Zero Project Impact Transfer participants 2017/2018

In 2017, the first Zero Project Impact Transfer program was launched. A partnership between the Zero Project and Ashoka, the program supports projects to replicate their social impact and innovation to other countries. The program combines the expertise of the Zero Project network with Ashoka’s extensive experience in impact transfer. In 2017, ten projects were selected from the Zero Project shortlist, including accessible playgrounds for children in Israel, an easy language news service in Austria and navigation using tongue clicks for people who are blind in the USA. You can watch a one minute round up of the Impact Transfer session at Zero Project Conference 2018 here.

Over the past year, participants have built on contacts made at the conference to take forward replication in a number of new countries around the world. Enable India is talking to partners in Ethiopia about replicating its mobile phone-based disability information service, the Museum of Modern Art in the USA has run training on accessibility programs with cultural institutions in Germany, and Capito is discussing takings its easy news service from Austria to Brazil.

2018/19 participants

Building on the success of last year, the Zero Project and Ashoka are delighted to announce the participants for this year’s Zero Project Impact Transfer program. 11 projects from ten countries are taking part, all with innovative and exciting approaches to promoting independent living and political participation for people with disabilities.

DanceAbility International (USA) – bringing dance and artistic expression to people with and without disabilities worldwide
Empowerment through Integration (Lebanon) – empowerment programmes for youth with disabilities involving their families and communities
Enosh – the Israeli Mental Health Association (Israel) – ‘Seeds of Change’ training on sexual trauma and mental health for professionals
Escola de Gente (Brazil) – training young leaders in accessibility and inclusion
Fightthestroke (Italy) – therapy IT-platform improves motor function in young people with cerebral palsy
Greta and Starks (Germany) – mobile app providing captioning and audio description in cinemas
kinderhände (Austria) – bilingual classes supporting families to learn sign language together
National Center for Criminal Justice and Disability (USA) – improving the criminal justice system for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Profamilia, ASDOWN Colombia, LICA and PAIIS (Colombia) – promoting the sexual and reproductive rights of people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities
Solar Ear (Botswana) – affordable hearing aids through solar technology
Unidos Somos Iguales (Mexico) – young volunteers as agents for social inclusion


Ahead of the conference in February 2019, participants have been refining their replication model with support from training webinars, mentors and external experts, and will also have a two-day preparation camp in Vienna. At the conference, participants will pitch for partners, funding and other support needed for replication at a dedicated Impact Transfer session. If you are attending the conference please come along to the Impact Transfer Forum, taking place on Wednesday 20th February, 12:20-14:20 in M2 to find out about these projects’ ambitious plans to replicate, and discover how you can work with them to bring these exciting innovations to your local context.

We will be sharing more information about all these projects in the run up to the conference in February. You can also visit the Zero Project Impact Transfer webpage for updates on both the 2017/18 and 2018/19 Impact Transfer programs and participants.