78% are victims of crime

As established by the Investigation and Testimony Procedures Law, in Israel, a Special Investigator is now assisting police
interrogations of persons with disabilities.  In addition, the law provides for important adaptations to the testimony given in court, including the exemption from cross-examination as a witness.

From 2007 to 2010, there were 2,400 requestsfor special investigations. Almost 1,780 persons with intellectual disabilities were interrogated. The majority of the cases recorded – 78 percent – constituted victims of crime! Cases were brought to court which beforehand would have been dismissed.

Visit the website of BIZCHUT http://bizchut.org.il/en/

Advocates celebrate Representation Agreement Act passed |(c) NIDUS

Advocates celebrate Representation Agreement Act passed

Representation Agreements are praised by the disability community as highly successful in providing legal recognition of supported decision-making. They significantly prevent guardianship and are the reason why the number of private guardianships has remained fairly stable during the last years!



The non-profit organisation Nidus provides a centre for excellence in Best Practice with personal planning and supported decisionmaking, and operates a centralised registry with some 5,000 records. For more information, please visit http://www.nidus.ca/



Web TV (www.deaf-tv.si) is a specialised medium for hearing impaired people and public in general. Its main role is to provide information to the deaf/hard of hearing in comprehensible way: using Slovenian sign language (SSL), plus subtitling and voice, and taking into consideration their different needs.

Web TV was established in 2007 by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Clubs Association of Slovenia. It is the only medium in the Slovenian media space that, 24/7, provides linguistically adjusted and relevant information for the deaf, with subtitling the rôle of the Slovenian state!


(c)Bogdan Szymczyk

Specialisterne is a for-profit company designed to assess, train and employ people with ASD (autism spectrum disorders).

Specialist People Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of enabling one million jobs for people with ASD and similar challenges and thereby making societies globally respect and accommodate people with ASD as equal citizens.

The Specialist People Foundation aims to enable sustainable businesses based on the skills of people with ASD in a global network of collaboration and knowledge share licensees. With local Specialisterne “showcases”, we demonstrate to society the value of employing people with ASD.



VerbaVoice provides a unique solution to the barriers deaf and hard of hearing people currently face in their daily life – especially in education and on the labour market.

Via an online platform, any deaf or hard of hearing person can book and connect to a speech-to-text reporter (STTR) whenever necessary: the voice of the speaker is transmitted to a laptop or mobile phone, transcribed in real time by the STTR, who is working from home, and displayed on the screen of the laptop or phone of the deaf or hard of hearing user.

The STTR “re-voices” the content word for word so that speech recognition software – trained specifically to decipher his or her voice – can convert the spoken content into text. As the text is being produced, it is corrected by the STTR before being transmitted to the client’s laptop or mobile phone with a minimal time lag. This is only possible because VerbaVoice is putting a strong focus on technology development and has combined existing and in-house software solutions (patent pending) to achieve the best possible outcomes.

There are some interesting results, both positive and negative, amongst the social indicators in the Zero Project Report 2012.  For example, on the positive side, much seems to have been done both to ensure the accessibility of buildings open to the public and that, for those who need it, sign language is increasingly a sine qua non in the courts.  However, on the negative side, a great deal of work still needs to be done both in ensuring that, in national emergencies, early warning systems are accessible to all persons with disabilities, and that buses in countries’ capitals, too, really are made accessible to all.

Blind Women Detect Breast Cancer

Breast palpation - Blind women detect breast cancer | copyright Ashoka

Discovering hands uses the special skills of visually impaired women to make a difference in the early detection of breast cancer. Blind women are trained with a standardised diagnostic method and are then based at physicians’ offices. There they examine women for irregularities in the breast, aiming to identify any potential nodes as early as possible.

This approach makes a real difference in the early detection of breast cancer as it: 1) makes use of visually impaired persons’ special cognitive skills and 2) includes a 30-minute examination of the breast (whereas the physician typically spends only a few minutes on examining the breast).

Parallel to this, discovering hands provides a meaningful and important employment opportunity for visually impaired women, creating a real “win-win” situation for breast cancer patients and blind women.

Accessibility Information for Wheelchair Users - Raúl Aguayo-Krauthausen

Accessibility Information for Wheelchair Users - Raúl Aguayo-Krauthausen

Wheelmap.org is an online map of wheelchair accessible and inaccessible places, providing a simple and efficient way towards better inclusion for wheelchair users.

Over the world. Every user can easily tag places as accessible, partly accessible or not accessible to wheelchairs, and a blog and other features allow for additional information sharing and community organising.

The platform works with various input devices, including mobile phones, and provides open programming interfaces for third party applications and websites.