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The World Future Council welcomes Shuaib Chalklen, former UN Special Rapporteur on Disability

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Shuaib Chalklen

The World Future Council, a Zero Project operating partner, welcomes Shuaib Chalklen, former UN Special Rapporteur on Disability, to have joined the Council to support its activities to safeguard the rights of present and future generations. Mr Chalklen has held this position of the UN Commission for Social Development from 2009 until December 2014. More information about Mr Chalklen, as well as of the other Councillors, can be found here.

 

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28-29 January 2015, Jakarta – Conference on equal access to political life organized by AGENDA

The General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) – one of our Innovative Practices this year- is a consortium of civil society organizations and disabled people’s organizations across Southeast Asia working together to improve the quality of persons with disabilities’ access to political and public life, including the right to vote and be elected.

On January 28-29th, AGENDA will host a regional dialogue to share lessons learned and good practices regarding equal access. You can view a live stream of the conference (starting at 9 AM on 28th) or you can watch the sessions after the conference on YouTube

 

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Countdown: Still five weeks till the #ZeroCon15!

This year’s Zero Project Conference will kick off with an award ceremony for Innovative Practices and Policies 2015 that have advanced Independent Living and Political Participation of persons with disabilities at the United Nations Office in Vienna.

A programme at a glance, an updated conference programme as well as a list of speakers can be found online here!

 

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IFES released FAQs regarding presidential elections in Zambia

On October 28, 2014 the Zambian President, Michael Sata, passed away. On Tuesday 20 January 2015 the country will hold a nationwide by-election.

In order to help people with understanding the electoral process, our Zero Project partner International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has provided some answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), including the question whether persons with disabilities will be able to cast a vote. You can download the FAQs here.

 

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Countdown: Still six weeks till the Zero Project Conference 2015 kicks off!

The dates of our annual Zero Project Conference are coming closer.

This year the conference will take place from 25th until 27th February 2015, once again at the UN Vienna, Austria. More than 500 stakeholders from around the world are expected to attend. 40 Innovative Practices and Policies advancing Independent Living and Political Participation of persons with disabilities will be presented.

On our website, you can find now an updated programme as well as a speakers list – have a look here!

 

 

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Zero Project partner ENIL contributes to European Core Learning Outcomes for the Integration of Support and Housing (ELOSH)

Since October 2013, our partner ENIL has been working in collaboration with other organisations on a project called ELOSH that focused on developing training for integrated housing and support for disabled people (including people with mental health problems) and homeless people.

ENIL’s role in the project is to provide expert guidance on how to ensure the material and pilot training packages are co-produced with people who use services. To find out more about this project and how it works in practice, click here.

 

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Innovative Practice 2014 ColorADD wins Mobile for Good Europe Awards

A month ago, the Vodafone Foundation announced the four winners of the 2013 Mobile for Good Europe Awards.

In the accessibility category, the price went to ColorADD, one of our Innovative Practices in 2014, an application that enables colour-blind users to understand colours through a simple coding system. The award is organised every year by the Vodafone Foundation in collaboration with the European Disability Forum and AGE Platform Europe.

To find out more about the award, go to the Vodafone Foundation Mobile for Good Europe Awards homepage. For more details about ColorADD, click here.

 

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Happy New Year!

The Zero Project Team would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and we hope that 2015 will be a fruitful and inspiring year, filled with joy and happiness.

We are pleased to announce that the whole team was able to relax during the holidays and that we are ready to fully engage ourselves with renewed energy and ambitions!

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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.