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Offering individualised support and sharing lessons learned
Members of the "Next Steps" project provide support to people with intellectual disabilities so that they can live a life of their choosing, especially to move from congregated settings into community-based settings. By 2015, 23 organisations were involved and 242 individuals had participated in the project.
Fedvol - National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, Ireland
Flanders’ Personal Assistance Budget
The most important feature of Flanders´ Personal Assistance Budgets (PAB) is that the person with disabilities (or their representatives) controls both the assistance and the assistance budget, not the assistance provider. A multi-disciplinary team assesses and decides the budget each user receives, depending on his or her support needs.
VAPH - Flemish Agency for Persons with Disabilities, FLEMISH GOVERNMENT DECREE ON THE PROCEDURES FOR GRANTS (PERSONAL ASSISTANCE BUDGET) TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, Belgium
Online platform on community-based services
Through an online database the project brings together – and shares information among – existing and new community-based service providers in Serbia for young people with disabilities in three areas: education, employment, and social protection. In 2015 the project’s web portal was visited by up to 1,000 persons per month.
Youth with Disabilities Forum Serbia, Serbia
Person centred assistance and accommodation in communal housing
"Supported Living in the Community" places people with intellectual disabilities in shared apartments and supports them individually. Following a pilot between 2005 and 2008, the programme has since grown to a long-term project with 39 adults living in 12 apartments across the city of Novi Sad. Nine of them previously resided in institutions.
School for Elementary and Secondary Education - Milan Petrovic, Serbia
An affordable tool to make ballot papers accessible to the blind
The UBT is a voting aid made of plastic into which a ballot paper is inserted. The right front of the template has a flap that has cut-out windows numbered in braille and in large, raised white print. Each window aligns to a particular candidate or party. The UBT has been continuously used in by-elections since June 2011.
Electoral Commission of South Africa, South Africa
Advice and support service targeted to indigenous populations
BCANDS provides free advice and support to any person with a disability-related query, but with a focus on the unique needs of Indigenous populations. The organization acts as a liaison among service agencies. In 2017, BCANDS supported over 1,700 people in accessing local or national services.
British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, Canada
A Home, a Cafe and Employment to Promote Deinstitutionalization
In 2016, the Psychoanalytic Association set up a training café to employ ten people with psychosocial disabilities who had previously lived in closed institutions. As of 2018, the supportive independent living (SIL) programme oversees six group homes, two cafés, and 20 employed beneficiaries, all of whom now live on their own.
Psychoanalytic Association, SIL programme, Kazakhstan
Preparing people with psychosocial and mental disabilities to live in their own homes
Residents in one of the "Preparation for Independent Living Centres" are provided with personalised professional support, counselling, and training to prepare them for living independently. From 2012 to 2018, 50 people had received support services and 16 had successfully moved on to their own independent lives and accommodations.
Pro ACT Suport Association, Romania
Microboards: Small non-profits for supported decision-making
A "Microboard" is a small group of family and friends who join a person with disabilities to create a non- profit organization so as to support the person to create the life he or she envisions. The network enhances supports that may previously have been solely the responsibility of parents or other relatives.
Vela Microboard Association, Canada
An identity card to promote fair treatment for brain injury survivors
The Justice Project was developed to raise awareness of brain injury within the police and court systems and to ensure fair treatment for persons encountering these systems. A credit card-sized card is issued to persons who have been diagnosed as having sustained a brain injury. As of November 2018, over 4,500 cards had been issued.
Headway - The Brain Injury Association, United Kingdom