Afghanistan

Accessible election information for visually impaired people by Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired

During the Finnish parliamentary elections in 2011 the Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired (FFVI), for the first time financed the production of accessible candidate lists for visually impaired persons, including audio and Braille. The Ministry also funded the production of other accessible election-related materials, such as information on voting procedures. The FFVI was responsible for the production and distribution of all accessible materials.

Argentina

Australia

Individual Supported Living in Australia by School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Curtin University

From the outset, this research project closely involved all key stakeholders, including people with disabilities, family members, policy makers, and service providers. Their knowledge and experiences developed the guidelines that will provide the opportunity for many people to deepen their understanding of “Independent supported living” (ISL). The project focused on adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, but the guidelines adopted principles with universal application to the provision of supported living to other vulnerable groups, including other expressions of disability, elderly people, and people with mental illness.

Voting independently and privately by Scytl Secure Electronic Voting, S.A.

eVoting improves voter access for the visually impaired as well as for the illiterate, those who cannot read English, and citizens living abroad. Voters with visual impairments have the option of using an audio device at an election kiosk or casting their votes by phone.

Austria

UNIKATE by Österreichische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Rehabilitation

UNIKATE is a competition among a wide variety of students to solve every-day problems of persons with disabilities and the elderly. UNIKATE’s mission is to use the creative potential of these students to invent tools and devices that support the specific needs of these persons, with the goal of constructing prototypes of the most promising ideas.

Belgium

"Proefwonen" – fast access to affordable homes by Woonwinkel Zennevallei

Through “Proefwonen”, housing and social service providers collaborate to facilitate rental access for people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental health problems. Rather than having to register for housing on the regular social-service waiting list, Proefwonen allows these clients to apply for faster access to an affordable home. A steering group matches available housing with the candidate-tenants through a consensus process. The project has also resulted in a number of adaptations to the legal framework in Flanders, lifting legal barriers for intersectional collaboration.

Training for an active role in society by Onafhankelijk Leven vzw

Freedom School is a five-day training course for people with disabilities. This interactive summer course with 18 disabled participants (plus personal assistants) focused on developing talents and skills for self-advocacy and implementing personal projects that can contribute to the better participation and self-determination of people with disabilities. The aims of this training are to strengthen the Independent Living movement by attracting more volunteers/activists, to improve the skills and capacities of current volunteers, and to create future leaders.

Stimulating political participation for persons with an intellectual disability by Our New Future

Self-advocates of Our New Future explore the possibilities and barriers to participating in local and regional political meetings. They identify existing barriers to their political participation.. Self-advocates and advisors work both on accessibility of the intellectually disabled in the political process and on tools to support the councils, policy bodies, and advisors to better provide support for their participation.

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Croatia

Voting without legal capacity by Udruga za samozastupanje (Association for Self Advocacy)

Human Rights Advocacy through Learning by Doing is a successful advocacy project for legislature change that promotes the right to vote for persons deprived of their legal capacity. Project activities were carried out using a networking advocacy approach, which included wide cooperation with other self-advocate groups, members of the Croatian self-advocacy network, relevant state institutions, the academic community, the media, and Platform 112 – Croatia’s largest civil society network.

Living alone with individualized support by Association for Promoting Inclusion (API)

The Association for Promoting Inclusion (API) is a non-governmental organization established in 1997 in Zagreb, Croatia. Its mission is to promote the development of a society in which people with intellectual disabilities have equal opportunities, their contributions are valued, and their human rights are respected. The focus of API’s work has been to develop models of community-based services, such as supported housing and specialized foster family care, to enable children and adults with intellectual disabilities to move from large residential institutions to a life in the community.

DACH

Persons with disabilities employing their assistants by VbA – Independent Living e.V.

The association’s work is focused on counselling persons with disabilities in planning and leading an independent life and supporting them in self-employment. It offers a payroll accounting service for employers with disabilities, an internet-based platform for assistance, and a travelling service for wheelchair users.

UNIKATE by Österreichische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Rehabilitation

UNIKATE is a competition among a wide variety of students to solve every-day problems of persons with disabilities and the elderly. UNIKATE’s mission is to use the creative potential of these students to invent tools and devices that support the specific needs of these persons, with the goal of constructing prototypes of the most promising ideas.

Denmark

Study kit about citizenship and personal rights by National Board of Social Services (Socialstyrelsen)

The study kit is an educational program for people with cognitive disabilities to acquire knowledge about citizenship and personal rights. The objective of the program is to develop and test methods, tools, and information materials that provide people within the target group with knowledge of their personal rights, and to give the target group concrete tools for practicing these rights.

