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Mobile phone-based information sharing service about accessible opportunities in rural India
Namma Vaani is a voice-based social network, where information is shared via mobile phones (no smartphone and web-access needed), which allows users to listen and respond to voice messages from the disability community regarding education and employment opportunities, workplace solutions, enhanced life skills, and more.
Enable India, Namma Vaani, India
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 family groups in remote Amazon villages to use sign language and to replicate it
Paz y Esperanza, Peru: Offers courses in Peruvian Sign Language and Spanish for families with deaf children in the Amazon region. In 2023, 60 participants, including both children and adults.
Peruvian Sign Language for disadvantaged deaf people, Peru
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
Study kit about citizenship and personal rights
The objective is to develop and tools and information that provide people with cognitive disabilities with knowledge of their personal rights, and to give them tools for practicing these rights. Based on positive experiences, a project has been initiated in 2014 to extend access to the kit to adults with more severe cognitive disabilities.
Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, Denmark
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
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