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A business approach to sustainable community living
"Mustard Seed Communities" (MSC) facilitates the development of minimum assisted-living communities and provides employment for persons with disabilities by offering skills training and equipment. In 2015 MSC had 12 residential centres catering to some 400 children and adults with disabilities.
Digicel Foundation Jamaica, Jamaica
Converting special schools into Inclusive Education centres
In 2018 CBM, in partnership with the Jairos Jiri Association, began converting three special schools into Inclusive Education centres. Each centre has a specific focus and serves also as an education platform on inclusion for local governments, companies, and schools while working closely with the community.
CBM - Christoffel Blind Mission International, Inclusive Educational Centres in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Young people trained as Disability Inclusion Facilitators to motivate employers
The Make 12.4% Work initiative is led by young people with disabilities who are trained and certified as Disability Inclusion Facilitators. They train member organizations to become more inclusive. From 2018 to 2020, 124 organizations have become members and 5,700 people have benefited.
Light for the World Austria, Make 12.4% Work-Initiative, Uganda
Comprehensive job-creation model from East Europe expanding internationally
The self-funded programme assists people with disabilities to acquire soft skills and professional abilities. Jamba also works with employers and operates a job matching platform. Launched in 2017, by 2020 Jamba has trained more than 590 people, has 58 partner organizations, and has more than 2,000 candidates in its database.
JAMBA - Career for All, JAMBA - Career For All, Bulgaria
Employment and inclusion of rural girls with hearing impairments
Women with hearing disabilities from rural areas receive training and education to ensure their participation in the job market. Informing families and communities about the needs and issues of these women leads to greater understanding and inclusion, which in turn helps to empower them economically and socially.
Al Saeeda Society for the Care and Rehabilitation of Deaf Girls in Yemen, Yemen
A three-year vocational training programme for students with intellectual disabilities
The "Diploma in Working Skills" is a three-year programme for people with learning difficulties to develop employment skills. Both professional and social competences are taught during the training. The programme takes place on the university campus and students have access to all extracurricular activities on site.
Andres Bello University, Socio-labour training programme in a university setting, Chile
A certification scheme creates jobs for people with intellectual disabilities
Descúbreme Foundation developed a pilot project to certify the education of students with intellectual disabilities with the appropriate authority. Ten students were selected, eight of them passed the exam and found a regular job. Project staff provided support during the first six months of to ensure a smooth transition.
Fundación Descúbreme, Providing certification for secondary education and vocational training, Chile
A bank uses its networks to create career options for persons with visual impairments
A Corporate Advisory Council was formed of managers who help to create jobs and promote the employability of people with visual impairments. Local NGOs created an integrated platform to improve the listing and hiring process. Between 2013 and 2016, 388 people were supported and 250 were successfully employed.
Standard Chartered Bank, Taiwan, Project “Seeing is Believing”, Taiwan
Training professional baristas in the Caribbean
Deaf Can! Coffee is a social enterprise founded in 2015 that engages deaf young people and equips them with the knowledge and confidence to operate a sustainable coffee venture. Once the candidates complete training, they are employed in the café, but also work upon request for mobile coffee stations.
Deaf Can! Coffee, Jamaica
Support in transition to adult life
The School-to-Community Transition Initiative aims to improve the quality of transition planning and transition services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This goal is achieved by identifying successful programmes that can be replicated nationwide within The Arc’s network of local and state chapters.
The Arc of the United States, Support in transition to adult life, United States of America