Afghanistan

Creating mainstream schools in a war-torn country by Swedish Committee for Afghanistan

In Afghanistan children with disabilities commonly attend separate schools. The aim of the organization is to promote Inclusive Education at the community level that is adapted to the needs of all children. The target group includes children with disabilities, girls, and the marginalized Kuchi (nomadic) children. The programme provides services for 81,000 learners, of whom 65% are girls, and has established a large network and cooperation with the government.

Armenia

Australia

Giving a voice to children with disabilities by Deakin University

The project seeks to develop a simple and effective method for children with diverse disabilities to express or communicate their life priorities and human rights issues through the use of ICT and other resources. The project also aims to achieve the transferability and scalability of this method, utilizing accessible ICT, by designing education activities and resources for governments, services providers, and community members both in the target country and globally.

Providing live transcripsts of lessons and instant feedback to teachers by Access Innovation Media and the University of Melbourne

The Visible Classroom offers the possibility support students with disabilities – especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing – by providing them with live transcriptions and captions during lessons. It also equips teachers with real-time feedback and allows them to continuously improve their methods of teaching. The model can be implemented in various educational contexts.

Developing indicators for Inclusive Education in the Pacific region by Krongold Centre, Faculty of Education, Monash University

The project aims to develop and test a set of contextually specific indicators, namely Pacific Indicators for Disability Inclusive Education (Pacific-INDIE), to measure progress towards disability-inclusive education in the Pacific Islands. A list of indicators were developed based on a comprehensive methodology, including systematic literature reviews, surveys with the Ministerial representatives from 14 Pacific countries, and focus group discussions in four selected countries (Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu). The indicators were then refined following review by an international reference group as part of a Delphi method.

Using pictures to promote health by Child and Adolescent Health Service

“Picture my Participation” is a paediatric self-report tool – currently available in English and developed in Australia, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Uganda, and Vietnam – that uses pictures to discuss health-related topics for children aged 5–17 in various contexts and settings. The tool identifies frequencies, levels of involvement, and barriers and facilitators to a child’s participation in home, school, and community settings. The aim of the project is to develop an appropriate instrument to measure the level of participation of children with disabilities in low and middle income (LAMI) countries and other marginalised communities.

Providing a university experience for persons with intellectual disabilities by Centre for Disability Studies (CDS)

The vision of CDS is to advance the rights of people with an intellectual disability through its research, clinical services, and training programmes. In particular, CDS is passionate about inclusive educational practices that promote quality education for people with intellectual disabilities. CDS, under the leadership of Prof. Patricia O’Brien, in 2012 CDS conceived, planned, and implemented a pilot Inclusive Education Program (IEP) at the University of Sydney. The IEP provides a university experience for participants in a range of studies of their choice, with students participating in regular lectures and tutorials as well as attending one-on-one tutorials and receiving peer mentoring for added support.

Austria

The sign language Avatar Project by signtime GmbH

SiMAX is a software system that combines several highly sophisticated ICT technologies: a real-time 3D-engine, animation/clip exporter, animation builder, a “learning” database, a clip database, a sign database, a translation engine based on statistical methods, a translator interface, an emotion editor, and a video converter. The aim of the project is to develop a quicker and more affordable solution for translation into sign language by using an animated avatar. Thus, the whole world of information – news, internet, movies etc. – will finally be accessible to deaf and hearing impaired people.

A computer mouse steered with the mouth by LIFEtool

IntegraMouse, initiated by the Austrian non-profit enterprise LIFEtool, is a wireless computer mouse that can be operated with the human mouth for people who are unable to use their hands and fingers. LIFEtool develops a variety of pedagogical software, and offers free training on the use of the IntegraMouse and other assistive devices.

Promoting innovative assistive technologies internationally by University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna

The mission of the AsTeRICS Academy project is to foster international networking in the ICT-based Assistive Technology sector by implementing hands-on workshops with flexible open source assistive technology tools. These hardware and software tools have been developed and collected during the course of the project and enable people with severe physical disabilities to use a computer and to access e-learning platforms and educational resources.

A tablet that creates Braille, graphics, maps and more by BLITAB Technology GmbH

Beginning three years ago in Bulgaria, BLITAB® Technology developed the first-ever Braille tablet, using a new liquid-based technology to create tactile relief that produces Braille, graphics, maps, etc., for the blind and partially sighted. From the very start, blind and visually impaired users were involved in the product development because BLITAB is fully designed according to their needs, not adapted as many assistive devices are. It is called BLITAB® – the iPad for the blind, and for the first time it makes it possible for children and students with sight loss to finally have access to the latest technology and thus to learn and study more efficiently.

Creating smart accessible media using RoboBraille by Austrian Association supporting the blind and visually impaired

The goal of the project is to explore new smarter and easier methods to prepare and produce educational material in alternate formats (e.g., digital Braille, audio books, e-books, and other accessible documents) using RoboBraille and other relevant free ICT tools. Specifically, it is designed to further educate teachers, parents, and professional alternate media producers who are supporting people with visual and reading impairments on how to use such methods and tools. RoboBraille is a free, award-winning service, capable of automatically converting documents into alternate formats.

