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Vocational training and seed capital to support entrepreneurs with deafblindness
Sense International India provides vocational training and seed capital to adults with deaf/blindness, enabling them to launch a micro-enterprise. The NGO also trains vocational instructors. By 2020, 600 people have benefited; and since 2014, 130 people have received seed capital.
Sense International India, Income Generation Activities for Persons with Deafblindness, India
Empowerment through peer-to-peer support
NOUSPR advocates and provides persons with psychosocial disabilities with a platform for a unified voice to enable them to access all necessary services and opportunities. In 2015 the program had some 1,200 members, 79 per cent of whom were persons who had themselves experienced mental health challenges.
NOUSPR - National Organization of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in Rwanda, Rwanda
Quality healthcare and counselling through video technology
doctHERs is a novel health care platform that connects female doctors to millions of underserved patients, including those with disabilities, in real-time while leveraging online technology. doctHERs overcomes sociocultural barriers that tie women to their homes, and at the same times provides access to quality health care.
A tablet that creates Braille, graphics, maps, and more
BLITAB – the iPad for the blind as it is called also – is the first-ever Braille tablet, using a new liquid-based technology to create tactile relief that produces Braille, graphics, maps, etc., for the blind and partially sighted. From the very start, blind and visually impaired users were involved in the product development.
BLITAB Technology Gmbh, Austria
Leadership programme for women with disabilities
The selected participants attend workshops where they learn to self-advocate and empower others, after which they implement their own small projects. To date, 24 women have completed the programme, with 12 having since received formal leadership positions or promotions. A further 470 women have been reached via the small projects.
Light for the World Austria, Women Leadership Programme, Cambodia
Department testing innovative approaches towards more inclusive careers for students
Since 2014, the Pathways to Careers (PTC) model has been testing different approaches to improve the qualifications and professional advancement of students with disabilities. Approaches such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) or student learning contracts with companies have already proven successful.
Department of Labor of the US, Pathways to Careers Programme (PTC), United States of America
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
Strategic engagement with government to push for national disability legislation
Mphasis funded the NCPEDP with the purpose of advocating for a national disability policy. The programme carried out an intensive, multifaceted drive to bring together people with disabilities and government representatives. The effort resulted in the passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act in 2016.
Mphasis, Ltd., India
National guideline to make vocational training centres fully accessible
Published in 2019, the guideline is the first document in Ethiopia to set out measures for the equal participation of people with disabilities in "technical and vocational education and training" (TVET). By 2020, more than 30 government institutions have implemented the directive.
Ethiopian Federal TVET Agency, Guideline for inclusion of people with disabilities, Ethiopia
Promoting micro-enterprises and entrepreneurship
ARUNIM’s key objective is to create a Marketing Federation and facilitate entrepreneurs with disabilities to become "Contributors and Job Creators". ARUNIM works with 192 NGOs as well as individual entrepreneurs as members across the country. It reaches out to more than 3,000 persons with disabilities.
Association for Rehabilitation under National Trust Initiative of Marketing, Promoting micro-enterprises and entrepreneurship, India