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NGO supporting the government with an accessible response to the pandemic
The Belgian NGO Inter has developed measures to address the isolation of people with disabilities during the pandemic. These include guidelines for social distancing and accessibility of vaccination centres as well as the online platform Circuit Sortie, which brings together both people with and without disabilities for activities in small groups.
Inter Vlaanderen, Fighting Isolation During the Pandemic, Belgium
Training people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities for ICT jobs
TAP was designed for people with mental, emotional, or cognitive disabilities. It includes technological education, training of soft skills, and the placement of people as qualified IT specialists. Since its launch in 2011, TAP has trained more than 150 adults, 74 per cent of whom were successfully placed.
itworks, Technology Accessibility Program (TAP), Israel
A sucessful business model to train service providers in accessibility
Access Israel has developed a business model for training service providers, which includes educating staff and providing them with know-how and practical skills regarding accessible services and solutions for their organizations. Between 2009 and 2017 more than 35,000 service providers have been trained.
Access Israel, Israel
Scandic has taken on the challenge to include accessibility in everything they do. When designing rooms for persons with disabilities, Scandic ensure that they are as well-designed as any other room, with practical solutions that go almost unnoticed, except by those who really need them.
In consultation with organisations for people with special accessibility needs, a checklist of 110 points was developed. The Scandic's accessibility standard encompasses everything offered by the hotel and is an integral consideration for all products and services at the hotel. Scandic also offer online training for its staff.
Scandic Hotels, Everybody is welcome in an accessible hotel, Norway
Accessible websites created ‘automatically’
To offer solutions that are effective and efficient in terms of both time and cost, User1st has created a way for designers of webpages to make them barrier-free without the need to change existing databases. This is done by adding a single line of code, allowing the User1st Editor to then detect, fixe, and monitor a website.
Towards a universally designed city of Oslo in 2025
The strategy requires all new government-operated buildings, parks, public spaces, and transport systems to have Universal Design implemented from a project’s inception and for this to be included in the overall building costs. In 2017 the majority of government buildings were already fully accessible.
City of Oslo, Department of Primary Health and Social Affairs, Norway – City of Oslo – Department for Health and Social Affairs – Comprehensive Universal Design plan by 2025, Norway
A cross-sector partnership promoting accessible technology in employment
PEAT fosters cooperation among key technology leaders, stakeholders, and government agencies to make new technologies accessible. From 2013 to 2020 the website has had more than a half-million visits, and more than 200 companies use PEAT’s TechCheck benchmarking assessment.
US Department of Labor, ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy, Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT), United States of America
ÖZIV ACCESS offers comprehensive consultancy services and tailor-made solutions to companies that employ persons with disabilities.
ÖZIV ACCESS offers consultancy and solutions in the field of accessibility. Consultants advise in the fields of built environment, design, communications and social accessibility. Tailor-made training is also offered in order to increase sensitivity and advise a specific group of individuals, e.g. employees, in dealing with persons with disabilities.
OEZIV - Austrian Civil Invalid Association, One-stop-shop for Austrian employers, Austria
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AND ACCESSIBLITY ACT & EQUALITY AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION OMBUD AND TRIBUNAL
Norway’s Anti-Discrimination and Accessibility Act of 2008 is the country’s first nationwide non-discrimination act. It introduced legal safeguards against discrimination of people with disabilities in all sectors of society. The focus is on buildings, transport and ICT. The law also includes an obligation to use universal design.
Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Universal design in non-discrimination law, Norway
Quick rollout of guidelines on how to treat patients with disabilities in pandemic times
Accessible Emergency Services was launched by Access Israel, a leading NGO, to provide health care providers with guidelines and videos for interacting – both remotely and in person – with COVID-19 patients with disabilities. The programme has already expanded to other emergency services and vital services organizations.
Access Israel, Accessible Emergency Services, Israel