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We are pleased to announce the updated agenda for the 2020 Zero Project Conference on Education is now online! We have over 170 speakers already on the agenda, with more being added all the time. You can find the latest version at https://conference.zeroproject.org/agenda/.

 

The annual Zero Project Conference is the highlight of our year here at the Zero Project. It is an opportunity to celebrate all the innovations we discover during our annual research cycle, and to bring together global experts committed to a world without barriers for people with disabilities. Since our first conference, the accessibility of the conference has been a key focus of the Zero Project.

We want to make the Zero Project Confer­ence an example of ‘good practice’ in terms of conference accessibility, and every year we work to improve the fea­tures and measures we offer. In 2018, our accessibility partner Escola de Gente evaluated the accessibility of the Conference, and their recommendations were key to some of the improvements we trialled for the first time in 2019, such as live audio description for video material and making information available in easy-to-read formats. In 2019, we asked all participants for their feedback on the accessibility of the conference, and are using this feedback to introduce additional measures in 2020. We know we still have work to do, and we can only do this in collaboration with partners across our vast global network.

ZERO PROJECT CONFERENCE ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES

Cover of the Zero Project Conference Accessibility GuidelinesTo support this, we have decided to document our work on conference accessibility, in the hope that by being transparent and sharing our ideas, we will improve our own work in this area and support other organisations looking to do the same.

We are therefore publishing the Zero Project Conference Accessibility Guidelines. We have developed these guidelines in re­sponse to requests we have had from partners who want to make their own meet­ings and conferences more accessible. They are based on what we have learned through implementing new measures and receiving feedback.

“We hope these guidelines, based on our experiences and the insights of the Zero Project community, will be a helpful contribution to the discussion on conference accessibility. We look forward to continuing to share our work and learning from others to constantly improve the accessibility of the Zero Project Conference.”

Martin Essl, Founder of the Essl Foundation

In order to make this guide as practical as possible, we have concentrated on measures we have first-hand experience of implementing. We are aware that these guidelines therefore do not cover everything. We hope that people using these guidelines, or those who have expertise in the areas we have not included, will share their experiences and knowledge with us.

We are grateful to all the organisations who work with us to implement accessibility measures at the conference in Vienna and the wider Zero Project network for their support in doing this. We would also like to thank our accessibility partner Escola de Gente for their ongoing collaboration and support, and for providing a foreword to the guidelines.

“We support these guidelines as we want plural and non-discriminatory societies, in which persons with disabilities are not an exception, but an intrinsic part. We want inclusive and sustainable societies – also for humanity with disabilities.”

Claudia Werneck, Founder of Escola de Gente

NEXT STEPS

Alongside these guidelines, we have also been developing a discussion paper on conference accessibility, which we will publish in early 2020. We will present the guidelines at the Zero Project Conference 2020 and are committed to col­lecting feedback and using this to improve both the accessibility at the Zero Project Conference and future editions of these guidelines. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please let us know at office@zeroproject.org.

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The Zero Project Impact Transfer program is a partnership between the Essl Foundation, Fundación Descúbreme and Ashoka. It supports organisations to replicate their social impact and innovation in other countries and contexts. The goal of the program is to help proven innovations to spread so that we do not have to reinvent the wheel.

This year is the third year of the Zero Project Impact Transfer and our first year working in partnership with Fundación Descúbreme. 21 projects have already been through the program in the last two years and have presented their innovations and replication plans at the Zero Project Conferences in 2017 and 2018. You can watch a one minute round up of the Impact Transfer session at Zero Project Conference 2019 here.

Previous participants have built on contacts made at the Conference to take forward replication in a number of new countries around the world. Enable India (2018) is taking forward plans for replicating its mobile phone-based disability information service in Ethiopia, the Museum of Modern Art (2018) in the USA has run training on accessibility programs with cultural institutions in Germany, and Greta & Starks (2019) received impact investment following this year’s Conference to scale their app making cinema .

