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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
Training people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities for ICT jobs
TAP was designed for people with mental, emotional, or cognitive disabilities. It includes technological education, training of soft skills, and the placement of people as qualified IT specialists. Since its launch in 2011, TAP has trained more than 150 adults, 74 per cent of whom were successfully placed.
itworks, Technology Accessibility Program (TAP), Israel
A transition into adulthood programme for young people with disabilities
Creating a Future prepares students between the ages of 16 and 21 for adulthood through employment skills and future orientation training. It also supports preparation for employment through an assessment of an individual’s interests and strengths as well as by providing work experience.
Israel Elwyn, Creating a Future, Israel
Large-scale, all-encompassing training and transition programme
The programme aims to improve the economic and social integration of young people with disabilities in Armenia. To this end, various activities are carried out. These include vocational training through inclusive courses, which have been created in vocational training centres throughout the country.
Bridge of Hope, Programme “Right to Earn a Living”, Armenia
Digital-based support group for parents of children with disabilities
The Parent Network is a community-based support group for parents of children with disabilities, accessible through a dedicated app but also in person through designated volunteers. Launched in 2020 by Shonaquip Social Enterprise from South Africa, it already had some 1,000 participants in 2022.
Shonaquip Social Enterprise, Parent Network, South Africa
Government-led crowdsourcing platform to guide policymaking for inclusive workplaces
The US Department of Labor’s ePolicyWorks is a ‘virtual town hall’. Through an accessible online crowdsourcing tool, anyone can participate in national dialogues on employment and disability issues - a model that has already been adopted by other US agencies.
Department of Labor of the US, ePolicyWorks Initiative, United States of America
Technology centres offering accessible training in digital skills and career support
The programme offers free and accessible online and in-person training in life, technical, and digital skills, partnering locally with potential employers and mentors. POETA DigiSpark has trained more than 4,000 people since starting in 2013, and has registered 200,000 visits to its seven technology centres.
Trust for the Americas, POETA DigiSpark, Argentina
Moving children and adults back to their families or community-based homes
"Community for All" partners with the central government and NGOs to transfer children and adults from institutions back to their families or into community-based homes, and offers services such as education, health care, and social care to support them. From 2015 to 2018, some 2000 people benefitted from programme’s community-based services.
Keystone Human Services International - Moldova Association, Community for All Moldova, Moldova
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
Guidelines and toolkits to promote fully accessible schools
The information is based on Indian national codes and space standards, as well as on universal design principles. Together, they provide authorities with infrastructural recommendations. Staff and teachers are assisted with curriculum and classroom materials in accessible formats, e-learning technology solutions, and other educational services.
Samarthyam - National Centre for Accessible Environments, India