Europe

Guidelines for accessible elections in Europe by Inclusion Europe

The Accommodating Diversity for Active Participation in European Elections (ADAP) project tries to overcome the voting obstacles faced by people with intellectual disabilities and older people by raising awareness about this problem at both the national and European level. The project outcomes include developing recommendations for accessible elections in Europe – in both regular and easy-to-read versions in 21 languages – covering legislation on legal capacity, accessible information, training, support for decision-making in voting, and access to the voting process.

Diverting EU funds towards community-based care by European Expert Group (EEG)

The European Expert Group (EEG) includes a wide range of stakeholders, providing training, guidance, and tools to EU officials, political representatives, and governments to inform them about the need of community-based care and the risks of institutional care for persons with disabilities. It has been initiated jointly by Lumos Foundation, European Disability Forum (EDF), Eurochild, Metal Health Europe, Inclusion Europe, UNHCHR, UNICEF, European Network for Independent Living (ENIL), European Social Network, and Coface.

Finland

Accessible election information for visually impaired people by Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired

During the Finnish parliamentary elections in 2011 the Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired (FFVI), for the first time financed the production of accessible candidate lists for visually impaired persons, including audio and Braille. The Ministry also funded the production of other accessible election-related materials, such as information on voting procedures. The FFVI was responsible for the production and distribution of all accessible materials.

Germany

Persons with disabilities employing their assistants by VbA – Independent Living e.V.

The association’s work is focused on counselling persons with disabilities in planning and leading an independent life and supporting them in self-employment. It offers a payroll accounting service for employers with disabilities, an internet-based platform for assistance, and a travelling service for wheelchair users.

Ireland

Offering individualised support and sharing lessons learned by National Federation of Voluntary Bodies Providing Services to People with Intellectual Disabilities

Members of the Next Steps project provide individualized support to people with intellectual disabilities so that they can live a life of their choosing. Notably, the project supports people to move from congregated settings into community-based settings.

Israel

Supportive Housing: Helping young adults to live independently by Israel Unlimited

The Supported Housing program initiated by Israel Unlimited – the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s strategic partnership with the Israeli Government and the Ruderman Family Foundation – assists young adults with intellectual disabilities to become involved in community and social activities. Once they are transitioned into their own apartments, they are also provided with a care coordinator and a mentor who teach them to live independently and who are continuously involved in their overall well-being.

Italy

Jamaica

A business approach to sustainable community living by Digicel Foundation Jamaica

Mustard Seed Communities, a project of the Digicel Foundation Jamaica, facilitates the development of minimum assisted-living communities and provides employment for persons with disabilities by offering housing solutions and economic viability via skills training and equipment. The skills training provided in craft and furniture-making increases the employability of people with disabilities, while the provision of fishery, egg, and chicken materials increases the self-reliance of their assisted living facilities via enterprise development.

Mexico

Moldova

Returning children to their families and an inclusive environment by Lumos Foundation

Together with the Moldovan Government, Lumos has promoted an integrated policy and programme of deinstitutionalisation and inclusive education for children with disabilities. This allows them to leave residential care and to return to their families and communities while receiving education in a mainstream school.

Nepal

Training to actively engage in civic rights by International Foundation for Electoral Systems

The project advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities to actively participate in the electoral and political process through training and awareness-raising campaigns. Persons with disabilities are empowered to participate in community groups, such as women’s groups, school management committees, youth clubs, cooperatives, etc.

Norway

Personal assistance is custom-designed by Uloba

Uloba, Independent Living Norway, is a cross-disability organization that has developed the concept of ‘personal assistance’ based on the Independent Living ideology. Five disabled entrepreneurs founded the organization in 1991 with the goal of achieving equality for disabled people by providing them with personal assistance and the opportunity to live independently and join the work force on an equal basis with others. Uloba is organized as a cooperative society owned by its members – all disabled.

Papua New Guinea

Inclusion of children and youths with hearing impairments by Callan Services for Disabled Persons

Since 2008, Callan Services for Disabled Persons has provided nationwide educational and vocational training to children and youths with hearing impairments and capacity-building to school teachers on a local level to facilitate inclusion in general education institutions. On a national level, the organization promotes the development of a standardized national sign language and improvement in hearing health.

Peru

Rwanda

Empowerment through peer-to-peer support by National Organization of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (NOUSPR)

Through the collection of personal stories, the project aims at giving a voice to persons with psychosocial disabilities at the community, national, and international level. Peer-to-peer support, economic empowerment, and advocacy lead to their full participation in political and public life and enable self-determination and independent living.

Serbia

Online platform on community-based services by Youth with Disabilities Forum

Through an online database the project brings together – and shares information among – existing and new community-based service providers for young people with disabilities in three areas: education, employment, and social protection. Networking among individuals and organizations on the local level helps to improve the quality of their services and to better assist the target group.

