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The Portability of Personal Assistance: A Roundtable by ENIL


The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is holding a Roundtable on portability of personal assistance in the European Parliament on the 19th November.

The roundtable will present the results of ENIL’s survey on the availability of personal assistance in Europe and the initiatives of ENIL and other organizations – the Erasmus Student Network and the European Disability Forum – to promote the freedom of movement of disabled people in the European Union. Speakers and participants will propose actions that the new European Parliament and the European Commission could take to tackle.

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European Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Disability 2nd Edition: Deadline 2014-12-12


Recently the 2nd European Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Disability: Promoting Social Investment was launched. If you have a project start-up with a clear and viable business plan or a project already underway with less than 2 years, there are two ways for you to join the contest:

  • If you are a social entrepreneur and your project is focused on the field of disability.
  • If you are an entrepreneur with a disability with an innovative project.

The winning project will be awarded with a funding contribution of € 11.000. The Prize-giving ceremony will take place in a public event during the first semester of 2015.

Find more information about the award here:

The European Network for Corporate Social Responsibility and Disability provides an hashtag #SEDaward for Twitter! Make sure to follow @csrd_eu.

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Tomorrow the Zero Project is speaking in Brussels


On 14th November ENIL-ECCL will be launching their Shadow report on the implementation of CRPD Article 19 in the EU and Michael Fembek, Head of the Zero Project, ESSL Foundation, will present the preliminary results of the Zero Project 2015.

The launch will take place in the Philanthropy House, Brussels, and is co-organised with the EFC Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disabilities. ENIL’s Shadow report will provide an overview of access to Independent Living in the EU, and will analyse the EU’s compliance with Article 19 since its ratification of the CRPD in 2010.


Find more information here:

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Ms Catalina Devandas is the 1st UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Last week the President of the Human Rights Council (HRC), Mr Baudelaire Ndong Ella, appointed Ms Catalina Devandas, from Costa Rica, as UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities! The Zero Project joins all others in congratulating Ms Devandas and welcomes that persons with disabilities finally join the Special Procedures’ family under the Human Rights Council.



In Croatia, Locked Up and No Way Out: News from our partner Human Rights Watch


The most recent article of Emina Ćerimović (Human Rights Watch) is featuring the testimony of Ivan, a young man locked up for years in a psychiatric hospital in Croatia.

Today, more than 1,900 people with psychosocial disabilities across Croatia suffer a similar fate, ineligible for deinstitutionalization.

Read her article:

Watch this video on the de-institutionalization process of people with psychosocial disabilities in Croatia:



Dandelions around the world: The story of Specialisterne


The Danish firm Specialisterne – a Zero Project Innovative Practice 2013 – launched last year Specialisterne Canada, which over the past year has set up operations in Toronto and gained clients in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, including a partnership with global IT firm SAP – this is excellent news!!

Specialisterne’s core mission is to help individuals on the autism spectrum to find meaningful employment by showing employers how they can harness the unique skillsets and talents of those individuals. According to CEO Alan Kriss, Specialisterne Canada is working with its Danish and global counterparts to create a global shift in how employers view individuals on the autism spectrum. The goal is to shape how employers create environments for these individuals to flourish, while also being hyper-focused on the Canadian context for employers who are looking to close skills gaps.


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Our Zero Project partner IFES was organizing a big event on elections

The IFES event this week features the U.S. elections and is hosting election commissioners from all around the world. Virginia Atkinson, Access and Inclusion Specialist, IFES was moderating a panel on “More Power to More People: How the ADA and the CRPD are Expanding Political Rights” monday from 4-5pm EST. The panel discussed how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) have provided the legal context for accessible and inclusive elections, and how the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) incorporated many standards identified in U.S. legislation.



Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Department of State

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Coordinator for Disability and Inclusive Development, USAID

Lewis Bossing, Senior Staff Attorney, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

More information about the U.S. Election Program can be found here:


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Thank you ENIL for the great partnership!

Thanks to our this year’s partner ENIL and all their great support, we look very much forward to continue cooperating so successfully!

As reported in ENIL’s most recent newsletter, two of the policies nominated by members of the ENIL Board became Innovative Policy 2015: the Personal Assistant Budget programme in Flanders and the Swedish Personal Assistance Act of 1994 – our sincerest congratulations.

Soon you will find more information about them on our website, we will promote them via our media and social media and of course present them in depth at our forthcoming conference in UN Vienna!!

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Only two weeks left – please fill out the Zero Project Questionnaire 2015

The Zero Project team invites leading experts and organizations worldwide to contribute to our Indicator Research on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

Access the online questionnaire here:

Filling in questionnaire will only take few of your time! We kindly ask you to complete the questionnaire until 14 November 2014.