2019/20 participants

We are delighted to announce the participants for this year’s Zero Project Impact Transfer program. There are 10 participants from nine countries taking part, all hoping to find the right partners to replicate their innovative education initiatives globally. The participating projects range from early childhood projects through to vocational training programmes.

  • Amar Seva Sangam (India) – enabling access to early intervention therapy for children in India’s rural communities
  • Association for Shared Learning ELA (Bulgaria) – ‘One School For All’, offering schools a structured and systematic approach to making their policies and processes inclusive
  • capito Mecklenburg Vorpommern (Germany) – ‘New Ways to Art’, training people with disabilities to become museum guides
  • Humanity and Inclusion Senegal (Senegal) – a programme to identify, support and enrol primary-school aged children with disabilities and strengthen inclusive education in Senegal
  • inABLE (Kenya) – providing assistive technology computer labs in specialist schools for blind students in Kenya
  • KVPS (Finland) – ‘On the Verge of Adulthood’, a programme supporting transition from secondary education
  • Livox (Brazil) – alternative communication platform for people who cannot communicate verbally, or people with learning difficulties
  • Manzil Centre (United Arab Emirates) – a comprehensive education & vocational programme for people with disabilities, offering support from pre-education through to post-employment
  • Nayi Disha Resource Centre (India) – an online platform to empower parents of children with intellectual disabilities
  • Universidad Andres Bello (Chile) – a three-year vocational training programme for students with intellectual disabilities

We will be sharing more detailed 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 previous years’ participants and this year’s cohort.

If you are interested in learning more about these innovations and how you could support their replication, please contact Paula Reid from the Zero Project team on p.reid@zeroproject.org.

Essl Foundation and Fundación Descúbreme are entering a long-term partnership to expand the Zero Project mission of a world without barriers to the Spanish-speaking community worldwide. Fundación Descúbreme is also joining forces in the accelerator program Zero Project-Impact Transfer and will organize an annual Zero Project Conference in Santiago de Chile.

Vienna/Santiago de Chile, 6th December 2019: Essl Foundation and Fundación Descúbreme are announcing a long-term partnership to expand the Zero Project mission of a world without barriers to the Spanish-speaking community worldwide. Essl Foundation maintains strategic leadership of the Zero Project in full consultation with Fundación Descúbreme. Essl Foundation operates and finances the annual conference in Vienna and Fundación Descúbreme operates and finances the annual conference in Santiago, both under the brand of the Zero Project.

The organisations are also joining forces with Ashoka to broaden the Zero Project Impact Transfer programme worldwide.

“To contribute to a world without barriers in the areas of education, employment, urban development and independent living /political participation we aim to reach many more people with disabilities through innovations in the future. In partnering with Fundación Descúbreme, the Essl Foundation is taking another step forward in achieving this goal in Spanish speaking countries and is very much looking forward to this cooperation!” – Martin Essl, Founder of the Essl Foundation

The Essl Foundation has been working on the topic of social inclusion for persons with disabilities and has accumulated extensive knowledge on four strategic topics. This knowledge can be used by organizations either in the public or private sector – currently facing new challenges for people with disabilities in Spanish-speaking countries. Therefore, we are very grateful for the opportunity and hope to have a fruitful partnership with the Essl Foundation, starting with the Zero Project Conference in Santiago.” – Carola Rubia, Executive Director of Fundación Descúbreme

 

Essl Foundation and Fundación Descúbreme will co-publish the Zero Project Report in Spanish Language, will launch a Spanish-speaking website and open a news channel in Spanish. Most importantly, Fundación Descúbreme will organize the Zero Project-Latin America Conference annually, starting in early May with the topic of education.

 

A great opportunity to build a world without barriers, starting in February in Vienna and in May in Santiago with the topic of education.

