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City metro passenger setting new standards of accessibility for all
Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona used the 2021 renewal of its vehicle fleet to improve the accessibility of its underground train service. Measures include wider automatic doors, acoustic warning lights, intercom located at an optimum height for wheelchair users, emergency handles, and colour contrast signage.
Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, Metro accessibility in Barcelona, Spain
Web/App identifying the location of parking spaces for people with disabilities
Park4Dis is a free EU-wide web/app that locates accessible parking spaces. Launched by the NGO Asociación de Personas con Movilidad Reducida from Spain, it is financed through subscriptions sold to municipalities, but also to tourist boards and shopping centres.
AsoPMR - Association of People with Reduced Mobility, Park4Dis, Spain
A leading concert hall offering a free and inclusive musical workshop week
Since 2019 the Wiener Konzerthaus, one of the leading concert halls in Austria, has been organizing summer music workshops (‘SommerMusikWoche’) for up to 80 participants. The programme is supervised by professional music educators and is free of charge.
Wiener Konzerthaus, SommerMusikWoche/Inclusive Music Programme, Austria
Preventing bullying against women with learning difficulties
According to the Ninlil empowerment seminars bullying and violence against women with learning difficulties or multiple disabilities can only be stopped, if these women develop more self-determination in their everyday life. 210 seminars were held from 1999 to 2014, reaching 1,159 participants.
Action plans to support the transition from secondary school
"On the Verge of Adulthood" supports people with intellectual impairment in the phase of becoming adults. Together, a personal action plan is drawn up on key issues such as work, housing or further education. The implementation involves not only the young people and their parents, but also other relevant stakeholders.
KVPS - Service Foundation for People with Intellectual Disability, On the Verge of Adulthood, Finland
Changing exclusionary behaviour patterns through advocacy
"It's about Ability" was a nationwide TV and radio campaign to improve the attitude towards Inclusive Education. Whereas in 2010 only 35% of the population found it acceptable for a child with a disability to attend the same class as their own non-disabled child, this figure increased to 78% in 2015.
UNICEF - Montenegro, “It's about Ability” Programme, 2010-2014, UNICEF Montenegro, in partnership with Government of Montenegro, EU and others, Montenegro, Montenegro
Supporting inclusion of children with disabilities in mainstream preschools
AIM is a non-binding standard for early intervention services addressing children with disabilities. In agreement with the parents, pre-schools can apply for seven different measures for implementation: These include mentoring, support equipment, targeted therapy services as well as personnel and financial assistance.
Irish Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM), Ireland
Person centred assistance and accommodation in communal housing
"Supported Living in the Community" places people with intellectual disabilities in shared apartments and supports them individually. Following a pilot between 2005 and 2008, the programme has since grown to a long-term project with 39 adults living in 12 apartments across the city of Novi Sad. Nine of them previously resided in institutions.
School for Elementary and Secondary Education - Milan Petrovic, Serbia
Philanthropy and government combining to create national disability service reform
The Service Reform Fund aims to implement reform in mental health, disability, and homeless services. The SRF awards government grant funding for projects that support persons with disabilities to move out of institutions into a community-based environment. From 2016 to 2018, 16 grants totalling € 7.9 million were awarded.
Genio Trust, Ireland
Using technology in the classroom to support all students
The focus of the project is to increase knowledge among students, teachers, and other involved professionals on how the use of innovative technology in the classroom can facilitate participation and performance. 215 students with disabilities also received individual support. An accompanying study confirmed significant improvements.
Swedish Agency for Disability Coordination, Sweden