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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: http://zeroproject.org/questionnaires-intro/

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


Access to Independent Living in the EU, 14th November 2014

On 14th November ENIL-ECCL will be launching its Shadow report on the implementation of CRPD Article 19 in the EU.

The launch will take place in the Philanthropy House, Brussels. The Shadow report will provide an overview of access to Independent Living in the EU, and will analyse EU’s compliance with Article 19 since its ratification of the CRPD in 2010.

The launch event is co-organised with the EFC Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disabilities and the Zero Project whose preliminary results will be presented by Michael Fembek (Head of Zero Project, ESSL Foundation).


How to advance digital accessibility by the G3ict

G3ict’s mission is to facilitate and support the implementation of the CRPD on the accessibility of Information Communication Technologies and assistive technologies. Their recent article focuses on removing barriers and advancing digital accessibility, and highlights that persons with disabilities must participate in the active evaluation and monitoring of their country’s implementation of the CRPD.

The article appeared in the special journal issue on Disability and International Development of 2014 and you can access it here:


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World Health Organization’s MiNDbank

A key organization that will be contributing to the Zero Project Report and Conference is the World Health Organization.

Its recently launched MiNDbank platform  - http://www.mindbank.info – is making it possible for advocates, researchers and policy makers to quickly access international resources and national level policies, strategies, laws and service standards for disability, mental health, substance abuse, general health, NCDs, children and youth, older persons, and human rights from all around the world.

The MiNDbank already holds 4000 documents from over 170 countries with more being added every day.


New report on children with disabilities in Russia by HRW

Our partner HRW published a new report documents how children with disabilities in Russian orphanages face abuse, neglect and isolation. The report (also in easy-to-read version) and video was released in Moscow this week.

HRW found that children with disabilities, who constitute nearly half of all children living in these institutions, are often denied contact with parents and relatives, and have little or no access to adequate nutrition, rehabilitation, education, recreation and play.

Recommendations push for the government and other actors to protect children in institutions from abuse and neglect, better support families raising children with disabilities, and move toward ending institutionalization of children with disabilities.

Video: Disabled Children Face Violence, Neglect in Russian Orphanages


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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

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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?