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Kristina Saffran

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2019

United States

Kristina Saffran and Project HEAL are building a new model of community-based peer support and care for people with eating disorders—while simultaneously working to eliminate the barriers between people with EDs and the full recovery they deserve.

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Anne Basting

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2017

United States

Anne Basting is transforming the experience of aging and the stigma around dementia and memory loss by empowering older adults and their caregivers with new practices rooted in creative expression and community building. Having demonstrated the impact at the individual level, her sights are now set...

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Ireneusz Białek

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2017

Poland

Having lost sight as a child, Irek perfectly understands the challenges faced by persons with disabilities both in the labour market and at university. After turning around the policy and standards related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in university education, he now focuses on...

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Ole Kassow

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2017

Denmark

Cycling Without Age takes elderly nursing home residents, who tend to be socially excluded, back into the streets and allows them to be part of ongoing urban life. As the elderly passengers and younger cyclists co-create new experiences on trishaws, Cycling Without Age showcases the joy of...

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Daniel Kish

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2017

United States

Daniel Kish is transforming the blindness profession and the lives of people around the world through a model of perceptual navigation that is more respectful of blind dignity and purpose, easier to teach, learn, and use, and is more diversely applicable to all ages, cultures, backgrounds, and...

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Rita Melifonwu

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2017

Nigeria

Rita is reducing stroke prevalence in Nigeria by engaging stroke survivors, caretakers, medical professionals and policy makers to build stroke awareness, prevention, and treatment capacity across Nigeria. Her organization, Stroke Action Nigeria, is designed to guide the nation in taking action...

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Dr. Jan Wulf-Schnabel

Ashoka Fellow since Dec 2016

Germany

Through the Institute for Inclusive Education, Jan Wulf-Schnabel lays the foundation for the society-wide recognition, promotion and use of the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities (PWDs). He opens up the educational sector for PWDs as teachers and thereby, not only creates meaningful...

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Junho Lee

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2016

South Korea

Junho is engineering information system for family with kids who have special needs by aggregating scattered health information.

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Hélène Viruega

Ashoka Fellow since May 2016

France

To deeply change the way in which we design care processes for patients suffering from neurological disorders, Hélène is developing an integrative highly tailorable non-drug approach that directly involves the closest caregivers of the patient. She improves the quality of life of both the patients...

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John Paul Maunes

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2014

Philippines

John Paul Maunes is bringing to light the issue of sexual abuse among the Deaf community in the Philippines and using it to mobilize stakeholders across the law enforcement and social welfare spheres to institute new inclusive measures for the broader inclusion of the Deaf.

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