Carla Mauch

Ashoka Fellow
Brazil,
Fellow Since 2007
Mais Diferenças

Citation

This profile was prepared when Carla Mauch was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
Carla’s approach to diversity is non-traditional; in that, she perceives society as one whole, and does not separate the disabled from people of African descent, women, or youth. Through her organization, More Differences, Carla implements programs that utilize the laws of inclusion for the disabled as opportunities for companies and schools to not only adapt their routines and structures to meet their demands, but to also learn to value the multifaceted differences inherent in humans.
With a methodology of systematized intervention, Carla focuses her attention on schools; as an intersection between the public and private sectors of society. In Osasco, the municipality of this pilot program, 142 schools serve as centers of mobilization of community involvement and as disseminators of public policies in the areas of education, health, work, planning, building works, and leisure. Support networks for teachers and therapists, combined with reforms, family involvement, as well as other initiatives, are part of a systematic approach gaining national visibility through the creation of an inclusive Pro-Education Pact in partnership with the Brazilian Association of Municipalities.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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