A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 159 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian (t.me/Roscongress), English (t.me/RoscongressDirect), and Spanish (t.me/RoscongressEsp). Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Sociocultural Inclusion
13 September 2018
12:00—12:45
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Social settings have become accessible to people with disabilities

The situation has shifted, and the attitude towards people with disabilities has changed. [...] Disabled people can play sports, participate in performances, dance in wheelchairs. We can develop in every possible way — Elena Grekhova, Head of the Project Learning to Drive Disabled People of 1 and 2 Groups, Sport Federation of Persons with Musculoskeletal Injuries in Primorsky Territory (regional public organization).

Every large-scale event makes the environment more accessible to us. [...] The environment is becoming more accessible for those who really need it to be — Olesya Fedortsova, Director, Champion Kamchatka Sporting Dog Breeding Club .

People with disabilities should participate in making the environment accessible

Inclusion is not movement in one direction. It’s not only that we make our way into society, but society moves together with us. [...] Disabled people need also to be experts — Yuri Bausov, Chairperson, Association of Youth Disability Organisations .

ISSUES
Information about opportunities for disabled people is lacking

Much is due to ignorance of the law and the situation in which a disabled person can benefit an employer. In each case, it is a matter of individual work, — Olesya Fedortsova, Director, Champion Kamchatka Sporting Dog Breeding Club .

Legislation does not take into account the particular characteristics of disabled people

After studying the issues surrounding labour protection legislation, I realized that the law doesn’t work for people with group one disabilities. [...] All laws relating to employment must be reviewed — Elena Grekhova, Head of the Project Learning to Drive Disabled People of 1 and 2 Groups, Sport Federation of Persons with Musculoskeletal Injuries in Primorsky Territory (regional public organization).

Lack of knowledge on the part of disabled people about social activities

Information is a very important topic. Even if there are sites, they are not always known, especially as regards children. Various programmes exist, including educational ones, social ones, which should include children, but we can’t get them involved because the parents of these special children don’t know about the programmes — Yulia Zimova, Member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation .

Welfare mentality of the disabled as a result of isolation

From the very start, unfortunately, we prepare a disabled person to be an isolated being in the literal sense of the word, and we are even the cause their dependency — Yuri Bausov, Chairperson, Association of Youth Disability Organisations .

Inaccessibility of special services for people with disabilities

The main problem we face is the lack of a professional standard for audio description. There is no such occupation as Audio Describer accounted for within the labour legislation of this country — Maria Antonova, Audio Describer.

SOLUTIONS
Increasing social activity

A lot depends on [us] the disabled, and how active we are. Now we demand more from others. But what do we do for ourselves? It is important that we ourselves meet up to the levels we are demanding, — Yuri Bausov, Chairperson, Association of Youth Disability Organisations .

Creating public spaces with disabled people in mind

Both the human factor and the work of professionals complement the constructive possibilities of buildings — Anna Yakovleva, Director of Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre .

Supporting information channels for people with disabilities financially

We are prepared to advertise on the radio, to advertise on television, but the cost makes it unrealistic. As a public organization, we simply cannot afford it — Elena Grekhova, Head of the Project Learning to Drive Disabled People of 1 and 2 Groups, Sport Federation of Persons with Musculoskeletal Injuries in Primorsky Territory (regional public organization).

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS