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The Atatürk Airport Istanbul was made accessible through a holistic approach: tactile surfaces added; sanitary facilities renovated; induction loop systems implemented. Strong emphasis was laid on the training of the airport employees.
The specific needs of persons with disabilities were taken into consideration in order to make the Atatürk Airport accessible. A holistic approach was chosen, not limiting itself to the transformation of the physical space but also aimed at creating awareness within the organisation as well as amongst the general public.
TAV Istanbul, Airport accessibility for everyone, Turkey
An indoor navigation system for the blind and visually impaired
In 2014, PoiLabs launched an indoor navigation system to make complex indoor spaces accessible for blind users. The system uses beacon devices and voice-guided navigation on a mobile phone. To provide it, PoiLabs partners with Turkcell, the largest telecommunication company in Turkey.
PoiLabs, Visually Impaired Navigation System for Indoor Venues, Turkey
Volunteer-based distance learning platform for people with visual impairments
Engelsiz Erisim Derneği has developed a online learning platform offering courses to people with visual impairments. Up to seven different classes are taught daily using TeamTalk, a free voice chat room. The courses are prepared and conducted by visually impaired instructors and are uploaded to the online platform.
ABFA - Association of Barrier Free Access, Online Learning Platform, Turkey
Employment in the open labour market for persons with Down syndrome
The Down Syndrome Association is a charity organization dedicated to change the public perception of persons with Down syndrome and to create an equal opportunity atmosphere. From 2014 to 2016, the Job Coaching Supported Employment programme provided employment opportunities for 30 persons with Down syndrome.
Down Syndrome Association, Job Coaching Supported Employment programme, Turkey
Social inclusion through Special Olympics
Unified Sports Recreation
Through the Special Olympics Unified Sports Recreation model, children are able to participate in an inclusive sports setting based on football. The project mission is to implement the model in Turkey for children aged 8 to 12 with support from six local professional football clubs and the Turkish Football Association.
Special Olympics, Turkey
Online job-platform used by more than 10,000 jobseekers with disabilities
Engelsizkariyer.com is the first Turkish career portal for people with disabilities. Jobseekers can obtain free membership and apply for free trainings(via e-learning). The organization also offers services to companies and has created a reference book on communication with Disabled for HR personnel and community.
Engelsizkariyer, Disabled Human Resources and Career Web (Barrier Free Careers), Turkey
Audio descriptions-app making movies accessible for the blind
My Dream Companion was developed by visually impaired YGA graduates and Turkcell, a mobile phone operator. The cost-free app provides audio descriptions of movies without requiring any other equipment or software. From 2015 to 2017 approximately 180,000 persons have benefitted from the app.
YGA - Young Guru Academy, My Dream Companion, Turkey
A Ballot Template for the Blind
The ballot template can be used both by those who can read Braille and those who cannot. Also the template can be adapted to the specific candidates of a region, thus allowing blind voters to participate nationwide. In 2017, 5,000 templates were piloted during the Turkish Constitution referendum.
ABFA - Association of Barrier Free Access, Turkey
International airport that provides a diverse accessible airport experience.
IGA Cares is an Istanbul Airport programme that includes a broad variety of measures and services to make the airport accessible for all. Services include a navigation app, info kiosks in sign language, and a map that gives people who are particularly sensitive to noise access to quiet spaces.
Istanbul Airport, IGA Cares, Turkey