The Zero Project is happy to announce the Shortlist of projects for the Zero Project Award 2021! These nominated Practices and Policies have made it through a detailed quality check and through one round of peer-reviewing from experts – with and without disabilities – from around the world. From an incredible 475 nominations, 178 nominations have made it through to the Shortlist. So, congratulations to all the nominated Practices and Policies for passing the first hurdle!

The final vote is currently underway, which will determine which of these great projects will be finally selected as 2021 Zero Project Awardees on the topic of Employment and ICT for people with disabilities. Around 75 Practices and 10 Policies will be chosen to be featured in the annual Zero Project Report and given speaking roles at the Conference to share their important and impactful work which supports employment for people with disabilities.


Good luck to all remaining projects in the final vote!


The full list of shortlisted practices and policies is:



  • Afghan Amputee Bicyclists for Rehabilitation And Recreation (AABRAR) –  Creating Mobility


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  • Ability Options – WorkReady Program
  • Australian Network on Disability – Stepping Into Internship Program


  • Atempo / CFS Ava – Der Onlinemarktplatz für Persönliche Assistenz
  • autArK Soziale Dienstleistungs GmbH – Beratungsservice für Unternehmen
  • autArK Soziale Dienstleistungs GmbH – Inklusives Kleinunternehmen Bistro-Flitzer
  • DM – Drogerie Markt – Barrierefrei im Kopf
  • FAB ProWork – FAB Neue Wege in den Arbeitsmarkt
  • Institut für Epilepsie – Arbeitsplatzevaluierung für DienstnehmerInnen mit Epilepsie in Österreich
  • Lebenshilfen Soziale Dienste Gmbh – Step by Step
  • Light for the World International – Make 12.4% Work Initiative
  • Marien Apotheke Wien – Ausbildung und Beratung von gehörlosen Menschen
  • MVG – Monopolverwaltung Gmbh – Meine Trafik meine Zukunft – Menschen mit Behinderung werden Unternehmer
  • myAbility Social Enterprise GmbH – myAbility Talent® Programm
  • ÖAMTC – ÖAMTC Projekt Einstellungssache
  • VIDEBIS GmbH Videbis GmbH


  • Access Bangladesh Foundation – Creating Entrepreneurs with Disabilities through Green Business
  • Bangladesh Business & Disability Network – Establishment of Business & Disability Network to facilitate Employment
  • BRAC Skills Development Programme STAR – Skills Training for Advancing Resources
  • Centre for Services and Information on Disability – Creating Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities within the ICT Division of Bangladesh Government
  • Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed – Inclusive Job Centre (IJC)
  • Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed – Skill Development Training Facilities for People with Disabilities
  • Disabled Rehabilitation & Research Association (DRRA) – Inclusive Micro-Finance for Poverty Graduate
  • PFDA-Vocational Training Center Trust –  Inclusive and Supportive Employment Opportunities for Persons with Neuro-Developmental Disorders


  • DiversiCom – Making Disability Work
  • Passwerk – Passwerk


  • Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) – Assistive Technology Information Mapping Project (AT-Info-Map)


  • Egalité Inclusion & Diversity – Egalité, Inclusion and Diversity
  • Instituto Jô Clemente – Professional Inclusion


  • JAMBA Career For All – JAMBA Career For All


  • Light for the World Cambodia / Essential Personnel Cambodia – Accessible Employment


  • Avalon Employment Inc. Avalon Employment Inc. Autism Employment Facilitator
  • Community Living Sarnia-Lambton jobPath Employment Discovery
  • Fable Tech Labs – Fable Tech Labs
  • Government of Canada – The Accessibility, Accommodation and Adaptive Computer Technology (AAACT) Program
  • Government of Canada – Workplace Wellness Service Centre


  • ALSINO – Solidarity Village ALSINO
  • AVANZA Inclusión – Vocational Exploration and Transit to Adult Life Program
  • Caja Los Andes – Diversity and Inclusion Area at Caja Los Andes
  • Empresas SB – Diversity Management System
  • Ronda Chile Foundation – The Inclusive Social Responsibility (ISR) Model
  • Ministry of Labour of Chile – Law 21.015
  • Municipality of Providencia – Labour Inclusion Programme
  • SENCE – National Training and Employment Service Prepare for Work Programme for Persons with Disabilities
  • Red Apis – Vi-Sor
  • SecoChile – Eco Car-washing Service
  • SKBERGÉ – SKBERGÉ Inclusion Program


