On 17th April, students of the first and second year of the Psychological and Pedagogical Education programme of the Faculty of Philosophy and Psychology of Voronezh State University together with their supervisor and lecturer of the Department of Pedagogy and Pedagogical Psychology Olga Ivanova visited the workshop: "My child with an autism spectrum condition is going to join a resource class. What is going to happen to my child, family and school?" that was held in Voronezh Rehabilitation Centre for Children and Teenagers, Parus Nadezhdy.
The event gathered parents with children with autism spectrum conditions, specialists of Departments of Education, Culture and Youth Policy, healthcare and social welfare specialists, as well as representatives of the private sector that participate in developing inclusive education systems in Voronezh. The speakers of the workshop were Marina Azimova and Anastasia Kozorez. Marina Azimova is a Russian-speaking licensed behaviour analyst (BCBA), a children with autism inclusion specialist, a member of International Association for Behaviour Analysts, a researcher of the Centre for Children with Special Needs in Glastonbury, Connecticut, the USA), an associate professor of Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, a supervisor of the first resource ABA-classes in Russia and an educational consultant. She shared her experience as a behaviour consultant in the area of development of academic programmes for children with autism in the Children’s Service Centre in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the USA. She also talked about peculiarities in the functioning of Moscow support classes for children with autism. At the moment she is developing an original full inclusion model and is also in charge of educational programmes in Milestone – a private school for children with autism.
Anastasia Kozorez is a highly qualified educational psychologist at Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, a behaviour consultant, a teacher at "ABA-class" (Moscow), and a coordinator of the resource class for children with autism in the educational complex lyceum 1574 (Moscow). She talked about legislative, organisational, cultural and social differences of inclusive education in the USA and Russia. The audience could watch videos demonstrating examples of inclusive education for children with autism spectrum conditions in Moscow. The speakers' talks were followed with a discussion in which VSU students were very actively engaged.