Preventing bullying against women with learning difficulties by Ninlil

The goal of the Ninlil empowerment seminars is the prevention of violence against women with learning difficulties or multiple disabilities, based on the strong belief that bullying can only be stopped, if these women develop more self-determination in their everyday life. Their experiences, needs, and desires are the focus of these seminars.

An all-stakeholder approach towards Inclusive Education by Chance B Holding

Chance B has initiated a joint initiative of all stakeholders for a pilot project on an inclusive educational system in the region of Eastern Styria, Austria. This all-encompassing approach includes: children and young adults, parents and families, teachers, headmasters, early care experts, kindergarten teachers, mayors, NGOs, psychologists, therapists, childminders, politicians, communal administration staff, and others who are interested in Inclusive Education.

Easy-to-read newspaper articles, written by persons with learning difficulties by Jugend am Werk GmbH and the daily newspaper KURIER

Because official websites should be accessible by everyone, there is an enormous need for easy-to-read information. The mission of this project is to teach people with disabilities how to write easy-to-read news articles. Participants with learning difficulties are trained to understand the journalistic approach to conveying information. The goals are to prepare participants for regular jobs, especially as experts for easy-to-read texts, and eventually to provide easy-to-read news on a daily basis for the online-platform of the KURIER, an Austrian daily paper.

Preparing young people for real jobs in bakeries by Caritas

A bakery in Upper Austria and Caritas have organized Backma`s, a project that provides vocational on-the-job training for adolescents with disabilities. Under the supervision of mentors, the apprentices acquire practical skills in the production of pastries in a full-fledged working bakery in Linz so that they are then able to find employment in the open labour market.

Bangladesh

A holistic approach towards Inclusive Education in Bangladesh by Bangladesh

The aim of the project is to improve access to Inclusive Education for children with disabilities and to influence changes in the education system to benefit all learners. The engagement and involvement of children with disabilities was central to the project, and the experiences and opinions of these children were collected through one-to-one interviews and focus group discussions throughout the project period.

Creating a role model of Inclusive Education by Plan International

Plan International Bangladesh develops a model of Inclusive Education to generate evidence that within existing systems, facilities, and structures Inclusive Education can be implemented. This is achieved by enhancing a school’s capacity to address issues of accessibility; by creating a child-friendly environment; through inclusive pedagogy; and with attention to children’s participation, protection, safety, and security. In addition, a support system at the sub-district level administered by local education officials allows schools to be better monitored.

Accessible learning materials for students with visual impairments by YPSA (Young Power in Social Action)

Young Power in Social Action is an organization employing nearly 2,000 people and 32 persons with disabilities. In this specific project, 80% are persons with disabilities. It was initiated in cooperation with Access to information (a2i) under the Prime Minister Office, the Government of Bangladesh, the DAISY Consortium, the Accessible Book Consortium, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments to produce and distribute digital multimedia books, fully accessible e-books, and digital Braille books.

Belgium

Social inclusion through Special Olympics Unified Sports Recreation by Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia

The project mission is to implement the new Special Olympics Unified Sports Recreation model in Turkey for children aged 8 to 12 both with and without intellectual disabilities, thus promoting social inclusion while increasing sports skills and knowledge. With support from six local professional football clubs and the Turkish Football Association, Special Olympics Turkey offers children the opportunity to learn about each other as teammates and as friends while overcoming barriers that prevent the inclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities in schools, sports clubs, and society. The 18-month project runs from September 2014 to February 2016.

Supporting teachers with comprehensive reports on pupil´s needs by VCLB Gent

The goal is to help teachers to treat and train pupils with all kinds of disabilities according to their individual needs in the classroom, specifically by focusing on their strengths. Using an elaborate database, a report is created describing what helps THIS pupil with THIS teacher in THIS class at THIS moment. The complex diagnose is then narrowed down to what the pupil´s particular strengths are and what extra measures the child might require. These measures can be evaluated and shared with the next year´s teachers, and even with other schools.

Bridging the gap to the ICT industry by IBM Belgium

The IBM team recommended opportunities for improving EnAble India’s services portfolio and helped them to identify the needs of the IT sector in terms of employing persons with various disabilities ranging from the mild to the profoundly disabled. EnAble India’s mission is to empower persons with disability, from childhood to adult age. Core activities are employment of people with disabilities, pre-employment services, supplemental education, counselling and support services, consultancy and training for other institutions and NGOs and technology services.

Brazil

One children’s book in nine accessible formats by WVA Editora

The mission of this project is to promote the concept of inclusion through a comprehensive and widespread experience for children ages 7 to 11 by offering book workshops for children, teachers, and educators and, more specifically, a children’s book – Sonhos do Dia (Dreams of the Day), – in nine diverse and accessible formats. Moreover, the project offers children the sensory experience of an accessible book installation where they learn about inclusion and diverse modes, means, and formats of communication in a playful way.