  • CareER Association – CareER Programme


  • Corporación Crear Unidos – Inclusion creates Unity
  • Federacion Nacional de Sordos de Colombia – FENASCOL – Relay Center – Bridging Worlds, Connecting Ideas
  • Saldarriaga Concha Foundation – Turning Enterprises into Inclusive Companies
  • Programa Pacto de Productividad – Productivity Pact Program
  • SENA – National Training Service – Training for Employment and Human Development for Persons with Disabilities


  • Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Costa Rica – Inclusive Employment: Promoting Soft Skills and Employment Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities


  • Lev – Inclusion Denmark KLAPjob


  • Ebtessama Foundation – Majidah Platform
  • Helm – Workplace Inclusive Solutions


  • Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) – Guideline for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in TVET
  • Teki Paper Bags  – Teki Paper Bags


  • City of Helsinki – Supported Employment Service City of Helsinki
  • Ihme ja Kumma –  Ihme ja Kumma Workshop for Persons with Disabilities


  • ActivAction Inclusive Peer Support for Persons with Disabilities
  • Delta Process – Tadeo
  • Humanity & Inclusion – Disability Inclusive Poverty Graduation
  • Humanity & Inclusion – Forward Together: Empowering youth with disabilities in Asia
  • Humanity & Inclusion – Labor Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities, Parents and Mentors
  • My Human Kit – Humanlab


  • Allgemeiner Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverein (ABSV) – DL Kontakt Manager
  • AfB Gemeinnützige GmbH – AfB Social & Green IT
  • Alexianer Textilpflege GmbH – Inklusion ist nicht nur ein Schlagwort – wir leben Inklusion
  • Europäisches Kompetenzzentrum für Barrierefreiheit e.V. – EUKOBA SENSE Akademie
  • Un-Label e.V. – Un-Label Performing Arts Company


  •  Association for Training and Technical Assistance in Education and Disability (ASCATED ) –  Employment for Youth with Visual Impairments
  • Benemérito Comité Pro-Ciegos y Sordos de Guatemala – Labor Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Program


  • Hungarian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing –  WE UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER!
  • Kék Madár Alapítvány – Scaling Izlelo restaurants


  • AIMS Media Pvt. Ltd. – Ability Enhancement Multimedia Programme
  • Amar Seva Sangam – Entrepreneurship through Microfinance and Bank Loans in Rural Tamil Nadu
  • Billion Ables Services Pvt Ltd – BillionAbles
  • DAISY Forum of India – Sugamaya Pustakalaya
  • Enable India – Educate Yourself Easily (EYE)
  • Thiruppani Trust Association –  Enabling Skill Training to Differently-Abled for Sustainable Livelihood
  • MITTI Cafe – Mitti Café
  • Naman Seva Samiti Ujjawal – Disability Inclusive Livelihood Initiative
  • Sarthak Educational Trust – Enhanced Disability Diversity and Inclusion among corporates
  • Sense International India Income Generation Activities for Persons with Deafblindness
  • Wipro Limited Inclusive Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities
  • YOUTH4JOBS FOUNDATION Youth4Jobs College Connect


  • DNetwork (Disability Network) – DNetwork (Jaringan Kerja Disabilitas)


  • Cope Foundation – Ability@Work
  • NUI Galway Transition to Employment Program
  • Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities – Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities Graduate Internship Programme


  • Avital Yanovsky – Diversity in High Tech High-Tech Runway
  • Enosh – The Israeli Mental Health Association MAOF – Entrepreneurship Program ‏for people with psychosocial disabilities
  • Gevasol – Gevasol
  • Israel Electric Corporation – Nitzan Or
  • itworks – Technology Accessibility Program (TAP)
  • LOTEM – Accessible Nature Guide
  • Ministry of Labor, Social Welfare and Social Services – The Tomorrow Programs


  • Pedius Pedius Work Inclusion for TIM


  • Mirairo Inc. – Mirairo ID
  • Takeda – Resource Group EnAble


  • The Sana Association – Work Coach Programmes for Persons with Disabilities


  • Riziki Source – Riziki Source App


  • Lebanese Union for People with Physical Disabilities – Improving Socio-Economic Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
  • ProAbled – ProAbled


  • Inclusion Mauritius – Supported Employment and Technical Training for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities’’


  • Alianza Éntrale AC –
  • Alianza Éntrale AC – The Index of Labour Inclusion of People with Disabilities
  • Mexican Business Council – Éntrale Alliance
  • Onest Logistics – Formal Education Program


  • Floare de Cires – Hope has an address!


