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Facilitated self-advocacy groups for people with Down Syndrome
In 2017 the Down Syndrome Association of Turkey launched the self-advocacy group Voice+1, which organizes regular meetings supported by facilitators. By 2022, Voice+1 has grown to 27 self-advocates in five cities and has resulted in the establishment of a Down syndrome research commission in parliament.
Down Syndrome Association, My Voice, My Society – Voice+1, Turkey
Home-based children using a robot in classroom to learn and socialize
Berater Unternehmensberatungs GmbH from Austria has been offering education with the help of physical robots, so-called avatars, since 2020. Targeting children who cannot go to school, the avatars are usually placed in the classroom and can be personalized.
die Berater counsulting, Interaction avatar, Austria
An all-stakeholder approach towards Inclusive Education
Chance B has initiated a joint initiative for a pilot project on an inclusive educational system in the region of Eastern Styria, Austria. In an all-encompassing approach a network of 270 actors was established. For this project a comprehensive scientific study has been conducted involving case studies and expert interviews.
Chance B Holding GmbH, Austria
All you need to know to open the door to the labour market
The project targets students with learning or other disabilities who are in their final year of special vocational schools. The main product of the project is the website "www.oikeitatoita.fi" ("decent work"), a database that provides advice on writing a CV and job application, on group coaching methods, etc.
Aspa Foundation, Finland
Noise-free school model inclusive of students with hearing impairments
Classrooms at Tres Olivos School are built with sound-absorbing materials and equipped with sound-level meters. The school has 98 teachers (including seven speech therapists and two deaf teachers) and 1,100 students who are educated from early childhood to high school and also in two vocational trainings.
Dales la Palabra Foundation, Tres Olivos School, Spain
Persons with disabilities employing their assistants
In this employer model councillors who are themselves persons with disabilities accompany and support their peers. All decisions are made by the persons with disabilities. To this end, VbA offers a payroll accounting service, an internet-based platform for assistance, and a travelling service for wheelchair users.
Independent Living e.V. Munich, Germany
Billing information and customer support in simple language
PIKSL uses the competences of people with and without disabilities to develop products and services for everyone. One of its services helps E.ON, a German utility company, to better communicate with all of its customers. In 2016 approximately 300 people with intellectual disabilities used this service during the pilot phase.
PIKSL - Living in the community gGmbH, Germany
Full-time, unlimited jobs in facility management
Chance B is an NGO and social service provider operating in rural areas of Styria, one of the nine Austrian states. Among its services, the organization offers employment and housing support. Through its Hausmasters programme, it provides full-time employment for approximately 60 people with disabilities.
Chance B Holding GmbH, Hausmasters Dienstleistungs GmbH/, Austria
Growing social business in IT-remarketing with a high rate of inclusive employment
AfB is Europe’s first non-profit IT company, founded in Germany. AfB specializes in refurbishing and recycling IT hardware. The organization creates jobs for people with a range of disabilities in all areas of the company and offers competitive wages. As of 2019, AfB employed 200 people with disabilities.
AfB social & green IT, AfB, Germany
A full chain of support from primary school to employment
LIFE is a programme for inclusive vocational education and employment for people with disabilities, starting as early as primary school and ending with job placement. 2012 it was introduced in Armenia. By 2016 approximately 900 persons were placed in training and 653 persons were employed through the programme.
Save the Children Armenia, Livelihood Improvement through Fostered Employment (LIFE), Armenia