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A community centre built on Universal Design principles
The Mary Free Bed YMCA is a 36 acre community centre in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The facility is the first building in the world to be certified by the Global Universal Design Commission. Currently, the center has over 200 adaptive sports athletes that access the YMCA for practice, tournaments, and fitness.
Progressive AE - Progressive Architectural Design and Engineering, United States of America
Developing indicators for Inclusive Education in the Pacific region
"Pacific INDIE" was developed based on a comprehensive methodology, including surveys with the Ministerial representatives from 14 Pacific countries, and focus group discussions in four selected countries (Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu). The indicators were then refined following review by an international reference group.
Monash University, Australia
All-Sector-Cooperation creating jobs in thousands of companies
The Ecuadorian Labour Integration Service (SIL) promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in the open labour market through training and assistance and by working together with the entire socio-labour spectrum. By 2016, some 12,900 people had found a job in 8,355 public and private companies.
FENEDIF - National Federation of Ecuadorian with Physical Disability, Labour Integration Service (SIL) of 2006 National Federation of Ecuadorians with Physical Disabilities (FENEDIF), in partnership with CONADIS, Petroamazonas EP and others, Ecuador, Ecuador
Using a mix of radio and digital content to train young learners in rural areas
Outlook Humanitarian Care Initiative (OHCI) from Nigeria has developed ‘Interactive Audio Instruction’, a mixture of radio and digital platform for distance learning. The educational offering is aimed particularly at women, young people, and children both with and without disabilities.
OUTLOOK HUMANITERIAN CARE INITIATIVE, Interactive Audio Instruction – radio-based learning, Nigeria
Community-based support services to persons with psychosocial disabilities
‘Seher Urban Community Mental Health and Inclusion’ (UCMHI) is a programme of the Indian Bapu Trust designed to promote independent living for people with psychosocial disabilities residing in urban slum settlements. In 2022 the model has been implemented in additional Indian states.
BAPU TRUST FOR RESEARCH ON MIND AND DISCOURSE, Bapu Trust For Research on Mind & Discourse, India
The playful way to create accessibility maps
The free app features a gamification element called "AXS Mapathons," whereby teams compete against each other in real time while rating venues in their community on their accessibility. Google supports AXS Map through their annual volunteer programme, Google Serve. By mid of 2017, ASX Map had 100,000 users in 200 cities.
AXS Map, United States of America
Support programme for young people leaving school
WALK PEER is a five-year model. In the first two years, young people while they are still at school are guided and trained on topics such as employability, entrepreneurship and transition. Transition is the main topic for years three and four. In the final year, the focus is entirely on a good start of their professional life.
WALK - Inclusive Employment Services, WALK Peer programme, Ireland
Young people trained as Disability Inclusion Facilitators to motivate employers
The Make 12.4% Work initiative is led by young people with disabilities who are trained and certified as Disability Inclusion Facilitators. They train member organizations to become more inclusive. From 2018 to 2020, 124 organizations have become members and 5,700 people have benefited.
Light for the World Austria, Make 12.4% Work-Initiative, Uganda
A full chain of support from primary school to employment
LIFE is a programme for inclusive vocational education and employment for people with disabilities, starting as early as primary school and ending with job placement. 2012 it was introduced in Armenia. By 2016 approximately 900 persons were placed in training and 653 persons were employed through the programme.
Save the Children Armenia, Livelihood Improvement through Fostered Employment (LIFE), Armenia
A Biographical Graphic Novel Promoting Deinstitutionalization
The story of Eli is inspiring greater independence for people with intellectual disabilities
Published in 2017, Becoming Eli is the work of Dan Ungureanu and the first graphic novel to address institutional abuse suffered by children and adults, the majority with disabilities. Based on a true story of a young girl left in state care the book wants to show that with the right support deinstitutionalization is possible.
Ceva de Spus Association, Gravis Novel Becoming Eli, Romania