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The Zero Project is looking for an Intern!

Internship

Organization “Zero Project”

We are looking for an intern who is available part time (approximately 25 hours/week) on a working contract base, and stays with us for at least 12 months (starting June/July 2017). Ideally a student or post-graduate student who is willing to join a highly motivated team with worldwide outreach who is ready to accept the challenges of a dynamic, fast developing project. Our office is located in the First District of Vienna.

Detailled Information Intern

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Successful side event at the 34th Human Rights Council

17th March 2017: Zero Project Report 2017 presented at the UN Human Rights Council

On the occasion of the 34th Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of Austria and the International Disability Alliance, together with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Ecuador, Finland, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and Thailand, supported by the Zero Project, held a successful side event on Skills development and economic empowerment: Towards inclusive, sustainable development for all.

The event, which included powerful interventions by two youth leaders on the importance of vocational training and work, presented innovative solutions that advance access to inclusive and quality skills development and employment, and explored ways on how to strengthen work and cooperation towards “a world without barriers”.

Attended by about 40 representatives from permanent missions, international organisations and NGOs, the side event took place on 17th March 2017, at 1-3pm at Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, at the United Nations Office in Geneva.

Captioning was provided and the discussion was webcasted via www.treatybodywebcast.org

FlyerPress releasePost

 

 

Opening of the side event by H.E. Hajnoczi, Permanent Representative of Austria to UNOG

Fernanda Almeida, RIADIS, shares her personal experience on the barriers she faces as person with autism when accessing vocational training and the labour market

 

Virginia Carcedo Illera, CEO and General Manager of Inserta Empleo, presents the exemplary work of her organization that functions as bridge between jobseekers with disabilities and companies

 

Matthieu Chatelin, EDF Youth, shares his personal experience on the barriers he faces as person with physical disability when accessing the labour market and when traveling to other countries for work reasons

 

Stefan Trömel, Senior Disability Specialist of the International Labour Organization, talks about the role employment services can play to enhance the access of persons with disabilities to skills development and the labour market

 

Ingrid Heindorf, Head of Zero Project Policy Research and Conference Organisation, World Future Council, presents key findings of the Zero Project Report and Conference 2017

 

HE Arturo Cabrera, Alternate Permanent Representative of Ecuador to UNOG, speaks from the floor to share a gift with participants, a beautiful book published by the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Disability and Accessibility entitled “A Chant for Life. Ten years of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”

 

Side event participants: Representatives of permanent missions, international organisations and NGOs

 

Side event participants: Representatives of permanent missions, international organisations and NGOs

 

View on the United Nations Office in Geneva

 

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The Zero Project was presented to 60 policymakers in Kiel, Germany

On 15th March 2017, the Zero Project was proud to present its work to some 60 representatives from all ministerial departments of the German country state of Schleswig Holstein, at the one-day conference about the lifeworlds of people with and without disabilities organized by the Competence Center for Administrative Management (KOMMA) in cooperation with the Institute for Inclusive Education, held at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel.

This conference focused on five topics around inclusion: Four of them belong to the main focus areas of the Zero Project (Employment, Accessibility, Independent Living and Education) and the fifth one concerned awareness raising. Each topic was presented in more detail during a working group session, which were co-directed by an educational specialists. Educational specialists are people with disabilities who qualified to work as university lecturers on the topic of disabilities (to learn more about the Zero Project Innovative Practice 2017, visit this page)

Thanks to the kind invitation of Dr. Jan Wulf Schnabel from the Institute for Inclusive Education, Ingrid Heindorf, Zero Project Head of Policy Research and Conference Organization, gave a keynote speech on the Zero Project’s work, the UN CRPD and the awarded Innovative Policies and Innovative Practices.

