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The Living Link: Creating Abilities from Disabilities
To enhance the potential of intellectually disabled adults The Living Link developed a one-year Adult Integration Programme, which consists of teaching essential work readiness and life-skills, providing work training and experience and attending a five-day "Independent Living tour," during which newly learned skills are applied and assessed.
Living Link, South Africa
Supporting businesses in creating accessible workplaces and infrastructure
Based in Karachi, Pakistan, NOWPDP started a comprehensive project for public space and workplace accessibility and inclusion in 2012. Since then more than 50 locations have been adapted. To date more than 2,000 people with disabilities have benefited, 30 branches of a bank and numerous offices have been modified.
NOWPDP - Network of Organizations Working with People with Disabilities, Pakistan
Government supporting self-employment and microfinance
The Programme increases entrepreneurship of persons with disabilities by providing them and their families with personnel and financial support to develop their own business ideas. From 2013 to 2016, more than 4,385 entrepreneurs with disabilities were trained about entrepreneurial and productive topics.
MIPRO - Ministry of Industry and Productivity of Ecuador, Productive Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities Programme of 2013, part of Strengthening Inclusive Services and Support Networks for Persons with Disabilities in Ecuador Ministry of Industries and Productivity (MIPRO) & Ministry of Social Development (MCDS), Ecuador, Ecuador
Simulating a supermarket as a learning environment
"At the Supermarket" is a simulated supermarket managed by disabled young people where they learn accounting, to speak foreign languages, and to draft a code of conduct. The project also includes guided visits to actual supermarkets and an internship. The learning environment is changed every year.
ITSE C. Colombo - Technical and Economic Institute of Porto Viro, Italy
Providing vocational skills and career development to young adults with disabilities
The training focuses on IT entrepreneurship and career development to enable employment or self-employment. Graduates are supported in their search for an internship or a job or receive a small grant to start a company. Between 2017 and 2020, 1,300 people and 570 special needs teachers were trained.
Special Needs Initiative For Growth, TVET for Special Needs Young Adults in Low-Middle Income Countries, Nigeria
A two-year programme with proven success in labour market integration
TIL offers post-secondary education for adults over 18 years with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The two-year programme provides independent living-skills training and work experience to increase participants’ functional, social, and career skills. The graduating class of 2018 contained 23 students, 78 per cent found employment.
Taft College, Transition to Independent Living programme (TIL), United States of America
Vocational support for people with intellectual disabilities in the penal system
APSA’s penitentiary programme offers personalized vocational training and support to beneficiaries within penal institutions and through its sheltered employment centres. APSA supports all persons with intellectual disabilities in Alicante’s penal system, of which there were 65 in 2020.
APSA Association Alicante, APSA Penitentiary Programme, Spain
All you need to know to open the door to the labour market
The project targets students with learning or other disabilities who are in their final year of special vocational schools. The main product of the project is the website "www.oikeitatoita.fi" ("decent work"), a database that provides advice on writing a CV and job application, on group coaching methods, etc.
Aspa Foundation, Finland
Jobs for persons with psychosocial disabilities
NLPRA’s social enterprises adopt a business approach in operation, with the objective of providing work and training opportunities to people in recovery from mental illness in a real work setting. In 2013 NLPRA operated 21 "330"-enterprises in retail, catering, eco-tourism, direct sales, cleansing and property management.
New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Jobs for persons with psychosocial disabilities, China - Hong Kong
Accessible Canada Act: first federal accessibility legislation in Canada
ACA, the Accessible Canada Act, was passed in 2019 and aims to make Canada accessible by 2040. The ACA applies to all government departments, federally regulated agencies, and parts of the private sector, such as banking, telecommunications, and transportation.
Canadian Department of Employment and Social Development, Accessible Canada Act (ACA), Canada