  • Ministry of Education –  Transition Plans for the SEN Students


  • Blind Youth Association Nepal – Employment Promotion for Young Persons with Visual Impairment


  • Enablement B.V. RehApp
  • Ingka IKEA in Abylimpics project


  • Special Needs Initiative For Growth – Technical/Vocational Education/Training For Special Needs Young Adults in Low-Middle Income Countries


  • Signlab – Signlab


  • DeafTawk – DeafTawk
  • Network of Organizations Working with People with Disabilities Pakistan (NOWPDP) – Yaqeeen


  • Fundación para el Desarrollo Solidario LABORA PCD – Promoting the Labor Inclusion of People with Disabilities


  • Project Inclusion Network – ENABLE Opportunities
  • Virtualahan Inc. – Virtualahan


  • Kadiwaku Family Foundation – Inclusive Entrepreneurship for Persons with Disabilities


  • BGO group, Begeton —
  • Globe Media, LLC –
  • NGO Invatur – Training Production Laboratory ARTel


  • The Savola Group – Best Practices in Employing Persons with Disabilities


  • SG Enable – Sheltered Workshop to Work


  • I Love Coffee – I Love Coffee
  • Shonaquip Social Enterprise – Ecosystem for Inclusive Employment
  • The Living Link – The Living Link


  • Korea Association of the Vocational Rehabilitation Facilities for the Disabled(KAVRD) – JOB PLUS


  • APSA – APSA Penitentary Program for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Spanish Confederation of Physically and Organically Disabled People (COCEMFE) – AccesibilidApp
  • Spanish Confederation of Physically and Organically Disabled People (COCEMFE) – Inclusive Businesses: A Strategy for Inclusive Business Transformation
  • ENVERA Group – ENVERA Point of Inclusion
  • Universo Santi Restaurant – Universo Santi Restaurant
  • A LA PAR Foundation – CAMPVS: Higher Education for Employment
  • Lantegi Batuak Foundation – Lan Eskola
  • ONCE Foundation – ONE-ON-ONE Public-Private Transition Program
  • SIFU Group – SIFU Group


  • Empfed – Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) – Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre


  • Misa AB – The Misa Way


  • Blindspot, Inklusion und Vielfaltsförderung Schweiz – Labor Inklusion


  • Employable Africa – Employable Africa
  • Furaha Ya Wanawake Wajasiriamali Kwa Viziwi Tanzania (FUWAVITA) – Reduce the Challenges of Employment among Women with Disabilities


  • Lampang Eye Foundation – Promotion of Well-Being for People with Disabilities at Work


  • Dem Dernegi –
  • Eker Dairy Product – Autism in Workforce
  • Ereğli Down Cafe Association – Eregli Down Cafe
  • ES Kariyer ES Career Disability Consultancy
  • Poilabs – Visually Impaired Navigation in Indoor Venues


  • MOCD – Mashagel


  • ENABLE Scotland – ENABLE Me
  • Glaxo Smith Kline – Workplace Adjustments (Accommodations) Service
  • Microlink PC (UK) Ltd – MiCase Workplace Adjustments Case Management
    Enablement B.V. – The Leprosy Mission Myanmar: Disability Project
    Scottish Government – A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: Employment Action Plan


  • Goodwill Industries of East Texas, Inc. – Pre-Vocational Training
  • Griffin-Hammis Associates – Customized Employment in the United States: Creating change  for people with disabilities
  • Association of People Supporting Employment First – Just in Time Virtual Employment Supports
  • BeeLine Reader – BeeLine Reader
  • Champlain Community Services – Way2Work: A Career Continuum
  • Houston Community College – Inclusive Employment Practices In Business
  • Keystone Human Services/ Keystone Autism Services (KAS) – KAS Adult Community Autism Project
  • Microsoft – Seeing AI
  • NYC Mayors Office for People with Disabilities – NYC ATWORK
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) – Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)
  • The Trust for the Americas – POETA DigiSpark
  • University of Vermont- Transition and Post-Secondary Education Initiative
  • US DOL/ODEP – State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED)
  • World Vision – Inclusive Livelihood for Refugees


  • ON-NET and ICEVI – Sao Mai Vocational & Assistive Technology Center for the Blind


We are looking for a Project Manager who is available full time and willing to join a highly motivated team with worldwide outreach. Ideally someone who is ready to accept the challenges of a dynamic, fast-developing project. Our office is located in the center of Vienna, in the beautiful building of the old stock exchange.

