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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
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
Regional railway company becoming accessible and a role model for the whole country
LKA, the railroad company of the Łódź region in Poland, launched a comprehensive accessibility programme, including online sign language interpreters and induction loops on trains. Other rail companies are following suit, and representatives of the LKA are involved in developing national guidelines.
Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna, Railway accessibility in Łódź, Poland
Providing Meaningful Volunteer Work for Students with Disabilities
"Volunteering for a Change" arranges trainings and provides briefings on how to manage volunteers with disabilities. The partners develop relevant roles for youth with special needs so that volunteers can have meaningful placements. By 2018, Volunteering for a Change had trained some 200 students and 500 professionals.
JDC Israel - Israel Unlimited, Volunteering for a Change, Israel
Strategic engagement with government to push for national disability legislation
Mphasis funded the NCPEDP with the purpose of advocating for a national disability policy. The programme carried out an intensive, multifaceted drive to bring together people with disabilities and government representatives. The effort resulted in the passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act in 2016.
Mphasis, Ltd., India
Empowerment of youth with disabilities involving their families and communities
ETI primarily focuses on young people with visual impairments, offering life-skills training in group and one-to-one settings, parent workshops, and other community activities to promote social inclusion. ETI also works with relief agencies to ensure that young refugees with disabilities can also access its programmes.
ETI - Empowerment Through Integration, Lebanon
A city offering a free 24-hour video-sign language translation service for all public services
Central de Intermediação em Libras (CIL) is a free service for the hearing impaired, offered by the city administration of São Paulo. Via an app, users can communicate with municipal civil servants and emergency services personnel in Brazilian sign language for free and also without affecting their data download limit.
São Paulo Municipal Secretariat for People with Disabilities, Central de Intermediação em Libras (CIL) App, Brazil
Competition among students for innovative devices and software
UNIKATE is a competition among a wide variety of students to solve every-day problems of persons with disabilities and the elderly. UNIKATE’s mission is to use their creative potential to invent tools and devices that support the specific needs, with the goal of constructing prototypes of the most promising ideas.
Austrian Council for the Disabled, Unikate Ideenwettbewerb, Austria
Making microfinance inclusive
Creer is a loan product designed to reach persons with disabilities. Technically the product is the same as a standard microcredit product. After its start-up in April 2010, the product in 2013 had around 400 clients, which is considerably above industry average, while the portfolio at risk is only slightly above the average.
Banco D-Miro, Making microfinance inclusive, Ecuador
Advisory board supporting the London Transport Authority in accessibility matters
The Independent Disability Advisory Group advises Transport for London, the main provider of public transport in Londong, in identifying and addressing issues and barriers to accessing public transport. In 2020, the 10 members of the group acted as consultants on 53 projects, like reconstruction of train stations.
Transport for London Authority, Independent Disability Advisory Group, United Kingdom