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Long-term inclusion in the open labour market, state-wide
Begun in 1983, the programme provides individually tailored support and thoughtful job matches for people with intellectual disabilities. By 2002, Vermont had closed all sheltered workshops. By 2016, 48 per cent of Vermonters receiving developmental disabilities services are employed in the regular workforce and paid at minimum wage or higher.
University of Vermont, Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, Supported Employment Programme of 1983 Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, Agency of Human Services, Vermont, USA, United States of America
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
Providing summer internships for young people with disabilities
Community Living Sarnia-Lambton operates a variety of programmes supporting employment for people with disabilities. One such programme is Summer Employment Transitions, whereby young people (aged 16 to 29) are placed in summer internships supported by job coaches and paid by their employers.
Community Living Sarnia-Lambton, Summer Employment Transitions, Canada
Supported Housing for Women with Psychosocial Disabilities and Sexual Trauma
Three or four women with post-traumatic stress disorder due to sexual abuse share an apartment. A female social worker and rehabilitation counselor, both trained in sexual trauma and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), visit the apartment daily. The service offers personal meetings, group therapy, and peer support.
ENOSH - The Israeli Mental Health Association, Seeds of Wellness, Israel
De-Institutionalisation and Community Living since 1980
Since 1980 the city of Trieste has closed psychiatric hospitals and set up a network of 24-hour community mental health centres capable of dealing with the most severe conditions and of supporting clients in their daily life. In 2015 the Trieste DMH managed 4 community mental health centres, each with 4–8 beds.
WHO - World Health Organisation, Collaborating Centre for Research and Training, Italy
Microboards: Small non-profits for supported decision-making
A "Microboard" is a small group of family and friends who join a person with disabilities to create a non- profit organization so as to support the person to create the life he or she envisions. The network enhances supports that may previously have been solely the responsibility of parents or other relatives.
Vela Microboard Association, Canada
Philanthropy and government combining to create national disability service reform
The Service Reform Fund aims to implement reform in mental health, disability, and homeless services. The SRF awards government grant funding for projects that support persons with disabilities to move out of institutions into a community-based environment. From 2016 to 2018, 16 grants totalling € 7.9 million were awarded.
Genio Trust, Ireland
Grassroots self-advocacy for children through self-created comics
Grassroots Comics enables children with disabilities to express their personality and opinions through hand-drawn comics. The children receive four days of training and then draw their own story on paper. Each year, more than 1,000 Grassroots Comics are created by children with disabilities in India.
CHAI - Catholic Health Association of India, Grassroots Comics, India
Housing and person-centred support for persons with intellectual disabilities
Union SUMERO is supporting persons with intellectual disabilities to live together in shared accommodations of up to five residents. Assistants support them to carry out daily tasks, and thus enable them to stay in their local communities. Between 2011 and 2018, 80 users moved into 25 houses across the country.
Association Sumero, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Employer-driven job creation for people with intellectual disabilities
The KLAPjob project forms partnerships with various companies to identify and advertise jobs in the open labour market. People with intellectual disabilities are then helped to choose and apply for the most suitable job for them. Between 2014 and 2019, KLAPjob has successfully supported people into 3,684 jobs.
Lev - Inclusion Denmark, KLAPjob, Denmark