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?


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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


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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!