Commissioner for Human Rights in the Chelyabinsk Region Margarita Pavlova supported the project «LetoSoSmyslom» («SummerWithPurpose») dedicated to the organization of summer holidays activities for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and Down’s syndrome.
«LetoSoSmyslom is a unique and, so far, the only project in Russia. Children with mental disorders are usually subjected to gross discrimination; sanatoriums are closed for them; they are not given out permits to summer camps. They can rest only at their own expense on local bases or at the seaside accompanied by their parents. But not all families have enough money for such trips. Most of the children remain „prisoners“. This project literally blows up all stereotypes of „special“ people. And that is great!»
This year, the Chelyabinsk center «Starry Rain» became the resource site for providing summer leisure activities for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and Down’s syndrome. A team of teachers carefully prepared for the arrival of the children, especially worrying about the newcomers, those who set off for summer vacation without parents for the first time. But everything went fine. Selected and implemented strategies yielded the desired result. The teenagers rode horses, walked dogs, shot arrows, played volleyball, learned the basics of tourism science, visited clubs of interest. In the evenings, the children sat at the fire and sang songs.
This was a meaningful summer for all the wards of the «Starry Rain» center, as well as every specialist participating in the program.
Adapted from the Press Service of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Chelyabinsk Region