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Zoica Bakirtzief

Ashoka Fellow since jan 1998

Zoica Bakirtzief has conceived a way for people with disabilities to enter into the job market. Rather than focusing on the few opportunities that exist in the formal sector for people who are disabled, diseased, and undereducated, she is training them to start and run their own businesses. Lire la suite
Rosangela Bieler, a 32-year-old journalist and paraplegic, is the founder and president of the Independent Living Center of Rio de Janeiro, an organization which is spearheading the movement of disabled Brazilians to win full citizenship. Lire la suite

María José Cabezudo

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 2017

María is working in a sustained and responsible manner in the recognition, defense and realization of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people with disabilities. Although their specific focus is on people with disabilities, their actions reach the population as a whole and are oriented... Lire la suite

Sixto Cancel

Ashoka Fellow since mar 2019

United States
By transforming the way thousands of young people age out of foster care, Sixto Cancel is transforming the overall child welfare and foster care system itself. He’s doing this by hacking the case management system to not only put young people in charge, but to use the data he gleans from successful... Lire la suite

Mauricio Canseco

Ashoka Fellow since juil 2017

Mauricio is revolutionizing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, helping them, their families, and their societies recognize their autonomy and achieve their potential through a 360º neuropsychological evaluation combined with an innovative life and career integration process.... Lire la suite
Iraê Cardoso is leading an effort to have states in Brazil recognize the hearing impaired as a cultural and linguistic minority with the same rights as other minority groups. Lire la suite
In the state of Bahia, in the northeast of Brazil, Sonia Coutinho has developed a center for arts and alternative education for adolescents with moderate learning disabilities that is remarkably effective in aiding their transition from school to productive employment and facilitating their... Lire la suite

Dorica Dan

Ashoka Fellow since juil 2018


Dorica is revolutionising the field of care for rare disease patients, transitioning from a rigid system to a collaborative approach. She uses a flat leadership model and creates new roles to navigate it. She is building a world in which all rare diseases patients have equal and free access to...

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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... Lire la suite

Marta esteves de almeida Gil

Ashoka Fellow since juin 1989

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... Lire la suite