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News from our Innovative Practice „MathInBraille“


The service „MathInBraille“ is still online available and used by several blind people, working in the field of mathamatics for blinds. Approximately 150 user are accounted every month using the service!

The next step will be getting further fundings to widen out the service to other languages or braille codes and adding audio response, so more blind people will get access to „MathInBraille“.

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New article in Spanish about one of our Innovative Policies: The Swedish Personal Ombudsman system!


Personal ombudsman (PO) is an innovative new service that came out of the Swedish psychiatric reform in 1995. It has later become well known all over the world in connection with the UN CRPD, as it is one of few concrete examples of supported decision-making (CPRD Article 12). A PO is a professional, highly skilled person, who works to 100 % on the commission of his client only. One organization that runs such a service is PO-Skåne, which is owned by the user association RSMH together with the family association IFS.

Author of the article is Maths Jesperson, who was the founding member of the European Network of (ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in 1991 and who came and spoke at the first Zero Project Conference we held in Vienna in 2012!


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The final selection of Innovative Policies starts today!

More than 100 members of the Zero Project network from around the world receive today an invitation to participate in the final selection of 15 Innovative Policies concerning Independent Living and Political Participation.

Those policies which receive most votes will be presented at the Zero Project website, Report and Conference by the beginning of next year!



Light for the World uses Meme-Pictures to explain what they do.



The Zero Project partner Light for the World have launched a series of meme-like pictures (e.g. below) for social media that explain their key work areas in an easy and emotional way.

Photos showing people in LftW projects are supplemented with a hashtag #CBR (Community Based Rehabilitation) or #InclusiveEducation and a short explanatory text. The text is superimposed on the image as well as mirrored in social media posts in order to make it accessible to users of screen reader software.


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Licht für die Welt – Community bases rehabilitation

Light for the World - Community bases rehabilitation

Light for the World – Community bases rehabilitation

















At the moment, the new format is used on facebook and Twitter in English and German language versions.

The aim is to create a share-friendly format that enables social media friends and followers of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD to explain the organisation’s work in a visually and emotionally accessible manner.


What do you think about using memes as an information-tool? Do you like it?


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Zero Project at the Conference “A home for all”


Zero Project will speak at the Conference “A home for all” on 9-10.10.2014 in Oslo, Norway

A home is a cornerstone in the lives of most people. The right to housing is one of the most basic human rights ensuring human dignity. The successful integration of housing and social services enables people with support needs to live independently and be included in society. It is thus one of the most important challenges and responsibilities of service providers and authorities across Europe. This conference will focus on one of the most pressing issues in European politics. The Zero Project is looking forward to speak at the roundtable on 10th October on 14h30 -15h30: “The transition to community-based and person-centred housing and services”

Discussion chaired by PUSH Europe


Enrica di Clemente, Intern at Zero Project

Welcome Enrica di Clemente!


We welcome our new team member Enrica di Clemente!

Last week Enrica joined the Zero Project Geneva Team as a volunteer. She finished her postgraduate education in 2011, focusing mainly on Diplomatic Studies.

As an intern at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations she had the opportunity to expand her groundwork to conflict resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and civilian capacities. Besides proposal development activities as a volunteer, much of her interest over the last years has concentrated on human rights.


We are happy to have you and look forward to work with you!



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Zero Project Team says “Goodbye” to Carmen!


Since Spring 2013 Carmen Arroyo de Sande was part of our Indicator team in Brussels, where she worked for the European Foundation Centre (EFC) and coordinated the EFC Disability Thematic Network.

From September 2014, she will start working for EASPD as a Project & Liaison Officer. The Zero Project Team appreciated a lot her professionalism and good humor, we will miss her a lot!!

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Zero Project at IASSIDD roundtable


On July 17th 2014, the Zero Project Team participated as speaker to the IASSIDD roundtable on “Inclusion in the community – community-based services”, moderated by Albert Brandstätter, Lebenshilfe Austria, and which included also the following panellists:

- Klaus Brunner, Seld-advocate, Lebenshilfe Vorarlberg

- Heinrich Schellhorn, Soziallandesrat, Region of Salzburg

- Nicolette Blok, Moderator, Trainer, Consultant, as Relative active in the field of Self-Advocacy for people with disabilities

- Thomas Driessen, Executive Director of alpha nova, a social service provider of highly innovative services in the field of inclusive living and working, and personal assistance

- Ingrid Heindorf, Zero Project Team Geneva, World Future Council.


The roundtable discussion focused on how services need to become community-based, in order to allow people with all kinds of disabilities to be included in the community. A serious number of current challenges were mentioned and discussed. For example, how to redirect current assistance funding in Austria (personal budgets), what action is needed by service providers and which challenges they have in becoming person-centred, which particular problems arise for people with intellectual disabilities, etc. The Zero Project Team presented the status of its current research on Independent Living and Political Participation and highlighted that those innovative practices and policies researched, will contribute towards making inclusion in the community a reality, including in Austria. The team invited everyone present to participate. During the discussion the team had also the opportunity to highlight in particular the Innovative Policy 2012, the Swedish Personal Assistance Act, which legally entitles persons with extensive disabilities to cash payments for the purchase of self-directed personal assistance services (see Zero Project Report 2012).


The 4th IASSIDD Europe Congress is a major European event presenting and debating the newest advances in research on intellectual disability from around the globe at the premises of the University of Vienna. The congress program had a stringent and prominent inclusive format, giving people with intellectual disability the opportunity to actively participate. The topics addressed at the congress followed a structure closely linked to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). The IASSDD Europe 2014 Congress was organized jointly by IASSIDD, the University of Vienna and Lebenshilfe Austria.