WHITE CANE presents a new social project being part of the larger Multimobility project thanks to the support of MegaFon Ural.

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Three basic concepts of the School of the Masters of Inclusion

Inclusion is a modern tool that provides solutions to the pressing issues of contemporary society. Inclusion is carried out through the engagement of people with disabilities in active interaction with individuals from other social groups. Inclusion is based on the principles of creativity, respect of individuality and human dignity. Social relations that are governed by the principle of inclusion enable one’s inner resources and capabilities to develop and flourish to one’s benefit and the benefit of the entire society.

The master of inclusion is a professional who creates conditions for the effective use of human diversity within the forms of interaction that require cooperation and yield positive – material and/or social – outcomes. The master of inclusion utilizes inclusion as a key means to the mutual development of all participants’ gifts and capabilities.

In terms of the inclusion approach, we understand humankind as being made up of diverse individuals with their own unique life experience, gifts and capabilities. This diversity of strengths and talents serves as a crucial – although underutilized – source of development for the contemporary society.

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The School of the Masters of Inclusion “Multimobility” aims at the creation and development of inclusive projects via the stimulation of social and business activities among people with disabilities. As of today in the Ural Federal region and other regions in Russia, such project remains unprecedented; there are no methodological or other print materials available for those who would like to learn more about inclusive activities; finally, the state and governmental bodies do not have sufficient knowledge or skill of inclusive interaction with people with disabilities. As a result of these conditions, social and business activities of people with disabilities remain at a strikingly low level.

Among blind and partially sighted individuals, it is common to lack such crucial skills as independent urban navigation and mobility, everyday living skills, and the skill of the work with information. In practice, the absence or underdevelopment of these skills yields problems with employment, personal life, leisure and sports activities, that is, problems that directly concern the possibility to create inclusive environments.

To address the abovementioned problem, we offer the following activities as part of the School:

  1. Educational seminars that focus on the management and administration of inclusive projects. The goal is to produce educated specialists who will further be working on inclusion projects in the Ural Federal region and to stimulate and support inclusion projects in general.
  2. Monthly webinars “Multimobility”. These webinars will give an opportunity for prominent inclusion activists and people with disabilities employed in the open labor market to share their experience to a broad audience.
  3. Decade of inclusion
  4. Other events.

Target audience:

  • students of special schools for children with disabilities
  • teachers and educators at special schools for children with disabilities
  • children from special children’s homes
  • people with recently acquired blindness
  • mainstream university and college students
  • social and medical workers
  • administrators and managers from local governments
  • people with other kinds of disability

The project aims at producing educated masters of inclusion capable of developing and carrying out inclusive projects and working in both for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Graduates of the School will be able to:


  • organize and administer projects;
  • facilitate communication and provide psychological and social counseling on the questions that concern socialization, habilitation and rehabilitation;
  • effectively use their skill of motivation and leadership to solve strategic and immediate administrative issues; organize and evaluate group work, on the basis of their knowledge of the processes of group dynamics, team-building and the audit of human resources
  • mobilize their own physical and psychological power as well as available social resources;


  • establish and maintain contact with business partners, using different methods of information gathering;
  • model and re-organize business processes;


  • successfully address and resolve conflict situations in interpersonal and group communication, using their knowledge of contemporary techniques of staff management;


  • develop innovative social projects in the framework of existing programs sponsored by the state and regional social policy;
  • mobilize complex and individual social projects to fundraise.

Tutors of the School of the Masters of Inclusion:

Oleg Kolpashchikov, president, White Cane (NGO)
Konstantin Barannikov, director, Institute of the Design of Management and Competition strategies
Olga Zaviataeva, director, Ural institute of social education (a brunch of the Russian state social university)
Dania Ahmetova, Vice-Provost for continuing education, Chair of Theoretical and Inclusive Pedagody, Ed.D, professor, Kazan innovative university
Vera Simakova, director, Blagoe Delo (NGO)
Tatiana Redina, psychologist, primary school teacher
Sergey Uimin, specialist, Sverdlovks Regional special library for the blind
Marc Aufrant, vice-president, Association Valentin Haüy (Paris, France)
Eyal Bloch, professor, David Yellin College (Jerusalem, Israel)
Thomas Kraus, founder and organizer, international Congresses of people with disabilities (Berlin, Germany)
Petter Holm, international project manager, Nordic Association for Curative Education and Social Pedagogy
Sristi K.C., founder, Blind Rocks! (NGO, Bhaktapur, Nepal)

All events and activities will be carried out in Russian. The School’s educational program involves two seminars, one of which to be held as a research expedition. There is financial support available for people with disabilities (group 1) and people who accompany them to attend the seminars.

Invited speakers will be from Russia, Israel, France, Germany, Nepal, Latvia. All presentations will be translated into Russian.

At the end of the program, we will organize a competition among the inclusion projects organized and carried out by the School’s participants. Four best projects will be awarded monetary prizes; the description of these projects will be included in the School’s print materials. The best project will be presented at the First World Congress of People with Disabilities (September 7-10, 2017, Yekaterinburg, Russia). For those interested in taking part in this competition, please register for the School and take part all its events.

The School’s graduates will receive certificates.

This School is organized by NGO White Cane with the support of

Ural branch of “MegaFon”, Ural institute of social education (a branch of the Russian state social university), the Palace of Youth (Yekaterinburg), the Kazan innovative university”, Institute of the Design of Management and Competition strategies, NGO “Blagoe Delo”, Ural without Drugs, Sverdlovks Regional special library for the blind