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Bilingual Classes Supporting Families to Learn Sign Language Together
Using a team of one person who is deaf and one who can hear, kinderhände offers bilingual classes in German and ÖGS to children aged six months to 14 years and their families. It also has an online platform for families to use at home, and has developed teacher-training modules to support ÖGS use in schools.
kinderhaende e.V., Austria
Comprehensive support and jobs for persons with epilepsy
Leben mit Epilepsie in der Arbeitswelt provides a variety of services to people with epilepsy concerning their integration in the job market. Between 2011 and 2015, the organization supported 818 clients to find and maintain work. In addition, 178 people with epilepsy were given further practical help and support.
Institute for Epilepsy, LEA - Living with Epilepsy in the World of Work, Leben mit Epilepsie in der Arbeitswelt (LEA), Austria
AccessibleMaps are 'talking city maps' offering geographic information online and on mobile phone to persons with visual impairments. The description of the city environment is read out loud by a synthetic voice.
The spoken description of the map gives an idea of what a street looks like, how long it is, and what infrastructure, shops, and parks are nearby. The tool can be used to prepare for an upcoming trip or, via the mobile application, to get detailed information about one's surroundings while walking through the city.
CEIT ALANOVA - Central European Institute of Technology, City maps, read out loud, Austria
Restaurant menu reading app for persons with visual impairment
MenuSpeak recognizes a user’s location through iBeacons and automatically shows the menu in any of more than 45 languages. It can even read the menu out loud, if desired. The user places selected items in a virtual shopping cart which are translated back to the service personnel.By 2017 the app was used by more than 25 hospitality companies in Austria ans Jamaica.
Mopius Mobile GmbH, MenuSpeak, Austria
A leading concert hall offering a free and inclusive musical workshop week
Since 2019 the Wiener Konzerthaus, one of the leading concert halls in Austria, has been organizing summer music workshops (‘SommerMusikWoche’) for up to 80 participants. The programme is supervised by professional music educators and is free of charge.
Wiener Konzerthaus, SommerMusikWoche/Inclusive Music Programme, Austria
Preventing bullying against women with learning difficulties
According to the Ninlil empowerment seminars bullying and violence against women with learning difficulties or multiple disabilities can only be stopped, if these women develop more self-determination in their everyday life. 210 seminars were held from 1999 to 2014, reaching 1,159 participants.
Special support for deaf and hard of hearing refugees in sign language, life skills, and job application
Hospital St. John of God Linz, Austria: Supported Ukrainian refugees with hearing impairments in 2022 and 2023 with mental health and language courses. Partnered with the regional Federation of the Deaf.
Support for deaf Ukrainian refugees, Austria
Peer counselling as an approved profession
With the help of the regional Independent Living Centre, Upper Austria introduced peer counselling as a social profession in 2008, and it remains the only region to do so worldwide. Since 2009 more than 70 professionals have been certified. In 2014, 76 peer counsellors offered up to 1,320 hours of service per week.
Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, AMENDMENT OF THE SOCIAL PROFESSIONS ACT, Austria
Inclusive care worker training
Within the scope of the EU project "Inclusive Care Worker", an inclusive teaching model for qualification in the social sector and support modules for a successful integration into the labour market were developed. It enables persons with learning difficulties and disabilities to choose a care profession.
Lebenshilfe Graz and Surroundings - Voitsberg, Inclusive care worker training, Austria
The professionalisation of empowerment
Peer counsellors have their own experience of disability and advise similarly affected people to enable them to take control of their own lives at home, in the community and at work. For the first time in the world, the province of Upper Austria has established peer counselling as a social profession.
Office of the Upper Austrian Provincial Government, Department of Social Affairs, The professionalisation of empowerment, Austria