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Providing summer internships for young people with disabilities
Community Living Sarnia-Lambton operates a variety of programmes supporting employment for people with disabilities. One such programme is Summer Employment Transitions, whereby young people (aged 16 to 29) are placed in summer internships supported by job coaches and paid by their employers.
Community Living Sarnia-Lambton, Summer Employment Transitions, Canada
Housing and life-skills programme for adults with intellectual disabilities
In 2008, Mexico’s Fundación Inclúyeme began operating a programme that enables adults with intellectual disabilities to live independently by providing inclusive and serviced housing, support in finding employment, and recreational activities. By 2022 up to 3,000 people have benefited from the programme.
Incluyeme Foundation, Inclúyeme Adult Life programme, Mexico
Support programme for entrepreneurs with disabilities
RED – Emprendedores con Discapacidad (Entrepreneurs with Disabilities), a programme of Fundación Vida Independiente in Chile, supports entrepreneurs with disabilities through training, individual counselling, an online store, and accessible tools.
Independent Living Foundation Chile, RED – Emprendedores con Discapacidad (Entrepreneurs with disabilities), Chile
"Proefwonen" – fast access to affordable homes
Through "Proefwonen", housing and social service providers collaborate to facilitate rental access for people with intellectual disabilities or mental health problems. A steering group matches available housing with the candidate-tenants through a consensus process. 24 candidate-tenants have entered the program over a period of three years.
Zennevalley Home Furnishings, Belgium
The Home from Home Apartment offers fully accessible accommodation with aids and appliances to persons with physical and sensory disabilities and their families. It offers independent living in a non-clinical setting for short breaks and general health appointments in Dublin.
Home from Home is a non-clinical setting offering persons with disabilities and their families the chance to stay overnight without having to stay at the hospital. The apartment was designed by persons with disabilities. It offers ceiling track hoists in the bedrooms and provides a fully equipped kitchen and a lounge area.
Muscular Dystrophy UK, Changing Places Consortium, Staying away from home in a non-clinical setting, Ireland
De-Institutionalisation and Community Living since 1980
Since 1980 the city of Trieste has closed psychiatric hospitals and set up a network of 24-hour community mental health centres capable of dealing with the most severe conditions and of supporting clients in their daily life. In 2015 the Trieste DMH managed 4 community mental health centres, each with 4–8 beds.
WHO - World Health Organisation, Collaborating Centre for Research and Training, Italy
Peer-led organization of persons with psychosocial disabilities in sub-Saharan Africa
Since 2017 the National Self-Advocacy in Uganda (UNSAI) has been assisting people with psychosocial disabilities with ‘Support my Choice’, a programme that enables participants who would otherwise be institutionalized to live independently, benefitting 150 people to date.
UNSAI-Uganda National Self-Advocacy Initiative, Support my Choice, Uganda
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
Long-term inclusion in the open labour market, state-wide
Begun in 1983, the programme provides individually tailored support and thoughtful job matches for people with intellectual disabilities. By 2002, Vermont had closed all sheltered workshops. By 2016, 48 per cent of Vermonters receiving developmental disabilities services are employed in the regular workforce and paid at minimum wage or higher.
University of Vermont, Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, Supported Employment Programme of 1983 Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, Agency of Human Services, Vermont, USA, United States of America
Offering professional services of well-trained persons with intellectual disabilities to companies
With its Social Enterprises programme the Pentru Voi Foundation promotes the social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in the work place through various activities, including personnel leasing, job coaching and skills enhancement training and collaborations with companies. 90% of the customers of these services are private companies.
Pentru Voi Foundation, Social Enterprises, Romania