ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Pediatric specialists from New Mexico are sharing expertise with their counterparts from a city near Moscow thanks to a project funded by a Russian supermodel with a rags-to-riches story.
Natalia Vodianova has been the face of Calvin Klein campaigns and she’s graced the cover of Vogue. She’s also the founder of the Naked Heart Foundation whose mission is to support people with disabilities. The organization has many projects, including funding dozens of all-inclusive play parks in Russia and creating support networks for families of children with disabilities.
Staff and faculty from the University of New Mexico’s departments of neurology, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, and from Carrie Tingley Hospital are participating in a Naked Heart Foundation program aimed at bringing new ideas about working with children with special needs and their families to facilities in Russia through international exchange experiences.
“We want to learn modern approaches to working with children with disabilities,” said Tatiana Morozova, a child psychologist from St. Petersburg who is on the Naked Heart Foundation board and an adjunct professor in the Neurology Department at the University of New Mexico.