An exhibition about people with intellectual disabilities in Moscow – ETR

Inclusion Europe’s member Perspektiva   and the Best Buddies Russia   have organised an exhibition in Moscow.  The Best Buddies Russia foundation supports friendships  between people with intellectual disabilities  and people without intellectual disabilities.   The exhibition of Perspektiva and Best Buddies Russia  is called Here I am! 

An exhibition about people with intellectual disabilities in Moscow

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Inclusion Europe’s member Perspektiva  

and the Best Buddies Russia  

have organised an exhibition in Moscow. 

The Best Buddies Russia foundation supports friendships 

between people with intellectual disabilities 

and people without intellectual disabilities.  

The exhibition of Perspektiva and Best Buddies Russia 

is called Here I am! 

The exhibition shows photos, videos and stories  

about the lives of 18 people with intellectual disabilities. 

It shows how they study, work,  

make friends and dream about their future. 

The stories are written in easy-to-read 

The exhibition shows  

that people with intellectual disabilities  

are the same as everyone else:  

they want to make friends,  

they want to work 

and they want to feel needed.  

The exhibition show 

adults and children with intellectual disabilities 

in different situations. 

For example: at home, at school, at work. 

They are doing sports, play theatre 

and they even write theatre plays. 

Denise Roza is the leader of Perspektiva and Best Buddies Russia. 

She said that people with disabilities want  

the same things as people without disabilities. 

For example: people with disabilities want other people 

to see the things they are doing. 

They also want to be independent. 

They want to be heard and tfulfil their dreams. 

She also said that people with disabilities 

should be included and become part of the society. 

Albert Arutyunyan is a self-advocate. 

He studies to become a carpenter. 

He also likes to paint and create sculptures. 

He has autism, 

but autism does not stop him from working.  

Albert talked at the exhibition. 

He said that it is important that people with disabilities 

have a voice and show what they can do.  

He also said that the support of friends  

ithe most important thing 

for people with disabilities. 

The organisers of the exhibition  

would like to move the exhibition  

to other cities in Russia in the future, 

so that more people will see it. 

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