The Zero Project doesn’t want to reinvent the wheel, instead what it does is find solutions that have been proven to work, all over the world and adapt them to the specific situations of people with disabilities. To provide the necessary data, a four-year research cycle was established to measure the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) coupled with an annually changing theme: Employment, Accessibility, Independent Living and Education. In 2016 the focus was on inclusive education and information and communication technology (ICT).
Harnessing its unique network, the Zero Project Report looks at three fields: 1) Social Indicators, 2) Innovative Practices and 3) Innovative Policies. What is more, the 2016 report features life stories of people with disabilities who directly benefitted from Innovative Practices or who worked closely with them.
The Zero Project Report 2016 on “Inclusive Education and ICT” is available at:
Social Indicators: Data on Accessibility and Students with Disabilities is Missing Most
For its annual report 2016, the Zero Project team used a questionnaire to research a total of 30 social indicators, covering both the UNCRPD in general and the particular focus topic education. 275 experts from 129 countries rated each indicator according to a traffic light system and commented on specific aspects where necessary.
78 percent reported that there is no data available on the accessibility of public buildings (including school buildings) despite the international standard ISO 21542-2011, while 45 percent say that there is a timeframe for newly constructed public buildings to become accessible.
74 percent of respondents say that in their country there is no data on students with disabilities in vocational and educational training. 52 percent report that there is a responsible government agency, the Ministry of Education, for Inclusive Education.
Innovative Practices: Lessons for Education and ICT
In June and July 2015 the research team reached out to its network of more than 3,000 people from nearly every country of the world to nominate innovative solutions for persons with disabilities. Together with its approximately 150 partners, the Zero Project team nominated 86 Innovative Practices from 43 countries that positively impact the rights of persons with disabilities for Inclusive Education.
These practices cover inclusive primary and secondary schools, vocational and educational training and universities as well as early childhood interventions and emergency and disaster situations. On the technological side, the focus is on accessible web solutions, hardware devices and software.
Find all 86 Innovative Practices 2016 at:
Innovative Policies: Tools for Social Change
Like practical solutions that can be adapted and used in different contexts, policies are a key field for innovation transfer. This year the Zero Project received numerous policy nominations from around the world. 22 were researched in depth by the World Future Council with its Future Just Lawmaking Methodology. After having verified the nominations and clarified open questions with the help of experts from government, academia, and/or disabled persons organizations, the Zero Project expert network selected 12 policies that measurably advance the right of persons with disabilities to be included in education and/or to access ICT.
Innovative Policies 2016 are implemented at all levels of government, from the regional/provincial to the national up to the international level and cover all levels of education.