Fellows by Category

Organization: Brazilian Association of Community Therapy

Public health policies are still largely based on the assumption that health professionals are the primary resource to tap into to treat diseases. Yet, many diseases in developing countries are a consequence of marginalization and poverty. In order to address the root causes of suffering, Adalberto Barreto has created Community Therapy. Through this methodology, now used all over Brazil, he...

By teaching practical culinary and social skills, Simone Berti is preparing individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities to assimilate into society and be self-sufficient.

Organization: F123

Fernando Botelho helps educate and prepare people with visual disabilities and few resources, through an affordable and adaptable open source technology that is easily implemented in schools and facilities around the world. 

Organization: Vez da Voz

It is impossible to think about the full practice of citizenship without access to information. Today, millions of Brazilians with disabilities lead marginalized lives due to the inexistence of shows, newspapers, and radios that use accessible technology. Realizing this, Claudia Cotes founded the Vez da Voz, or Time for a Voice program to democratize access to information and create...

Organization: IBDD-Instituto Brasilero de Defensa dos Direitos da Pessoa P

Teresa D'Amaral is fighting for citizenship rights for people with disabilities, creating a legally-mandated demand for employment and a locally-supported supply of skilled workers. Her institution also initiates a wide range of socialization programming for people with disabilities to integrate them into the community at large.

Erika Foureaux is driven by the conviction that all children, whether they are “differently-abled” or not, must be given the opportunity to reach their full potential as citizens and community members. She is developing products and services that respect the principles of universal design in order to promote the integration of “diffabled” children in Brazilian society.  

Organization: REINTEGRA

Marta is setting up an information system for the physically, mentally and sensorially disabled. The system will collect, produce, and disseminate important information for this currently neglected sector of the population, and with this service, Marta expects to influence public policy, thus improving the quality of life and citizenship of disabled populations.

Organization: Instituto Franco Basaclia

Pedro Gabriel Delgado, a psychiatrist, is changing the way mental patients are treated in Brazil.

Upon first coming into contact with a child suffering from cerebral palsy, Pedro Guimarães’s life immediately changed—instead of seeing a disability, he saw the enormous potential and intelligence behind a body that failed to obey. This inspiration led him to the realization that traditional treatment and therapy were not enough. Pedro identified that 80 percent of the cases of cerebral palsy...

Maria Lucia Gulassa has developed and is setting out to spread simple, effective new approaches to caring for infants and children in the daycare centers, nurseries, and institutions of Sao Paulo, especially those serving its poor majority.

Organization: Mais Diferenças

Since Carla Mauch began working with the disabled at sixteen, she has been inspired by the possibility of living in a society that perceives “difference” as an asset, rather than a burden. Carla is doing this by promoting the rights of the disabled with a model that utilizes schools as catalysts for societal change.

Organization: Solar Ear

Howard Weinstein’s business model gives access to low-cost, high quality hearing aid technology to the low-income people in developing countries that need it most. His deaf employees are taught to become leaders and advocates for the full inclusion of hearing-impaired people in society.

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