 

 

For further information, please contact:

Michael Fembek Carola Rubia Durán
Director of the Zero Project Executive Director Fundación Descúbreme
Essl Foundation Fundacion Descubreme
m.fembek@esslfoundation.org carola.rubia@descubreme.cl

 

Logos of TOPHOUSE and the EU, with text: Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

It’s done! The TOPHOUSE project is officially ending on 30 November 2019. But it does not mean we stop here. The outcome is very promising, the tools will lead their own lives, and we will continue to inform and support the TOPHOUSE community!

 

What is TOPHOUSE?

TOPHOUSE is a project that aims to define the competences of professionals in the assessment, housing and support/care sector to strengthen their ability to:

FOSTER INCLUSION and RESPECT for human rights of persons at risk at exclusion, particularly persons  with disabilities

and

WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY and CONSTRUCTIVELY with complex needs of service users

 

What have we achieved?

7 partners from 6 EU countries have joined forces  to produce:

A STUDY on promising practises in integrated housing and support that provides an overview at European Level

GUIDELINES on

  • Assessment of individual rights and needs
  • Individual needs and allocation of housing
  • Support needs assessment
  • Developing cross-sectoral cooperation

A TRAINING COURSE aimed at providing guidance on acquiring, delivering and assessing learning outcomes and materials developed.

COUNTRY SPECIFIC PRODUCTS (Austria, Finland, Ireland, Spain) consisting of localised and own language versions of all the previous TOPHOUSE products.

 

All TOPHOUSE products will be available soon here and on the EASPD website – stay tuned!

 

This project was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

After a record-breaking nomination and selection process, over 80 Innovative Practices and Policies have been selected as 2020 Zero Project Awardees!

We are undergoing the final final fact-checking on the selected projects, and will then spend the next few months working with the organisations to write up their inspiring projects and prepare them for the Zero Project Conference 2020. The awardees have been informed already, but unfortunately we will not be releasing the names of the winners until January, once all checks have been completed and their project “factsheets” will be published on our website. Thanks for being patient! However, we can tell you a little about this record-breaking year and how the process has worked this time round.

Way back in June, you may remember we received an incredible 468 nominations from 106 countries. To put that in perspective, last time we looked at education, in 2016, we received 258 nominations from 58 countries.

Next, across August and September, we enlisted members with and without disabilities in the Zero Project network to support us in selecting which projects should be awarded. Over 500 experts from 99 countries answered the call and took time out of their busy schedules to read and comment on the nominations put before them. This resulted in a tough selection process where projects were ranked using more than 4,000 individual scores and over 1,900 personal comments, plus taking into account a regional and topic-focus. The result is a preliminary selection of over 80 Innovative Practices and Policies from 49 countries.

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in this complex and demanding process. We appreciate the time and effort that so many dedicated friends and partners of the Zero Project have provided for free over the last few months to support us. The Zero Project wouldn’t exist without you!

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For the first time ever, the Zero Project is publishing the Shortlist of projects for the Zero Project Awards. 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 469 nominations, 169 Practices and 24 Policies have made it through to the Shortlist. All shortlisted projects will be invited to attend the Zero Project Conference 2020 at the United Nations Offices in Vienna, Austria.

The final vote is currently underway, which will determine which of these great projects will be finally selected as 2020 Zero Project Awardees on the topic of Education 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 education for people with disabilities.

Good luck to all remaining projects in the final vote!

The full list of shortlisted practices and policies is:

ARGENTINA 

  • Canales – Virtual platform (Videolibros) for access to literacy in Sign Language

ARMENIA

  • Bridge of Hope – Maximise inclusive learning environment for children

AUSTRALIA

  • Department of Education – Inclusive education in Queensland state schools (Policy)
  • Flinders University – Up the Hill Project (social inclusion)
  • Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) – UEBOnline (learn Unified Braille Code)
  • Sonokids Australia – Ballyland educational apps
  • Swinburne University – AccessAbility Careers Hub
  • The Centre for Disability Studies – Uni2Beyond social inclusion at University of Sydney

