The article is devoted to assessment of social well-being of families of children with disabilities in contemporary Russia. Social well-being is defined as social benefits satisfaction, integration into society as well as a subjective sense of well-being of individuals. An analysis of social well-being will give the opportunity to assess the ability of Russian social policy to accommodate beneficiaries’ needs. The empirical base of the research includes the interviews with experts, parents and children with disabilities themselves (N = 16) collected in three Russian regions, as well as the data of official governmental statistics. Based on these data the research problem is discussed around the most relevant aspects of social policy for beneficiaries influenced on their social well-being such as primary and secondary education, employment, social services provision, public opinion towards children with disabilities.
Tha chapter considers the stages of the economic and social development in Russia and discusses definitions, dynamics, structure and factors of poverty in the country.