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The Yyteri for All research and development project, administered by Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, started in 2009 in the area of Yyteri in Pori, on the west coast of Finland. Yyteri is a unique nature region located in the west coast of Finland, housing a variety of service provides including accommodation, restaurants and sport facilities. Its sandy beach and dunes provide unique settings for outdoor activities but simultaneously represent a rough and difficult environment for persons with disabilities. The aim of the project was to respond to the needs of a society to support independent and unrestricted life. The essence of the project was to provide services at the Yyteri beach area equally for all and to enable full participation of persons with disabilities through inclusive physical and social environment.

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People with disabilities can be marginalised in society by living in residential care, separate from others; by limited expectations from the community; by taking a less routine part in ordinary daily life. These “glass boundaries” can be a consequence of traditional care.
StepIn’s project aims to put people with disabilities at the heart of the community, giving them independence, a sense of inclusion and expectations that they will contribute: initially to a close circle and then the wider community.
We believe this enhances the life of the individual and enriches the community in which they live.

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The Job Coach Placement is a scientifically validated vocational integration programme with the aim to integrate mentally challenged persons with performance limitations in the open labour market by Supported Employment.

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“Meet our Neighbours! – a tactile experience” aims to produce a set 13 tactile images of the main celestial objects of the Solar System for visually impaired children from the ages of 6 to 12 years old and their educators. Through dedicated hands-on low cost activities, these tactile schematic images can be built with different textures using common materials that are inexpensive and can be used by all.
This project presents ways to provide low cost solutions (avoiding the expensive tactile printing costs), promotes inclusion and interactive hands-on activities for visually impaired children and their non-visually impaired peers and creates dynamic interactions based on oral knowledge transmission between them.

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The project Black and White is in its third phase – it started in 2012.
Support for people with disabilities in the Czech Republic is still strongly influenced by the old fashioned view that people are objects of care. In this environment, society, families and professional services are convinced that they have the right to decide in the best interest of people labelled as disabled. Autonomy, independence, inclusion and participation in the society are still dreams for a majority of the most vulnerable groups: people with intellectual and psycho-social disabilities, people with dementia, brain injury, etc. It often evolves into situations where people are treated against their will and moreover they have to pay for unwanted services.

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This project is based on providing social service for people with disabilities who left institutional care after decades of years.
The main goal is to ensure so people will be included into the community through the employment, positive social role (e.g. like volunteers in their community) and social relationships with people in neighbourhood.

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In Germany people with a very high support needs usually don’t get the opportunity to be part of the regular working life. If they are not able to work for at least three hours per day, they even are excluded of the sheltered workshops. In the federal state of Hamburg people concerned can visit institutions called day-care centre. These offer different kind of work like handcraft, food processing or internal services. But the varieties of different work are limited and for this reason the options for their users as well. Furthermore the clients don’t have lots of points of contact with people without a handicap and the regular working life.
The project “Auf Achse” Leben mit Behinderung Hamburg develops space for work, new experiences, meetings in the community and contact to other working people.

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The general problem in the community that the project is addressed to is the general public's attitude towards people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This attitude is reflected in all levels of interaction of this population with the community, such as housing, employment, leisure time activities and so on. The quality of life of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is highly influenced by their level of inclusion. It would be a better and a stronger society if it would be an inclusive one.
Our main objectives are to change the attitudes and thus to make the Israeli society a better one.

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Menter Fachwen has aimed to place people with an intellectual disability at the very front of the tourist industry. Llanberis is a busy tourist area and they hope to benefit from having a base in Llanberis. They are aware that there is a wealth of knowledge being help by older people in the villages. It would be a tragedy if the younger generations were to lose this knowledge. North West Wales has a rich heritage involving farming and the slate quarrying industry that visitors and local people alike may be unaware of.
The Walk and Discover project aims to address that problem by gathering information about the history and heritage of the villages of North West Wales and beyond.

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The presencing event in Sessimbra followed a very structured but open format using different methods from the U-Process. Within the meeting we had a prototype session where we summarized some learnings from the three sensing journey.The sensing journeys opened up a deeper understanding for “ingredients” of community inclusion.

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Participating in culture means to be part of social life. The right to cultural participation is laid down in the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. However, culture has always been less a means of integration than a means of differentiation.
The city of Hamburg offers plenty of culture, but for many people the doors of theatre, opera, cinema or sporting events remain closed. In addition to financial issues age-related weakness, disabilities or language barriers can exclude people from the cultural experience. The “Hamburger Kulturschlüssel” (cultural key) opens these doors.
In order to achieve that everyone can participate in the cultural life of the city, the “Hamburger Kulturschlüssel” arranges contact between said culture lovers and voluntary companions who accompany them on their way to the event, during the event and on their way back home. The “Hamburger Kulturschlüssel” also canvasses the organizers of cultural events as a cooperation partner (“the culture donors”) who regularly provide free tickets.

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