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Zero Project is Looking for support!

You are interested in supporting a highly motivated team with worldwide outreach and you are ready to accept the challenges of a dynamic, fast developing project?

Then please send us your application now!

We are looking for a person, who can support us within the next 12 months starting from August 2018, and is available part time (25 to 30 hours/week). Our office is located in the First District of Vienna.

For more Information click here.

Applications to d.neuwirth@esslfoundation.org

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The story of Wael Galmouch, user of the Inclusive Tourism project in Lebanon

“Now I can even invite some of my friends with disabilities to the beach.”

I am Wael Galmouch, and I have always been fond of going to the beach, where my friends and I would walk around and relax. Then I had my accident. I became physically disabled, and since the beach tents that we used to go to were not accessible for people with disabilities, I had to wait for the few occasions when my friends would carry me there. But it was not the same as before, because I had to stay in one spot. I could not reach the water, and we had to cut our trip short when I needed to use the bathroom.

Things changed, however, when the Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union initiated the “Inclusive Tourism” project in Lebanon and adapted tent number 19, the dock from the parking area to the water, in addition to providing an accessible bathroom and menu. Now I am back to visiting the beach as I used to do before my accident, and I can even invite some of my friends with disabilities to join me now that it has become available for all.

 

Find out more about how LPHU are making tourism inclusive in Lebanon by reading the factsheet.

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The story of Marta Gomis, shop assistant in “For & From” Tempe shop

“In our shop all persons with disabilities can make any purchase by themselves.”

My name is Marta Gomis, and I am a 27-year-old girl with Down syndrome. Since October 2010, I have been a shop assistant at the “For & From” Tempe shop in Elche. For me this job is like winning a prize, because I always wished to work in contact with people and in the world of fashion. Encouraged by my parents, I took a vocational training course on commerce. Afterwards, I came in contact with APSA Association, and with my trainers I improved my competences.

Now I have already been working in the shop for seven years, thanks to the opportunity that Tempe gave me. My colleagues and my trainer from APSA help me a lot, and together we solve the little challenges of every day.

I love to help our customers. To service people that I already know makes me especially proud and happy. The experience of these seven years has helped me to become self-confident and to perform my tasks efficiently.

Our shop is very unique since it is a fully accessible space, and is designed so that persons with disabilities like me can work with complete autonomy and independence. Since its opening, adaptations have been made in the shop so that any customer can come on their own. Today, persons with a physical or sensorial disability can make any purchase by themselves, and if they need help, I am ready to provide it!

 

Read more about how APSA provides the possibility of barrier-free Shopping by reading the factsheet.

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The story of Revital Swirski, municipality council member trained by Access Israel

“The PR department has added the option of sending complaints by SMS.”

My name is Revital Swirski-Shurtz. I am a council member in Kiryat Bialik, a municipality in northern Israel. As a person using a wheelchair, I am very much aware of the need for accessibility and am very active in promoting accessibility in my municipality.
My municipality employees have attended three accessibility training sessions conducted by Access Israel, in addition to their famous “Accessibility Tastes Dinner” for the management team.

Besides the fact that the employees were all very moved and excited by the training, one consequence has been that the Collection Department – which has a lot of interaction with the local residents – installed accessibility systems for the hearing and vision impaired, added accessible seats to the waiting area, and even installed an accessible watercooler. The employees have become much more sensitive to and aware of the needs of people with disabilities and say they now feel more confident to communicate with them.
Another innovation is that the Public Relations department has added the option of sending complaints by SMS and has provided a special customized service for people with disabilities. Further, all official ceremonies and events are now fully accessible. More and more residents with disabilities have started to feel comfortable in their interactions with the municipality, and so attend more events and deal more independently directly with the municipality.

Find out more about how Access Israel has developed a business model for training service providers regarding issues of accessibility by reading the factsheet.

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The story of Danyl, user of the tongue-clicking technique, writing to World Access for the Blind

“A few weeks later I was using the little vision I had, together with the white cane and echo location.”

My name is Danyl and I am 12 years old. I was a normal kid, running around with my friends and biking through the nearby hills, until one day, when I was eight, I woke up in the middle of the night. It was hard to breathe so I woke my dad and he phoned an ambulance. The last thing I said was: “I’m dying, dad! I’m dying!” I was on life support for several weeks, and for months afterwards I was completely blind and couldn’t walk at all.

The first week of school in August 2007, three years later, you brought Kerrie and Alex to my primary school. They were blind too, and I think you were training them to be teachers like you. By then, I still didn’t really know a lot about what had happened to me. When you guys first told me what you were about, I honestly thought you were joking. But by the end of the first day, I thought what you guys taught me was brilliant! A few months later, when you and Alex came back to my school, I had practiced my click and was able to do it properly, and I was using the hiking stick and learning the basics of the white cane. I found it really hard at first mixing all three – clicking, walking with the hiking stick, and using the cane. But when you and Alex returned again the next summer, I was surprised by how much walking and clicking we practiced, and I found it became easier.

A few weeks later, I was a lot more confident. When I first came around in the hospital and I really wanted to walk and see again, I didn’t think that all of this would be done for me. Now I definitely think I will be able to walk again and know my ability to see is improving, so I am really, really happy with all the help that I’ve received.

To find more about how the World Access for the Blind has created a technique that helps the visually impaired to use their own ‘human sonar’ to perceive their surroundings by reading the factsheet.

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The story of Seren, user of AlManarah’s International Accessible Library

“Listening to audiobooks fills all of my free time.”

My name is Seren and I am from Kfar Bara, a village in the Triangle Area of Israel. I am very happy to express my enormous gratitude to AlManarah and share with you my experience of how its International Accessible Library saved me emotionally. I used to work as a nurse until I unexpectedly developed an eye disease, which resulted in blindness. I was so frustrated and depressed with my new condition I even contemplated committing suicide.

When I heard about the library from my brother, I became totally consumed with listening to audiobooks, which now fill all of my free time. The audio library of AlManarah has completely empowered me and enabled me to face the sudden loss of my vision.

Find out more about how Almanarah has developed the International Accessible Library by reading the factsheet.

Melissa Malzkuhn and Roberta Cordano pose for a photo with Martin Essl with their Zero Project award

Make a nomination to the Zero Project

Does your organisation help improve the lives of persons with disabilities? The Zero Project wants to find out about your projects, products, programs and services, and we want to share them with the world!

Awardee projects will be invited to present at the annual Zero Project Conference at the United Nations in Vienna in front of over 600 experts and leaders in the disability community from more than 70 countries. The conference is also live-streamed around the world and the best bits are also shared via social media, which reached 150,000 people in 2018.

We select projects of all shapes and sizes, from global leaders in the private sector with hundreds of thousands of employees, to small local enterprises, so don’t miss your chance to nominate!

This year we are looking at Independent Living and Political Participation – So get thinking of your projects that improve the lives of persons with disabilities on these themes.

Deadline is 1st July 2018, so get going with your application immediately. There is a nomination video, a Q&A, a topic themes document and a dedicated platform to make your nomination!