A new recreation area in the East Kazakhstan region offers innovative hippotherapy to people with disabilities


NUR-SULTAN – A new recreation area built in the national style offers hippotherapy for people with disabilities as part of rehabilitation in the city of Ridder in the East Kazakhstan region, Khabar TV channel reported on July 7. The service is available for both adults and children. .

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The term hippotherapy comes from the ancient Greek words “hippopotamus” (horse) and “therapy” (treatment). It is a form of medical treatment that uses horseback riding to develop and engage the sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes in people with mental and physical disabilities.

The founders of the recreation center – a young entrepreneur named Dmitry Koltsov and his adviser Natalia Meshkova – have been leading the project for three years. They said the project aims to develop the country’s cultural tourism.

The mother of 4-year-old Leonid Teplinsky, Elena Bespalova, said that although her son could not walk, he could easily ride a horse.

“It was his first time riding a horse and he really liked it. I didn’t even expect him to be able to do it himself, without my help. In general, it was very good and exciting,” Bespalova said.

The Korgalzhyn Environmental Observatory is one of the last examples of integrating disabled children and adults into society. Located near the Korgalzhyn nature reserve in the Akmola region, on July 6 it launched the second season of the Young Birdwatchers’ Eco-Camp for children with mental disorders.

The Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve is home to more than 350 species of birds, almost 78% of the total national biodiversity.

Twenty-five students came from special boarding schools in the Karaganda region to observe birds in their natural habitat and consolidate their knowledge through theatrical skills for three days. The program also included many activities aimed at building team spirit and developing essential skills.

The participants of the second season of the eco-camp for young ornithologists came from the Karaganda region. Photo credit: Korgalzhyn Environmental Observatory

The social project seeks to use innovative educational methods to integrate children with disabilities into the community of eco-activists and involve young naturalists in the practice of ornithology. In July, the eco-camp is expected to welcome 105 participants from the regions of Akmola, Karaganda and northern Kazakhstan.

Currently, 700,000 people with disabilities live in Kazakhstan. Sixty percent of them are of working age, 26% are of retirement age and 14% are children.

The government organizes various activities and events to help people with disabilities better integrate into society, including the opening of outpatient rehabilitation centers for disabled children or the creation of special exhibitions in museums for visually impaired children.

By 2025, 22,000 social facilities are expected to become accessible to people with reduced mobility as part of the Kedergesiz Keleshek (Barrier-Free Future) project.


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