Burkina Faso

Multi-stakeholder approach towards Inclusive Education in Burkina Faso by Ocades Tenkodogo, Light for the World

The aim of this project, initiated by Ocades Tenkodo in the community of Garango and supported by Light for the World, is to offer an inclusive environment whereby children with disabilities and other vulnerable children can attend a school close to their hometown. A multi-stakeholder approach is supported in order to involve local partners and thus contribute to a systematic collaboration between local NGOs and national ministries. The Garango project is a pilot project that will serve as a model for the National Strategy of Inclusive Education in Burkina Faso, which is currently being developed by the Ministry of Education, one of the project partners. Additionally, this project is part of an international initiative of similar Inclusive Education programmes that are currently implemented in five countries (Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, India, and South Africa) across three continents.

Cambodia

Inclusive Education for Cambodian children who are blind or deaf by Krousar Thmey

The project offers extra classes for children with visual or hearing impairments to enable them to attend mainstream schools. During the extra lessons students are prepared to follow regular classes by making use of special learning materials in Braille and sign language. The project also created the Khmer Braille and is currently working on further development of Khmer Sign Language.

Canada

Supporting architects and urban planners to understand accessibility by The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)

The aim of this project is to support architects, urban planners, and engineers as well as small businesses to help them understand their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and also to support them in the implementation process. The GAATES project team, which consists of people with various disabilities, developed a set of publications, a technology vendor database, and learning and reference resources – all written in plain language and accessible online.

DACH

Remote speech-to-text and sign language interpretation by VerbaVoice GmbH

The mission of VerbaVoice, a social and technology company, is to provide fully Inclusive Education and language accessibility for students with disabilities through a flexible and customizable online interpreting platform. The system focuses on persons with hearing impairments, but also provides a solution for the education of mobility impaired or hospitalized pupils of all school forms and age groups who can join a class remotely. Each platform component (original video and audio, live transcript and sign language video, as well as document upload) can be customized as needed to provide the best service possible. The system also works in multilingual contexts and facilitates foreign language learning processes.

The sign language Avatar Project by signtime GmbH

SiMAX is a software system that combines several highly sophisticated ICT technologies: a real-time 3D-engine, animation/clip exporter, animation builder, a “learning” database, a clip database, a sign database, a translation engine based on statistical methods, a translator interface, an emotion editor, and a video converter. The aim of the project is to develop a quicker and more affordable solution for translation into sign language by using an animated avatar. Thus, the whole world of information – news, internet, movies etc. – will finally be accessible to deaf and hearing impaired people.

A computer mouse steered with the mouth by LIFEtool

IntegraMouse, initiated by the Austrian non-profit enterprise LIFEtool, is a wireless computer mouse that can be operated with the human mouth for people who are unable to use their hands and fingers. LIFEtool develops a variety of pedagogical software, and offers free training on the use of the IntegraMouse and other assistive devices.

Promoting innovative assistive technologies internationally by University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna

The mission of the AsTeRICS Academy project is to foster international networking in the ICT-based Assistive Technology sector by implementing hands-on workshops with flexible open source assistive technology tools. These hardware and software tools have been developed and collected during the course of the project and enable people with severe physical disabilities to use a computer and to access e-learning platforms and educational resources.

A tablet that creates Braille, graphics, maps and more by BLITAB Technology GmbH

Beginning three years ago in Bulgaria, BLITAB® Technology developed the first-ever Braille tablet, using a new liquid-based technology to create tactile relief that produces Braille, graphics, maps, etc., for the blind and partially sighted. From the very start, blind and visually impaired users were involved in the product development because BLITAB is fully designed according to their needs, not adapted as many assistive devices are. It is called BLITAB® – the iPad for the blind, and for the first time it makes it possible for children and students with sight loss to finally have access to the latest technology and thus to learn and study more efficiently.

Persons with learning difficulties working as IT trainers by PIKSL Laboratories, In der Gemeinde leben gGmbH

Through this project people with learning difficulties use their IT knowledge to train senior citizens living in their neighbourhood. The concept has been developed by people with learning difficulties themselves and is implemented by the PIKSL laboratories in Düsseldorf. Each eight-week course (with morning and afternoon sessions, for which participants pay a reasonable fee) is jointly developed by eight participants and four teachers. Assistants from the PIKSL laboratories prepare the training sessions each day. The IT courses are action-orientated, and include examples from daily life.

New museum experiences for persons with learning difficulties by PIKSL Laboratories, In der Gemeinde leben gGmbH and Antonia Eggeling Design

The project aims to make content (e.g., museum exhibitions) more accessible for people with learning difficulties and to open it to a broader public. The hardware is fully accessible and was developed following universal design guidelines. It enables people with disabilities to receive and consume information, and at the same time allows interaction with the public.

Creating smart accessible media using RoboBraille by Austrian Association supporting the blind and visually impaired

The goal of the project is to explore new smarter and easier methods to prepare and produce educational material in alternate formats (e.g., digital Braille, audio books, e-books, and other accessible documents) using RoboBraille and other relevant free ICT tools. Specifically, it is designed to further educate teachers, parents, and professional alternate media producers who are supporting people with visual and reading impairments on how to use such methods and tools. RoboBraille is a free, award-winning service, capable of automatically converting documents into alternate formats.

