Russian Ministry of Education & Science held a meeting with universities that have special resources centers for training persons with disabilities, where NCFU presented the extensive experience accumulated so far.
The event, which was coordinate by Dmitry Afanasiev (Assistant Minister, Russian Ministry of Education & Science) was held online with achievements reported as well as plans developed for the nearest future. Al in all five universities shared their experience, including NCFU, whose representatives were Nadezhda Palieva (Advisor to Pro-Rector) and Natalia Borozinets (Head of the Resource & Methodology Center).
NCFU’s Resource Center embraces all the areas of the North Caucasus with 25 partner-universities being part of it. The work here includes several fields – inclusive education, career guidance, employment assistance for graduates with disabilities and much more.
The work carried out here is extensive indeed and the result is obvious – 550 persons with disabilities submitted their applications seeking admission to NCFU and the partner-universities last year, which is 1/3 above the same indicator from the year before.
Besides, the center is rather successful in intersectoral cooperation and has already established links with the authorities and various bodies involved in assisting disabled people
– We are extremely happy that our experience has stirred interest on the national level, - Natalia Borozinets said. – Now that we have talked to our colleagues we decided to arrange a large-scale monitoring to collect data on this year’s graduates with disabilities. We have already held such activities before yet embraced Stavropol Region alone, so now its turn for the North Caucasus.
As Mrs. Borozinets noted, the Center is functioning even through the current isolation period and offering online-counseling to partner-universities. There is also Call-Center available for those seeking support.