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Easy-to-use method for connecting communities, service providers, and the government
Citizen, Voice, and Action (CVA) is a World Vision initiative to empower people with disabilities in dialogue with public institutions to improve services such as health care and education at the local level. By 2022 the model had been implemented in more than 50 countries.
World Vision United States of America, Citizen, Voice, and Action (CVA), Colombia
Countrywide working group making elections more accessible
Disability Inclusive Elections Sri Lanka’ is a working group of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Sri Lanka, which, in collaboration with the National Election Commission, has designed and implemented strategies and measures for the political and electoral inclusion of persons with disabilities.
International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Disability Inclusive Elections Sri Lanka (DIESL) Technical Working Group, Sri Lanka
Music workshops and an orchestra for youth with disabilities
The Music Workshop’ is a project operating within Milan Petrović, a boarding school and day-care centre for youth with disabilities in Novi Sad, Serbia. Using innovative assistive technologies, participants learn to create and interpret music. In 2016 the workshops led to the creation the Good People Orchestra.
Primary and Secondary Boarding School Milan Petrovic, Novi Sad, Serbia, An accessible music programme, Serbia
Persons with intellectual disabilities becoming self-advocates in politics
Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS) and Israel Elwyn, both from Israel, launched a self- and collective-advocacy and leadership development programme for people with intellectual disabilities in 2011. By 2022 the number of self-advocates increased from 20 to 150, and the Israeli government regularly requests their input.
Beit Issie Shapiro, A self and collective advocacy and leadership development programme for people with Intellectual Disabilities, Israel
An Inclusive Election Guide developed in a Sub-Saharan Country
In the run-up to the 2015 elections in Burkina Faso, Light for the World facilitated solutions that removed barriers for persons with disabilities regarding political participation. An inclusive election guide was developed, ballots were printed in Braille, and legislative bodies hired people with disabilities to ensure equality.
Light for The World Burkina Faso, Inclusive Election Guide, Burkina Faso
Facilitating personal assistance service provision to persons with disabilities
WAG Assistenzgenossenschaft (WAG), an Austrian non-profit cooperative founded by people with disabilities, has been operating a personal assistance service model since 2002. The model allows high flexibility for the beneficiaries, and WAG acts as a legal employer for 685 assistants as of 2022.
WAG Assistenzgenossenschaft, Cooperative personal assistance model in Austria, Austria
Jobs in digital marketing and social media for people with physical disabilities
In 2021, Brand Solution from North Macedonia launched ‘Best Online Assistant’, an IT platform that offers courses in digital marketing and social media and places job seekers with disabilities in this field. By 2022, 40 people had attended courses, 10 companies were partners, and Brand Solution had expanded to Bulgaria.
Brand Solution LLC, Best Online Assistant, North Macedonia
QR Codes used to inform voters who are blind or deaf about voting procedures
In the run-up to the 2020 local elections in Ukraine, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) joined forces with the Central Election Commission of Ukraine to develop information posters with QR codes. These were linked to audio and sign language formats and were used by approximately 6,000 people.
International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Accessible Voter Education in Ukraine, Ukraine
People-centred housing services for persons with psychosocial disabilities
Founded by Support-Girona from Spain in 2018, the Housing Commission supports people with psychosocial disabilities to access housing. A person-centred methodology ensures that they can decide for themselves where and how they want to live. By 2022 more than 50 people have found housing in this way.
Support Girona, Top House Housing Commission, Spain
Children with disabilities learning with interactive wall and floor projections
Digital Dream is a Singapore-based social enterprise that began offering creative digital solutions for the education of children with disabilities in 2018. The iCUBE uses projections on walls and floors to create immersive and interactive environments that allow children to learn real-world situations safely.
Digital Dream, Digital Dream, Singapore