In pursuit of our goal to create a strong parental and professional community in Russia, we aim to explore opportunities within our new or ongoing projects to achieve exactly that.
We believe that the more informed, trained and knowledgeable parents and experts working with children with special needs are, the easier it is for them to create an environment in which children can thrive and unlock their potential. In doing so, it is crucial to stay on top of the latest methods and techniques for working with children with autism and other developmental impairments and learn about best practices from leading professionals in the eld.
Since 2011, the Naked Heart Foundation has been awarding grants for the implementation of integrative summer camps, providing children and young people with special needs across Russia with a proper summer break. In 2015, we widened the scope of this project by changing its format and focusing our e orts on organising a special training programme for professionals from the non-pro t organisations that won the “Summer with Purpose” grant competition.
The unique training programme for professionals working in the integrative summer camps was developed by the Foundation’s experts in collaboration with leading specialists from the University of New Mexico, USA.
Two members of each winning non-profit organisation attend the Rising Sun summer camp run by the University of New Mexico. During the course of a week, they are able to learn new approaches for creating summer camp programmes for children with autism and master special techniques on-site.
Upon their return, the participants in the training programme develop their own summer camps, applying the skills they had learned and sharing their new knowledge with their peers.
The project had a significant impact on professionals, parents and the typically- developing children participating in the summer camps. The fantastic feedback we received from participants indicated the transformative positive change the children experienced.
We empower professionals and parents to help them give children with special needs the best start in life. Our Early intervention services are designed to provide families of children with special needs with the support and resources needed to maximise the child’s potential.
We believe that every child should go to school. Children with autism may find it more difficult to sit in a classroom, concentrate, complete school tasks and communicate with their classmates. Therefore, we since 2013 we have been educating teachers about special methods of working with such children.
We create a network of family support services for children with special needs and their families. Naked Heart Family Support Centre provides combined psychological, educational, social, legal, therapeutic, and other professional assistance.
Our annual international "Every Child Deserves a Family" forum is a unique platform for dialogue between Russian and foreign child development experts, which allows representatives from various regions of Russia to exchange views and experience. It is also a step forward towards developing a professional community in Russia.
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.
By funding the advocacy and service-delivery programmes implemented by our partner non-pro ts and NGOs across Russia, we expand our reach and help improve more people’s lives faster and more efficiently.