Keynote speech (DOC, in German)

Flyer of the event (PDF, in German)

 

 

 

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Side event at the 34th United Nations Human Rights Council

17 March 2017: Zero Project Report 2017 presented at the UN Human Rights Council

On the occasion of the 34th Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of Austria and the International Disability Alliance, together with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Ecuador, Finland, Italy, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, and Thailand, supported by the Zero Project, will hold a side event on “Skills development and economic empowerment: Towards inclusive, sustainable development for all”.

How to assure the right to inclusive vocational education and training as well as employment as enshrined in article 27 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? Which innovative practices and policies exist, and how to best cooperate to implement them? Which ways forward to enhance the inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? These are just a few of the questions that will be discussed during the event, together with about 50 representatives of permanent missions to the UN, international organizations and NGOs.

PROGRAMME:

Chair:
H.E. Thomas HAJNOCZI, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN in Geneva

Opening words (via video):
Shuaib CHALKLEN, Founder and Chairperson of the African Disability Forum and World Future Councillor

Speakers:
Fernanda ALMEIDA, President of the National Federation of Persons with Autism from Brazil and member of RIADIS: Concrete experience from youth with disabilities from Latin America

Virginia CARCEDO ILLERA, CEO and General Manager, Inserta Empleo: How human resources services can empower jobseekers with disabilities (PDF)

Matthieu CHATELIN, Cerebral Palsy European Communities’ Association and youth leader of the European Disability Forum: Concrete experience from youth with disabilities from Europe

Ingrid HEINDORF, Head of Zero Project Policy Research & Conference Organisation, World Future Council: For a labour market without barriers. The Zero Project Report and Conference 2017 (PPT, PDF)

Stefan TRÖMEL, Senior Disability Specialist, International Labour Organization: Promoting disability inclusion in mainstream vocational training and employment services

Interactive dialogue

The event will take place on 17th March 2017, at 1-3pm at Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, at the United Nations Office in Geneva. Refreshments are served and captioning will be provided at: https://synchshare.de/wfc. It will be webcasted via http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/treaty-body-webcast-ii/

Kindly note that a valid UN accreditation for the 34th HRC session is needed to attend the event. Please notify the organizers at least 3 working days before the event (14th March) should you need accreditation to access the Palais des Nations, by sending your full name and contact details to daniela.ferreira@worldfuturecouncil.org

Link to Flyer (PDF, DOC)

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Zero Project Report 2017 out now and available for download

The Zero Project has published its current research on employment and vocational education & training: 56 Innovative Practices and 11 Innovative Policies have been given awards as Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies of the Zero Project 2017. In addition, Zero Project Social Indicators measure the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) in 120 countries, with a focus on employment (as defined in Article 27)

The Zero Project has started its second four-year research cycle and revisits employment – first covered in 2013. 260 practices and 48 policies were nominated by the Zero Project network of 3,000 experts, both with and without disabilities. Network members were also involved in evaluating, shortlisting, and voting for the most outstanding models using the criteria of innovation, impact and scalability. All Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies are now fully searchable, as is the project’s full database, using the new search algorithm on the Zero Project website – https://zeroproject.org.

The Zero Project Report also includes Social Indicators that measure the implementation of the UN CRPD in 120 countries, using a survey that was completed by experts, both with and without disabilities, from the partner networks of DPI, World Federation of the Deaf, World Blind Union, and EASPD. The Social Indicators paint quite bleak pictures, especially when it comes to the availability of data regarding the employment of persons with disabilities. They do, however, also highlight some notable exceptions.

The Social Indicators cover, in addition, Goal 8 of the SDGs: the survey asked about the availability of data regarding employment of young people with disabilities, and about data on people living in institutions.

The Zero Project Report can be downloaded here.

Most of the award winners will be present at the Zero Project Conference 2017 to receive their awards personally. The Zero Project Conference can be viewed on a live-webstream and there are several other accessibility features. Details will be announced soon.

