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QR Codes used to inform voters who are blind or deaf about voting procedures
In the run-up to the 2020 local elections in Ukraine, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) joined forces with the Central Election Commission of Ukraine to develop information posters with QR codes. These were linked to audio and sign language formats and were used by approximately 6,000 people.
International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Accessible Voter Education in Ukraine, Ukraine
Canadian Centre on Disability Studies: From hidden children to inclusive education
The aim of the project was to advance inclusive education in two regions in Ukraine. The project took a multi-level approach by developing civil society capacity, supporting policy development and enhancing the capacity of the school system to deliver quality education for all students, including those with disabilities.
Canadian Centre on Disability Studies, Ukraine
A step-by-step toolkit to monitor voter participation
IFES developed a methodology whereby people with disabilities and their organizations are trained as official observers and use checklists to collect data on access to the electoral process. As of 2018, 13 countries had employed the IFES’s methodology, resulting in the formation of a free-to-download Election Access Observation Toolkit.
IFES - International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Election Access Observation Toolkit, Indonesia
Moving children and adults back to their families or community-based homes
"Community for All" partners with the central government and NGOs to transfer children and adults from institutions back to their families or into community-based homes, and offers services such as education, health care, and social care to support them. From 2015 to 2018, some 2000 people benefitted from programme’s community-based services.
Keystone Human Services International - Moldova Association, Community for All Moldova, Moldova
Political leadership courses for young people with disabilities
ENGAGE (Engaging a New Generation for Accessible Governance and Elections) is a political leadership training course for young people with disabilities. The programme was developed in 2018 by the US-based International Foundation for Electoral Systems and implemented by local partners in six countries through 2022.
IFES - International Foundation for Electoral Systems, ENGAGE, United States of America
Service IT-platform available in several European countries
In 2015, Helpific started a web-based IT-platform that connects people who need assistance in independent living to local volunteers and paid support. The IT-platform enables people to post requests as well as offers of support in a variety of categories. In 2018, Helpific had more than 6,200 registered members.
Helpific Estonia, Estonia
Audio-descriptive commentary for blind and partially sighted people in football stadiums
The ADC programme of the NGO CAFE in the United Kingdom, trains soccer commentators to provide audio-descriptive commentary (ADC) in English and in the local language. The broadcast is via an FM radio frequency, and reception is via proprietary equipment or headsets provided on-site.
CAFE - Center for Access to Football in Europe, ADC Programme, United Kingdom
Personal Ombudsmen Enhance Self-Determination
Personal ombudsmen (POs) assist individuals with psychosocial disabilities in taking control of their own situation. In 2017 the organization employed a self-determination coordinator (referred to as a BISAM) charged with working alongside POs in group homes; and in that year the POs served more than 600 people.
PO Skåne - Personal ombudsman in Skåne, Sweden
Changing a whole country´s approach on children´s institutions
Together with the Moldovan Government, Lumos has promoted an integrated policy and programme of deinstitutionalisation. Since launching the programme in 2007, the number of children in institutions has dropped by 86 per cent and since 2010, more than 6,000 children have been admitted to inclusive mainstream school.
Lumos Foundation, Moldova