1st World Conference on Supported Employment!

We are pleased to invite you to apply to the Employment for All awards 2017

The Conference, Employment for All – A Global Perspective, organized by our partner, EASPD and joined by EUSE; aims to identify and highlight different systems for inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce and providing equal opportunities for them to access gainful employment and enable them to gain a greater control over their independence in terms of employment and financial stability. Different themes related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities into the labour market will be discussed.

It will take place from 14th to 16th of June 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The Employment for All Award is given to Social Services/ Support Providers and Businesses or Employers who have designed and implemented effective systems for employment of people with disabilities.

Being the topic of our Zero Project Conference 2017, the inclusion of persons with disabilities into the workforce has been the focus of our work for the last months.


Check out the information about the conference,  the application process and fill out the application form before the 31st January.

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YPSA has been awarded by honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh

During a function on the occasion of the 25th International Day of Persons with Disabilities and 18th National Day of Persons with Disabilities, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina awarded Vashkar Bhattacharjee of YPSA as a successful person with disability for his outstanding contribution in disability and development, specially support to the activities of disability inclusive ICTs, making digital talking books, and making the skills and technology available for the people with disabilities. His great contribution will support to achieving the target of SDG by 2030.

Vashkar Bhattacharjee is the founder of Chittagong Computerized Braille production Centre and ICT and Resource Centre on Disability. He is also actively involved with a number of local, national and international agencies ranging from Bangladesh Visual Impaired Society to APCD Foundation in Thailand, among other activities on this issue.

The Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) has been awarded as an innovative practice by the Zero Project Conference 2016 on Education and ICT, for its accessible learning materials for students with visual impairments.

Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On December 3, the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities commemorates the human rights of persons with disabilities.

To celebrate this special and relevant day for the Zero Project work, there is a need to highlight the wonderful job of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), which has worked to support the political rights of men and women with disabilities, for nearly 30 years.

Since one of the topics of the Zero Project work is the Independent Living and Political Participation of persons with disabilities, we’re having a distinct interest in IFES initiatives. Recognizing that all people should have an equal opportunity to contribute their voice, IFES collaborated with disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) around the world to increase the political participation of persons with disabilities through a number of initiatives. For example, IFES organized the first regional disability rights dialogue on political participation in the Pacific Islands region; and created the first sign language lexicons in Libyan Arabic Sign Language and Moroccan Sign Language.

Click here to see more details about the initiatives of IFES.

The Zero Project shares knowledge at the Harkin Summit on Disability Employment in D.C.

From 8 to 9 December 2016 the Harkin Summit will be held in Washington, D.C. to identify and create strategies to increase the employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Summit convenes high-level representatives and grassroots implementers from around the world—all working to increase the employment of people with disabilities by sharing knowledge and expertise.

The Zero Project team will be represented by KR Martin Essl, Founder of the Essl Foundation, its Director, Dr. Michael Fembek and its New York representative, Mr. Thomas Butcher.

At this prestigious summit, Dr Fembek will share a preview of the findings of the forthcoming Zero Project Report 2017 at the panel “What We Know About Disability Employment Around the World” held on Friday, December 9th, from 8 to 9am.

To learn more, read our press release



Panel Discussion on the European Disability and Development Week

As part of the European Disability and Development Week, our partner Light for the World Austria, together with Save the Children and the IDDC will organise a panel discussion to issue a research on “Costing Equity”: the case of financing for inclusive education, and to share experiences from the field, from Burkina Faso (LIGHT FOR THE WORLD) and from China (Save the Children). In addition, the European Commission will comment on its position with regard to inclusive education within development cooperation/in general.

Elie Bagbila, from Light for the World Burkina Faso and guest speaker at this panel will also mention the Inclusive Education project in Burkina Faso which was awarded by the Zero Project 2016.

Click on the invitation flyer to find the email address to the registration.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Zero Project wants to remind that women with disability also suffer this sort of discrimination and violence.

As highlighted by the European Disability Forum, women and girls with disabilities are, as a matter of fact more exposed to violence than women without disabilities. In many cases, it is not made possible for them to be protected from violence or to have access to justice, because they are deprived of their legal capacity and someone else decides for them; this legal representative or ‘guardian’ could be the perpetrator of the violence.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) clearly recognises under article 6 that “women and girls with disabilities are subject to multiple discrimination” and that states should take measures to address this issue.

In the process of doing so, the Austrian Ninlil organisation, one of the Innovative Practices 2016, is tackling this problem by preventing violence against women with learning difficulties or multiple disabilities. It aims to prevent bullying and fights sexual violence against women with learning difficulties by organizing seminars to work towards empowering these women.
Click here for more information about the Ninlil organisation.


Zero Project Conference 2017: Launch of new website

Once again, the time has come to inspire!

From February 22nd to 24th, the Zero Project Conference 2017 highlighting Innovative Practices and Policies for persons with disabilities, will be held at the United Nations Office/Vienna International Centre, Austria.

This year, 260 innovative solutions concerning Employment, Work and Vocational Education and Training were nominated by the Zero Project’s network of experts from around the world. Out of these, 68 Innovative Practices and Policies have been selected as the most outstanding and are to be presented at next year’s conference.

With its annual event, the Zero Project supports decision-makers and opinion leaders in their efforts to implement the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) worldwide.

Visit our brand-new website to learn more about it:

If you are interested to participated get in touch:


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The Open Challenges Program invites the Zero Project

The Zero Project network was invited by the Moscow Agency of Innovations from the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship jointly with the executive authorities of Moscow to the Open Challenges program, which identifies, selects and pilots local and international innovations that can address the city’s needs.

The topic of the challenge is: Innovative solutions to boost social interaction and raise awareness of challenges faced by children with special needs, which started on December 28, 2015 until December 28, 2016.

Thinking that the society at large that has to meet the needs of people with disabilities and special needs, this challenge aims to facilitate a positive response from the residents of Moscow, and to create an inclusive environment that has educational, consulting, social and cultural components.

Submitted technologies and solutions will be considered and assessed, and also recommended for the inclusion into the List of Innovative Hi-Tech Products and Technologies used by the city. Best solutions will be awarded with an opportunity to run a pilot project in the city. Successfully piloted solutions will be recommended for a large-scale implementation in Moscow’s infrastructure.



Romanian National Television Channel TVR receives accolades from the UN

The TV Show – “Without Prejudice” – is the first European one to be hosted by persons with intellectual disabilities.

The TV Show – “Without Prejudice” from TVR Cluj will receive the award: Global Recognition “Good Practices for Employees with Disability” from the Brazilian Secretary of State for Persons with Disability.

The award will be given on 2nd of December in New York at the UN Headquarters to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the proclamation of the UN Convention for persons with disability.

This award comes after last year, another TVR production was recognised – Marian Voicu received the gold medal from the UN Correspondents Association for the documentary “Exodus. A Syrian tragedy”.

„We are extremely happy to receive this award. We often say – in our programme we show a different side of disability. One full of hope, confidence and success. This award confirms it”, declared Ovidiu Damian, the show’s producer. „We thank all those that encouraged us, those that are part of the online Without Prejudice community and choose to follow our programme week after week. We also thank our colleagues. It is a collective award for the great teamwork put in it.”, added Ovidiu Damian.

The TVR show is produced in collaboration with the Hans Spalinger Association and is the first of its kind in Europe to have three persons with intellectual disabilities as reporters. The show featured renowned specialists from the field of disability and covered in an unique manner in Romanian media sensitive subjects.

The show runs on TVR 3, Saturday from 13:00 EET.

Original article and photos
Translated by Cezar Neaga