Contact information:
Dr. Michael Fembek
Zero Project, Director
Essl Foundation
c/o Haus der Philantropie
Schottenring 16/3
A-1010 Vienna, Austria
m.fembek@esslfoundation.org
www.esslfoundation.org

Download the full press release: Zero Project Report 2017 out now and available for download (English, MS Word)

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The Zero Project shares knowledge at the Harkin Summit on Disability Employment in D.C.

From 8 to 9 December 2016 the Harkin Summit will be held in Washington, D.C. to identify and create strategies to increase the employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Summit convenes high-level representatives and grassroots implementers from around the world—all working to increase the employment of people with disabilities by sharing knowledge and expertise.

The Zero Project team will be represented by KR Martin Essl, Founder of the Essl Foundation, its Director, Dr. Michael Fembek and its New York representative, Mr. Thomas Butcher.

At this prestigious summit, Dr Fembek will share a preview of the findings of the forthcoming Zero Project Report 2017 at the panel “What We Know About Disability Employment Around the World” held on Friday, December 9th, from 8 to 9am.

To learn more, read our press release

 

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Zero Project Conference 2017: Launch of new website

Once again, the time has come to inspire!

From February 22nd to 24th, the Zero Project Conference 2017 highlighting Innovative Practices and Policies for persons with disabilities, will be held at the United Nations Office/Vienna International Centre, Austria.

This year, 260 innovative solutions concerning Employment, Work and Vocational Education and Training were nominated by the Zero Project’s network of experts from around the world. Out of these, 68 Innovative Practices and Policies have been selected as the most outstanding and are to be presented at next year’s conference.

With its annual event, the Zero Project supports decision-makers and opinion leaders in their efforts to implement the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) worldwide.

Visit our brand-new website to learn more about it: https://conference.zeroproject.org/

If you are interested to participated get in touch: office@zeroproject.org

#zerocon17

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Zero Project will be participating in UN Habitat III in Quito

From 17 to 20 October 2016 HABITAT III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, will be held in Quito, Ecuador. At HABITAT III conference, Governments are expected to adopt the New Urban Agenda that will guide the sustainable and inclusive development of the world’s cities for next 20 years. The Zero Project team will be represented by its Director: Michael Fembek and its New York representative: Thomas Butcher, who will be participating in a number of efforts that aim to promote the inclusion of disability in all Habitat III processes.

 

DESA – High-level forum on disability-inclusion and accessible urban development

Universal access of the MyCiTi system in Cape Town, South Africa © Guy Davies, Disability Solutions

Universal access of the MyCiTi
system in Cape Town, South
Africa © Guy Davies, Disability
Solutions – a Zero Project Innovative Policy 2014

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MIDUVI) in collaboration with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, Secretariat of UN Habitat III, Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), Rehabilitation International, Disabled People’s International, Essl Foundation, The Nippon Foundation and the Global Network on Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development, will convene a high-level forum on disability-inclusion and accessible urban development in Quito on 16 October, a day prior to the opening of HABITAT III.

At the Forum in particular a publication entitled: “Good practices of accessible urban development“ will be launched, an effort to which the Zero Project contributed on invitation by UN DESA. Michael Fembek, Zero Project Director, will participate as rapporteur of the Forum.

Participants at the Forum will include Governments, UN agencies, urban policy-makers and practitioners, DPOs as well as other stakeholders. The Forum will work to ensure that the New Urban Agenda will be fully inclusive of and accessible to all, particularly to persons with disabilities. It will also facilitate an exchange of practical and technical expertise, as well as provide an opportunity for a call for commitments for action to further advance the creation of inclusive cities for all. Discussions at the Forum are expected to provide a set of recommendations that will work to support the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The Essl Foundation – the Zero Project’s initiator – is also pleased to host the reception that will be held after the Forum.