AUSTRIA

  • ADPP Center of Expertise for Inclusive Education – Teacher training in Mozambique
  • Bildungsdirektion Wien – Support project for autistic children (Policy)
  • Inklusionsprojekt Wiener Neudorf – Wind Orchestra Class
  • KHM Museumsverband – ARCHES (Accessible Resources for Cultural Heritage Ecosystems)
  • Kindern Eine Chance (A Chance For Children) – Therapy camps
  • Light for the World International – Inclusive education in an IDP camp setting
  • Pädagogische Hochschule NÖ & Qualitätssicherungsrat für die Pädagog*innenbildung – Teacher Education Act(Policy)
  • PH Salzburg – BLuE University Programme
  • ProVita Bildungs GmbH – bildung.bewegt (help young people acquire higher qualifications)
  • Sozialministerium – Vocational Training Act (Policy)

BANGLADESH

  • Disabled Rehabilitation & Research Association (DRRA) – Learn for Life
  • Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) – Learning materials for blind students

BHUTAN

  • Ministry of Education – Policy-Guidelines on Assessment, Examination, Promotion and Transition of Students with Disabilities (Policy)

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

  • Tanzelarija (Organization for the promotion of contemporary dance) – Silent Dance

BRAZIL

  • Diretoria de Educação Inclusiva (DEIN) –  Public service aimed at 0-4 year-old children (Policy)
  • Livox International – Communication app
  • Mais Diferenças – Projeto Brincar (preschool education)
  • Rodrigo Mendes Institute – DIVERSA platform about inclusive education best practices
  • Rodrigo Mendes Institute – Open Doors to Inclusion
  • Univali University – Game design by children

BULGARIA

  • Centre for Inclusive Education – One School for All

CAMEROON

  • EduClick – Online accessible education platform

CANADA

  • Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital – Transition education program
  • jobPath – Employment discovery
  • New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – New Brunswick Provincial Autism Training Framework (Policy)
  • Rick Hansen Foundation – Accessibility Assessor training

CHILE

  • Colegio Laudare – School providing personalized and comprehensive education
  • Duoc UC – Adaptive ICTs
  • Instituto National de Rehabilitatión – Education in hospitalization
  • SK Comercial – Job integration
  • Universidad Andres Bello – Socio-labour training programme
  • University Viña del Mar – Adapkine sports

CHINA

  • Centre for Sign Linguistics & Deaf Studies, Chinese University of HK – SLCO Programme
  • Zhejiang University – Staff training in ICT accessibility

COLOMBIA

  • Corporación TransicionesCrecer – Transition to Adult Life program
  • Fundación Arte Sin Fronteras – Life Project (art without borders)
  • Secretaria de Educación Municipal Armenia – Teacher training (Policy)
  • Secretaria Distrital de Integración Social – Guarantee access, participation & transition in early education
  • Servicio Nacional de Aprendizale (SENA) – Free access to training for PwD (Policy)

CUBA 

  • Universidad de Pinar – Teacher training on early childhood

DENMARK 

  • Youth in Transition (YIT) – Support for NEETs

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

  • Instituto Nacional de Atención Integral a la Primera Infancia –  Model of comprehensive early childhood care (Policy)

DUBAI

  • Knowledge and Human Development Authority – Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework (Policy)

ECUADOR 

  • Universidad Politécncia Salesiana – Student support (recognised by UNESCO)

EGYPT

  • Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) – Egypt’s National Policy for ICT Accessibility in Education for Persons with Disabilities (Policy)

FINLAND 

  • Felm – Sign language training
  • Service Foundation for People with an Intellectual Disability – On the Verge of Adulthood -transition training

FRANCE 

  • European Tourist Guide Federation (FEG) – T-GUIDE (guiding visitors with learning disabilities)
  • Soliver – Digital training tools ‘ZERO BARRIER’

