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Government-led training and hiring services for people with intellectual disabilities
The initiative provides a higher learning programme, a specialized industry-based training, and lifelong adult learning opportunities for people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Over 200 people participate across 19 programmes each year. Graduates have an 84 per cent employment rate.
University of Vermont, Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, State of Vermont Transition and Post-Secondary Education Initiative, United States of America
Audio-visual books in multiple accessible formats
"Livros em múltiplos formatos acessíveis" is an audio-visual software that converts books into a range of accessible formats, including Brazilian sign language, in a single version. Complementing this, the NGO Mais Diferenças from Brazil offers training and organizes inclusive readings for people with and without disabilities.
Mais Diferencas - Inclusive Education and Culture, Books in multiple accessible formats, Brazil
Online platform on community-based services
Through an online database the project brings together – and shares information among – existing and new community-based service providers in Serbia for young people with disabilities in three areas: education, employment, and social protection. In 2015 the project’s web portal was visited by up to 1,000 persons per month.
Youth with Disabilities Forum Serbia, Serbia
Government-led crowdsourcing platform to guide policymaking for inclusive workplaces
The US Department of Labor’s ePolicyWorks is a ‘virtual town hall’. Through an accessible online crowdsourcing tool, anyone can participate in national dialogues on employment and disability issues - a model that has already been adopted by other US agencies.
Department of Labor of the US, ePolicyWorks Initiative, United States of America
The transportation and consultancy service enables young persons with disabilities to participate actively in society. The association helps the students to handle bureaucratic tasks and receive exemption from tuition fees.
Through this service young persons with disabilities are enabled to participate actively in society and develop their potential. The service is free of charge and resulted in an increased number of students with disabilities, full participation in academic life as well as enhancement of their visibility in the local community.
Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro, Transport service for students in Montenegro, Montenegro
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
People with intellectual disabilities train peers to use digital media and ICT
PIKSL Mobil is a peer-to-peer teaching approach. People with intellectual disabilities are trained in the use of digital technology and in training other people. Equipped with technical equipment, these trainers then teach other persons with disabilities and seniors living in residential facilities to use digital media independently.
PIKSL - Living in the community gGmbH, PIKSL Mobil, Germany
Grassroots self-advocacy for children through self-created comics
Grassroots Comics enables children with disabilities to express their personality and opinions through hand-drawn comics. The children receive four days of training and then draw their own story on paper. Each year, more than 1,000 Grassroots Comics are created by children with disabilities in India.
CHAI - Catholic Health Association of India, Grassroots Comics, India
Fighting unemployment from two sides: with training centres and by influencing legal frameworks
4J sets up centres as a public-private partnership to provide vocational training for young people with disabilities from rural areas and places them in companies. Due to State Government participation in the programme, Y4J has been able to influence the legal framework towards pro-disability policies.
Youth4Jobs Foundation, Centre for Persons with Disability Livelihoods (CPDL), India
Study circles supporting persons with intellectual disabilities in political processes
Via ‘study circles’ Studieforbundet Vuxenskolan (SV) from Sweden makes it easier for people with intellectual disabilities to access political processes. SV has also created a process that allows voters with disabilities to address questions important to them to political representatives.
SV Study Association Vuxenskolan, My choice/My election, Sweden