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Towards a universally designed city of Oslo in 2025
The strategy requires all new government-operated buildings, parks, public spaces, and transport systems to have Universal Design implemented from a project’s inception and for this to be included in the overall building costs. In 2017 the majority of government buildings were already fully accessible.
City of Oslo, Department of Primary Health and Social Affairs, Norway – City of Oslo – Department for Health and Social Affairs – Comprehensive Universal Design plan by 2025, Norway
App to support persons with speech and language difficulties to communicate
Milla Says from Norway launched a web-based sign language service in 2018 that combines a user-created vocabulary with a standard library of Norwegian signs, and in which custom gestures can be shared within the network. In 2022 there were 200 end users, 1,400 network members, and 56,000 created signs.
Milla Says, Milla Says, Norway
Scandic has taken on the challenge to include accessibility in everything they do. When designing rooms for persons with disabilities, Scandic ensure that they are as well-designed as any other room, with practical solutions that go almost unnoticed, except by those who really need them.
In consultation with organisations for people with special accessibility needs, a checklist of 110 points was developed. The Scandic's accessibility standard encompasses everything offered by the hotel and is an integral consideration for all products and services at the hotel. Scandic also offer online training for its staff.
Scandic Hotels, Everybody is welcome in an accessible hotel, Norway
Gateway to employment: opportunities not obstacles
The Telenor Open Mind programme duration is two years. In the first three months the individuals participate in a computer training course, as well as a course to develops social skills for the workplace. The following 21 months are work practice in Telenor in an area of their interest, allowing them to gain hands-on experience.
ASA Telenor, Gateway to employment: opportunities not obstacles, Norway
Adding universal design in ICT student curricula
The project uses active learning approaches to ensure that all students studying technology gain knowledge on the universal design of ICT. Active learning involves student-centred teaching methods and adaptive and individualized support. At the graduate level universal design is a requirement for all technology students
Oslo and Akershus University, Norway
Teaching sign language with videos, Artificial Intelligence, and gamification
SignLab uses video, Artificial Intelligence, and gamification to teach sign languages more effectively and affordably. The online and offline platform has quadrupled the number of people learning Norwegian sign language since 2018, and it will introduce Chinese, Indonesian, and Indian sign languages by 2022.
SignLab AS, SignLab - Toleio, Norway
Personal assistance is custom-designed
Uloba, Independent Living Norway, is a cross-disability organization that has developed the concept of "personal assistance" based on the Independent Living ideology. Uloba is organized as a cooperative society owned by its members – all disabled. In 2015 Uloba had 1,100 members and 5,700 assistants.
Uloba – Independent Living Norge SA, Norway
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AND ACCESSIBLITY ACT & EQUALITY AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION OMBUD AND TRIBUNAL
Norway’s Anti-Discrimination and Accessibility Act of 2008 is the country’s first nationwide non-discrimination act. It introduced legal safeguards against discrimination of people with disabilities in all sectors of society. The focus is on buildings, transport and ICT. The law also includes an obligation to use universal design.
Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Universal design in non-discrimination law, Norway
Making footpaths accessible for leisure and daily use
The project began by conducting a survey of how accessible the current walking routes were. Each municipality then chose one trail to upgrade, focussing on those that started in central urban areas so people could easily access them. By 2017, 12 of the 18 municipalities have at least one footpath installed.
County Governor of Telemark, Norway