On November 14-15, 2019, the III All-Russian Congress on Special Education was held in Moscow. The initiator and organizer of the Congress was the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, the operator of the Congress was the Institute of Correctional Pedagogy of the Russian Academy of Education. The Congress was attended by 866 delegates – representatives of 78 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and 78 organizations of higher professional education of the Russian Federation.
The delegation from the Russian New University was headed by the vice-rector for development, doctor of pedagogical sciences, professor of the Department of Special Education Elena V. Lobanova. Also, participants in the congress were the Executive Director of the Institute of Psychology and Pedagogy of RosNOU, candidate of pedagogical sciences, associate professor Viktoria Batkolina, Head of the Department of Special Education, candidate of pedagogical sciences, associate professor Oksana V. Doroshenko and doctor of psychological sciences, professor Svetlana V. Feoktistova. At the Congress, the report "Training in the Profession of Orphanages’ Tutor" was made by the assistant professor of Special Education Tatyana V. Shevyreva.
On behalf of the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation, Olga Yu. Vasilyeva, greeting the participants of the Congress was read out by Deputy Minister Tatyana Yu. Sinyugina. In the greeting, it was emphasized that the work of the special education expert is extremely important today, and "holding a Congress is an important step in the process of building a society of equal opportunities."
Oleg N. Smolin, First Deputy Chairman of the Education Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, addressed welcoming words to the Congress participants. He emphasized that the state began to pay more attention to the situation of people with disabilities. He pointed out the importance of activities that help to develop and adjust public policy in the field of legislation and advocated the parallel development of corrective and inclusive education.
Also at the congress were:
- Vice President of the Russian Academy of Education, academician of the Russian Academy of Education, doctor of pedagogical sciences, professor Nikolai N. Malofeev, who noted the need for more active inclusion of the family in the process of continuing education, upbringing and socialization of children with disabilities;
- Head of the Federal Center for Scientific and Methodological Support for the Development of the System of Complex Rehabilitation and Abilitation of Disabled Children Zhanna V. Porokhina, who spoke about the development of an accessible environment system;
- Director of the Department of State Policy in Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia Ekaterina G. Babelyuk, who emphasized the importance of improving the professional standard of the special education and the need to update the professional standards of specialists working with children with special educational needs;
- Acting Director of the Institute of Correctional Pedagogy of the Russian Academy of Education Tatyana A. Solovyova, who spoke about the role and place of science in the development of the educational system and the psychological and pedagogical habilitation of students with disabilities and emphasized the need to consolidate the research efforts of universities and create expert advice on helping special children.
As a result of the Congress, a resolution was adopted – a resolution on the solution of its main task – updating the issues of improving and developing defectology science and practice in the Russian Federation.