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Learn, try, and test assistive technology
"Tech Able" lets visitors experience assistive technologies and encourages innovators, manufacturers, and marketers to collaborate. Tech Able also houses a communications lab for persons with disabilities. More than 800 people have benefitted from Tech Able between 2015 and 2018.
SG Enable, "Tech Able“ Showroom, Singapore
Talking camera app for people who are blind using AI and augmented reality
Seeing AI is a free app that uses the camera of devices to identify people and objects and describes them acoustically. Seeing AI can read texts, describe landscapes and emotions, and read the barcodes of products, thus helping the user to focus. In 2020 the app was available in nine languages and 70 countries.
Microsoft Corporation, Seeing AI, United States of America
Training carers, family members, and staff via a web platform
The e-learning platform AGID enables professional assistants and family members to inform themselves about personal-centred care for elderly people with intellectual impairments. By 2016 it consisted of six modules covering 900 pages of content and approximately 1,000 people of the target group were reached.
APEMH - Association of Parents of Mentally Handicapped Children, Luxembourg
Personal Ombudsmen in Sweden
In Sweden a nationwide system of Personal Ombudsmen provides support in decision-making for persons with severe mental or psychosocial disabilities. POs assist individuals, identify care needs, but they have no medical responsibility, nor do they make any decisions in the capacity of an authority.
Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, ESTABLISHING A NATIONWIDE SYSTEM OF PERSONAL OMBUDSMEN, Sweden
Inclusive club engaging with urban planners to create more accessibility for the blind
The Urban Mobility Club, initiated in Bucharest, is a pan-European community that promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in the urban life through workshops and other activities. In addition to people with disabilities, representatives of the real estate sector and the administration are encouraged to participate.
The Alternative Methods of Social Integration Association, The Urban Mobility Club, Romania
The right to youth education
The law enables young people with special needs to attain personal, social and vocational competencies through a three-year youth education. The training is based on a person-centred curriculum. It can take place in different schools or in the form of work experiences, and is completed with a certificate.
Danish Ministry of Children and Education, The right to youth education, Denmark
Competition among students for innovative devices and software
UNIKATE is a competition among a wide variety of students to solve every-day problems of persons with disabilities and the elderly. UNIKATE’s mission is to use their creative potential to invent tools and devices that support the specific needs, with the goal of constructing prototypes of the most promising ideas.
Austrian Council for the Disabled, Unikate Ideenwettbewerb, Austria
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
Funding for running for an elected office
The Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund, established in 2012, offers individual grants to persons with disabilities who wish to put themselves forward as a candidate or for running their election campaign, but who incur additional costs associated with their disability. As of 2014 the Fund had supported 50 candidates.
UK Government Equalities Office, ACCESS TO ELECTED OFFICE FOR DISABLED PEOPLE FUND, United Kingdom
An inclusive international volunteer programme
WeltWegWeiser is a service centre for people with disabilities who are interested in volunteering abroad. The organisation does not offer its own assignments, but advises interested people on suitable volunteer jobs based on their skills, interests and disabilities. Financial support is available for assignments.
Jugend eine Welt, WeltWegWeiser, Austria