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A dedicated TV channel for the hearing impaired
Broadcasting of the Listening with Your Eyes channel began in 2017. The channel allows conventional programmes to provide closed captioning and sign language displayed over the original content. The size and position of the captioning and sign on the display can be determined by the viewer using a remote control and receiver.
Organization for Broadcasting and Communications for People with Disabilities, Japan
Accessible Canada Act: first federal accessibility legislation in Canada
ACA, the Accessible Canada Act, was passed in 2019 and aims to make Canada accessible by 2040. The ACA applies to all government departments, federally regulated agencies, and parts of the private sector, such as banking, telecommunications, and transportation.
Canadian Department of Employment and Social Development, Accessible Canada Act (ACA), Canada
Sexual Abuse Victim Empowerment program
Cape Mental Health runs a unique Sexual Abuse Victim Empowerment (SAVE) program that empowers intellectually disabled victims of sexual abuse and provides them with access to justice. The program helps survivors prepare for court proceedings and helps the legal system to understand their special needs.
Cape Mental Health, South Africa
Cooperation of an IT-company with Uber for improving the accessibility of taxi services
The Indian IT group Mphasis developed two services joining forces with the taxix service Uber to make their services more accessible and financed their implementation: uberASSIST offers passengers assistance from trained driver-partners, and uberACCESS offers retrofitted, wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
Mphasis F1 Foundation, Mphasis uberASSIST and uberACCESS, India
Wheelmap.org is an online map which indicates whether or not a location is wheelchair accessible. It works like Wikipedia – many people help to collect and update information about the accessibility of places in the city.
Wheelmap.org is available online and as an app. The information provided empowers persons with mobility impairments to plan their day more efficiently, increase their mobility and participate more easily in society. The data collected is also a tool to raise awareness and help build a more inclusive environment.
Social Heroes e.V., Interactive city map for wheelchair accessibility, Germany
Ensuring equal access for Members of Parliament
South Africa has implemented steps that ensure the inclusiveness of its Parliament. The introduced policies contain support measures for Members of Parliament and employees with disabilities. The provision of reasonable accommodation has led to measures that go beyond individual support and that benefit the whole Parliament.
South African Parliament, POLICY ON FACILITIES FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS & POLICY ON REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITIES, South Africa
The right to a personal assistance budget
The personal assistance budget (PAB) covers 100% of service costs, and enables individuals themselves to purchase self-directed personal assistance services from public and private entities. Notably, the policy has created a demand-driven market for personal assistance where providers compete for customers.
Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, THE ACT CONCERNING SUPPORT AND SERVICE TO PERSONS WITH CERTAIN FUNCTIONAL IMPAIRMENTS & THE ASSISTANCE BENEFIT ACT, Sweden
An Accessibility Implementation Plan for Provincial Elections
The plan addresses four problematic areas that had been identified through focus groups and consultations: voting options, polling place accessibility, products and services at polling stations, voter information and public education. Solutions carried out include improved polling place accessibility or homebound voting.
Elections Saskatchewan, Canada
Improving the criminal justice system for people with intellectual disabilities
NCCJD’s Pathways to Justice programme offers training to develop local multidisciplinary Disability Response Teams composed of criminal justice and disability leaders, including self-advocates, to improve local systems. It is unique in addressing the needs of both victims and suspects, defendants and inmates.
The Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability, Pathways to Justice, United States of America
Personal Ombudsmen Enhance Self-Determination
Personal ombudsmen (POs) assist individuals with psychosocial disabilities in taking control of their own situation. In 2017 the organization employed a self-determination coordinator (referred to as a BISAM) charged with working alongside POs in group homes; and in that year the POs served more than 600 people.
PO Skåne - Personal ombudsman in Skåne, Sweden