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Volunteer-based distance learning platform for people with visual impairments
Engelsiz Erisim Derneği has developed a online learning platform offering courses to people with visual impairments. Up to seven different classes are taught daily using TeamTalk, a free voice chat room. The courses are prepared and conducted by visually impaired instructors and are uploaded to the online platform.
ABFA - Association of Barrier Free Access, Online Learning Platform, Turkey
The right to a personal assistance budget
The personal assistance budget (PAB) covers 100% of service costs, and enables individuals themselves to purchase self-directed personal assistance services from public and private entities. Notably, the policy has created a demand-driven market for personal assistance where providers compete for customers.
Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, THE ACT CONCERNING SUPPORT AND SERVICE TO PERSONS WITH CERTAIN FUNCTIONAL IMPAIRMENTS & THE ASSISTANCE BENEFIT ACT, Sweden
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
Individual Supported Living in Australia
Beginning in 2008, the first two stages of this project have developed a descriptive framework of ISL and then operationalized that framework into a set of guidelines. The third stage of the project will explore how high quality ISL arrangements contribute to social and economic participation and relationships.
Curtin University, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Australia
Disability-led centres providing a range of services for independent living
FOH centres are run entirely by people with disabilities and aims to offer comprehensive services for such people in their home and throughout their daily lives. In 2017, 47 homes were adapted, 223 people were provided with transport, 120 people took part in sport or the arts, and 2,435 assistive devices were provided.
Forum of the Handicapped, Lebanon
Peer counselling as an approved profession
With the help of the regional Independent Living Centre, Upper Austria introduced peer counselling as a social profession in 2008, and it remains the only region to do so worldwide. Since 2009 more than 70 professionals have been certified. In 2014, 76 peer counsellors offered up to 1,320 hours of service per week.
Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, AMENDMENT OF THE SOCIAL PROFESSIONS ACT, Austria
The professionalisation of empowerment
Peer counsellors have their own experience of disability and advise similarly affected people to enable them to take control of their own lives at home, in the community and at work. For the first time in the world, the province of Upper Austria has established peer counselling as a social profession.
Office of the Upper Austrian Provincial Government, Department of Social Affairs, The professionalisation of empowerment, Austria
Finding employment by profound training
Trainings include theoretical modules and a period of job sampling in the open labour market. The course material was written for and in collaboration with intellectually disabled people. There are no formal assessments, as many of the young adults are illiterate. Approximately 35 adults are trained each year.
Living Link, South Africa
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
Supportive Housing: Helping young adults to live independently
Supported Housing assists young adults with intellectual disabilities to become involved in community and social activities. Once they are transitioned into their apartments, they are provided with a care coordinator who teach them to live independently and who are continuously involved in their overall well-being.
JDC Israel - Israel Unlimited, Israel