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3rd Regional Dialogue on Access to Elections for Persons with Disabilities

Save the date 3rd Regional Dialogue on Access to Elections for Persons with Disabilities – 28-29 January 2015, Jakarta (Indonesia)

International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), one of our Zero Project Partner, will be hosting its third conference in January. The focus will be mostly put on engaging youth with disabilities in the political participation and the role of the media. Due to a partnership with the Association of World Election Management Bodies there will be an increased governmental participation from across ASEAN.


Contact details can be found here.


Call for applications for the International Design For All Foundation’s Good Practices Awards

Each year the International Design For All Foundation – who was behind the Innovative Practice 2014 ‘Flag of Towns and Cities for All’ - honours good practices in the field of design for all, great and small, by governments, businesses, not-for-profit organisations and professionals from all over the world by awarding them. The call for applications to include a Good Practice among the candidates for the sixth edition of this award is open until the 27th of December.

More information on the award and how to apply can be found on the Design For All-Award website.

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Innovative Practice: the Swedish PO-Skane highlighted at Annual Conference on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Europäische Rechtsakademie – Academy of European Law (ERA) and the European Foundation Centre (EFC) are organising their Annual Conference on Rights of Persons with Disabilities – on 11-12 December, Trier (Germany).

One of our previous Innovative Practices, the Swedish Personal Ombudsmen System (PO-Skåne), will be highlighted on Thursday 11 December.


More information on the conference can be found here

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Conference on ACCESSIBLE TOURISM – Innovative approaches between accessibility and heritage protection

Brussels — Fri, Dec 5th 2014, 09.00 am – 05.00 pm

Friday the fifth of December, the European Foundation Centre is organising a conference involving several experts as well as local and regional authorities’ representatives who will discuss the issue of accessible tourism dealing with the challenges of protecting the historical heritage and providing accessibility for all. The head of the Zero Project and Programme Manager of the Essl Foundation, Dr. Michael Fembek, will be providing his insights on the issue of ‘technology solutions’.

Information on the conference and registration can be found here on the EFC-Eventpage!


Zero Project will be at the International Conference on Independent Living “Tuttavia…liberi di scegliere!”

San Marino — Wed, Dec 3rd 2014, 03.00 pm – 08.00 pm

On occasion of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, several organisations engaging for the rights of persons with disabilities, among which the association ‘Attiva-Mente‘ led by former parliamentarian and ZP supporter Mirko Tomassoni, are cooperating to organize an event on the right to independent living in San Marino. Ingrid Heindorf, Policy Researcher of the Zero Project at the World Future Council, will be speaking at this event about the Zero Project and it’s this year’s research results on Independent Living, alongside Jamie Bolling, Executive Director of our partner European Network on Independent Living and German Tosi, Member of the Executive Council of the Italian Federation of Persons with Disabilities (FISH), as well as others.

More information can be found here (in Italian):


New Delhi: Invitation to launch of a report & panel discussion by our partner HRW

Unfortunately, persons with disabilities (mostly women and girls) who are placed in institutions are often victims of abuse. To shed light on this issue, Bapu Trust for Research on Mind & Discourse, Parivaar and Human Rights Law Network are organising an event for the launch of a report by our partner Human Rights Watch, entitled  ‘The path to dignity and inclusion: ending abuses against women and girls with psychosocial or intellectual disabilities in institutions in India’. Afterwards a panel discussion will be held to provide more clearance and insights on the topic.

Event take place: Wed, Dec. 3rd 2014, 11.30 am – 01.30 pm

Place: India Habitat Centre, Casuarina conference room, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 (Entry from gate number 3 on Vardhman Marg).

For more details see the event page.



Human Rights Watch: Zero Project Partner publishes alarming report on children cages in Greece

Is it acceptable for children with disabilities in institutions to be kept in caged beds because of a shortage of staff to supervise them? As shocking as it may sound, for the government of Greece the answer appears to be yes.

Following up on an article released by the BBC on 14th November, our partner Human Rights Watch published a dispatch about the horrible situation children with disabilities that are living in the Children Care Centre of Lechaina, in Southern Greece.

Already in 2011, the Greek’s Ombudsman Office published a report condemning the practices that take place in this Centre. Three years after that report, due to a lack of sufficient resources and staff, the situation has hardly improved leading to unbearable conditions for these children.

Find hier the Human Rights Watch-Article.

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Webinar: “Breaking down grantmaking silos: Mainstreaming disability and promoting social innovation”


Increasingly foundations are talking about ways to break down silos in their grant making approaches in order to step away from the single-issue approach to improve effectiveness and achieve long lasting solutions to long standing problems. The European Foundation Centre (Zero Project operating partner), along with ARIADNE, invites you to join an online discussion which will highlight how tackling disability as a cross-cutting issue can respond to the needs of persons with disabilities while producing broader, high-impact, systemic change at local, region and national level.


Join the Webinar on Nov 26, 2014 at 5-6:30 pm CET


This webinar will also offer an opportunity to launch the forthcoming publication “Breaking down grant making silos: disability as a cross-programme initiative”, a collaborative effort in the frame of Agora+D, a platform recently set up by the European Network for Corporate Social Responsibility and Disability (CSR+D), led by Fundación Once with the financial endorsement of the European Social Fund. This publication explores the intersection between disability and other funding priorities such as employment, youth, ageing, gender issues, research, environment, accessibility, culture, cooperation and development. During this one-hour webinar, representatives from the foundation world will share some of their best practices and will explain how partnering with different actors to look for creative and alternative avenues to addressing social issues such as social innovation and entrepreneurship can become a key opportunity for people with disabilities.

- Jo ANDREWS, Ariadne
- Cecilia Conde, European Network for CSR+D, on behalf of Fundación ONCE
- Michael FEMBEK, ESSL Foundation
- Brian KEARNEY-GRIEVE, the Atlantic Philanthropies
- Rana KOTAN, Sabanci Foundation

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News from ARTESENS – Zero Project Innovative Practice 2014

The installation “TLALOC et les perles de pluie” of Artesens will be exhibited at the Musée du Quai Branly from

29 November to 7th December 2014

in the framework of the Accessibility Week. The installation will be in the Espace sensoriel Mexique and is open to the public, including children and adults, people with disabilities, the blind and sight impaired. On 29th November Ms Françoise Reynette, Director of Artesens, will welcome everyone.

The programme 2015 of Artesens’ travelling exhibitions is available at More information about this wonderful Innovative Practice 2014 you can find here on our website