In Russia handicapped individuals are not recognized nor appreciated in society. This is particularly true with the deaf and blind. Students in the School for Deaf and Blind in Sergiev Posad, Russia are normally removed from the institution and placed in a mental hospital for the rest of their lives if they have this handicap of being deaf and blind. For the past twelve years, the task Dr. Verl Anderson has taken on is transposing the theory of global business into the practical realm—to ensure sustainability from an economic and social aspect for these deaf and blind students—to ensure that they can function in the Russia environment and society. He and his senior university business administration students have made yearly trips for the past twelve years to Russia to consult and assist the School for Deaf and Blind in Sergiev Posad in achieving sustainability and to become self-sufficient. This paper addresses the problems, trials, changing of paradigms, and successful implementation of an entrepreneurial business for these deaf and blind individuals. The lessons gained in this endeavor for economic and social sustainability of deaf and blind orphans will be able to be duplicated in other orphanages throughout the world.
|Keywords:||Deaf and Blind, Orphans, Sustainability, School for Deaf and Blind, Sergiev Posad, Russia|
Professor, School of Business, Dixie State College, St. George, UT, USA
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