earliest initiative of the Foundation was to launch an awareness
campaign about the role of guide and assistance dogs for people who
don't see, hear or walk as well as the rest of us, and to start a
petition to gather public support for legislation that would allow
these guide and assistance dogs into all the public places non-disabled
The awareness campaign gained new momentum with a grant from the Samenwerkende Fondsen of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba which enabled the design and placement of two billboard - one in the local dialect Papiamentu and the other in English. Promotional cards and TV spots were also produced, and the scale of the Foundations websites was expanded as resources for raising awareness and providing information resources for persons with disabilities.
Even before Stevie Wonder and
visually-impaired tech pioneer Mike May spoke out at the Consumer
Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas about how developers of devices
touch-screens are leaving blind and visually impaired consumers behind,
The Laura And Wagner Foundation (LWF) has been partnered in an
initiative that will bring easier
Internet and digital accessibility for children, teens and adults who
blind or low-vision, or who have limited range of motion physical
or who struggle with dyslexia, color blindness, learning disabilities
The ABLED Initiative will create
a digital 'ecosystem' of software and devices that will open new
gateways for education, by making materials more accessible and better
suited to the special needs of disabled and disadvantaged students
who've been left behind by the so-called 'digital divide'.
part of our 'Master Plan' for Curaçao, the software and digital devices
will also create new training and employment opportunities for local
people of all ages whether they are disabled, economically
disadvantaged or a school dropout.
Persons with disabilities
face much higher unemployment prospects, and our plan is to build a
system in which they can be employed to help other local and visiting
persons who are living with a disability.
This system includes new
options for paratransit mobility, and the medical, tourism
and technology sectors.The LWF is embarking on an
ambitious fundraising campaign as it seeks to underwrite the
development costs of this innovative system and because we are a NGO
(Non Governmental Organization) we rely on your financial support,
whether at the personal or corporate levels.
Please call us at +5999 660 4411
or email info@LauraAndWagner.com and we'll be happy to provide you with
more information on how you can help us to make Curaçao more ABLED.
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