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A “sales unit” to connect Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and the business world
To minimize the gap between Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and the job market, Woord en Daad developed a model called Job and Business Services. Like a sales unit JBS provides regular market assessments, coaching and training for students as well as feedback from the job market.
Woord en Daad, Job and Business Services (JBS) model, Philippines
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
A Biographical Graphic Novel Promoting Deinstitutionalization
The story of Eli is inspiring greater independence for people with intellectual disabilities
Published in 2017, Becoming Eli is the work of Dan Ungureanu and the first graphic novel to address institutional abuse suffered by children and adults, the majority with disabilities. Based on a true story of a young girl left in state care the book wants to show that with the right support deinstitutionalization is possible.
Ceva de Spus Association, Gravis Novel Becoming Eli, Romania
Effectively creating accessible buildings in rural, less developed areas
In 2011 the Uva Provincial Council developed a policy to achieve universal inclusion in this district by 2018. The policy is addressing the gaps in accessibility to the built environment as well as targeting the inclusion of persons with disabilities and older persons in a holistic manner and in a way that is feasible within a rural setting.
Uva Provincial Council, Sri Lanka – Uva Provincial Council, Moneragala – Age Friendly & Disabled Friendly City, Sri Lanka
Teaching blind students in regular school classes
The mission of the project is to provide visually impaired students with assistive technology and specific support teams so that they can participate in regular classes. Regardless of age or educational stage, these teams support students with special needs from early intervention to the university level and adulthood.
ONCE Foundation, Spain
Jobs in kindergartens and elder care for persons with intellectual disabilities
The project organizes supported long-term traineeships for adults with intellectual disabilities in such areas as kindergarten supervision and elder care so these individuals can access the open labour market.The internships last for 14 weeks, during which each trainee must work at least three hours a week.
Konekt vzw, Belgium
A city organizing weekly conversations in public spaces with citizens in sign language
To support the dissemination of the Brazilian sign language Libras, the city of Curitiba created Conversation in Libras launched the Conversation in Libras programme, offering weekly face-to-face meetings in its public spaces that improve the interaction and communication in Libras, the Brazilian sign language.
Curitiba City Hall, Conversation in Libras, Brazil
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
Making training centres accessible
With the advice of Light for the World, Young Africa Mozambique has adapted their already existing training schedules by reducing the barriers to enable young people with disabilities to study with their peers. Two new accessible hostels were constructed to accommodate 128 young people, one existing hostel was renovated.
Young Africa, Mozambique
Mobile phone-based information service for disability-related topics
Minch was launched in 2021 by the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development. The interactive voice-response phone platform provides toll-free audio information or text messages on disability-related topics in the Ethiopian national language. Minch works via cell phone and without the need for an Internet connection.
ECDD - Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development, Minch, Ethiopia