Ashoka Globalizer Fellows - Vienna 2013

Country: India
Field of Work: Human Rights

Javed Abidi is working to make legislative rights and economic opportunities a reality for the disabled in India. He is organizing disability groups across thematic, geographic, and language barriers to set up an informed national lobby. Simultaneously, he is establishing partnerships with business and the government to...

Country: Ireland
Field of Work: Human Rights

Caroline Casey helps Irish businesses to develop new approaches to employing and serving disabled people.

Country: Ireland
Field of Work: Human Rights

Madeleine Clarke is crafting a strategy to nationally overhaul the disability field in Ireland. She has created a new set of standards and a unique selection process to determine the most community-focused, integrated, and cost-effective initiatives, and has set up structures to scale these initiatives at a policy level...

Country: Germany
Field of Work: Human Rights

Andreas Heinecke is overcoming the barriers between "us" and "them" by creating exchange platforms that immerse people in worlds very different from their own in order to break down prejudices, to communicate and understand barriers that exist across different cultures, and to empower marginalized people. Andreas’ first...

Country: Germany
Field of Work: Health

Dr. Frank Hoffmann pioneers a diagnostically superior, personal, low-cost breast examination method by training blind people as skilled diagnosticians. Frank’s approach integrates them into the primary health care infrastructure, while enhancing women’s health care experience and opening an entirely new professional...

Country: Germany
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Raul Krauthausen is promoting the inclusion and awareness of urban wheelchair users through the first crowdsourced online map of wheelchair-friendly places around the world.

Country: Poland
Field of Work: Human Rights

Piotr Pawlowski is pioneering Poland's first serious disability mainstreaming and public education effort. He is doing so through structured workshops in secondary schools, targeted at teenagers and educators. He is also setting up the country's first resource center for newly disabled people and their families in order...

Country: Denmark
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Thorkil Sonne is transforming the way society perceives autism—from viewing it as a handicap to recognizing that it can become a competitive advantage. By demonstrating that autistic people can not only function in the business world, but can thrive as specialists in certain types of work, he is offering an often...