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Employment and inclusion of rural girls with hearing impairments
Women with hearing disabilities from rural areas receive training and education to ensure their participation in the job market. Informing families and communities about the needs and issues of these women leads to greater understanding and inclusion, which in turn helps to empower them economically and socially.
Al Saeeda Society for the Care and Rehabilitation of Deaf Girls in Yemen, Yemen
Tactile Ballot Guides for Blind Voters
The tactile ballot guide has cut-out holes and lines along one side to indicate the sequence of candidates. The ballot paper is placed under the guide and an audio recording describes the parties and candidates that correspond to the holes. The guide can be used multiple times and does not require knowledge of the Braille font.
Central Election Commission of Georgia, Georgia
Reserved elected seats for persons with disabilities
Uganda’s Constitution rules that the State shall ensure fair representation of marginalized groups on all government bodies: the parliament as well as every village, parish, sub-county, and district council. As a result Uganda’s 47,000 representatives with disabilities are easily the largest group of politicians with disabilities in the world.
NUDIPU - National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda, CONSTITUTION, PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS STATUTE & LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ACT, Uganda
New guidelines are making Mexican elections accessible
The "Protocol for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities" is a binding national protocol. It contains requirements and guidelines for the availability of Braille ballots, improved physical access for people with mobility impairments, hospital polling stations as well as the reduction of both informative and communicative barriers.
Mexican National Electoral Institute, Mexico
Training for an active role in society
Freedom School is a five-day, interactive summer course with 18 disabled participants (plus personal assistants) focused on developing talents and skills for self-advocacy and implementing personal projects that can contribute to the better participation and self-determination of people with disabilities.
Independent Living VZW, Belgium
Providing accessible candidate lists and other election materials for visually impaired persons
During the Finnish parliamentary elections in 2011 the Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with FFVI, for the first time financed the production of accessible candidate lists for visually impaired persons, including audio and Braille. Since then these visual aids have been available in every election on all levels in Finland.
Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired, Finland
Diverting EU funds towards community-based care
The European Expert Group was established to support the EU in promoting care reforms. It includes a wide range of stakeholders, providing training, guidance, and tools to political representatives and governments to inform them about the need of community-based care and the risks of institutional care for persons with disabilities.
Lumos Foundation, United Kingdom
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
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
Fighting Stigma through Hollywood and Jobs Creation
The organization collaborates with Hollywood writers to promote positive, accurate, and diverse portrayals of disability. It has created the Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit and the Emmy Award-winning TV show “Born This Way,” starring people with Down syndrome. At the political level, RespectAbility focuses on employment
RespectAbility, United States of America