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This year’s Congress of Young Scientists brought together 114 school students from 33 cities in Russia and Belarus. Most of the participants will graduate this year and many took part in a conference of such magnitude and level for the first time. As a result, experts chose 15 winners who will receive prizes and advance to the final round of the ITMO.STARS contest, as well as three more holders of the special award.
Last month’s 10th Congress of Young Scientists included a session initiated by ITMO’s Center for Inclusive Education. Students from all across Russia – from Murmansk to Yekaterinburg – presented projects that focus on improving the lives of people with disabilities.
The special guitar provides an experience almost identical to holding the usual instrument. Its users can choose one of the multiple modes, including standard, one-handed, and single-finger. This guitar will also be a perfect choice for all aspiring musicians wishing to learn how to play quickly.
The Limitless Fashion project was founded in 2016 by Valeria Kudrina, a student of Saint-Petersburg State University of Industrial Technologies and Design who’d been working with disabled people for several years by then. Some time later, she was joined by Polina Andreeva, her peer. The two students who studied on a costume design program started to develop a project on designing adaptive clothing for wheelchair users of different ages. The project got second place in the People Need You! federal contest conducted by ITMO’s Volunteer Center, and got into Tommy Hilfiger’s selection of top-20 socially important projects. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, Polina Andreeva spoke about how their project helps integrate handicapped people into society.
Twelve students and faculty members of ITMO University have recently taken part in the Japanese-Russian exchange program that focused on working with disabled people. The week-long exchange program was organized by the Japan Russia Youth Exchange Center with support from the Japanese Embassy in St. Petersburg. In Tokyo, the participants of the exchange program attended training sessions, visited rehabilitation centers, studied the approaches to creating an accessible environment for people with disabilities in museums and public transport, and even visited their homes. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, Andrey Zlenko, Head of the Department for the Development of Student Initiatives, and Natalya Startseva, graduate of the “People Need You!” program, spoke about the Japanese technologies that have to do with developing an accessible environment for people with disabilities, and the difference between volunteering activities in Russia and Japan.