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13 Jun 2019

Rybakov: Belarus seeks to build inclusive society

Rybakov: Belarus seeks to build inclusive society
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MINSK, 13 June (BelTA) - Belarus’ state policy in the field of protection of the rights of people with disabilities, including persons with autism, is aimed at building an inclusive society, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations Valentin Rybakov said as he addressed the thematic event “Ensuring inclusion of persons with disabilities in a changing world: the role of sports and culture” in the UN headquarters in New York, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The event dedicated to the topic of autism was held on the margins of the 12th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (11-13 June 2019) on the initiative of Belarus, Dominican Republic, Italy, Qatar, Slovakia, and several international NGOs.

The participants to the event reviewed the examples of government policy strategies in sport and culture to ensure full comprehensive participation of people with autism in the society and also the examples of cooperation between governments and civil society on this matter. The experience of the international charity public organization “Children. Autism. Parents” (Belarus) and the Association of inclusive sports “Project Filipidde” (Italy) was presented to the participants.

The Belarusian diplomat presented the project “Sport Inclusion” which is implemented jointly by “Children. Autism. Parents” and “Aliaksandra Herasimenia Swimming Club” to provide inclusive swimming courses for children with autism in Belarus. The Belarusian diplomat also invited foreign partners concerned to participate in the project and share their experience.

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