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A skills-based approach to matching jobseekers with autism to local employers
An individualized job-matching process is designed to identify 'hidden' skills and to help develop strategies for people with autism and developmental disabilities to connect with the workforce. The practice, pioneered in Canada, was also implemented in 2014 in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh.
Avalon Employment, Inc., Autism Employment Facilitator, Canada
University inclusion programme for persons with intellectual disabilities
"Uni 2 beyond" enables individuals with intellectual disabilities to attend lectures and tutorials at the University of Sydney with the support of peer mentors. The participants also undertake a paid internship, during which they receive support from a workplace mentor and have access to personalized career advice.
The Centre for Disability Studies, Uni 2 beyond, Australia
Teaching reading and writing to adults with intellectual disabilities in institutions
The Ed-Recovery Academy focuses on people with intellectual disabilities living in psychiatric institutions who do not have literacy skills and teaches them reading, grammar and mathematics. The teaching is done through an easy-to-read methodology and by incorporating life skills into the curriculum.
Psychoanalytic Association, Ed-Recovery Academy, Kazakhstan
Using technology in the classroom to support all students
The focus of the project is to increase knowledge among students, teachers, and other involved professionals on how the use of innovative technology in the classroom can facilitate participation and performance. 215 students with disabilities also received individual support. An accompanying study confirmed significant improvements.
Swedish Agency for Disability Coordination, Sweden
Creating bilingual storybooks in written and sign language
With the VL2 Storybook Creator deaf children can use touch screen tablets to read independently, but also to learn and even create texts in both sign language and printed text. The programme, also trains and supports the deaf community to develop vital skills – including filming, editing and translating.
Gallaudet University, VL2 Storybook Creator, United States of America
Creating smart accessible media using RoboBraille
RoboBraille is a free, award-winning service, capable of automatically converting documents into alternate formats. The goal of the project is to explore new smarter and easier methods to prepare and produce educational material in alternate formats using RoboBraille and other relevant free ICT tools.
Hilfsgemeinschaft - Austrian Association supporting the Blind and Visually Impaired, Austria
Providing vocational skills and career development to young adults with disabilities
The training focuses on IT entrepreneurship and career development to enable employment or self-employment. Graduates are supported in their search for an internship or a job or receive a small grant to start a company. Between 2017 and 2020, 1,300 people and 570 special needs teachers were trained.
Special Needs Initiative For Growth, TVET for Special Needs Young Adults in Low-Middle Income Countries, Nigeria
Fighting unemployment from two sides: with training centres and by influencing legal frameworks
4J sets up centres as a public-private partnership to provide vocational training for young people with disabilities from rural areas and places them in companies. Due to State Government participation in the programme, Y4J has been able to influence the legal framework towards pro-disability policies.
Youth4Jobs Foundation, Centre for Persons with Disability Livelihoods (CPDL), India
Inclusive organic agriculture farming for all, with approximately half being persons with disabilities
CBM cooperates with local partners across various states of India to train farmers, including people with disabilities, in organic farming and in supporting them by providing community loans for the procurement of equipment and livestock. By 2016 more than 11,000 farmers participated, 4,098 of whom were people with disabilities.
CBM - Christoffel Blind Mission India, India
Accessible eBook library with over 775,000 books in 47 languages
Benetech’s software platform renders books and other print materials into five accessible digital formats.The organization works with 900 publishers and NGOs. Membership in Bookshare is free for eligible US students, while individuals from the US and other countries pay up to a maximum of USD 50 per year.
Benetech, Bookshare, United States of America
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