USAID Expert on Children with Disabilities Give Lecture in Vladivostok
Patricia Burtner, Ph.D., arrived in Vladivostok in the framework of the Firefly program financed by USAID.
VLADIVOSTOK. April 27. VOSTOK MEDIA – The United States Agency for International Development brings together experts on children with disabilities. Patricia Burtner, Ph.D., arrived in Vladivostok in the framework of the Firefly program financed by USAID. She met with Russian colleagues and told about rehabilitation medicine, physical therapy and a very important role that the experts can play here.
US Consulate General rports, Dr. Burtner described the movement in the United States to bring all children, including those with disabilities, into the mainstream classrooms and the role therapists provide in improving the quality of life for disabled children. Early intervention by professionals results in better health, fewer emergencies, higher test scores and stronger families and more secure homes with fewer occurrences of abuse. Dr. Burtner acknowledged that many Russian children with disabilities like Down Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy are not integrated into mainstream schools. To change that, therapists and other health professionals have a key role to play in ensuring that the first disabled child introduced into a traditional school is well received by teachers and students. Consul General Armbruster welcomed health professionals to the Firefly seminar and thanked the City of Vladivostok and Primorsky Krai Administration for their support of this important USAID health project.
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