Find a detailed job advertisement here.

The Zero Project, and International Association of Accessibility Professionals: IAAP, a division of G3ict – The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, have come together to offer a series of free innovating webinars.
Through sharing best practices that are not only global, scalable and either free or at low-cost, we are hopeful these solutions can be used to speed up the process of implementing the United Nation Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities.
Each of these webinars will highlight best practices and solutions from the 2020 Zero Project Awards on Education and ICT – the first series will introduce you to Benetech, Fundacion Once and Scify.
Following the webinar series,  a publication, highlighting information about the innovation, resources, and insights from the webinar will be made available on the IAAP Educational Training Database

Benetech a US non-profit organization has made the start on June 24th, 2020 and presented their awarded practise Bookshare.

Bookshare is a global accessible virtual library for people with print disabilities. Available nationwide in the United States and in 87 other countries, Bookshare provides books and printed materials in five accessible formats, such as electronic Braille and DAISY synchronized text with audio, at a lower cost than traditional methods.

In case you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording here:
We also invite you to join the discussion in our WhatsApp community
Stay tuned – more info coming soon!
The Innovative Practices rightly get a lot of attention for their amazing work around the world to improve the lives of persons with disabilities. They also normally make up more than three-quarters of our awardees and show the incredible change that NGOs and businesses can create.

But what about the Innovative Policies? Why should policies be nominated and why are they so important?

Innovative Policies show how change can happen at a government level. They lead the way in showing what is possible locally, nationally or internationally. By sharing the best examples of policy changes in governments around the world that support people with disabilities it can inspire others to follow suit. It can also provide pressure to other governments to implement necessary and lasting change.

Each Zero Project Conference brings together decision-makers from governments and international organisations around the world, such as local government representatives, ministries, and elected officials such as members of the European Parliament. By bringing together some of the best voices on a national stage, other countries simply have to take note.

This is why it is so important for us to be able to share the greatest laws, regulations, grants, subsidies etc. that break down barriers for persons with disabilities.

We are looking for policies that make employment more inclusive for persons with disabilities.  This could be on international/supranational level, on a country level or also regional level, and normally only initiated by a public sector body – for example, a national or regional government, ministry, public sector agency.

We are also interested in inclusive employment strategies targeted at the public sector as an employer but also from trade unions working on inclusive employment, as their work often intersects with, upholds, or seeks to improve existing policy and legislative frameworks.

So help us to find the best policies that are creating lasting change. Tell us about them, or get in contact with your local politicians and decision-makers and encourage them to nominate their work for the recognition it deserves!

For more information, please go to our Zero Project Nomination Website


After a record-breaking week of nominations, we simply cannot close the call in just 2 days!
We are trying to answer your questions as best as we can and have therefore decided to extend the deadline until midnight on Sunday 5th July! 
Don’t forget, we have loads of information that can help you, to access it please visit:


If all else fails, please contact us directly at


So finish the incredible work you have started – Good luck!


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Circumstances are a little different this year, nevertheless, we hope you can take a break and enjoy some quality time at home. The Zero Project wishes you all wonderful Easter holidays!

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down, in the past couple of weeks, with still challenging times ahead. To ensure that no one is left behind during this difficult time, we think it is important to share information and measurements in order to support the disability community accordingly.

Therefore, a call to our Zero Project network: In the following weeks, we would like to encourage you to share new publications, declarations, public webinars or announcements about (online-) meetings and conferences with us and send it to Seema Mundackal at

We are happy to share and spread the word!


#ZeroProject #StayHealthy #StaySafe

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Im Vorfeld der Zero Project Konferenz 2020 fand am Dienstag, 18. Februar 2020, die parlamentarische Veranstaltung : Bildung – Inklusion – Digitalisierung auf Initiative des Nationalratspräsidenten Wolfgang Sobotka, der Essl Foundation und der Sinnbildungsstifter statt. Über 200 TeilnehmerInnen diskutierten technische Innovationen, wie Livox, Orcam, Sonokids, Speechgear und das Projekt Inklusive Bildung.

