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Mapping the accessibility of vacation properties and itineraries
EWB is an accommodation, tour information, and booking service catering mainly to persons with physical disabilities who wish to travel in Europe. The website covers bookings in seven countries. In 2016 EWB provided services to over 7,800 persons with disabilities, including over 3,500 hours of specialised assistance.
AISM - Italian Multiple Sclerosis Society, Italy
De-Institutionalisation and Community Living since 1980
Since 1980 the city of Trieste has closed psychiatric hospitals and set up a network of 24-hour community mental health centres capable of dealing with the most severe conditions and of supporting clients in their daily life. In 2015 the Trieste DMH managed 4 community mental health centres, each with 4–8 beds.
WHO - World Health Organisation, Collaborating Centre for Research and Training, Italy
Accessible phone calls for the Deaf for private and professional needs
Pedius is a communication system that enables hearing impaired people to make telephone calls independently and at any time. Pedius Work Inclusion offers special features, such as subtitled conference calls. Founded in 2013, Pedius now has over 35,000 users in 13 countries and supports seven languages.
Pedius, Pedius Work Inclusion, Italy
Using iPads to create multiple information channels
The project developed interactive textbooks on vocational subjects designed to include students with learning disabilities, and that can be used on iPad. The subject matter is presented in multiple ways and offers a variety of learning styles. The project also offers customized tools to help students with dyslexia.
CLE - Leonardo Education Center, Italy
Mobile application allowing deaf people to make phone calls without an interpreter
Users type or speak their message into their device and Pedius sends it to the contact they choose, using either the user’s own voice or an automated voice through speech synthesis. In real-time, users read the written translation of the recipient’s answer through Pedius’s voice recognition software on the display of their device.
Tactile paths giving voice commands via a smart stick and a mobile phone app
The LVE system is made up of tactile paving integrated with radio frequency tags. The user holds a Bluetooth-equipped smart stick, which receives instructions from the radio tags when it touches the path. These instructions are then sent via Bluetooth to an app, which reads out voice instructions, based on a downloadable map.
JKJ S.r.l. - Plastic Solutions, LVE smart stick system, Italy
Music as an education and communication tool for students with Autism
The project is based on an educational/didactical approach, employing elaborate games with music to implement Inclusive Education. Without the need for words, music includes emotional, mental, and physical dimensions – all of which contribute to the well-being and progress of children with autism.
Primary School Via dei Boschi, Italy
In Italy, students with disabilities are not segregated
The Italian Framework Law for the Assistance, Social Inclusion, and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a binding policy prescribing that children with disabilities have to be included in mainstream schools at all levels. As a result fewer than 1% of all children with special needs are educated in segregated settings.
Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Framework Law for the Assistance, Social Inclusion and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities no. 104 of 5th February 1992 by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Italy, Italy
A new set of provisions for the further implementation of inclusive education
Decree No. 66 addresses the issue of inclusion in schools. It was introduced in 2017 and adapted in 2019. It will increase its focus on the evaluation of school inclusiveness, the training of staff, equipment, the promotion of inclusion groups and the improvement of the accessibility of school buildings.
Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Law 107/2015 – Good School Reform Act; Legislative decree 66/2017, Italy
Therapy IT-Platform Improves Motor Function in Young People with Cerebral Palsy
Mirrorable is a home-based therapy programme based on Action Observation Treatment, which states that by observing and imitating the actions of others we trigger specific neurons in our own brain. Young stroke survivors are paired via a video platform and undertake tasks together to improve motor skills.
Fight the Stroke, Mirrorable, Italy