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Access to Justice in Israel for people with complex communication difficulties
Israel was the first country to introduce the right to barrier-free investigations into the law.As part of the pilot project "The Right to be Heard", 14 special investigators were trained in the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and 12 speech pathologists were trained to support investigations.
JDC - American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, The Right to Be Heard, Israel
Free learning tool for visually impaired persons to improve their computer skills
The EYE Tool is a self-learning tool that teaches visually impaired people digital skills to prepare them for computer-based workplaces. Users can choose from over 400 exercises, participate in job role simulations, receive feedback, and test their progress. EYE Tool has over 10,000 users in 15 countries.
Enable India, Educate Yourself Easily (EYE) Tool, India
Quotas, support and subsidies for private employers
By building on validated initiatives the programme has established legislation, policies, and procedures for employers that include quotas, incentives, and subsidies. Launched in 2014 by 2016 of the approximately 648,000 Saudis with disabilities, 62,728 were employed by 31,790 companies and nearly 17,400 received subsidies.
Saudi Arabian Ministry of Labour, Tawafuq Empowerment for Employment for Persons with Disabilities Programme of 2014 Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) and the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF), Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia
A dedicated TV channel for the hearing impaired
Broadcasting of the Listening with Your Eyes channel began in 2017. The channel allows conventional programmes to provide closed captioning and sign language displayed over the original content. The size and position of the captioning and sign on the display can be determined by the viewer using a remote control and receiver.
Organization for Broadcasting and Communications for People with Disabilities, Japan
Low-cost technology for young people with vision impairment
This project offers various free services to the blind, including Inclusive Education, a higher education programme, and vocational and career training. It also develops low-tech teaching devices, such as drawing kits, flash cards, and apps that can be downloaded. In 2014, 262 children and juveniles participated in project activities.
Nhat Hong Center for The Blind and Visually Impaired, Vietnam
Blind programmers developing free software for blind users
In 2015 the Sao Mai Vocational & Assistive Technology Center for the Blind started developing software for blind users. By 2020 three products were released and are available free of charge: SM Braille, the Burmese TTS engine, and the SM Music Reader. The positive response is reflected in the increasing number of monthly downloads.
Sao Mai Center for the Blind, Vocational and Assistive Technology Center for the Blind, Vietnam
Inclusive Education for Cambodian children who are blind or deaf
The project offers extra classes for children with visual or hearing impairments to enable them to attend mainstream schools. During the extra lessons students are prepared to follow regular classes by making use of special learning materials in Braille and sign language. The project also created the Khmer Braille and Khmer Sign Language.
Krousar Thmey Foundation, Cambodia
Sign bilingual education from infancy to secondary school
Deaf and hearing students study together in the same classroom, receiving sign language and oral instructions simultaneously. The courses are available in signed and spoken languages, using Hong Kong Sign Language, Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. In 2019, 124 deaf children enrolled in the programme.
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies, Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education Programme, China
Supporting school enrolment of girls with disabilities
STEP identified 220 girls with disabilities for school enrolment and provided 180 of them with assistive devices. The project was implemented with the support of parent-teacher councils and school representatives in two districts. STEP also trained 90 teachers in methods for teaching children with disabilities.
STEP - Special Talent Exchange Program, Girl Enrollment Programme, Pakistan
Training people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities for ICT jobs
TAP was designed for people with mental, emotional, or cognitive disabilities. It includes technological education, training of soft skills, and the placement of people as qualified IT specialists. Since its launch in 2011, TAP has trained more than 150 adults, 74 per cent of whom were successfully placed.
itworks, Technology Accessibility Program (TAP), Israel