Preventing bullying against women with learning difficulties by Ninlil

The goal of the Ninlil empowerment seminars is the prevention of violence against women with learning difficulties or multiple disabilities, based on the strong belief that bullying can only be stopped, if these women develop more self-determination in their everyday life. Their experiences, needs, and desires are the focus of these seminars.

An all-stakeholder approach towards Inclusive Education by Chance B Holding

Chance B has initiated a joint initiative of all stakeholders for a pilot project on an inclusive educational system in the region of Eastern Styria, Austria. This all-encompassing approach includes: children and young adults, parents and families, teachers, headmasters, early care experts, kindergarten teachers, mayors, NGOs, psychologists, therapists, childminders, politicians, communal administration staff, and others who are interested in Inclusive Education.

Moving step-by-step towards an inclusive university by zhb DoBuS Dortmund Centre for disability and academic studies – Technische Universität Dortmund

Starting in 1977 with a counselling service for students with disabilities and chronic diseases, the Technical University of Dortmund has continued to provide various services through its “DoBuS – disability and study” unit, as well as in other units of the university. One example is the library’s service to provide books for the blind and visually impaired. DoBuS supports students with disabilities to graduate successfully in spite of inadequate and sometimes even excluding conditions. Moreover, it implements structural changes based on the experiences gained in the counselling service with the aim of reducing as far as possible the extra work that students with disabilities have to master.

Easy-to-read newspaper articles, written by persons with learning difficulties by Jugend am Werk GmbH and the daily newspaper KURIER

Because official websites should be accessible by everyone, there is an enormous need for easy-to-read information. The mission of this project is to teach people with disabilities how to write easy-to-read news articles. Participants with learning difficulties are trained to understand the journalistic approach to conveying information. The goals are to prepare participants for regular jobs, especially as experts for easy-to-read texts, and eventually to provide easy-to-read news on a daily basis for the online-platform of the KURIER, an Austrian daily paper.

Preparing young people for real jobs in bakeries by Caritas

A bakery in Upper Austria and Caritas have organized Backma`s, a project that provides vocational on-the-job training for adolescents with disabilities. Under the supervision of mentors, the apprentices acquire practical skills in the production of pastries in a full-fledged working bakery in Linz so that they are then able to find employment in the open labour market.

Ethiopia

Finland

All you need to know to open the door to the labour market by Aspa Foundation

The goal of the project is to help students with learning or other disabilities to find sustainable employment. Specifically, the projects targets students who are in their final year of special vocational schools. The main product of the project is the website “www.oikeitatoita.fi” (“decent work”), a database that provides advice on writing a CV and job application, on group coaching methods, etc. The materials were collected and developed to help teachers, other educators, and job coaches on training students with special needs. “The working life competence” has been legislated to be an obligatory course on the vocational studies curricula in Finland.

France

E-Learning for teachers, caregivers, and families by La Fondation des Amis de l’Atelier : E-Learning for Social Inclusion (eLeSI)

eLeSI is a free online learning platform (based on “Moodle”) that was developed in France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Benin, and Romania, and that is coordinated by the French organization La Fondation des Amis de l’Atelier. The platform was launched in September 2015 and is available in English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. It offers four training modules (with a total of 400 hours of learning), which are especially targeted towards those working and living with persons with disabilities, such as teachers, caregivers, and families.

Germany

Remote speech-to-text and sign language interpretation by VerbaVoice GmbH

The mission of VerbaVoice, a social and technology company, is to provide fully Inclusive Education and language accessibility for students with disabilities through a flexible and customizable online interpreting platform. The system focuses on persons with hearing impairments, but also provides a solution for the education of mobility impaired or hospitalized pupils of all school forms and age groups who can join a class remotely. Each platform component (original video and audio, live transcript and sign language video, as well as document upload) can be customized as needed to provide the best service possible. The system also works in multilingual contexts and facilitates foreign language learning processes.

Persons with learning difficulties working as IT trainers by PIKSL Laboratories, In der Gemeinde leben gGmbH

Through this project people with learning difficulties use their IT knowledge to train senior citizens living in their neighbourhood. The concept has been developed by people with learning difficulties themselves and is implemented by the PIKSL laboratories in Düsseldorf. Each eight-week course (with morning and afternoon sessions, for which participants pay a reasonable fee) is jointly developed by eight participants and four teachers. Assistants from the PIKSL laboratories prepare the training sessions each day. The IT courses are action-orientated, and include examples from daily life.

New museum experiences for persons with learning difficulties by PIKSL Laboratories, In der Gemeinde leben gGmbH and Antonia Eggeling Design

The project aims to make content (e.g., museum exhibitions) more accessible for people with learning difficulties and to open it to a broader public. The hardware is fully accessible and was developed following universal design guidelines. It enables people with disabilities to receive and consume information, and at the same time allows interaction with the public.

Moving step-by-step towards an inclusive university by zhb DoBuS Dortmund Centre for disability and academic studies – Technische Universität Dortmund

Starting in 1977 with a counselling service for students with disabilities and chronic diseases, the Technical University of Dortmund has continued to provide various services through its “DoBuS – disability and study” unit, as well as in other units of the university. One example is the library’s service to provide books for the blind and visually impaired. DoBuS supports students with disabilities to graduate successfully in spite of inadequate and sometimes even excluding conditions. Moreover, it implements structural changes based on the experiences gained in the counselling service with the aim of reducing as far as possible the extra work that students with disabilities have to master.

