Australia

Austria

ESAT by FAB – Virtual Office

This program helps to define and categorize the assistance needed and the barriers faced in order to find the suitable assisting technology to make using a computer possible.

Treasure hunt in Klagenfurt by Die grünen SeniorInnen Kärntens

Treasure hunt goes on by bus, walking, visiting and testing barrier-free comfort zones in Klagenfurt, discussing the impressions with top-ranking politicians. Students presented their unforgettable impressions at a Symposium the next day.

ISOTI- Intelligent System Of Tactile Information by University of Vienna

ISOTI improves the independent orientation for blind or visually impaired persons. It works with different tactile symbols for example guidelines on the floor have different width – some are narrow, some are wider. The broader the more attention must be paid because this lines lead for example to stairs.

Network for barrier-free points of interest by CEDOS Netzwerk

CEDOS created a database for barrier-free points of interest in Austria in cooperation with local communities and the tourism industry. The database can be consulted via Internet to check the points concerning accessibility.

A barrier-free theatre for blind and visually impaired by Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreichs

Due to theater4all blind and visually impaired theatergoers can enjoy the performance without any restrictions. The only thing they need is a little radio or a smart phone with headset. Before the play starts, information about content and the stage design is given. During the performance the action on stage is described.

Wurlitzer by Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur

The Wurlitzer is a project, which describes and explains the content of different plays, concerts and exhibitions in an easy apprehensible way. It also contains guidance how to reserve tickets and gives information about prices and opening hours.

Audio-Video Guides for ÖBB by freiraum-europa

Requested by the ÖBB (Austrian Railway Association) the organisation freiraum europa examined, whether the 25 biggest railway stations in Austria are accessible to persons with physical disabilities. The results were published through audio or video clips on the ÖBB website.

Capito – Information that is being received by Consulting, Franchise & Sales GmbH

Capito offers the service of “translating” contents of websites, commercials or other information, for example security guidelines into a barrier-free language. That way the information is accessible for everyone – involving visually impaired, blind people, persons with learning difficulties or disabilities or people with lacking knowledge of the German language.

Brazil

Whatscine – Cinema for all by Mais Diferenças

This project works with the newest technology to make cinema accessible for persons who are blind or who are visually impaired. It can also be used for persons with hearing impairments. It uses special glasses, ear phones for audio description or shows subtitles/ sign language at users´ tablets or smart phones.

Canada

Guide for accessible information and communication by GAATES

The project, founded by the organization “The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)”, encourages small companies within the Ontario and Global Design Community to provide accessible information and communication systems for their customers and clients.

China

Playback for ALL by Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK)

The aim of the project is to make theatre more accessible for ALL – including people with visual and hearing impairment. In Playback Theatre visitors tell stories from their lives and watch the stories enacted on the stage. “Playback for ALL” integrates arts accessibility services such as audio description and theatrical interpretation into the Playback Theatre performance.

Colombia

Gran Estacion Shopping Center by Gran Estación Centro Comercial P.H.

Other shortlisted practices 2014
Raising awareness by setting a good example

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At Gran Estacion Shopping Center persons with disabilities are working as securities. The main idea is to show, that persons with disabilities can do the same jobs like persons without disabilities. It should reduce inhibition for other companies to employ persons with disabilities.

France

Stratégie d’accessibilité pour les salaries by Orange

Orange provides access to the digital world to all people with disabilities through its accessibility strategy for its employees and through its design strategy of innovative products and services addressed to customers with disabilities.

Biblio – connection by Centre de Promotion du Livre de Jeunesse 93

Other shortlisted practices 2014
Reading for everyone
The organization is the sponsor of a fun and interactive computer program, which is designed for readers with disabilities (any kind disability) and makes it possible for them to read independently.

Handistrict.com by Handistrict

Handistrict.com is a website and mobile phone APP, that shows people accessible public buildings and their kind and level of accessibility. It is easy to operate and adjustable for everyone’s preferences.

Making information accessible for all by EBU (European Blind Union)

The project empowers individuals, companies and organizations of good faith, who want to make their information accessible, but don’t know how, and at the same time remove the easy excuses so many institutions make as to why their information is inaccessible – too expensive or too difficult are no longer acceptable.

AWADAO by IBM/URBILOG

Other shortlisted practices 2014
Smartphone app for accessible points of interest
A mobile app gives information concerning accessibility about points of interest

Germany

Qualifizierung und Vermittlung von Schriftdolmetschern by Kombia Gbr

Kombia created a service for hard of hearing, deafened and deaf people. It trains written interpreters/STTRs, arranges the service and informs HoH (hard of hearing) and Deaf about the usage. Furthermore it utilized speech recognition software, which makes interpreting for the written interpreters easier and faster.

Information about accessibility on a University Campus by University of Bremen

The project “a barrier-free campus” was founded to improve the orientation and overview of accessibility of the University of Bremen for persons with physical disabilities. For example a floor plan of the compound was made and nearly entirely photo-documented. The results were put online, so users can inform themselves online about the local circumstances of accessibility.