More information can be found at: https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/desa-forum-ecuador-oct2016.html

 

WFC side event – Heading towards the Regenerative City: The impact of Inclusiveness and Accessibility

Access audit of the alternatives routes from the transportation hub to the headquarters of Kuala Lumpur City Hall © Kuala Lumpur City Hall

Access audit of the alternatives routes from the transportation hub to the headquarters of Kuala Lumpur City Hall © Kuala Lumpur City Hall – a Zero Project Innovative Policy 2014

On Thursday 20th October, the World Future Council – a Zero Project operative partner – is organizing an official Habitat III side event entitled “Heading towards the Regenerative City: The impact of Inclusiveness and Accessibility”. It will be held from 9:30 until 10:30 in Room 14 of the Habitat III venue. The discussion will explore the synergies and overlaps between inclusiveness, accessibility and the concept of the Regenerative City. The key objective of the event is to showcase how inclusiveness links to the concept of the Regenerative city, and more generally to environmental sustainability. By exploring the synergies between inclusiveness and sustainability, the discussion will put emphasis on the need to adopt a cross-sectoral approach to policy making, fundamental to solve the range of interconnected challenges facing cities today.

Michael Fembek, Zero Project Director, will participate in the debate as speaker along with panelists such as Ms. Daniela Bas, Director of the Division of Social Policy and Development, UN DESA (video message); Dr. Victor Pineda, President of the Pineda Foundation and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Berkley, USA; Mr. Stefan Schurig, Director, Climate, Energy and Cities, World Future Council, Germany; and Mr. Zhenshan Zhang, UN-Habitat, China. The debate will be chaired by Mr. Filippo Boselli, Policy Officer, World Future Council, Germany. More information can be found at: https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/regenerative-inclusive-cities-habitat-iii-quito/

Download the Side Event Flyer (PDF)

 

EFC side event – The role of philanthropy in the New Urban Agenda

On Monday 17 October, the European Foundation Centre organizes an official Habitat III side event entitled “The role of philanthropy in the New Urban Agenda”. It will be held from 9.30 until 10.30 in Room 4 of the Habitat III venue. The session will be a very interactive one where the audience and speakers will engage in a dialogue to understand what niche role foundations can play in the implementation and monitoring of the New Urban Agenda.

Michael Fembek, Zero Project Director, will participate in the debate. Panellists include: Representative from Fundación Avina and Natalie Ross, Council on Foundations. More information can be found: http://www.efc.be/news/habitat-iii-foundation-events-quito/

 

DESA – Publication on Good practices of accessible urban development

In light of HABITAT III and the New Urban Agenda, UN DESA – in collaboration with the Zero Project and others –  prepared a publication entitled: “Good practices of accessible urban development“. It provides case studies of innovative practices and policies in housing and built environments, as well as transportation, public spaces and public services, including information and communication technology (ICT) based services. The publication concludes with strategies and innovations for promoting accessible urban development and can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/unenable_urbandev

Advance unedited version of the publication “Good practices of accessible urban development“

26th September 2016, Brussels: Zero Project invited to the European Parliament

The Zero Project is today guest speaker to the exchange of views organized by the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) on the European Accessibility Act.

The purpose of the public hearing is to allow the EMPL Members to obtain the views of experts with regard to the very complex and wide-ranging proposal currently under discussion, its expected impact on the social inclusion of persons with disabilities and its broader implications for the stakeholders concerned.

The draft programme of the hearing taking place on 26th September 2016, 15.00 – 16.00, in Room: PHS 1A002 at the European Parliament in Brussels, is as follows:

Introduction by the Chair: Mr Thomas Händel, MEP

Presentations by the experts:

Ms Ingrid Heindorf – Zero Project, Head of Policy Research and Conference Organisation, World Future Council (DOC)

Mr David Capozzi – US Access Board, Executive Director (PDF)

Ms Sabine Lobnig – Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF), Deputy Director Communications & Regulations (PPT)

Ms Anna Lawson – University of Leeds, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies (DOC)

Questions and Answers

Conclusions by the Rapporteur: Mr Adam Kósa, MEP

Download the Programme (DOC)

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