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Inclusion of children and youths with hearing impairments
Callan Services for Disabled Persons provides nationwide educational and vocational training to children and youths with hearing impairments and capacity-building to school teachers to facilitate inclusion in general education institutions. Between 2008 and 2015 Callan Services had reached over 100,000 children and adults.
Callan - Services for Disabled Persons, Papua New Guinea
Study circles for persons with intellectual disabilities to engage in voting
Small study circle groups learn from easy-read materials and DAISY-formatted audio texts that describe Swedish democracy and the voting process. A group leader assists by fielding questions to politicians and arranging discussions. For the 2018 election there were 109 study circles, totalling some 650 people in 80 municipalities.
SV Study Association Vuxenskolan, My choice/My election, Sweden
An Accessibility Programme for Electoral Processes
To make elections more accessible, the programme includes measures such as by placing electoral wards in accessible buildings, providing electoral staff that can communicate in sign-language, electronic voting machines accessible for blind voters, and saving the parking spots closer to the voting facilities for persons with disabilities.
Superior Electoral Court of Brazil, Electoral Justice Accessibility Programme, Brazil
Enfranchising People with Disabilities in Zimbabwe
The program has sought to secure the inclusion of people with disabilities in Zimbabwe’s governance systems by advocating for their accessibility to polling stations. The program also aimed at ensuring proportional representation of people with disabilities in decision-making bodies or a quota system in employment.
Jairos Jiri Association, Zimbabwe
Personal assistance is custom-designed
Uloba, Independent Living Norway, is a cross-disability organization that has developed the concept of "personal assistance" based on the Independent Living ideology. Uloba is organized as a cooperative society owned by its members – all disabled. In 2015 Uloba had 1,100 members and 5,700 assistants.
Uloba – Independent Living Norge SA, Norway
The Living Link: Creating Abilities from Disabilities
To enhance the potential of intellectually disabled adults The Living Link developed a one-year Adult Integration Programme, which consists of teaching essential work readiness and life-skills, providing work training and experience and attending a five-day "Independent Living tour," during which newly learned skills are applied and assessed.
Living Link, South Africa
"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
Philanthropy and government combining to create national disability service reform
The Service Reform Fund aims to implement reform in mental health, disability, and homeless services. The SRF awards government grant funding for projects that support persons with disabilities to move out of institutions into a community-based environment. From 2016 to 2018, 16 grants totalling € 7.9 million were awarded.
Genio Trust, Ireland
Five-Year Plan for Mental Health Care in Rural Areas
BasicNeeds Ghana capacitates physicians and health workers about mental health issues, how to treat them, and how to gain knowledge about appropriate medication. Since its founding in 2002, the programme has benefitted more than 19,000 poor and marginalized living people with mental health issues or epilepsy.
Basic Needs Ghana, Ghana
“Infiltration strategy” for women and girls with disabilities
The three-week WILD program of MIUSA has trained more than 200 women with disabilities from over 80 countries on strategies for improving the lives of women and girls with disabilities. To move from exclusion to "infiltration" these activists form partnerships with development agencies and governments.
MIUSA - Mobility International USA, United States of America