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Government-led database for improved distribution of assistive technologies
The Djibouti National Agency for Persons with Disabilities launched a management information system in 2019 whereby individuals can register and then access various forms of support through a Mobility Inclusion Card. By 2022, 4,466 people had been registered.
Agence Nationale des Personnes Handicapées, Management Information System for Persons with Disabilities (SIGPH), Djibouti
Pioneering deinstitutionalization by involving broad networks of stakeholders
The ‘Project for the Future Liberation and Deinstitutionalization of Muscular Dystrophy Wards’ is a Japanese NGO initiative that supports people with muscular dystrophy to live a life in the community. Since its launch in 2019 ten people have left institutions and are now living in the community.
Project for the Future Liberation and Deinstitutionalization of Muscular Dystrophy Wards, Pioneering a de-institutionalization programme by involving broad networks of stakeholders, Japan
Comprehensive support for young people with disabilities after their school education
Krembo Wings from Israel initiated the ‘Paving the Way to Independent Life’ programme in 2002 to support people with disabilities after their schooling and to help them develop soft skills and life skills. Managed by people both with and without disabilities, the programme benefits around 250 young graduates each year.
Krembo Wings, Paving the Way to Independent Life programme, Israel
Facility supporting the social integration of people with psychosocial disabilities
‘Espai Obert’ (Open Space) by Support-Girona, Spain, is a community-based service for people with psychosocial disabilities to address their basic needs. The service provides a place for personal hygiene and meals, and does not have strict access rules or require a treatment commitment.
Support Girona, Open Space (Espai Obert), Spain
App to support persons with speech and language difficulties to communicate
Milla Says from Norway launched a web-based sign language service in 2018 that combines a user-created vocabulary with a standard library of Norwegian signs, and in which custom gestures can be shared within the network. In 2022 there were 200 end users, 1,400 network members, and 56,000 created signs.
Milla Says, Milla Says, Norway
A smartphone app using the camera to describe all sorts of objects and text around the user
Google introduced the app ‘Lookout’ in 2019 whereby users who take a photo with their smartphone receive a text or voice message with a description of objects, printed text, handwriting, and barcode/OR-code recognition. By 2022 the app had been more than 100,000 downloads. Google Inc., Lookout,
Housing and life-skills programme for adults with intellectual disabilities
In 2008, Mexico’s Fundación Inclúyeme began operating a programme that enables adults with intellectual disabilities to live independently by providing inclusive and serviced housing, support in finding employment, and recreational activities. By 2022 up to 3,000 people have benefited from the programme.
Incluyeme Foundation, Inclúyeme Adult Life programme, Mexico
Programme enabling persons with disabilities to learn about sex and relationships
DisOrdinary Love’ is a no-cost programme that addresses issues around sex and sexuality through online workshops and one-on-one consultations with qualified sexuality counsellors. The programme was initiated in 2018 by the Disabled Peoples Association in Singapore and had more than 300 participants by 2022.
DPA - Disabled People's Association Singapore, DisOrdinary Love, Singapore
Moving from the guardianship to the social autonomy model of disability
The Law for the Promotion of Personal Autonomy of Persons with Disabilities, approved in Costa Rica in 2016, provides the right to a personal assistant. This is requested through the Public Agency for the Disabled, and in 2022 there were more than 200 people receiving this service.
Morpho Independent Living Center, Law for the promotion of the personal autonomy of persons with disabilities, Costa Rica
Election policy toolkit of a UN agency for persons with intellectual disabilities
In 2021 the Multi-Partner Trust Fund of the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PRPD MPTF), UNDP, and Inclusion International developed the first toolkit in easy language to promote the participation of people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities in political processes. By 2022 the toolkit was being used in more than 30 countries. The United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD), Toolkit for Political Participation of Persons with Intellectual or Psychosocial Disabilities,