Annually, since 1992, the International day of people with disabilities is celebrated on the 3rd of December
This day for the first time the Republican Volunteer Center (RVC) organized the city Forum dedicated to the International day of Persons with Disabilities. Lectures and master classes were organized during the day.
Victor Izbash told the guests about two models of disability: medical and social; about etiquette of communication with people with disabilities and subjects which you shouldn’t bring up. As well as many people with disabilities, Victor was inspired by Nick Vuychich’s books at teenage, and since then he aimed to help disable people to adapt in society and to motivate them to live a full life.
Elena Krismar, the participant of the forum “Women with Disabilities”, gave a master class on beadwork. Diana Bragarenko, future social worker, showed what remarkable items in quilling techniques her wards create, and taught this technique to everyone.
Alyona Donchu, a member of the Public center for children and youth with limited physical capacities, shared stories from her volunteer activity and gave classes in weaving of bracelets.
Alina Nikolaev presented the association “Motivation”, and also demonstrated flowers made of satin ribbon, that she teaches to make people with disabilities.
On their own example they proved that all of them are the same full-fledged people, as each of us. What limits them actually makes them stronger. They get education, go into sports, play musical instruments, sing, dance, and do this much more diligently, than many healthy people. They appreciate their time, friends and kindness of people around. Every day they fight for their lives, for their future, and we don’t even imagine how difficult this war against their own bodies is. For this reason, it is impossible to treat people with disabilities as feeble and sick. Disability is not a sentence, but an obstacle that must be overcome day after day.
On closing of the Forum we awarded the participants with diplomas and gifts. On top of that, Valentina Lebedeva, the founder of the “VITA Deafblind” Association for Children and Youth with Disabilities, showed the guests a film based on the life of her family, that tells how and why the Association was created, as well as about centers for deaf blind children that work in Moldova. The event ended with the concert where Maxim Zavidia, Samir Login, and the children from the Public Center for Children with Disabilities performed.
From the bottom of our hearts we thank the guests and participants of the Forum who presented this fairy tale to all who were with us on this day! We are also grateful to our partners: “Motivation” Association, Public Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, “VITA Deafblind” Association for Children and Youth with Disabilities, “NES” Family Service, “Hesed Yehuda” Charitable Foundation, “Joint”, JCC “KEDEM” for the help and support in carrying out this important event!