GERMANY

  • capito Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – New ways to art
  • Christoffel-Blindenmission Deutschland – Inclusive school infrastructure in Zimbabwe
  • Guter Unterricht für alle – mathildr (trisomy 21)
  • In der Gemeinde leben – PIKSL mobil
  • Kath. Hochschule für Sozialwesen Berlin – Inclusive health education
  • Technische Universität Dortmund – Transition and student support
  • TU Dresden – Visual Support Group

GREECE

  • SciFY – SCIENCE FOR YOU NPC – Games for the Blind
  • Stichting International Parents Alliance – ELPIDA E-Learning for parents

GUATEMALA 

  • ADISA – teacher training
  • Fundal – Inclusive schools
  • Rompiendo Límites – Sign language training by the deaf (Chorti community)

HONDURAS

  • La Parálisis Cerebral – School Management Strategy for Universal Accessibility

INDIA 

  • Amar Seva Sangam – Early Intervention Therapy
  • CBM India – Open schooling program
  • CHAI – Grassroots Comics
  • IDIA – Access to legal education
  • Invention Labs Engineering Products – Avaz App (language learning with pictograms)
  • Light for the World International – Regional Action on Inclusive Education in North East India
  • Nayi Disha Resource Centre – Online platform for families
  • Sanjay Centre for Special Education Goa – Vocational Units and Engagement Centres
  • Tamahar Trust  – Early Intervention & Special Education with family services
  • Umoya Sports – Inclusive culture in schools through sports
  • Universal Design Center, BNCA – Paradigm shift in Architectural Education
  • WIPRO – School support

INDONESIA

  • Center for Disability Studies and Services, Universitas Brawijaya – Affirmative  Admission for Students with Disabilities
  • Pusat Rehabilitasi YAKKUM – Education Program for Children with Cerebral Palsy

IRELAND

  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs – The Access and Inclusion Model, AIM (Policy)
  • LINC Consortium – Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Programme
  • Special Olympics Europe Eurasia – “Plan 2 Include” (Youth Leading inclusion)
  • UrAbility – ICT Training

ISRAEL 

  • Access Israel – Training for Inclusive Teaching
  • AKIM Israel – Making Museums and Sites of Leisure Cognitively Accessible
  • Amitim Organization – Amitim Community Centre
  • Israel Elwyn – Creating a Future
  • JDC Israel, Israel Unlimited – Being a student
  • JDC-TEVET – Siftach Breakthrough (inclusive universities)
  • Ministry of Health – Supported Education Services (Policy)
  • Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs – “Creating the Future” intervention program (Policy)
  • Nathan Company – Higher-education mentoring program for students with SMI
  • Nathan Company – Mentoring for people with SMI
  • Philosoft Mobile LTD – Krakal classroom technology

ITALY 

  • Gymnasium Centro Studi e Formazione – Keep the Beat (Aquatics)
  • Ministry of Education, Universities and Research – Promoting inclusive education, pursuant to Law n. 107/2015 (Policy)

JORDAN 

  • Al Hussein Society/Jordan Center – Leaving no one behind (pre-school skills program)
  • Alliance Academy Jordan – Aaj Model of Inclusion in schools
  • Arab Episcopal School Irbid – IE for the visually impaired
  • Raneen Foundation – Audio story library

KAZAKHSTAN 

  • Psychoanalytic Association – Ed-Recovery Academy

KENYA 

  • Signs Media Kenya Limited – Signs TV
  • The Action Foundation – Early Childhood Care and Education

LEBANON

  • American University of Beirut – Accessible Education

MEXICO 

  • Universidad Politécnica de Santa Rosa Jáuregui – Inclusive studying

MONTENEGRO 

  • UNICEF – DAISY textbooks

NAMIBIA

  • Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture – Inclusive Education Policy (Policy)

NEPAL 

  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technology – Nepal Inclusive Education Policy-2016 (Policy)
  • Sama Nepal – Inclusive mainstream schools

NETHERLANDS 

  • Light for the World – Skills for Work

NIGERIA 

  • Children’s Developmental Centre – Inclusive Technology for All

NORTH MACEDONIA 

  • Inclusive Solutions Skopje – In my shoes (inclusive design solutions)

