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Collaboration among museums in the Balkans to develop accessibility
BMAG is a peer-learning group of individuals that work in museums of five countries in the Balkan region. The aim is to develop knowledge about accessibility and implement appropriate accessibility measures in the museums. BMAG is supported by two disability advisors and a three-year training programme.
Balkan Museum Network, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Regional railway company becoming accessible and a role model for the whole country
LKA, the railroad company of the Łódź region in Poland, launched a comprehensive accessibility programme, including online sign language interpreters and induction loops on trains. Other rail companies are following suit, and representatives of the LKA are involved in developing national guidelines.
Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna, Railway accessibility in Łódź, Poland
Teaching inclusivity for digital designers through customized video courses
Fable Tech Labs is a Canadian start-up that provides digital accessibility services delivered by people with disabilities. This offering has been complemented by "Fable Upskill" - video-based, customer-specific online training for businesses - since 2021. In 2022, Fable worked with 80 companies.
Fable Tech Labs, Fable Upskill, Canada
Planning and building accessible cities, simplified
In 2002 CCA began to publish graphic accessibility guides in the form of leaflets called "Accessible Thematic Files." By 2017, 13 Files have been published, supporting municipalities, planning institutions, and the public with the aim of accelerating the planning of accessible environments, buildings, and towns.
Corporación Ciudad Accesible, Graphic Accessibility Guides, Chile
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
Replicating fully accessible and inclusive playgrounds throughout the country
Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS) develops and provides innovative therapies and services for children with disabilities and their families. In 2006 BIS developed Friendship Park, Israels first accessible and inclusive playground. By 2017 the model has been replicated in 30 municipalities throughout the country.
Beit Issie Shapiro, Friendship Park, Israel
Wheelmap.org is an online map which indicates whether or not a location is wheelchair accessible. It works like Wikipedia – many people help to collect and update information about the accessibility of places in the city.
Wheelmap.org is available online and as an app. The information provided empowers persons with mobility impairments to plan their day more efficiently, increase their mobility and participate more easily in society. The data collected is also a tool to raise awareness and help build a more inclusive environment.
Social Heroes e.V., Interactive city map for wheelchair accessibility, Germany
Using analytic tools to make workplaces more accessible and jobs more inclusive
Helm is working with companies in Egypt to provide both job analysis for recruitment and accessibility consultancy services, including accessibility audits. By 2020, Helm had completed a total of 1,063 accessibility audits in a number of sectors and helped recruit 100 people with disabilities.
Helm, Workplace Inclusive Solutions, Egypt
Binding and effective laws for the construction of accessible school buildings
In 2010 the Uganda National Action on Physical Disability developed and launched its Accessibility Standards. In an effort to promote their effective implementation at a local level, the government of Nabbale has developed the By-Law on Accessibility which is the first of its kind among the eight sub-counties forming the Mukono district.
Uganda National Action on Physical Disability, Uganda – Uganda National Action on Physical Disability (UNAPD) – By-Law on Accessibility in the Sub-County of Nabbale, Uganda
Free online training for professionals on applying accessibility guidelines
The free online training teaches professionals and future professionals how to apply accessibility guidelines and technology within each of the professions. The courses also cover the legal implications of a lack of accessibility, and the economic and social importance of accessible technology.
ONCE Foundation, Open and Accessible Universal Design Training Courses, Spain