We stand by the modern evidence-based view on autism, which implies that we can overcome the barriers to the socialization of people with autism.
The quality of life of families raising kids with autism depends directly on the quality of professional assistance.
Our goal is to build a modern nation-wide system to help people diagnosed with autism in Russia.
The stretch goal is a breakthrough transformation of the whole situation for the parents of children with ASD.
They should have a clear roadmap, based on the modern system of professional help coupled with the full support of the government and society.
We stand by the modern evidence-based view on autism, which implies that we can overcome the barriers to the socialization of people with autism. The quality of life of families raising kids with autism depends directly on the quality of professional assistance.The stretch goal is a breakthrough transformation of the whole situation for the parents of children with ASD. They should have a clear roadmap, based on the modern system of professional help coupled with the full support of the government and society.Our goal is to build a modern nation-wide system to help people diagnosed with autism in Russia.
Russia's leading expert organization in the field of autism – bringing system changes into the sphere of professional help to people with ASD (autism spectrum disorders)
Training center, introducing evidence-based methods of ASD treatment in Russia
Developer of inclusive educational models and programs which were implemented in Russia for the first time
Main educational center and the founder of the annual international conference "Autism. Challenges and Solutions". Every year we invite the world's leading experts in psychology, psychiatry, genetics, neuroscience, and therapy of autism to discuss their work at our conference.
Support and advocacy for families raising kids with autism. "Equal rights but different needs" – this is the principle of all our projects.
What we do
In 2013 students with various forms of autism including non verbal children entered general school No.1465 in Moscow.
Since then, we have been observing the academic success and socialization of children with ASD. This model allows to expand the boundaries of school without any disruption of general educational process.
This model is the most demanded by the parent community, as it really improves the accessibility of education for children with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
The benefits of inclusion both for autistic and neurotypical kids are proven by international research, and by our practice as well.
Inclusion model with the "resource zone" technology, which was launched in Russia for the first time.
The service of organizational and behavioral support provided to inclusive schools.
Based on the project "Inclusion 1465" we have developed the program "Include me!", which helps to implement inclusion.
Any school can enter this program. Inclusive Observer – is the supervision service, allowing to handle any difficulties arising on the way to inclusive education.
S O V A (Owl)
The project of introducing peer-mediated intervention into inclusive educational strategy.
(Russian abbreviation for "Peer-Mediated Intervention for Autism")
It's a unique educational practice when neurotypical children act as "companions" or "mentors" for their classmates with autism. Such interaction is useful for both parties. Children with ASD are building their social skills when they are learning with peers, and the neurotypical peers are mastering complicated processes, for instance, the skill to set tasks.
Both parties from the early ages are learning to interact with the different people, they are learning to understand this difference and are not afraid to communicate with one another.
The program of developing all kinds of physical education approaches to the treatment of autism: physical rehabilitation, adaptive physical culture, exercise, yoga, sports, dance, sensory integration, kinesiotherapy, targeted physical activity.
The program hosts the project "Motley Belt", which is a comprehensive program for the development of adaptive taekwondo in Russia for children with autism.
The Same Different
A model of prevocational training and guidance for adolescents with ASD.
It is the elaboration of the project "Inclusion 1465". Today many people with autism have no profession or job prospects.
We want to show that they can not only master profession but also be relevant jobseekers in the labor market. Self-actualization is the most important element of the independent life of an adult. The independence of a person with autism – that's what we strive for.
We analyze the existing regulatory framework, which ensures the implementation of the school inclusion model for children with ASD and neuro developmental disorders and regulates the development of inclusive education in our country, and we bring it in line with the successful and effective evidence-based practice of inclusion.
Within this vector, Autism Challenge Center cooperates with governmental structures in the field of education to facilitate the introduction of inclusive practices into Russian educational system.
Inclusion in compliance with law
We are building the balance between the research of autism, medical practice, and education.
The international exchange of practices and training of Russian specialists is of great importance for us.
Educational program for doctors and medical professionals in Russia with the specialization in autism spectrum disorders.
The formal diagnosis of ASD is issued by psychiatrists but people with autism have many comorbidities: gastrointestinal, neurological (e.g., epilepsy), mitochondrial, immunological, mental disorders, allergies etc.
The problemis that they are often unnoticed because of autism. That's why the doctors of various specializations should understand autism and its symptoms.
First Russia's certification program of vocational training in applied behavior analysis.
The main objective of the training program is to show general approaches and methods of creating effective special educational conditions for students with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.
The target audience includes school principals and administrators, paraprofessionals, and teachers, as well as parents of children with autism.
The training course has been successfully conducted since 2015.
Over 800 people — parents, psychologists, teachers, behavior analytics, tutors, and school administrators have already taken this course.
What we have already done
years of work
regional NGOs received our help in the organization of inclusive education for children with autism
published Russian translations of autism research releases
media products on autism and inclusion
at the annual international conference "Autism. Challenges and Solutions", which is organized by Autism Challenge Center
implemented the inclusion model "resource class" based on the principles of applied behavior analysis
were consulted on the roadmap of education, treatment, and support of their children with ASD
of certification course on ABA-therapy
and school administrators attended the retraining course on the education of students with ASD and inclusive education
in Russian federal and regional laws in the field of education and social support of people with ASD
Autism Challenge Center
President of Autism Challenge Center
Executive Director of Autism Challenge Center
Deputy Executive Director
Clinical Project Manager
Grant Projects Coordinator
Volunteer of Autism Challenge Center, Partner of Korn Ferry Moscow office
Project Manager "Inclusive Observer"
Curator of inclusive educational sites
Project analyst, translator, copywriter
Translator, author and manager of the Autism and Justice project
Resource teacher of the school department
Press service, editor, copywriter
Resource class teacher
Stephen Edelson, Ph.D.
Director of Autism Research Institute
Andrey Rzhetsky, Ph.D.
Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, The University of Chicago
Margaret Bauman, M.D.
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine. A distinguished pediatric neurologist and research investigator who has been a pioneer in the study and treatment of autism
Jill Young, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Kendall Center and home of Therapeutic Pathways, president CalABA
Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN
Director of the Nutrition Clinic at The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development
Jane Howard, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Co-founder and CEO of Therapeutic Pathways, Inc., an organization that provides evidence-based treatment to individuals with autism spectrum disorder