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The PIKSL laboratory empowers persons with mental disabilities to partner with scientists and to teach the elderly how to use PCs and the internet. Together they reduce complexity and develop products which help to overcome digitial barriers.
In the PIKSL lab persons with mental disabilities learn to deal with computers and the internet. With this knowledge they become teachers for the elderly or other persons with disabilities. They also become partners for scientists, developers, and designers to create assistance tools, simplify complex communications technology and make it more accessible.
PIKSL - Living in the community gGmbH, Cooperation reduces digital complexity, Germany
A Ballot Template for the Blind
The ballot template can be used both by those who can read Braille and those who cannot. Also the template can be adapted to the specific candidates of a region, thus allowing blind voters to participate nationwide. In 2017, 5,000 templates were piloted during the Turkish Constitution referendum.
ABFA - Association of Barrier Free Access, Turkey
Creating an inclusive strategy for a multinational company
Wipro Ltd. is a global IT- and consulting company with a workforce of more than 170,000 people. In 2009, Wipro launched a formal Disability Inclusion Policy Framework and governance mechanism to create an inclusive environment within the company, benefitting more than 2,000 people with various disabilities.
Wipro Ltd., inclusive company strategy, India
Transatlantic e-Accessibility standards cooperation
In 2004 the United States and the European Union initiated a process to harmonize the standardisation of ICT accessibility requirements. This cooperation resulted in largely compatible standards, that can create enormous leverage for accessible technologies and possibly lay the groundwork for an international standard.
United States Access Board, Mandate 376; European Standard on e-Accessibility EN 301 549 of 2014 of the European Commission, European Union Proposed rule for 508 Standards and the 255 Guidelines of 2015 of the U.S. Access Board, USA, United States of America
A whole IKEA department run by persons with disabilities
alsterarbeit is a social enterprise providing jobs for people with disabilities such as gardening, carpentry, packaging, IT, and gastronomy. In June 2014, the organization entered an agreement with IKEA to run the recovery department of IKEA at the Altona store in Hamburg, creating 30 jobs for people with disabilities.
alsterarbeit, Cooperation with IKEA, Germany
Integrated employment model
SPAGAT is a model for the integration of persons with severe disabilities into the employment world. SPAGAT provides support for, accompanies and finds work for such persons in the primary labour market. Companies pay for the actual work; the difference in productivity is subsidised by the provincial government, as are the mentors’ costs.
ifS - Institute for Social Services Vorarlberg, Integrated employment model, Austria
All you need to know to open the door to the labour market
The project targets students with learning or other disabilities who are in their final year of special vocational schools. The main product of the project is the website "www.oikeitatoita.fi" ("decent work"), a database that provides advice on writing a CV and job application, on group coaching methods, etc.
Aspa Foundation, Finland
Quality healthcare and counselling through video technology
doctHERs is a novel health care platform that connects female doctors to millions of underserved patients, including those with disabilities, in real-time while leveraging online technology. doctHERs overcomes sociocultural barriers that tie women to their homes, and at the same times provides access to quality health care.
A computer mouse steered with the mouth
With the IntegraMouse a computer can be operated with the use of one’s mouth, whereby minimal movements of the lips are enough to move a cursor. The IntegraMouse was developed for people with paraplegia, myasthenia, motoric nerve diseases, and amputations and is seen as a full-value replacement for a conventional computer mouse.
Government supporting self-employment and microfinance
The Programme increases entrepreneurship of persons with disabilities by providing them and their families with personnel and financial support to develop their own business ideas. From 2013 to 2016, more than 4,385 entrepreneurs with disabilities were trained about entrepreneurial and productive topics.
MIPRO - Ministry of Industry and Productivity of Ecuador, Productive Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities Programme of 2013, part of Strengthening Inclusive Services and Support Networks for Persons with Disabilities in Ecuador Ministry of Industries and Productivity (MIPRO) & Ministry of Social Development (MCDS), Ecuador, Ecuador
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