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Escola de Gente is a theatre project that works on the full inclusion of persons with disabilities not only by enabling them to visit and enjoy theatre, but also by actively participating in creating an inclusive culture by publishing all kind of accessible material and advocating for an inclusive education system.
Escola de Gente enables actors and audience members with and without disabilities to participate in and enjoy theatre. The stories told on stage address themes like discrimination and inclusion. Descriptive subtitling, sign language interpreters, audio description, programs in Braille and multimedia materials play an essential part.
Escola de Gente - Communication in inclusion, Cultural inclusion through accessible theatre, Brazil
Enabling people with disabilities to vote from home and without assistance
In partnership with Amazon and Microsoft, Democracy Live developed OmniBallot, an accessible online voting system available via computer, tablet, or smartphone, thus enabling people with disabilities to vote independent of support. Since its launch in 2015, over one million voters have used the system.
Democracylive, OmniBallot, United States of America
Former students with disabilities are working at the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) as counsellors for freshmen and other students. They also give advice to the university on accessible, universally designed environments in order to provide higher education irrespective of disabilities.
Former students of Tallinn University of Technology with disabilities are employed as counsellors at the university. They provide assistance for and support to students, university staff and key decision makers. As a result improvements were made and the number of students with disabilities increased over 300% in three years.
Tallinn University of Technology, Higher education accessible in Tallinn, Estonia
Large-scale support for employers who have to meet a quota of employees with disabilities
Helm assists employers by short-listing suitable candidates, identifying the required accommodations and ensuring that employees maintain their jobs by on-the-job training and regular follow-up with both the employee and employer. Between 2014 and 2017 Helm has worked with more than 250 companies.
A project to enable the safe and independent use of public bus transportation for persons with visual or hearing impairments, designed also to assist persons with all physical, mental or sensory conditions. A new information technology has been developed and mobile applications introduced.
Visual and acoustic information is provided both inside and outside the vehicle. The information panels at the bus stop include audio information that can be activated through a simple button or by activating Bluetooth on the mobile phone. A telephone service provides information about the time of arrival at each stop.
EMT - Municipal Transport Company Madrid, Visual and acoustic information on public buses, Spain
Network of users with visual disabilities creating and
growing its digital library
Tiflolibros is a digital library for visually impaired people in the Spanish-speaking world, launched by the NGO Asociación Tiflonexos in Argentina. Since its launch in 2001 until 2021, more than 65,000 accessible books have been made available free of charge.
Tiflonexos Association, Biblioteca Tiflolibros, Argentina
Inclusive design agency promoting access to arts and culture
By combining digital and multisensory elements, Tactile Studio, a design agency from France, designs accessible experiences for museums and other cultural institutions aimed at people with visual impairments, combining digital and multisensory elements.
Tactile Studio France, Inclusive & multi-sensory pathways, France
Blind programmers developing free software for blind users
In 2015 the Sao Mai Vocational & Assistive Technology Center for the Blind started developing software for blind users. By 2020 three products were released and are available free of charge: SM Braille, the Burmese TTS engine, and the SM Music Reader. The positive response is reflected in the increasing number of monthly downloads.
Sao Mai Center for the Blind, Vocational and Assistive Technology Center for the Blind, Vietnam
The online route-planning tool wege-finden.at allows wheelchair users to plan their way through the city. Both official data and community-generated information are combined to suggest a real-time route to the user.
Due to poorly available data, there was no satisfactory system for barrier-free routing in Europe until 2012. wege-finden.at therefore was developed by involving a group of the future end users and by cooperating with strategic partners. The target group are persons with mobility impairments, especially wheelchair users
BIS Barriere Informations System, Web-based route planner, Austria