PAKISTAN 

  • Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) – Inclusive education (esp. girls)

PANAMA

  • RET Americas – Inclusive school safety in Panama (natural disaster awareness)

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

  • UNICEF Australia – Early Childhood Development

PERU 

  • CONADIS (National Council for Integration of People with Disabilities) – Vocational Training
  • Instituto de Accesibilidad – Online training program
  • METRIDIS – University courses on inclusive education
  • Ministry of Education – Inclusive evaluation tool for learning progress (Policy)

PHILIPPINES

  • National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) – Kasali support system

PORTUGAL

  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – The museum as an inclusive space

REPUBLIC OF CONGO

  • East Eagle Foundation – Task Force on Transversal Protection 
  • Kadiwaku Family Foundation – Literacy programmes

RUSSIA

  • All-Russian Society of Disabled People – Certification in Accessibility Expertise

SAMOA

  • Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture – Inclusive Education Policy (Policy)

SAUDI ARABIA 

  • King Abdulaziz University – Accessible University

SENEGAL

  • Humanite & Inclusion Senegal – APPLEH (inclusive schooling strategy)

SERBIA 

  • Mathematical Society of Serbia – Final Exam
  • Social Skills Animation – Assistive technology for learning social skills
  • University of Belgrade Faculty of Architecture – Accessible city (architectural education)

SINGAPORE 

  • SG Enable – Transition into employment

SLOVENIA

  • Biotechnical Educational Centre Ljubljana – Cooperation between stakeholders

SOUTH AFRICA 

  • University of Cape Town – Inclusion for Social Justice
  • Western Cape Education Department – Cape Winelands Resource Classes

SPAIN 

  • Corporación de derecho público de carácter – BRAITICO (Braille learning tool)
  • Dirección General de Políticas de Discapacidad – Network of technical cooperation between Latin American ministries of education (Policy)
  • Dirección General de Políticas de Discapacidad – Training in and provision of assistive communication technology (Policy)
  • Fundación A LA PAR – CAMPVS tertiary education project
  • Fundación Dales la Palabra – Tres Olivos (deaf support)
  • Fundación Once – Teaching uni students skills in relation to disability
  • Fundación Once – University employment prep. training
  • Fundación Once & UNED Abierta – Training on legal accessibility issues & accessible tech. 
  • Institut Guttmann – Dofins de colors (inclusive Sports)

TAIWAN 

  • Parents Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability – Early Intervention

TANZANIA

  • MECP-Z – School enrolment
  • The State University of Zanzibar – Teacher Training

TURKEY 

  • Eğitimde Görme Engelliler Derneği – Accessible Note (music)
  • Engelsiz Erisim Derneği (Association of Barrier free access) –  Barrier-free Distance Education
  • Living with Allergy Association – Kindergarten for Children with Allergy & Asthma
  • Talking Hands – Sign language

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)

  • Manzil Center – PRIDE (People Receiving Independence & Dignity through Education)
  • Wafa Binsulaiman – Support for mothers in early recognition (to prevent deterioration)

UNITED KINGDOM

  • ENABLE Scotland – Stepping Up (investigation of the world of work)
  • International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment – Mobile Phone Teacher Training Curriculum
  • Landmarks Specialist College – The Archer (working in a pub)
  • Save the Children International – HOPE (school enrolment)
  • Sightsavers – Early Childhood Development in Malawi

