Category Archive: Russian Federation

Sharing reflections on U.S. and Russian child welfare and disability services with my graduate students

Recently, I have been wrapping up my Social Expertise Exchange grant from the Eurasia Foundation.  This grant allowed me to engage in an exchange with a Russian colleague who was also interested in youth… Continue reading

Supporting people with disabilities in the U.S. and the Russian Federation: A roundtable from the Eurasia Foundation

We’ve all heard the phrase “great minds think alike,” but this morning’s disability initiatives roundtable sponsored by the Eurasia Foundation’s U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange really blew my mind. I was honored to participate… Continue reading

Bringing Vygotsky’s theories to life: A visit to the Center for Curative Pedagogics (центр гечебной педагогики)

  The spirit of Lev Vygotsky’s theory about cultural-historical psychology lives on in a vibrant community center for youth with a range of disabilities in Moscow, Russia.  I had the honor of visiting… Continue reading

On mentoring students with disabilities: A consultation with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Moscow (Старшие Братья Старшие Сестры России)

Nastavniki, otherwise known as Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Moscow, is an organization specializing in mentoring young people in the child welfare system – including young people with disabilities.  As I understand it,… Continue reading

Практики, основанные на доказательствах, и оценка программ (On evidence-based practice as a process involving program evaluation)

  On Friday, January 20, 2017, I presented a lecture introducing the social work concept of evidence-based practice as a process that includes program evaluation.  This lecture was presented to the social work… Continue reading

A family village centered around children with disabilities

My Russian child welfare colleagues are experimenting with a number of different models designed to support children with disabilities in stable family placements.  Today, I visited one of these experimental models, a family… Continue reading

Universal design in action: A school for students with disabilities

The concept of universal design is based on the idea that the production of buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to all – regardless of disability – is a best practice.… Continue reading

Social work bridging cultures: A visit to the Russian New University

As a social work educator, I have been particularly curious about the nature of social work education in the Russian Federation.  Therefore, I was thrilled to receive an invitation – facilitated by the… Continue reading

Reframing disability: A visit to Downside Up in Moscow, Russia

While Russia may face a stereotype that people with disabilities are stigmatized, this does not mean that there is a dearth of social change agents actively working to re-frame the status of this population… Continue reading

An easy bridge to build for supporting children with disabilities in Russia and the United States

As I arrived in Moscow for the first time in 33 years, I wondered what kind of bridge I might need to build between me and my new colleagues.  We were all interested… Continue reading

Grant received to study youth with disabilities in U.S., Russian Federation child welfare system

Social Support of Citizens:Youth with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System in the United States and the Russian Federation Dr. Elspeth Slayter was awarded a grant from the Eurasia Foundation to consult with… Continue reading