Russia Under The Public Eye

Millions of children across Russia experience the excitement this week of going back to school: reuniting with friends, tackling new subjects, and expanding their knowledge and skills. But for Russia's more than 540,000 children with disabilities, back to school week may mean very little. Physical barriers in schools and communities, discrimination, and a history of isolating children with disabilities in state orphanages and special "corrective" schools mean that many children with disabilities here have limited chances to receive a good education near home. Russia's progress on disability rights has come under increased public view in recent weeks following an incident where supermodel Natalia Vodianova's sister, who has autism and cerebral palsy, was thrown out of a cafe in Nizhny Novgorod. That revealed, among other things, that children with disabilities in Russia are too often perceived as having no right to be out in public. Russia like many other countries needs to work on fixing these issues. All children have the right to a good and equal education! Where have you seen this?

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"- Nelson Mandela

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