The international “Every Child Deserves a Family” forum is a unique opportunity for child development specialists, parents and public figures to gather together at a professional level to discuss issues relating to working with children with disabilities and their education and social integration.
The fifth international “Every Child Deserves a Family” forum will be taking place in Moscow from 24 to 27 October 2016. Parents of children with special needs and foster parents will make up half of the audience. This fifth anniversary forum will focus on the event’s major achievements over the past five years, as well as plans for the future. Four days of lectures, seminars and master classes, held in the conference halls of the Renaissance Moscow Monarch Centre Hotel, will be dedicated to one overarching topic – “Every Child Deserves a Family: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”. Participants will learn about best practices relating to the provision of support to families of children with special needs and foster families, the use of new technologies in the field of inclusive education, the effective implementation by regional NGOs of knowledge gained at the forum and prospects for the development of a professional community in Russia. As is tradition, Naked Heart founder Natalia Vodianova will be speaking at the forum.
The fourth international Every Child Deserves a Family forum was held in Moscow from 12 to 15 October 2015. This year the forum, which is organised on an annual basis by the Naked Heart Foundation, focused on the topic of parents. Four days of lectures, seminars and master-classes held in the conference halls of the AZIMUT Moscow Olympic Hotel related to the overarching theme of “Parents and professionals: Working together with purpose”.
The forum takes place every year, giving Russian professionals the opportunity to regularly find out about the best practices of their Russian and international colleagues and facilitating the development of a professional community and an inclusive society in Russia.
The first forum took place in October 2012. It was dedicated to modern and effective support for children with conditions such as autism, Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy and attracted 423 delegates working in child development from eight countries and 43 Russian cities. In 2013, the forum focused on autism and in 2014 it was dedicated to education and attracted more than 800 participants. Find out more about previous forums here.
More information about the Every Child Deserves a Family forum, including the programme of events, list of participants and speakers, photographs and press releases, can be found on forum.nakedheart.org.
One of our main working objectives is to create a network of family support centres for children with special needs and their families. Their purpose is to provide combined psychological, educational, social, legal, therapeutic, and other professional assistance. Our first Family Support Centre was opened in Nizhny Novgorod.
We are supporting projects run by the legal department of the Centre for Curative Pedagogics in Moscow, and relevant projects run by other organisations, aimed at ensuring the rights of children with disabilities and raising legal awareness among parents and specialists working in the field.
It is impossible to solve the problems of families with disabled children without changing the attitudes of society and the state. That’s why one of the Foundations most important activities is advocacy.
The Naked Heart Foundation is currently working to create fully-equipped sensory integration and occupational therapy rooms for children with autism and other developmental disorders, with the aim of teaching those children coping mechanisms and enabling them to reach their full potential.
The objective of our interactive online seminars is to introduce people to up-to-date, proven methods of working with people with disabilities. They are held on a regular basis and cover topics such as autism, communication and foster care. The webinars are aimed primarily at the Russian audience.
The aim of this project is to support NGOs that provide psychological, medical, therapeutic and social support for children with disabilities and their families; families intending to adopt, take guardianship of, or foster a child with disabilities; and disadvantaged families or families in crisis.
We support projects to run summer and autumn integrative camps for children with special needs. Such camps create an environment in which children can relax emotionally, recover their health, have much-needed new experiences and communicate in a variety of different ways.
The purpose of the Education Programme is to allow specialists from organisations working with children with special needs and their families to learn modern and effective working methods, exchange experience with colleagues and take part in education programmes involving international experts.