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The First World Congress For Persons With Disabilities

The First World Congress Of Persons With Disabilities was held in Yekaterinburg, one of the largest Russian cities with a population of 1.5 million people, located on the border between Europe and Asia, from 7 to 10 September 2017.

In the fall of 2017, we were one of the organizers of a large-scale social event. It was held in Yekaterinburg and it gathered more than 700 people with disabilities from 30 countries. We were supported by the state, citizens, and the business community of Russia. At the congress we discuss the issues of the quality of life of people with disabilities.

Goals

  1. To open the possibility to engage with the society to people with disabilities.
  2. To raise public awareness of the needs of people with disabilities and how they can contribute to society.
  3. To eliminate the Everyone-Owes-Me-A-Big-One attitude among people with disabilities.
  4. To show that disability can move forward the individual and the society.
  5. To prove that to ensure access to people with disabilities is essential. It’s not the number of ramps that matters, but the people who are willing to engage.
  6. To update the observance of the rights of persons with disabilities proclaimed in the UN Convention, confirming the status of the Russian Federation as a state governed by the rule of law, who respects the human rights.

The delegates attended 43 workshops and went through 15 inclusive routes, which were developed by the organizers of the First World Congress for Persons with Disabilities. City tours were led by 35 professional guides in 3 languages — Russian, English, and German.

Documentary

It took more than 50 interviews and 8 months of filming to make a film about the First World Congress For Persons With Disabilities, which was held in Yekaterinburg on September 7-10, 2017. What surprised Ekaterinburg guests from 30 countries of the world? What was left “behind the scenes” of a large-scale international event? What is the opinion of the foreign guests about the Congress? We should know the answers in the documentary «To see the value of each»!