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Promoting innovative assistive technologies internationally
The project has created and developed a set of affordable open source tools that enable people with physical disabilities to use computers and smartphones easily. The tools are provided as construction kits during hands-on workshops, demonstrations are given on how to use and build the tools on a local basis.
University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna, Austria
Easy-to-read newspaper articles, written by persons with learning difficulties
Participants with learning difficulties are trained to understand the journalistic approach to conveying information. The goals are to prepare participants for regular jobs, especially as experts for easy-to-read texts, and eventually to provide easy-to-read news on a daily basis for the online-platform of the KURIER, an Austrian daily paper.
Jugend am Werk Vienna, Austria
An inclusive international volunteer programme
WeltWegWeiser is a service centre for people with disabilities who are interested in volunteering abroad. The organisation does not offer its own assignments, but advises interested people on suitable volunteer jobs based on their skills, interests and disabilities. Financial support is available for assignments.
Jugend eine Welt, WeltWegWeiser, Austria
Accessible mail pick-up-stations for people with visual impairments
Österreichische Post, Austria’s leading logistics and postal service provider, introduced an accessible pick-up service for blind customers in 2019 for items that cannot be delivered to their homes. In 2020 the service was extended to all 479 pick-up stations in the country.
Austrian Post AG, Accessible pick-up-stations, Austria
Job-matching based on coaching for students with disabilities and company-partnering
The participating talents receive coaching and make contact with interested companies. Companies gain know-how in the field of inclusion and employment of people with disabilities. Since the start of the programme in 2016, 130 students and 45 companies have completed the self-financed programmes.
myAbility Social Enterprise GmbH, myAbility Talent® Programme, Austria
The right to an inclusive apprenticeship
On the basis of a pilot apprenticeship model introduced by a parent association, the Austrian Vocational Training Act of 1969 was amended. In order to make the vocational training system more accessible to many young people and to enhance their labour market integration, prolonged or partial qualification was introduced.
Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, The right to an inclusive apprenticeship, Austria
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
Customer services and hotlines are being made accessible to deaf persons. Thanks to RelayService, deaf people and persons with hearing or speech impairments can arrange appointments on the phone, request information from service hotlines, etc.
The relay assistants are known as "the ears and voice" of the deaf community. Users send their requests to the assistant via email, text message or fax, and the relay assistant makes the phone call and replies accordingly. It is also possible to contact the assistants via video chat or visit them at the office.
OEGS barrierefrei, Access to information & services for deaf people, Austria
Preparing young people for real jobs in bakeries
Gragger, a bakery in Upper Austria and Caritas have organized "Backma's", a project that provides vocational on-the-job training for adolescents with disabilities. Under the supervision of mentors, the apprentices acquire practical skills in the production of pastries in a full-fledged working bakery in the town of Linz.
Caritas Linz, Austria
Pharmacy specialized in employment and services for deaf people
Since taking on the first deaf apprentice in 2008, the Vienna-based pharmacy has now trained two and employed a third deaf pharmacist. In addition, sign language courses were offered for hearing staff. For customers, the pharmacy offers barrier-free health information, including videos in sign language.
Marien Pharmacy, Training and counselling for deaf people, Austria