(Photo by Natasha Kharlamova) 

Solnechny Mir (Our Sunny World) is a Russian rehabilitation center for disabled children. Each week, more than 250 children and their families come to the center and participate in a wide variety of activities, including riding horses, playing games, and doing crafts. Since 1991 the center has treated tens of thousands of children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other disabilities. In this photo, Maxim, a 14-year-old boy with severe cerebral palsy who is unable to walk and has difficulty speaking or making intentional physical movements, is enjoying playing with two of the center’s teachers.

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