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Standards for physical accessibility
Between 2009 and 2015 seven laws and decrees have been passed in support of persons with disabilities. Law 4.934/13, for example, mandates that all public and private spaces must be accessible to people with disabilities. The private sector is incentivised by fiscal benefits rather than obligations.
Saraki Foundation, Paraguay – Saraki Foundation & USAID – Seven laws improving accessibility standards, Paraguay
People with intellectual disabilities train peers to use digital media and ICT
PIKSL Mobil is a peer-to-peer teaching approach. People with intellectual disabilities are trained in the use of digital technology and in training other people. Equipped with technical equipment, these trainers then teach other persons with disabilities and seniors living in residential facilities to use digital media independently.
PIKSL - Living in the community gGmbH, PIKSL Mobil, Germany
Online platform on community-based services
Through an online database the project brings together – and shares information among – existing and new community-based service providers in Serbia for young people with disabilities in three areas: education, employment, and social protection. In 2015 the project’s web portal was visited by up to 1,000 persons per month.
Youth with Disabilities Forum Serbia, Serbia
Teaching students with disabilities to manage risks associated with natural disasters
RET Americas has developed inclusive learning methodologies to integrate disaster risk reduction and management (DRR&M) as a topic in public schools, introducing curricula and exercises specifically for students with disabilities. Since 2015, more than 4,000 young people with disabilities have taken part in the project.
RET International - Protection through Education, Inclusive school safety in Panama (disasters and natural hazards awareness), Panama
The open-source software 'Universal Maths Conversion Library' (UMCL) was developed into a web-based tool to convert all kinds of documents containing mathematical formulae into Braille.
MathInBraille improved the open source software "Universal Maths Conversion Library" and developed a web portal. This means the tool can be used online without users having to install specific software. With the web-based convertion tool the user can convert different document formats into accessible versions.
Hilfsgemeinschaft - Austrian Association supporting the Blind and Visually Impaired, Web-portal to convert math formulae into Braille, Austria
Moving step-by-step towards an inclusive university
DoBuS supports students with disabilities to graduate and implements structural changes based on the experiences gained in the counselling service with the aim of reducing as far as possible the extra work that students with disabilities have to master.In 2014, more than 300 students and 100 applicants with disability were counselled per semester.
University of Dortmund, Germany
Government-sponsored radio station targeting blind and visually impaired listeners
La Radio Incluyente is a radio station in Colombia with programmes targeted towards the blind and visually impaired. The government-financed station has 30,000 Spanish speaking listeners in almost 100 countries.
INCI - National Institute for the Blind, INCIRadio La Radio Incluyente, Colombia
Enfranchising People with Disabilities in Zimbabwe
The program has sought to secure the inclusion of people with disabilities in Zimbabwe’s governance systems by advocating for their accessibility to polling stations. The program also aimed at ensuring proportional representation of people with disabilities in decision-making bodies or a quota system in employment.
Jairos Jiri Association, Zimbabwe
Alternative communication platform for people with learning difficulties
The Livox app enables users with speaking or learning difficulties to communicate using virtual cards with pictures or illustrated short phrases. The app can be operated noth by blinking and by speech. The app is self-learning and also features a content creator to add communication cards with videos, pictures and music.
Livox, Livox, Brazil
How to support your embassies in producing captioned videos
The Department of State produces or owns nearly 20,000 videos per year in more than 70 languages on a huge range of topics. Using cloud services, the DOS has been able to make the process of captioning videos easier. DOS can now caption live video in two languages, and pre-recorded video in over 70 languages.
US Department of State, Global Video Captioning Program, United States of America
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