Hier geht’s zum Highlight Video!

Hier geht’s zu den Fotos der Veranstaltung!

Large group of people on and in front of a stage smiling for teh camera in front of two Zero Project logos.
Large group of people on and in front of a stage smiling for teh camera in front of two Zero Project logos.

©Pepo Schuster,

Vienna 24th February 2020.

The second global Zero Project call for nominations on the topic of education for people with disabilities resulted in 468 nominations from 106 countries. The most innovative submissions were presented at the 9th Zero Project Conference which took place from 19th to 21st February 2020. More than 800 people from over 80 countries took part at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria, to discuss, exhibit and present models that support inclusive Education.

Over 30 conference sessions discussed inclusive education

Throughout the three days, more than 30 sessions, including presentations of innovations and specialised forums, discussed the many sub-themes of inclusive education. All sessions were recorded and will be shared on the Zero Project YouTube channel in the coming weeks.

Over 80 projects collected their awards

More than 80 Awardees were in Vienna in person to collect their award from Martin Essl at the dedicated award evening and gave their backstage comments to the waiting camera crews.

The videos were online on the Zero Project Facebook page within 24 hours of the ceremony and have been watched more than 60,000 times!


Kicking off the Zero Project Conference activities, five winners of the Zero Project Award had the opportunity on Tuesday to present their initiatives at the Austrian Parliament, a joint event organised by the President of the National Council Wolfgang Sobotka, the Essl Foundation and the Sinnbildungsstiftung on the topic of education, inclusion and digitalisation.

Zero Project Impact Transfer

This year for the third time, alongside our partners Fundación Descúbreme and Ashoka, we ran the Zero Project-Impact Transfer programme. Ten projects from nine countries are participating in this 6-month programme, consisting of training, mentoring and networking support to help them prepare to replicate their innovations in other countries and contexts. You can find out more about this year’s participants at

Youth Participation

For the first time the Zero Project officially introduced youth participation to the conference. Over the course of three days,12 youth advocates joined us on stage at the award ceremony and also played an integral part in our social media activities. In addition to that, the youth advocates discussed best practices and shared concepts, experiences and tools that have worked to increase Inclusive Education.

 Africa Forum, Start-Up Forum, ITU Forum and much more…

Among many other exciting sessions during the 3-day conference was the Africa Forum, which presented several successful inclusive education initiatives working in sub-Saharan Africa and discussed the challenges and opportunities for scaling and replicating these.

At the Start-Up Forum, one of the fast-paced sessions on Thursday, entrepreneurs pitched their technological solutions to a panel of experts from the corporate and impact investment world, who then provided thorough questioning and constructive feedback.

The ITU Forums interactive panel discussion explored the factors needed to build an ecosystem supporting innovative ICT accessibility solutions and the challenges and opportunities facing accessible ICT solutions.

Performances, Movies, Yoga, Light for the World/Bank Austria

Inclusive dance performances, an inclusive sunrise yoga session and a short movie provided diverse entertainment for the conference participants.

On Friday evening, everyone who still had energy left was invited to enjoy the closing event, a presentation of the HerAbilities Awardees, hosted by Light for the World together with the Zero Project and supported by UniCredit Bank Austria.


Stay tuned over the next few weeks while we bring you all the best bits from the Conference, with clips, photos and sessions soon to be available online!


For further information, please contact:


Michael Fembek

Zero Project, Director

Essl Foundation


Pages of the Zero Project Report

We are proud to introduce to you the Zero Project Report 2020!


After more than 9 months of extensive research, analysis and reporting, we are delighted to bring you our latest annual report, on this year’s topic Education.


Inside this report, you will find factsheets of the 75 Innovative Practices, and 11 Innovative Policies from 56 countries that support inclusive education solutions for persons with disabilities, along with personalised life stories from many of the projects. The report also introduces 10 new participants of the Zero Project Impact Transfer, in association with Ashoka, where projects are prepared for replication around the world, plus a section on the legal indicators by the WORLD Policy Analysis Center.


The report also includes a summary in easy language.


All the themes, topics and projects within this report will be discussed during the Zero Project Conference from 19th to 21st February 2020 at the United Nations in Vienna. You can watch the action from the Conference on the Zero Project website.