ASI and members of the Agency's ecosystem are the first to sign the National Inclusive Contract

The National Inclusive Contract (NIC) is a key element of the nationwide "Open to All" project, aimed at improving the accessibility of goods and services for people with disabilities. Any company or organization that recognizes the importance of this work can sign a NIC. The Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) is among the first to join such a contract.

"For more than ten years, we have been working on large-scale initiatives in the sphere of social and economic development of the country and uniting the efforts of society, business, and the state. We find leaders of change across the country, remove barriers to development, and develop systemic support measures, including creating conditions for the development of inclusion in various areas of life. Creating a barrier-free environment that provides equal opportunities for everyone is one of the Agency's priorities," said Svetlana Chupsheva, ASI Director General. 

By signing the NIC, any company commits to publicly participating in the implementation or adaptation of inclusive practices for one year. In particular, the Agency plans to collect and replicate more than 100 practices of businesses and NPOs in the sphere of inclusion. Develop educational programs for companies to help implement such solutions and work with people with disabilities. In addition, together with the expert community, businesses, and people with disabilities, ASI will develop and propose to the government a series of measures to motivate businesses to create goods, services, and goods for people with disabilities.

The National Inclusive Contract was also signed by the heads of the Agency for Professional Skills Development (Worldskills Russia), the University of National Technical Initiative 20.35, the National Technology Initiative Platform (NTI), and the Social Projects Support Foundation, and the charitable Deafblind support foundation (Con-nection). 

According to Robert Urazov, Director General of Worldskills Russia, today, special attention should be paid to the issues of training and retraining of the country's residents so that any Russian could have the opportunity to find a job, become an entrepreneur or self-employed. The agency plans to develop an inclusive direction in its work, share successful practices with partners and, if necessary, implement new inclusive solutions. 

"We are building the future together today – only our actions and decisions determine what it will be. The priority for the Worldskills Russia Agency is to help people find their calling in their favorite business, develop relevant professional skills and not be afraid to be open to change. We want every resident of Russia to have unlimited opportunities to become a top-class professional, and successfully realize their abilities regardless of their health peculiarities. We believe that absolutely any person can achieve tremendous success and level of excellence with persistence, motivation and willpower, and we will strive to help people achieve their goals," said Robert Urazov. 

The NTI Platform is committed to creating the conditions for increasing the number of technology teams and projects engaged in rehabilitation technology solutions. Support projects that contribute to the development of assistive technology and change the living standards of people with disabilities. 

"At more than 140 sites of Boiling Points from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka in Russia and Kazakhstan, there is active work aimed at changing conditions for the formation of a new culture and creating an accessible environment for people with disabilities. Regional teams are also working to improve the accessibility of Boiling Point's collaborative spaces," according to the inclusive NTI contract. 

As one of the participants in an ecosystem that contributes to improving the quality of people's lives, University 20.35 implements projects related to the functioning of educational space, teamwork, and technological leadership. There are vectors of inclusive activity in each of these areas. They include the creation of conditions for inclusive education and the development of technological solutions for a barrier-free environment. 

"Each person's development should balance his or her emotional state regardless of the external factors that differentiate us from one another and contribute to a better life. We create opportunities and provide conditions that build a barrier-free space for anyone, regardless of their physical condition, and form a comfortable environment for everyone," said Nina Yanykina, Rector of University 20.35.

The Social Projects Support Fund will adapt its services for people with disabilities by signing the NIC. The Fund will conduct inclusive acceleration programs for projects in the social sphere whose founders are people with disabilities. It is also planned to create conditions for the development of entrepreneurial activity among residents with disabilities, to involve them in entrepreneurship and self-employment.

"Leaders who dedicate their lives to working with people with disabilities are worthy of the highest praise, and we will certainly do everything we can to support them. We believe that together we can make a significant contribution to an inclusive environment and create conditions for an equal and open society," said Natalya Kremneva, Deputy Director of Social Projects, ASI, and Director of the Social Projects Support Fund.

Сharitable Deafblind support foundation Con-nection will continue to implement programs aimed at the social integration of deaf-blind people, improving their quality of life, increasing the number of independent, active deaf-blind people and their relatives, assisting businesses in introducing inclusive practices and adapting their products to the needs of hearing and vision impaired people. 

"Inclusion is about different opportunities to expand thinking horizons and develop emotional intelligence. It is a sign of the maturity of society. It's freedom from convention. It's an opportunity to accept the world as it is," said Natalya Sokolova, Executive Director of the Foundation.

The Open to All project is being implemented within the National Social Initiative (NSI). The main goal of the implementation of the National Social Initiative is to improve the populace’s satisfaction with social services, to create opportunities and conditions that would improve the quality of life for every Russian citizen. The idea of NSI was first voiced at the meeting of the ASI's Supervisory Board in July 2020. As a result, President Vladimir Putin instructed to implement the project on a nationwide scale. The Initiative covers four areas: education, health care, social services, and employment.