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Using Technology to Increase Autonomy
In case of an emergency users can hit the "Big Red Button" app on their Jeenee mobile phone, which puts them in direct contact with the CCA's help centre – staffed by people knowledgeable and trained in disability issues. In 2018, Jeenee Mobile had tens of thousands of customers both with and without disabilities throughout Australia.
Community Connections Australia & Jeenee Mobile, “Big Red Button” App, Australia
Training Disability Representatives to work with local district officials
Light for the World has set up a programme in the Pursat province of Cambodia to create and train Commune and Village Disability Representatives (CDRs and VDRs) to advocate for inclusive policies. As of 2018, 251 persons have been trained and their roles have led to policy changes, including access to free health care and assistive devices.
Light for the World Austria, CDR and VDR, Cambodia
Helpline and platform on personalised care
The project provides advice and information on community-care direct payments, creating an individual budget, securing social service funding, and employing personal assistants. A free download area on the website and a bi-monthly newsletter share personal stories and Q&A sections with a broad audience.
Disability Rights UK, United Kingdom
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
Multiple tailored solutions offer physical and financial independence
In the Alhassan Foundation more than 50 percent of the board members and 80 percent of the employees are wheelchair users. The Foundation aims for wheelchair users in Egypt to reach higher levels of inclusion and independance in all aspects of life, including education, employment, and sports.
Alhassan Foundation, Egypt
Free personal assistance proves cost-effective
The services provided are designed to be sufficient to fully support all areas of the participants’ lives, covering self-care, household care, study, work, mobility, leisure, travel, etc. on a 365-days-a-year basis. A study showed that for every €100 of public funds invested €91.64 is returned to the government via work and taxes.
ASPAYM - Association of Paraplegics and Persons with Severe Physical Disability Madrid, Spain
A depression management programme and microloans for women
In 2014, BNVN started a depression management programme for women providing also social livelihood training, like-skills training, and self-management courses. Livelihood preparation is mostly about microfinancing. After a basic training women can get small loans enabling them to start their own business activities.
BasicNeeds Vietnam, Vietnam
The ‘employer model’ in personal assistance
This project offers support for persons with disabilities who use personal assistants, and encourages them to organize these assistants themselves. After a certain period of time, the level of experience and self-confidence becomes strong enough for the "new employers" to continue managing their assistants on their own.
Rhein-Main inklusiv e.V., Germany
Living alone with individualized support
API developed models of community-based services, such as "organized housing" and specialized foster family care, to enable children and adults with intellectual disabilities to move from large residential institutions to a life in the community. In 2003, "organised housing" was introduced by law as a new type of service.
Association for Promoting Inclusion, Croatia
Government-led crowdsourcing platform to guide policymaking for inclusive workplaces
The US Department of Labor’s ePolicyWorks is a ‘virtual town hall’. Through an accessible online crowdsourcing tool, anyone can participate in national dialogues on employment and disability issues - a model that has already been adopted by other US agencies.
Department of Labor of the US, ePolicyWorks Initiative, United States of America