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 

  • ACT Services, Inc. – Emergency Evacuation Plan for all college students
  • Aira – Back to School Program (AI & Remote Human Agents)
  • Beacon College – College for students with learning disabilities, ADHD and ASD
  • Benetech – Bookshare (accessible ebook library)
  • Champlain Community Services – Education from Graduation to Retirement
  • Disability Equality in Education – Teacher Training
  • Hands & Voices – ASTra (Advocacy Support & Training) for the DHH
  • Hocus Focus, Inc. – Arts-based approach (using magic tricks)
  • Houston Community College – VAST Academy (post-secondary career training)
  • inABLE – AT computer labs in schools for the blind
  • International Association of Accessibility Professionals – IAAP Accessibility Certification
  • Microsoft – Immersive Reader
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy – Community College Pathways to Careers (Policy)
  • PHILLIPS Programs – Indoor vertical farm career
  • SPAN Parent Advocacy Network – Inclusive Child Care Program
  • Special Olympics Europe Eurasia – Young Athletes & Family Health Forums
  • SpeechGear – Streamer (website for the DHH)
  • St. Cloud University Confucius Institute – US-Chinese student exchange
  • Syracuse University – Disability Law and Policy Program
  • Taft College Foundation – Transition to Independent Living Program & Taft Community College
  • The Hirsch Academy – Autistic Self-Advocates School
  • The Trust for the Americas – DIA Inclusive Innovation Lab
  • The Viscardi Center – Henry Viscardi School
  • Three Talents – IT Training Academy for Persons with Disabilities
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules
  • University of Vermont (Think College Program) – Certificate Program
  • University of Vermont (Center on Disability and Community Inclusion; Think College Program) – State of Vermont Transition and Post-Secondary Education Initiative (Policy)
  • University Research Co., LLC – Literacy Toolkit
  • World Vision – Development Spaces
  • World Vision – Homework Clubs

VENEZUELA

  • Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Educación – Teacher training (typhlotechnological tools)
image of a pencil on a green background with words The Zero Project is looking for an Author/Editor

The Zero Project is looking for support from a native or an excellent English speaker to support factsheet and report writing. We are looking for a contractor who can provide authoring and editing support between October 2019 and January 2020. The ideal candidate should have experience of working on the topic of disability inclusion or accessibility and would be able to give some examples of their work. The writing will be analytic and fact-based. To see some examples of the Zero Project reporting, please see some examples in the Downloads section of the website, including the 2019 Zero Project Report.

If you are interested to offer your services for this project then please contact office@zeroproject.org with some examples of your work and tell us why you would be interested to assist. Please also tell us about your experience which would make you suitable for this role and give an indication of what rates you charge, ideally per word/page or per hour.

The amount of work is flexible and negotiable so please also give an indication of your availability across this period.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Seneit Debese of Greta and Starks poses for a photo with the Zero Project award, alongside Zero Project staff

Congratulations to #ZeroCon19 awardee and Zero Project Impact Transfer participant Greta & Starks on their new partnership with social impact investor Joachim Schoss, founder of the Scout24 group and MyHandicap.de. Having connected through the Impact Transfer programme, their goal is to make the GRETA app, which provides subtitles and audio description for accessible cinema screenings, available in 6 countries and 14 languages. You can learn more about Greta & Starks and our Zero Project Impact Transfer programme in partnership with Ashoka Austria at http://impact-transfer.org/zero/greta-starks-great-app/

The United Nations headquarters tower in New York with country flags waving in front

You may have seen our blog post a couple of weeks back about supporting the United Nations to implement their Disability Inclusion Strategy. We received lots of great feedback and interest about getting involved in the campaign – So here’s a second chance to find out what it’s all about and to get involved.

As a little reminder – The UN Secretary General António Guterres announced at the Conference of State Parties to the CRPD in June 2019 that the UN was committed to raise the standards of their performance on disability inclusion by launching a new disability inclusion strategy. Martin Essl, founder of the Essl Foundation and the Zero Project, has written a letter of support to Mr Guterres, praising this fantastic commitment and offering the support of the Essl Foundation in any way that we are able, to turn this commitment into reality. We have also forwarded Martin Essl´s letter to the Austrian Permanent Mission at the UN in New York and also ask them to support this honorable mission.

The UN needs more support to create change – so we have been inviting everyone to join in and do the same. So please go ahead and write an email to your country´s  Permanent Mission at the UN in New York, and ask them for their support as well. And share this call for action with your peers!