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Accessible Social Services

Critical services—such as education and health care—are not always designed to ensure people with disabilities can access them. How might we ensure that new and existing services are designed inclusively? We encourage you to think about health services, education systems, the public spaces and transportation systems, and beyond.

Solutions are designed and implemented in the context of real world constraints such as national policies or budgetary considerations. We are looking for ideas with deep grounding in community context that can think creatively about designing services with this knowledge in mind.

To kick start your brainstorming, a few ideas that would fit into this category include:

  • Adapting an existing teacher training to ensure the teachers are confident in their abilities to teach persons with diverse physical and cognitive abilities.
  • A new approach to screening for common mental health challenges.
  • Creating a new technology service to ensure persons with physical impairments are able to travel to their health clinic and enter the building safely.
  • Innovatively scaling up a successful program or adapting it to a new context.

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Voice it or text it, now every disabled South African can request services using only a mobile app.

Voice it or text it, now every disabled South African can request services using only a mobile app.

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Ubuntu SNC is eliminating stigma, fostering inclusion, and providing essential services for children with special needs throughout Kenya.

Ubuntu SNC is eliminating stigma, fostering inclusion, and providing essential services for children with special needs throughout Kenya.

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Using IVR to help teachers identify disabilities in students and learn how to adapt their classrooms and teaching to help these students

Using IVR to help teachers identify disabilities in students and learn how to adapt their classrooms and teaching to help these students

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