Our mission is working for a world with zero barriers. Worldwide, the Zero Project finds and shares models that improve the daily lives and legal rights of all persons with disabilities. The focus of the year 2015 is twofold, namely Independent Living and Political Participation.

  • Innovative Policy 2015 from Uganda

    Reserved elected seats for Persons with Disabilities

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from South Africa

    Creating Abilities from Disabilities

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from Norway

    Custom-designed Personal Assistance

  • Innovative Policy 2015 from Sweden

    A Personal Ombudsmen System

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from the United States of America

    Inclusive & Accessible Electoral Systems

  • Innovative Policy 2015 from Belgium (Flanders)

    Flanders’ Personal Assistance Budget

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from Austria

    Competition for Innovative Devices and Software

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from Moldova

    Returning children to their families and an inclusive environment

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from Germany

    Persons with disabilities employing their assistants

  • Innovative Policy 2015 from New Zealand

    Access to electoral events

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from Yemen

    Employment and inclusion of rurals girls with hearing impairments

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from Germany

    An All-round Support Programme

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from the United Kingdom

    User-led organisation teaching and inspiring others

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from Ireland

    Offering individualised support and sharing lessons learned

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from Rwanda

    Empowerment through Peer-to-Peer support

  • Innovative Policy 2015 from South Africa

    Equal access for Members of Parliament

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from Papua New Guinea

    Inclusion of children and youth with hearing impairments

  • Innovative Policy 2015 from Austria (Upper Austria)

    Approval of Peer Counselling as a social profession

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from Nepal

    Training to actively engage in civic rights

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from Jamaica

    A business approach to sustainable community living

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from the United Kingdom

    Helpline and platform on personalised care

  • Innovative Policy 2015 from Sweden

    The right to a Personal Assistance Budget

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from the European Union

    Diverting EU-funds towards community-based care

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from Croatia (Zagreb)

    Living alone with individualised support

  • Innovative Policy 2015 from Luxembourg

    A National Disability Information Centre

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from Argentina (and others)

    Regional network to promote legal capacity of people with psychosocial disabilities

  • Innovative Policy 2015 from Japan

    Revision of the election law

    Tokyo District Ruling on 14 March 2013. © Keiko Shima
  • Innovative Practice 2015 from Finland

    Accessible candidate lists for visually impaired persons

  • Innovative Practice 2015 from South Africa

    Accessible ballot papers for persons with visual impairments

  • Innovative Policy 2015 from Spain

    Voting and participating in the electoral process

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New: The Report 2015

The New Zero Project Report 2015 is out!

The Zero Project researches the status quo of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), this year with a focus on independent living and political participation.

Data on 150 countries was collected, together with 50 Innovative Practices and Policies that can be considered as worldwide role models in their field.

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Social Indicators

The 30 indicators from the Zero Project questionnaire 2015 measure the UN CRPD implementation across 150 countries. They cover areas such as the accessibility of the built environment, education, transportation, employment, availability of data. For 2014/2015 the specific focus is on two main themes: Independent living and political participation.  The Social Indicators are the backbone for the analysis of current trends, perceptions, major issues and challenges in the implementation of the rights of people with Disabilities stated in the Convention.

Innovative Practices

In 2015, the worldwide network of experts nominated and selected the most outstanding Innovative Practices in the field of independent living and political participation. In this section factsheets of these Innovative Practices are presented and can be researched by keywords, tags, topic etc.

Innovative Policies

In 2015 the Zero Project network of experts has also nominated and selected 11 outstanding Innovative Policies worldwide in the field of independent living and political participation. Find and research those regulations, laws, programmes etc. in this section.