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Creating bilingual storybooks in written and sign language
With the VL2 Storybook Creator deaf children can use touch screen tablets to read independently, but also to learn and even create texts in both sign language and printed text. The programme, also trains and supports the deaf community to develop vital skills – including filming, editing and translating.
Gallaudet University, VL2 Storybook Creator, United States of America
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
City metro passenger setting new standards of accessibility for all
Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona used the 2021 renewal of its vehicle fleet to improve the accessibility of its underground train service. Measures include wider automatic doors, acoustic warning lights, intercom located at an optimum height for wheelchair users, emergency handles, and colour contrast signage.
Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, Metro accessibility in Barcelona, Spain
Launching a specialized microfinance bank for women with disabilities
Equitas helps women with disabilities to establish their own business by providing microfinancing solutions without collateral. To this end, Equitas has founded Equitas Small Finance Bank and provides trainings on developing businesses and finding marketing possibilities. Between 2008 and 2016, more than 14,000 women received microfinance loans.
Equitas Holdings Limited, India
Colour schemes that make texts on screens easier to read
BeeLine Reader, a free web-browser extension developed in the United States, makes texts more readable on a screen, with each line starting with one colour and slowly changing to a second colour. The following line then starts with the same colour. This continuity supports visual tracking.
BeeLine Reader, BeeLine Reader, United States of America
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
ITU standard on indoor audio navigation system for the blind
Wayfindr is the world’s first internationally-recognised standard for accessible audio navigation. It was approved in March 2017 by the ITU and gives governments, companies, and NGOs around the world an accepted benchmark along with a host of resources to implement the technology in their own organizations.
ITU - International Telecommunication Union, Regional Presence Europe, Global – International Telecommunication Union – International standard for indoor audio navigation, United Kingdom
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
A Disability Card to Support Equal Access
The European Union launched an "EU Disability Card" pilot in 2016, which is a universally recognized way for people with disabilities to communicate their needs and access support. Finland is participating in the pilot. Between June and October 2018, over 4,000 people with disabilities have requested the card in Finland.
KVPS - Service Foundation for People with Intellectual Disability, EU Disability Card Implementation, Finland
Entrepreneurship training and support for persons with disabilities
The programme supports the self-employment of people with disabilities. Launched in 2018, the project was implemented in seven provinces by 2020. Of the 502 young entrepreneurs who received support after start-up, 360 are succeeding as entrepreneurs and 12 have secured sustainable employment.
KFF - Kadiwaku Family Foundation, Inclusive Entrepreneurship for Persons with Disabilities, Congo