Greece

Margarita on the table by Margarita

The organization distributes a cookbook in easy-to-read language for people with intellectual disabilities to enable them following the instructions for cooking.

Hungary

India

Accessible World Heritage by Svayam – national centre for inclusive environments

Like many of the historical monuments over the world, the heritages and tourist attraction sites in India fail to welcome people with diverse needs. Svayam has been engaged in making various public places accessible to all especially the elderly and disabled persons.

Indonesia

Motorcycles for persons with physical disabilities by CBR DTC Solo

Regular two wheels motorcycles were transformed into appropriate three wheels motorcycles for persons with disabilities. This simple innovation had a great impact on the mobility of the beneficiaries. Additionally the project promoted the rights of persons with disabilities on having a driving license and an accident assurance.

Ireland

Communicating health knowledge in Ireland by Special Olympics Ireland (SOI)

The aim of the Health Promotion Program is to reduce health inequalities and to increase health literacy among persons with intellectual disabilities. This is accomplished by developing health promotion and delivering it through community based Special Olympics clubs.

Italy

Modula Village for all by Domus Natura Systems

Nature Domus System srl constructs buildings while protecting the environment and the needs of the customer. Supporting structure, perimeter walls, floors and divisions are made of laminated wood, which are certified and deforestation resulting from controlled plantations. It is a low environmental impact structure, made with natural materials such as laminated wood.

Barrier-free vacation by AISM

In the year 2000 the holiday house “I Girasoli” in Lucignano, Italy, was established, which offers special services and organises accessible excursions and tours for persons with disabilities. The goal was to create a socially inclusive environment in which guests with disabilities can enjoy the barrier-free vacation spot with others.

Jamaica

Pilot Initiative Of Financial Services by Perkins International

Perkins International utilized a comprehensive methodology that compared both rural and urban needs of individuals who are blind in Kenya. Important variables to the study included age, gender and income distribution, access to phones, phone accessibility, cost of phones, sources of phones and individual technical ability to use phones.

Poland

A contest for websites without barriers by The “Visible” Foundation

Accessibility of websites in Poland substantially improved due to the possibility of effective and detailed tests of a website for its accessibility through the development of research methodology. An innovative approach to research methods allows constant development.nd websites are made accessible for persons with all kinds of disabilities.

Portugal

Application giving information about accessibility by ProAsolutions.pt

WAGIS-SIGMAP-Walkome is an online accessibility geographic information system which provides accessibility information on thoroughfare, public buildings, facilities, public services and transportation. With the help of a GPS equipped mobile phone, citizens are able to calculate their itineraries, which are best adapted to their personal needs and abilities.

San Marino

South Africa

Spain

SAMAST by Polibienestar Institute

SAMAST is an online – programme to evaluate the level of accessibility of touristic and governmental offers. It identifies barriers and shows which types of disability are affected by them. It includes a guide, which shows possibilities to change existing barriers.

Whatscine – Cinema for all by Mais Diferenças

This project works with the newest technology to make cinema accessible for persons who are blind or who are visually impaired. It can also be used for persons with hearing impairments. It uses special glasses, ear phones for audio description or shows subtitles/ sign language at users´ tablets or smart phones.

Barrier-free access to Universities in Spain by FUNDACIÓN ONCE

Framework agreements were signed among Fundación ONCE, Ministry of Culture & Education and preselected Universities to improve accessibility of Universities in Spain. Foundation ONCE financed barrier-free constructions, modifications and accessible education for persons with disabilities

Accessible Videogames by AccessAble Games

This project develops videogames, accessible for persons with disabilities or where persons with disabilities are main characters. One example is “Slalom” where the main character is sitting in a wheelchair. Some of the games can also be used for therapy like a sports simulator for persons with cerebral palsy.

Sweden

MovieTalk by The Swedish National Association of Dyslexia

MovieTalks permits visitors at a movie theatre to listen to spoken subtitles and/or audio description through a smartphone with headset after installing an application. Spoken subtitles are provided together with the text shown on screen. Audio description means that actions on screen are described during natural pauses of the movie.

United Kingdom

NRAC by NRAC

The NRAC is the leading UK wide accreditation scheme for access professionals working in the built environment.

VocalEyes by VocalEyes

VocalEyes involves blind/partially sighted people in projects, from development and delivery of audio description to training, volunteer schemes and audience advocacy. This enables cultural organisations to engage a diverse audience in their collections, exhibitions and sites.

ATBar-Reading support on browsers by University of Southampton

ATBar supports on all browsers through: text resizing; text and page style, colour and layout modification; word prediction; spellchecking; text to speech readout; and dictionary definitions. The program is available free of charge in English and Arabic.

United States

Knowbility by Knowbility

Accessibility Internet Rallies (AIR), with a competitive, fun atmosphere to encourage development of accessible design for websites

Pilot Initiative Of Financial Services by Perkins International

Perkins International utilized a comprehensive methodology that compared both rural and urban needs of individuals who are blind in Kenya. Important variables to the study included age, gender and income distribution, access to phones, phone accessibility, cost of phones, sources of phones and individual technical ability to use phones.