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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
Empowering Individuals in their Right to Vote
ENABLE Scotland and the UK Electoral Commission have jointly developed easy-read guides to support people with learning disabilities to vote, plus voting factsheets for family members and support workers. In addition, workshops and events are organised where people with learning disabilities meet their local politicians.
ENABLE Scotland, #ENABLEtheVote, United Kingdom
User-led organization teaching and inspiring others
The SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living is an established use-led organization (ULO) run by persons with disabilities. It peer-supports the development of new ULOs through the sharing of experiences and information, offering a platform for lessons learned, and providing advice and mentoring.
Spectrum - Centre for Independent Living, United Kingdom
Buddy service for jointly attending cultural events
The organization originally developed from an online music magazine (New Metal Media), which provided information about accessible cultural events. Its European-wide buddy service is free of charge and allows persons with disabilities to enjoy events accompanied by a like-minded companion.
Inklusion Muss Laut Sein UG, Germany
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
Developing work and employment opportunities
The "Socially Minded and Responsible Trading" (SMaRT) business model enables First Step Trust (FST) to develop work and employment opportunities for people with mental health conditions and other disabilities. In 2012 FST had three garages and two restaurants creating independent, sustainable income streams.
First Step Trust, Developing work and employment opportunities, United Kingdom
Livelihoods resource centres
As "one-stop-shops" Livelihoods Resource Centres (LRCs) provide training, career guidance and links between employees and employers. LRCs are delivered through local partner organisations and are unique in providing the full range of support that disabled people need when looking for jobs or becoming self-employed.
Leonard Cheshire Disability, Livelihoods resource centres, United Kingdom
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
Employing people on the autism spectrum and hiring them out as consultants
Passwerk recruits people from the autism spectrum as consultants, places them in a suitable job, and offers them long-term job coaching. Passwerk consultants are specialized in IT services. In 2020 the company employed more than 120 consultants, and it has worked with more than 200 clients since 2008.
Passwerk, Passwerk, Belgium