Hungary

English skills for persons with learning difficulties by GNW Ltd.

The GNW-SupEFL online portal assists young and adult special learners (persons with specific learning difficulties, ADHD, autism spectrum, etc.) in acquiring critical language skills in English and supports their integration into the labour market. Research and experience clearly show that it is possible for special learners to succeed in learning English as a foreign language with the appropriate support. Using self-help methods with access to free ICT-based tools, techniques, and resources, special learners complete foreign language lessons, including self-assessments and guidelines.

India

Guidelines and toolkits to promote fully accessible schools by Samarthyam, National Centre for Accessible Environments

Schools are provided with comprehensive design and implementation guidelines and toolkits so as to create safe, equal, and accessible learning environments for children with disabilities. The information in these guidelines and toolkit is based on Indian national codes and space standards, as well as on universal design principles. Together, they provide authorities with infrastructural recommendations; and they provide staff and teachers with curriculum and classroom materials in accessible formats, e-learning technology solutions, and other educational services.

Vocational training leading directly to jobs in the open labour market by Youth4Jobs Foundation

The project provides a 45-day vocational training and a one-week traineeship for young people with disabilities living in rural areas. The training schedule was designed in cooperation with companies and future employers together with persons with disabilities. The project also collaborates with stakeholders like Government, Associations of Persons with Disabilities, Communities, etc., to create inclusive working places.

Increasing diversity by increasing access to leal education by IDIA Charitable Trust

IDIA’s overall goal is to empower marginalized communities through legal education, to sensitize them to law as a viable career option, and to support interested students in acquiring admission to leading law schools in India. IDIA also attempts to improve policies and regulations in the area of inclusive legal education and diversity within law schools and, consequently, within the legal profession.

Indian campaign to educate visually-impaired children is going global by International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)

Following three years of research and planning a global initiative was launched by ICEVI in partnership with the World Blind Union to reach the 4 million blind and low vision children throughout the developing world who have no access to education. The project is currently working with and through government and non-government organizations in 20 developing countries to provide guidelines, accessible teaching and learning materials, access to appropriate ICT and provision of capacity building programs for teachers and parents to promote inclusive education for these children.

Bridging the gap to the ICT industry by IBM Belgium

The IBM team recommended opportunities for improving EnAble India’s services portfolio and helped them to identify the needs of the IT sector in terms of employing persons with various disabilities ranging from the mild to the profoundly disabled. EnAble India’s mission is to empower persons with disability, from childhood to adult age. Core activities are employment of people with disabilities, pre-employment services, supplemental education, counselling and support services, consultancy and training for other institutions and NGOs and technology services.

Ireland

Creating a more accessible world for deaf children in Ireland by Sound Advice

Sound Advice supports Inclusive Education for deaf children while empowering parents to develop their child’s full potential, using a variety of measures such as information provision, training and consulting, early childhood literacy, mentoring, and public awareness. Through its website, Sound Advice is geared towards parents, educators, policymakers, researchers, tech firms, and employers. As a major result, newborns in Ireland are now entitled to digital hearing aids right after birth.

Israel

Accessible websites created ‘automatically’ by User1st

Founded in 2012 and launched in 2014, User1st is an Israeli-based ICT organization that also operates in the United States and that develops ICT-tools that make websites fully accessible. The tools are cloud-based (no extra software needed) and automatically detect and correct all kinds of errors on web-pages, creating full accessibility. The key aspect of User1st is the full automation of the process.

Italy

Using iPads to create multiple information channels by Centro Leonardo Education

The project developed interactive textbooks on vocational subjects designed to include students with learning disabilities, and that can also be used on iPad. The subject matter is presented in multiple ways and offers a variety of learning styles. The project also highlights the latest discoveries in neuroscience, offering customized tools to help students with dyslexia.

Simulating a superarket as a learning environment by Istituto Tecnico Economico “C. Colombo”: “At the Supermarket” project

The College “C. Colombo” supports the acquisition of all skills (“soft skills”) that facilitate the socialization and employment of young people, but especially to remove cultural barriers towards the full social inclusion of young people with disabilities. The projects works with all students, both with and without disabilities, and collaborates with small enterprises and local companies. The two-faceted project is integrating young people in a work environment and at the same time raising awareness about disability issues in local companies and promoting changes in their employment practices.

Music as an education and communication tool for students with Autism by Istituto Comprensivo Via Dei Boschi

The project uses music as a means for the social integration of students with autism spectrum disorder by allowing them to participate in basic classroom musical activities. The process begins with the issues of perception and stimulation, which then leads to changes in behaviour, a greater sense of personal well-being, and improved academic achievement. Music functions as a tool to unify a student’s emotional, mental, and physical experience, bypassing the symbolic importance of verbal language and providing children with autism the opportunity to use alternative communication methods.

