3

    We'll address the lack of technologies in Russia by disseminating knowledge to the wider community


    » We'll run a number of webinars for specialists, parents and carers across Russia to share and adopt best practice in other regions of Russia.

    What success will look like

    We'll monitor the dynamics of webinars and requests of other regions as well as establish contacts with local and national authorities to introduce the programme across Russia.

  • Impact


    At present there is no well-developed structure on the use of assistive technologies and there is a very big gap in the education of specialists and informing the wider community on the problems of disabled people and their potential. We believe that our programme can encourage disabled children and their parents to be active members of the wider community and prevent their social isolation as well as introducing new standards of physical and social rehabilitation of the disabled in Russia.


    There is a big gap in the education of specialists on communication, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and other disciplines, who work by the modern standards well known in the West but adopted only on a modest scale in Russia. We'll be helping our local partners to build up their knowledge and skills at training sessions, bringing highly qualified specialists to help supervise and develop the programme.


    We'll provide regular reports to our donors from our local partners in both centres in St Petersburg and Moscow.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Webinars and media coverage Holding six webinars, 2 seminars, ten recorded webinars on "youtube"channel
      £1,500 Training materials, software Providing special software for tablets, PCs, special equipment for disabled children
      £12,000 Tailor-made sessions Holding weekly individual sessions for 30 children with highly qualified specialists
  • Background


    Over the last few years we have helped to build a Centre for disabled teenagers at a special school 'Dinamika’ in St Petersburg. Our partners from the charity “Physical Rehabilitation” in St Petersburg deliver rehabilitation for children and young disabled people at the centre as well as training for parents and practitioners. Our programme will be implemented in this centre and in the Moscow-based centre “Communication Space” which rehabilitates children with multiple heavy disabilities.


    30 children with severe multiple disabilities will receive tailor-made assessment and participate at weekly individual and group training sessions during a year together with their parents and carers. About 100 practioners and specialists from 5 educational institutions in St Petersburg and Moscow will participate at webinars and about 100 parents and 40 practioners will take part in seminars. The recorded webinars will be available to a wider public and specialists across Russia.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    St Gregory’s Foundation has worked in Russia and the former Soviet Union since 1991 to tackle the social problems facing children, teenagers, parents and carers. This is one of very few charities in the UK which continues work in Russia over 25 years from small beginnings to great results. Our partners in Russia are foremost specialists who add a huge value to all our projects. We seek to help the most vulnerable children and families in a low cost, well administered and compassionate way.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Julia Ashmore

    Executive Secretary at St Gregory's Foundation - main point of administrative contact, and will produce project reports.

    Dr Ekaterina Klochkova

    Supervisor and Director at "Physical Rehabilitation", St Petersburg - one of the leading physiotherapists in Russia, will be leading the programme.

    Anastasya Ryazanova

    Director at "Communication Space", Moscow. A leading psychologist, will run and supervise the project in Moscow.


will fund an individual session with a specialist to help a severely disabled child communicate