Our basic principle is that of normalization and inclusiveness.
People with disabilities have the right for living conditions as close as possible to the living conditions of people without disabilities.
The efforts of our Foundation are aimed at preparing students to join the society, as well as preparing the society and its institutions to accept a person with disabilities. We work with the Hermitage Museum, Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theater
and others to create a friendly environment for people with ASD. Brief historyAutism-friendly movement
(friendly environment for people with ASD) appeared in 2007 as the consequence of one case. Marianne Ross, USA, wanted to go with her daughter with ASD to watch a movie where her favorite actors was playing. She specifically chose the matinee, when there were less people. The girl was so happy that she started shaking her hands, bouncing and spinning. Several other spectators complained to the staff, and the manager of the cinema asked Marianne and her daughter to leave. The story got a lot of publicity, and special film screenings for people with ASD were launched around the world. In Russia,
the host environment for people with ASD is only starting to develop. The families of our students have many sad examples: when parents with children were not allowed, for example, to a philharmonic society or a museum, 'because it would be unpleasant for other viewers and visitors to look at them'. Way Out Foundation
started to work systematically on the creation of a host environment in Russia.
In 2015, the first screening of the adapted musical Beauty and the Beast was organized in Moscow in cooperation with Disney.
Then an adapted screening of Cinderella movie was arranged. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art,
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and Experimentanium Science Museum also joined Autism: Friendly Environment program.
In September of 2016 in St. Petersburg, with the assistance of Way Out Foundation, we helped to open a hall for people with ASD at the KARO 9 cinema
in the Varshavsky Express
shopping mall, where regular adapted screenings are held. We helped to organize the space, adjust the level of light and sound, prepared infographics and conducted trainings for the personnel.
We started our work from cooperation with cinemas, theaters, museums and one important step was the strategic partnership with the Hermitage Museum.
However, Friendly Environment program involves working with all institutions and our main goal is to make the entire urban infrastructure accessible to people with ASD as it is accessible to us, with shops, cafes, hairdressers, medical establishments and other public areas.