Video-interpreting service for sign language and foreign languages by VEASYT srl

VEASYT Live! is the first online video-interpreting service in Italy that can be used via the web through computers, tablets, and smartphones. The service was created in 2013 with the goal of allowing public institutions to communicate professionally with deaf people who are not able to have an interpreter by their side. VEASYT Live! has extended its services by offering a language video-interpretation feature, which has attracted the interest of businesses and organizations that need to communicate in a foreign language. With one click, this translation service is currently available in 15 languages and in Italian sign language.

Jordan

Kenya

Kosovo

Creating inclusive pre-school institutions by Save the Children International

The aim from the project is to guarantee the access of children with disabilities to a quality pre-school and primary education in eight municipalities of the seven Kosovo regions. Further, the general objective is to contribute to the inclusion of the most vulnerable groups in the economic and social life in Kosovo, beginning with their time in school.

Luxembourg

Training carers, family members and staff via a web platform by APEMH

The e-learning platform AGID enables professional assistants and family members to inform themselves about the challenges and requirements of personal-centred care for elderly people with intellectual impairments. The easily accessible online platform creates awareness and sensibility about the subject as well as about inclusive and sustainable support.

Macedonia (FYROM)

Assistive technologies and teacher traning in mainstream schools by Open the Windows

The “Active Inclusion” project introduces assistive technologies, computer assisted communication, and learning possibilities into selected primary schools; carries out networking and lobbying activities; promotes know-how transfer; and offers trainings for teachers from participating schools as well as educational software programmes for children with disabilities.

Mexico

How to teach students with and without disabilities equally by Universidad Tecnológica Santa Catarina

Through this project, persons with disabilities are granted the academic, technological, and logistical support necessary for them to advance successfully through the various educational levels, to achieve and pursue a professional career, or to be incorporated successfully into the labour market. The school groups consist of students with and without disabilities who are taught together using the same curriculum and who are subject to the same academic criteria. Students with disabilities are supported by facility adaptation, specialized materials and equipment, teacher training, technicians, administrative assistants, teacher assistants, and consultants.

Nepal

Accessible books for vision-impaired students using Android technology by Action on Disability Rights and Development (ADRAD)

The mission of the project – entitled Enhancing Learning Capabilities of Students with Print and Visual Disabilities (ELECTS) – is to establish and promote the use of the latest accessible ICT for vision-impaired students by providing them with free digital books based on DAISY and Epub platforms and with Android devices for playback.

Netherlands

A sign language curriculum especially for parents by Sign Impact, Inc.

Parents´ learning of sign language plays a critical role in the development of children with a hearing impairment. The mission of this international project is to generate parent Sign Language curricula that are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Using a CEFR design for the parent Sign Language of the Netherlands and American Sign Language classes means that the learning of sign languages has the same significance and structure as the learning of spoken languages.

Using courts and litigation for the right to Inclusive Education by NSGK - Nederlands Stichting voor het Gehandicapte Kind

In1school is a project founded by the Dutch Foundation for Disabled Children that addresses the right to Inclusive Education, using a powerful mixture of international law, research, communication and politics to bring real life change for children both with and without disabilities. The main target is to work towards an education system that is fully inclusive by collecting evidence, cooperating with national and international lawyers, publishing reports, and initiating strategic litigation.

Nicaragua

Creating communities for early childhood interventions by Associación de Programas Integrales de Educación Comunitaria Astrid Delleman (ASOPIECAD)

ASOPIECAD aims to facilitate Inclusive Education for children with developmental disorder and disability in early childhood through community-based rehabilitation (CBR) guidelines. Through the CBR guidelines and other instruments various environments of intervention are monitored, the most important of which is the child’s natural environment – the family. Family workshops were also developed in order to create awareness on disability issues and on the right to social inclusion and equal educational opportunities. At the community level, especially in rural communities, inclusive early learning centres have been opened to include children with disabilities. The sum of these processes has led to community networks and alliances of support throughout the whole community, and to more inclusive schools.

Norway

Adding Universal Design in ICT student curricula by Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

The project aims to promote knowledge on universal design principles in ICT among undergraduate and graduate students. This is achieved through research on universally designed healthcare technology, intersectional perspectives on web accessibility, and learning and research methods. The research and teaching focuses on identifying barriers that people with disabilities encounter when using ICT systems and services.

Pakistan

Quality healthcare and counselling through video technology by doctHERs

doctHERs™ is a novel health care platform that connects female doctors to millions of underserved patients, including those with disabilities, in real-time while leveraging online technology. doctHERs™ overcomes sociocultural barriers that tie women to their homes, and at the same times provides access to quality health care, as well as employment for unemployed, qualified health professionals.

Rwanda

Access to education for refugee children with disabilities by Initiative for Refugees living with Disability (IRD)

The mission of this pilot project is to improve the access to education for refugee children with disabilities in the refugee camp of Gihembe (rural area) as well as in the town of Kigali (urban area) in Rwanda. After a pilot study, the initiative will share the results of the study during a dissemination meeting with the main partners, which includes the Minister for the Management of Disasters and Refugees (MIDIMAR), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Organization of Persons with Disabilities (OPWD), and other international organizations working on refugee issues in Rwanda.

