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Making footpaths accessible for leisure and daily use
The project began by conducting a survey of how accessible the current walking routes were. Each municipality then chose one trail to upgrade, focussing on those that started in central urban areas so people could easily access them. By 2017, 12 of the 18 municipalities have at least one footpath installed.
County Governor of Telemark, Norway
The Network facilitates knowledge-sharing about improving the quality of life in urban centres around the world. Representatives from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors are invited to share good practices on the website. The 'Flag of Towns and Cities for All' is a quality mark awarded to municipalities.
The flag of "Towns and Cities for All" is a quality mark which acknowledges local governments' commitment to implementing Universal Design and accessibility in public places. Facilities, transport, buildings and services are taken into consideration with the aim of improving the quality of life for residents and visitors.
Design for All Foundation, Flagging accessible cities and towns, Spain
Building an inclusive labour market
Due to the Employment Protection Act No. 80 lesser capability because of age, illness or acquired disability is not an objective ground for dismissal and employers must make all reasonable efforts to retain the worker. As a result in Sweden 50% of disabled persons with reduced ability to work are employed.
Government of Sweden, Building an inclusive labour market, Sweden
Support programme for young people leaving school
WALK PEER is a five-year model. In the first two years, young people while they are still at school are guided and trained on topics such as employability, entrepreneurship and transition. Transition is the main topic for years three and four. In the final year, the focus is entirely on a good start of their professional life.
WALK - Inclusive Employment Services, WALK Peer programme, Ireland
A city collecting all the information about its accessibility for a smartphone app
Accessible Zagreb is a web/app service of the City of Zagreb, Croatia, that provides detailed information about accessibility and the respective accessibility features of public facilities and streets, as well as real-time information about public transport. Accessible Zagreb is available in Croatian, English, and German.
City of Zagreb, Office for Social Protection and Persons With Disabilties, Accessible Zagreb online service, Croatia
Online training for parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities
Accessing UrAbility, users are first guided through a selection tool to choose the best fitting Assistive Technology. They are then auto-assigned courses based on their technical abilities, language, and location. The courses contain video demonstrations, live Q&A sessions, and access to a closed meet-up group
UrAbility, Assistive Technology to Support Children with Learning Disabilities, Ireland
An online toolbox of symbols enabling communication for all, without the use of language
Global Symbols, an NGO from the United Kingdom, provides graphic symbols for assistive and alternative forms of communication as well as online tools for their use, but also for creating your own symbols. The offer is free and open source. In 2021 more than 5,000 people used Global Symbols, and a training programme was developed with UNICEF.
Global Symbols CIC, Global Symbols CIC, United Kingdom
All aspects of oral communication in daily life are made accessible. Furthermore SCOP Le Messageur offers transcription services for events, meetings, conferences, congresses, cultural events etc. with the transcriber on site or working remotely via the internet.
SCOP Le Messageur offers simultaneous transcription of speech in French, in 15 other languages and in Braille. The transcribed text can be read on a PC screen, a mobile device or a screen installed in a meeting room. SCOP also advises on the accessibility of event locations and conducts training on safety in regard to venues.
Le Messageur - Innovative Services for the Hearing Impaired, Oral communication made fully accessible, France
A municipal-level pilot-project towards continuous schooling of children with autism
In this pilot-project children with autism are accompanied from kindergarten onwards by trained teachers and by mentors who also assist parents with out-of-school issues. In school, special learning materials and mentors working with regular teachers are provided to facilitate the inclusion of children with autism.
Vienna Board of Education, Children with autism pilot-project, Austria
E-Learning for teachers, caregivers, and families
The platform was launched in September 2015 and is available (as of 2016) in English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. It offers four training modules (with a total of 400 hours of learning), which are especially targeted towards those working and living with persons with disabilities, such as teachers, caregivers, and families.
Des Amis de l’Atelier Foundation, France