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African telecom provider aiming at an inclusive workforce and accessible customer experience
Safaricom, a major mobile network operator from Kenya, committed to achieving a 5 per cent share of people with disabilities in its workforce by 2025. As part of the company’s Diversity & Inclusion Programme, offices and sales outlets are being made barrier-free and products and services are being made more accessible.
Safaricom PLC, Diversity & Inclusion Programme, Kenya
A cross-sector partnership promoting accessible technology in employment
PEAT fosters cooperation among key technology leaders, stakeholders, and government agencies to make new technologies accessible. From 2013 to 2020 the website has had more than a half-million visits, and more than 200 companies use PEAT’s TechCheck benchmarking assessment.
US Department of Labor, ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy, Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT), United States of America
An online toolbox of symbols enabling communication for all, without the use of language
Global Symbols, an NGO from the United Kingdom, provides graphic symbols for assistive and alternative forms of communication as well as online tools for their use, but also for creating your own symbols. The offer is free and open source. In 2021 more than 5,000 people used Global Symbols, and a training programme was developed with UNICEF.
Global Symbols CIC, Global Symbols CIC, United Kingdom
E-Health improving the quality of services for children with disabilities in the rural area
Sambhav is a web/app solution introduced by Jan Vikas Samiti, an NGO based in Northern India. It supports community-based rehabilitation services for children with developmental disabilities in rural communities, in partnership with local organizations, local health workers who are trained and supported remotely by specialists.
JAN VIKAS SAMITI, Project Sambhav, India
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
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
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
IT-platform for planning and booking accessible travel
Globe4all.net is a barrier-free information and booking platform for tourists with special needs in Russia as well as for representatives of the tourism industry who lack the knowledge to adapt to tourists with disabilities. in addition, Globe4all also trains people with disabilities to become tourist guides.
Globe Media, LLC, Globe4all, Russia
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
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