Serbia

Assistive technologies and teacher traning in mainstream schools by Open the Windows

The “Active Inclusion” project introduces assistive technologies, computer assisted communication, and learning possibilities into selected primary schools; carries out networking and lobbying activities; promotes know-how transfer; and offers trainings for teachers from participating schools as well as educational software programmes for children with disabilities.

An e-learning platform for audio and video learning materials by Elementary and Secondary Boarding School "Milan Petrovic"

The School Portal “Milance” has created an e-learning platform, based on the software “Moodle”, on which users can get basic information on several subjects free of charge. Currently, it covers language skills, mathematics, and science in various audio and video formats, and can also be used in school Intranets. To reach children with disabilities who do not attend school, the project team has organized seminars for associations of parents of children with disabilities.

South Africa

Stimulation kit and training for caregivers by Uhambo Foundation

The Ndinogona Stimulation Kit provides caregivers with tools, resources, and training to play with and stimulate children with disabilities, allowing them to participate in everyday activities. The kit includes four-colour-coded bags containing all the needed toys and assistive devices for facilitating participation. A manual illustrates over 100 activities and songs.

Improving speech by visualizing it by ADJ Electronics

The goal of the Bellen Speech Visualizer project is to enable deaf students to improve their speaking abilities by providing visual feedback and cues. Students are able to visualize their own speech patterns, which effectively enables them to see what they are pronouncing and to adjust their voice output to match a given speech pattern example.

Finding employment by profound training by The Living Link

The guiding principle of The Living Link is that intellectually disabled people can be equipped with new skills and can then successfully find employment in the open labour market. The course material was written for and in collaboration with intellectually disabled people to ensure that the material was understandable and could be readily incorporated and made practical in their every-day lives. There are no formal assessments, as many of the young adults are illiterate. However, it is recognized that with proper training intellectually disabled adults are nonetheless able to function in the workplace.

Spain

Learning to manage one by ONCE Foundation

The goal of Inclusive Finances is to promote the capacity of people with intellectual and learning disabilities to manage their personal finances in an autonomous way, with the specific goals of: (1) learning basic financial concepts; (2) improving one’s capacity to manage and use money responsibly; and (3) applying the acquired financial knowledge to the labour market.

Controlling the computer with eye movements by Irisbond

Irisbond supports people with physical disabilities and speech difficulties based on eye movement and machine vision technology that enables computer control by sight. Irisbond saw a need to make the product accessible to as many people as possible and consequently created a reliable, easy-to-use, and affordable technology. It is not only used by patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) but also other diseases that limit maximum mobility, such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or muscular dystrophy.

Breaking down barriers to scientific knowledge by Ciencia Sin Barreras

“Ciencia sin Barreras” (Science without Barriers) aims to promote science among people with functional diversity and those who do not have wide access to scientific knowledge. The project was launched in 2012 when a group of geologists noticed the lack of knowledge about the earth sciences among society in general. Since then, the programme has achieved a number of goals in promoting not just geological but multidisciplinary scientific activities. Some have focused on secondary education students and others on the general public. In keeping with the project‘s motto, “science for everybody,” the organization began to promote activities for people with learning disabilities, first for Down syndrome students and later for blind and deaf/blind adults.

Teaching blind students in regular school classes by ONCE

The mission of the project is to provide visually impaired students with assistive technology and specific support teams so that they can participate in regular classes. The teams consist of professionals such as teachers, rehabilitation technicians, social workers, psychologist, and more. Regardless of age or educational stage, these teams support students with special needs from early intervention to the university level and adulthood.

Sweden

Using technology in the classroom to support all students by The Swedish Agency for Participation

The focus of the project is to increase knowledge among students, teachers, and other involved professionals on how the use of innovative technology in the classroom (from interactive whiteboards to smartphone apps) can facilitate student participation and performance and thus support the successful completion of secondary school. Survey data proves that such knowledge improves the performance of all students significantly.

Tanzania

Creating a role model for Tanzania by Add International, Tanzania Country Programme

The project seeks to model Tanzania’s National Strategy on Inclusive Education by initiating systematic changes in education in three districts. These changes will influence school management, teacher training, and pupil support, as well as raise awareness and ensure that families and the communities are involved.

Using computers to support blind learners on all levels of education by Tanzania League of the Blind

The lack of access to ICT among the blind community (as well as among local authority officials) has been a major obstacle, and the need for training in ICT matters has been the highest priority in the organization’s annual work plans. The objective of the project is to integrate assistive technology in the national education system, and thus ensure that assistive technology for people with visual impairment is available at the workplace and at all levels of education. Representatives from the identified proposed project areas were thoroughly involved in the planning process.

Togo

Turkey

Social inclusion through Special Olympics Unified Sports Recreation by Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia

The project mission is to implement the new Special Olympics Unified Sports Recreation model in Turkey for children aged 8 to 12 both with and without intellectual disabilities, thus promoting social inclusion while increasing sports skills and knowledge. With support from six local professional football clubs and the Turkish Football Association, Special Olympics Turkey offers children the opportunity to learn about each other as teammates and as friends while overcoming barriers that prevent the inclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities in schools, sports clubs, and society. The 18-month project runs from September 2014 to February 2016.