South Africa

Creating Abilities from Disabilities by The Living Link

The Living Link was founded in 2000 and aims to improve the lives of intellectually disabled adults by developing and enhancing their true potential. This development happens through a one-year Adult Integration Programme, which consists of (1) Teaching the essential work readiness and life-skills needed for intellectually disabled adults to become independent and integrated members of society(five months); (2) Providing work training and experience that enables these adults to be employable in the open labour market(five and a half months); and (3) Attending a five-day ‘Independent Living tour’, during which newly learned skills are applied and assessed.

Cheap tool to make ballot papers accessible to the blind by Electoral Commission of South Africa

The Universal Ballot Template (UBT) is a voting aid made of hard black plastic into which a ballot paper is inserted. The right front of the template has a flap that has cut-out windows numbered in braille and in large, raised white print. When the ballot paper is inserted into the template, each window aligns to a particular candidate or party, and the voter is free to make his or her secret and independent mark accurately. This can be used by blind and partially-sighted people, low-vision users, people who are dyslexic, the elderly, people with low literacy, and people with motor and nervous conditions that do not allow for a steady hand.

Sexual Abuse Victim Empowerment program by Cape Mental Health

Cape Mental Health runs a unique Sexual Abuse Victim Empowerment (SAVE) program that empowers intellectually disabled victims of sexual abuse and provides them with access to justice. The program helps survivors prepare for court proceedings and helps the legal system to understand their special needs. Clinical psychologists administer psychometric tests to determine the complainant’s level of intellectual functioning and ability to consent to sexual intercourse. They also assess the competence of the complainant to act as witness and then make recommendations in a court report.

Spain

Free personal assistance proves cost-effictive by ASPAYM

The Oficina de Vida Independiente (OVI Madrid) is a project run by the NGO ASPAYM-Madrid to provide free personal assistance services (PAS) to disabled people within the Madrid region. The project has been funded by the Madrid local government since its founding in July 2006, and since September 2013 it has been co-funded by the European Social Fund. The services provided are designed to be sufficient to fully support all areas of the participants’ lives, covering self-care, household care, study, work, mobility, leisure, travel, etc. on a 365-days-a-year basis.

United Kingdom

Using mainstream lower-cost home automation by Connect to Control (Scope, Beaumont College)

The British Telecom (BT) and Scope Beaumont College technology project “Connect to Control/Mind the Gap” centres on the use of Environmental Control Systems (ECS) and how equipment from the mainstream home automation market can be used and made accessible and affordable to students/service users with disabilities. A key factor that adds value to the BT partnership is that colleagues in services, policy, and fundraising have genuinely collaborated on project outcomes.

A “brokerage” service to provide short breaks by Scope and Suffolk County Council

Activities Unlimited (AU) has collaborated with Scope to create this unique service delivering short-break activities for disabled children and young people (DCYP) aged 0 to 25 in Suffolk, UK. Built on the ‘pick and choose’ model of a travel agency, it is aimed at tackling barriers faced by parents/career people who are seeking activities for their disabled children that are safe, fun, and appropriate, while simultaneously giving parents and other caregivers regular breaks from their caring roles.

Helpline and platform on personalised care by Disability Rights UK

The project provides advice and information to disabled people on receiving community-care direct payments, creating an individual budget, securing social service funding in relation to care needs, and getting general advice on employing personal assistants. A free download area on the project website ( www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help/helplines/independent-living-advice-line ) and a bi-monthly newsletter share personal stories and Q&A sections with a broad audience.

United States

“Infiltration strategy” for women and girls with disabilities by Mobility International USA (MIUSA)

The three-week Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) program of Mobility International USA (MIUSA) has trained more than 200 women with disabilities from over 80 countries on strategies for improving the lives of women and girls with disabilities. Utilizing the innovative WILD strategy to move from exclusion to “infiltration” they have formed partnerships with development organizations and governments.

Strengthening electoral systems to be inclusive and accessible by International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

The Election Access Program of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) promotes opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in the election process by providing specific recommendations to officials regarding election services and the voting environment, such that voter registration becomes more accessible, assistive devices such as tactile ballot guides are created, and transportation to the polls is readily available. Training and advocacy also empowers persons with disabilities to actively participate in the election process.

World

Strengthening electoral systems to be inclusive and accessible by International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

The Election Access Program of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) promotes opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in the election process by providing specific recommendations to officials regarding election services and the voting environment, such that voter registration becomes more accessible, assistive devices such as tactile ballot guides are created, and transportation to the polls is readily available. Training and advocacy also empowers persons with disabilities to actively participate in the election process.

Yemen

Zimbabwe

Enfranchising People with Disabilities in Zimbabwe by Jairos Jiri Association

The five-year program has sought to secure the inclusion of people with disabilities in Zimbabwe’s governance systems by advocating for their accessibility to polling stations and thus enhancing their ability to vote secretly and independently. The program also aimed at ensuring proportional representation of people with disabilities in Parliament and other decision-making bodies, a quota system in employment, lobbying for the creation of a disability ministry, and the enactment and implementation of disability legislation.