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Downside Up will hold a scientific and practical conference on the ethics of communication

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On June 17 and 18, the All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference “Ethics of Interaction with a Person with Mental Disabilities and His Relatives. The role of NGOs in organizing support and maintenance: problems and solutions”. The conference will be held in face-to-face and distance format.

The event organizers, Downside Up Charitable Foundation, together with the Syndrome of Love Charitable Foundation, the Commission for the Development of the Non-Profit Sector and Support of Socially Oriented NGOs and the Commission on Charity and Social Work of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, will bring together representatives of regional organizations from all over Russia on one platform , experts who support people with Down syndrome and their loved ones, people with Down syndrome, as well as representatives of parenting communities and government agencies.

Today in Russia there is no adequate systematic support for adolescents and young people with Down syndrome, which complicates their active participation in the life of society. Adults with Down syndrome have far fewer opportunities for development, education, fulfillment, and employment than their normatively developing peers.

The conference participants will discuss possible ways to change the situation: topical issues of ethics, education, development, self-realization and employment of people with mental disabilities and will consider positive examples of their integration into the life of society.

Within the framework of the conference, the results of a study on attitudes towards people with Down syndrome and the needs of families will be announced, experts will raise the topic of communication with patients with mental disabilities and accompanying families at the prenatal stage, talk about such a phenomenon as "burnout of parental trust in a specialist", discuss the meaning inclusion for the realization of the life perspectives of a person with Down syndrome and successful employment practices for people with mental disabilities.

Together with parents and public organizations and teachers, they will talk about the ethical standards of building the educational process, about bullying, ways to support schoolchildren and adults with mental disabilities. And much more.

People with Down syndrome from different regions of Russia will talk about what it means to live active lifestyle, about their prospects, life aspirations and difficulties.

At the end of the conference, all participants will discuss the implementation of documents related to safety and ethics of receiving services by people with mental disabilities.

You can get acquainted with the Conference Program here

Anyone interested in the topic of ethics of interaction with a person with mental disabilities and his relatives can join as a spectator and ask their questions to the speakers.

The conference will be broadcast live on YouTube - the Downside Up Foundation's channel on June 17 and 18 from 10: 00-18: 00 (Moscow time)

* The event is supported by the Presidential Grants Fund