Uganda

Training teachers to keep children with disabilities in school by Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC)

The Uganda Society for Disabled Children has initiated a project that qualifies teachers and caregivers and improves curricula with the goal of realizing higher completion rates of children with disabilities in primary schools. The specific target group of the project – which will be implemented in Arua, Yumbe, Moyo, and Soroti districts – are 180 boys and girls in upper primary classes in 12 selected schools.

Ukraine

United Kingdom

A holistic approach towards Inclusive Education in Bangladesh by Bangladesh

The aim of the project is to improve access to Inclusive Education for children with disabilities and to influence changes in the education system to benefit all learners. The engagement and involvement of children with disabilities was central to the project, and the experiences and opinions of these children were collected through one-to-one interviews and focus group discussions throughout the project period.

Video sign language interpretation for bank customers by Barclays Bank

SignVideo is an app that can be downloaded for free from the Apple ITunes online store and can be used on Apple IPads. Using technology similar to Skype, the app enables Barclays Bank staff to connect to a qualified interpreter in seconds and gives them and customers who are deaf or hard of hearing the possibility to speak with each other without actually having an interpreter physically present. The service is currently offered in more than 1,400 branches of Barclays Bank throughout the United Kingdom.

Wayfindr: Empowering vision impaired people to travel independently by Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB)

The mission of Wayfindr is to create an Open Standard for Audio Wayfinding. The standard helps the makers of wayfinding products to create experiences that are consistent, seamless, and reliable. Moreover, the implementation of such a standard will empower vision-impaired people to move independently throughout their various environments – whether completing day-to-day tasks or exploring new places around the world – by giving them access to reliable, consistent directions from their smart phones and other devices. Wayfindr will also be leading the way in the installation of Beacon technology in underground rail networks, for the first time opening up fully independent travel in cities such as London to vision-impaired people.

Reducing all forms of prejudice-based bullying by Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE): Equality – make it happen!

The project has worked with schools to create a guide to help educate people on issues of prejudice. Precise and accessible reference cards covering all aspects of equality and school life offer key information, practical advice, suggested activities, examples of good practices, equality monitoring tools, and sources for further information and support.

Preventing bullying in English schools by World of Inclusion Limited

The aim of the project is to develop methods and materials that can reduce bullying in schools. Guides for teachers on what leads to bullying and ways to prevent it were developed, and these were used for conducting awareness raising and workshops within schools. The tools are now available for all students, parents, and teachers on the Anti-Bullying Alliance website.

United States

Analysing the whole policy framework to identify barriers towards inclusion by TASH

SWIFT provides a comprehensive package of tools to support schools in analysing policies that are relevant to transform them towards Inclusive Education. The process looks at state statutes, funding principles, professional development, student discipline, eligibility for special education services, and much more. The goals is to improve the academic and behavioural outcomes of all children, including students living in poverty, English-language learners, and students with disabilities – especially those with significant disabilities and support needs.

One accessible textbook platform for all universities by AMAC Accessibility Solutions

The AccessText Network (ATN) is the world’s first publisher network portal linking U.S. universities to 92 percent of the U. S. post-secondary publishers. The mission of ATN, founded in 2009 as a collaborative project of AMAC Accessibility Solutions and the Association of American Publishers (AAP), is to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to textbooks in an accessible format and timely manner while also reducing costs and providing accessibility content transparency. In the United States, 92 percent of all college textbooks are part of the ATN.

A million-user online platform is strengthening Latin American DPOs by The Trust for the Americas

The POETA Social Franchise Platform is an accessible online tool focused on building the capacities of local organizations working with people with disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean. The POETA Social Franchise platform replicates and expands the POETA Model – an accessible vocational toolbox for training people with disabilities in the use of life skills, technology, and job readiness.

A curriculum for advancing the UN CRPD - in six languages by Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University

The overall objective of this project is to equip persons with disabilities and organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) to promote disability rights education and advocacy through participatory learning methods and high-quality content. The aim is to create a flexible and adaptable yet comprehensive curriculum centred on the core concepts of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Creating school communities of acceptance, inclusion and respect by The Unified Movement

The goal of the Special Olympics Unified Strategy for Schools and Youth is to positively influence the inclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities in educational settings and communities. It reduces bullying and exclusion, promotes healthy activities and interactions, combats stereotypes, eliminates hurtful language in schools, and engages young people in pro-social activities.

Vietnam

Zimbabwe

Inclusive Education in local communities in Zimbabwe by Jairos Jiri Association

The project seeks to empower communities to transform their schools into Inclusive Education centres through the removal of physical, social, economic, and political barriers. The overall goal is to create conducive learning environments for children with disabilities in ordinary schools without taking them out of their localities.

Inclusive school systems rolled-out in Zimbabwe by Leonard Cheshire Zimbabwe Trust

This project aims to support nearly 3,000 children with disabilities to go to school in rural Mashonaland West Province, in Zimbabwe. It also equips schools with accessible facilities, teacher training, and awareness raising for Inclusive Education within the local communities. Results should also influence Inclusive Education policies and practices across Zimbabwe.