September 24, Commission on Education and Science of the Moscow
City Duma discussed draft law “On Education of the Handicapped
Chair of the Moscow Duma Commission and member of the YABLOKO
faction Eugeni Bunimovich stressed that neither Moscow nor
Russia had seen a clear system for social rehabilitation of
handicapped children, despite some emerging practices in this
sphere, especially in Moscow. Bunimovich stressed that one
of the key tasks of the law would be to legalise the experience
accumulated in Moscow.
Deputies of the Moscow Duma agreed with Eugeni Bunimovich
that the draft should be adopted in the first reading. YABLOKO
plans in its work over the draft law to introduce amendments
with regard to the proposals of public organisations working
with the disabled.
The draft law envisages mechanisms for ensuring the right
for education of any level for the handicapped and defines
the term “inclusive education”, incorporates important norms
referring to provision of jobs to the people with disabilities.
The law will also systematize the present programmes of social
adaptation of handicapped children; provides a list of the
state aid measures, sets the order of organisation of education
of the handicapped in special educational institutions, at
home, in the medical organisations or in any other type of