St. Petersburg for people with disabilities; is it worth hitting the road

What Happens in Disabled Tourism

10 minutes Irina Smirnova 184

This poses a whole range of tasks for the state, which must provide people with disabilities with appropriate conditions for socialization with subsequent integration into society. Many countries, including Russia, are carrying out large-scale activities aimed at creating various sports centers and events for people with disabilities (disabilities). Despite the existing obstacles, consisting mainly of material budgetary difficulties, the sport of disabled people is rapidly gaining strength, gradually reaching new levels.

Sport is a prerequisite for integration

The experience of many developed countries has repeatedly shown that sports for people with disabilities is one of the important tools in the system of rehabilitation and further adaptation in society. For people with different types of health disorders, respectively, the goals of such activities will be strikingly different.

For some, this will be the main opportunity to expand or improve the quality of their functional abilities. While for others it is an excellent chance to master high-class sportsmanship, and, which has recently been often discussed in the media, to replenish the country's Paralympic team.

According to the program "Development of physical culture and sports" developed by the state, the number of people with disabilities by 2020 should grow by 20%. These are pretty good prospects for Russia, especially considering that in 2017 this figure was already 14%, while in 2012 it barely reached 3.5%.

In addition, in her speech, she also added information about the need to expand the educational base of universities by opening departments aimed at training specialists in adaptive physical education. Thanks to such innovations, a large number of people with disabilities will have a chance to improve their quality of life and even find their vocation.

Batalova has repeatedly emphasized that in all countries sports facilities are designed with the obligatory consideration of the needs of people with disabilities. Gradually, Russia also came to this, and all modern buildings of this type, according to the law, must be equipped for sports activities for disabled people.

Adaptive Physical Education

As has been mentioned more than once, attracting people with disabilities to sports and physical education is a significant factor for their socialization. The experience of organizing such events in Russia, as in other countries, once again proves that this process includes a number of successive stages. The very first is the recognition of wheelchair sports as an equal component of the general movement.

Disabled sports

At the All-Russian Conference on the Development of Affordable Tourism, organized by Rostourism in Moscow on December 4, the main problems and interesting practical cases of inclusive tourism were discussed. It became clear that there are still many problems, but at the same time, there are also more cases than 2-3 years ago, including those developed by large Russian tour operators, which have not yet been involved in the development of such a complex and non-mass product.


Lusine Matosyan, Head of the Department of State Tourism Projects and Tourism Safety in Rosturizm, noted in her welcoming speech, “In Russia, inclusive tourism is just beginning to develop, facing infrastructural, legislative and other restrictions. Our task is to build a systematic work that will create a competitive tourism product in the country for people with disabilities, which will be in demand among our citizens and foreign tourists. "

Actually, the last conference can be considered the next beginning of building a systematic work.

Ms Matosyan also stressed that there are very few companies on the tourism market that provide such services, and there is practically no competition in inclusive tourism, therefore, in addition to stimulating the industry, special attention should be paid to promoting specialized tourism products for persons with disabilities.

Igor Fomin, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy, shared some encouraging news. “The working group on social tourism under the Coordinating Council for Tourism Development has developed its proposals to be included in the Action Plan for the Tourism Development Strategy until 2035, and they have already been sent to the Ministry of Economic Development,” he said.

ATOR Executive Director Maya Lomidze said that “The Association of Tour Operators has dealt with this topic to one degree or another. Participation in the conference is a confirmation that we intend to closely tackle the problems in the field of inclusive tourism and support those market participants who develop a product for people with disabilities. "

Moderator of the event, First Deputy Chairman of the All-Russian Public Organization "All-Russian Society of Disabled People" Flyur Nurlygayanov, focused the attention of those present on the fact that now amendments to the law on tourism are being prepared, which will allow the federal center to spread the principles of accessibility of services for people with limited opportunities (federal program "Accessible Environment") and the tourism industry.

“Already now we need model tourism products, as a priority - for domestic tourism, which could then be scaled up within the entire industry,” said Mr. Nurlygayanov.


One of the most unexpected was the speech of the administrative director of the tour operator ANEX Tour Alexandra Dmitrieva, who presented the new ANEX Tour project "Rest without Borders", which provides for special programs and prices for travel in Russia and abroad for persons with disabilities ... Within the framework of the project, the company conducts a full survey of hotels by the specialists of the receiving offices and compiles a list of hotels that are truly adapted to receive tourists with disabilities in 10-12 popular holiday destinations, such as Turkey, Greece, Spain, the Dominican Republic, etc.

Ms. Dmitrieva analyzed in detail the whole range of problems that tour operators face when preparing tours designed for people with disabilities.

“Resorts and hotels in Russia and abroad are often only conditionally suitable for people with disabilities. Often the hotel has only a few rooms for them, but at the same time, the territory is poorly adapted, there are no elevators accommodating wheelchairs, specially equipped arrivals to the sea. The percentage of hotels with special markings for the visually impaired and menus in Braille is extremely small. Another problem is that not all insurance companies are ready to cover chronic diseases. For disabled tourists, special insurance products are needed, ”said Alexandra Dmitrieva.

The need for sports for people with disabilities, characteristics of adaptive physical education. The main directions of development and features of sports events in the regions.

Russia still has a long way to go before it becomes a truly suitable travel destination for people with disabilities, but progress is already in sight. In our article, we have collected some of the most important questions for people who need help getting from point A to point B. We hope that the material will become practical, both for disabled people who want to travel around Moscow and St. Petersburg with the least discomfort, so and for accompanying persons.


The plane has landed Is it worth worrying about the difficulties in getting around the airport?

Dismiss any worries about this. In fact, airports in Russia are probably the most convenient for disabled people - there are even special waiting rooms here.

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When you check in at the airport before boarding the plane, you must inform the staff about your needs: they will arrange everything you need, so when you land there will be someone from the staff waiting for you to take to the right place.

All airports in Moscow and St. Petersburg have special services that help passengers at all stages of the journey. For a return flight, you can request special services in advance by phone or by leaving a request on the websites of the airports: Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, Vnukovo, as well as Zhukovsky in Moscow and Pulkovo in St. Petersburg.

What is the easiest way to get from the airport to the city?

The easiest way to get to Moscow from Vnukovo, Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo is by Aeroexpress, a train that departs from the airport and arrives in the city center in 30-45 minutes, depending on the airport.

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You can request a personal assistant on their website of the air station, especially when organizing connecting flights. All trains are equipped with special carriages adapted for disabled passengers traveling in wheelchairs.

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There is no Aeroexpress at Zhukovsky airport yet, so it's best to order a taxi. Airport staff can help you get to the taxi stop. At the moment, there are not many flights to Zhukovsky.

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