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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
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.
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
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
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
This project takes a holistic approach to the accessibility of banking services: buildings, banking foyers, ATMs, bank cards and websites are made accessible for persons with all kinds of disabilities.
To make banking accessible there are no steps at the entrances to the branch offices, a tactile guiding system leads to the information desk and advice counters are equipped with induction units. The website is available in sign language and simple language and in 2011 a new bank card for blind and visually impaired persons was launched.
Unicredit Bank Austria AG, Towards fully accessible banking services, Austria
A tablet that creates Braille, graphics, maps, and more
BLITAB – the iPad for the blind as it is called also – is the first-ever Braille tablet, using a new liquid-based technology to create tactile relief that produces Braille, graphics, maps, etc., for the blind and partially sighted. From the very start, blind and visually impaired users were involved in the product development.
BLITAB Technology Gmbh, Austria