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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Zero Project shortlists 20 policies and 97 practices from 32 countries

The Zero Project has completed the first round of the shortlisting process for Innovative Practices and Policies in the field of employment, work and vocational education and training. It has shortlisted 97 nominations for Innovative Practices and 20 for Innovative Policies from 32 countries in the world.

Vienna/Geneva 13th September 2016: The Zero Project researches the status of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) around the world and, this year, is focusing on employment, work and vocational education and training.

The Zero Project’s Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies produced an astounding 260 Nominations from 77 countries.

The Zero Project team, with the help of its partners and experts network, has now finished to shortlist those nominations that best live up to its three criteria: Innovation, Impact and Scalability.

Call for Innovative Practices: 97 Shortlisted Nominations

The Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices resulted in 213 nominations from 71 countries and all regions of the world. Out of these 97 nominations from 44 countries were shortlisted.

Shortlisted practices come from 44 different countries, 34 from Europe, 33 from Asia/Pacific, 12 from Africa, 6 Latin America, 12 North America.

Countries with the highest number of shortlisted practices are India (7), USA (6) and Austria, Egypt, Germany and Spain (4).

Call for Innovative Policies: 20 Shortlisted Nominations

The Call for Nominations of Innovative Policies resulted in 48 nominations from 29 countries, from all continents.

Countries with the most shortlisted nominations for Innovative Policies are Australia, Ecuador, Peru and the United States (2 from each of these countries).

Next steps in the selection process

All shortlisted practices and policies are now undergoing the Zero Project’s research process, before in October, our network will be asked to vote on them as the final step in the selection process.

The overall aim is to award a total of around 50 Innovative Practices and 10 Innovative Policies at the next Zero Project Conference in February 2017 at the UN Vienna.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Michael Fembek

Zero Project, Director

Essl Foundation, Klosterneuburg/Austria

m.fembek esslfoundation.org

Ingrid Heindorf

Zero Project, Head of Innovative Policies Research

World Future Council, Geneva/Switzerland

i.heindorf zeroproject.org

 

Download the press release here

260 nominations from 77 countries submitted to Zero Project 2017

The Zero Project has completed the nomination process for Innovative Practices and Policies in the field of employment, work and vocational education and training. It has received 213 nominations for Innovative Practices and 47 for Innovative Policies from more than 70 countries in the world

Vienna/Geneva 12th July 2016: The Zero Project researches the status of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) around the world and, this year, is focusing on employment, work and vocational education and training.

The nomination process started in May 2016 and the Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices, as well as Innovative Policies, closed at the end of June. The process of carefully screening, shortlisting, voting on, and finally selecting the Innovative Practices and Policies 2017 of the Zero Project has now already begun.

The Zero Project received an astounding 260 Nominations from 77 countries. What this demonstrates is a global movement of practitioners advancing opportunities in employment, work and vocational education and training “on the ground,” supporting persons with all kinds of disabilities in all contexts.

Call for Innovative Practices: 213 Nominations

The Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices resulted in 213 nominations from 71 countries and all regions of the world: 24 were received from Africa, 34 from Asia/Pacific, 90 from Europe, 28 from the Middle East, 19 from North America, 15 from Latin America and the Caribbean, and 3 from Australia.

Countries where the most Innovative Practices were nominated: Austria, home country of the Zero Project (13), Germany, United Kingdom and United States (12), Ireland and Spain (9), Canada and Israel (8), India (7), Bangladesh, Egypt, Italy, and South Africa (6).

Nominations were also received from crisis-ridden countries such as Afghanistan (4 nominations) Palestine (5 nominations), and Syria (1 nomination).

Call for Innovative Policies: 47 Nominations

The Call for Nominations of Innovative Policies resulted in 47 nominations being accepted by the Zero Project.

These Nominations for Innovative Policies came from all regions of the world:  Africa (2), Asia Pacific (11), Europe (13), Middle East (2), North America (9), and Latin America and the Caribbean (10). Countries with the most nominations for Innovative Policies were: USA (7), India (4), and Malaysia and Peru (3).

Next steps in the selection process

The Zero Project team, with the help of its partners and experts network, is currently shortlisting all nominations, based on its three criteria: Innovation, Impact and Scalability.

In September and October, the Zero Project network will be asked to vote on the shortlisted nominations as the next step in the selection process.

The overall aim is to award a total of around 50 Innovative Practices and 10 Innovative Policies at the next Zero Project Conference in February 2017 at the UN Vienna.

 

For further information, please contact:

Michael Fembek

Zero Project, Director                                                              

Essl Foundation, Klosterneuburg/Austria

m.fembek@zeroproject.org

 

Ingrid Heindorf

Zero Project, Head of Innovative Policies Research

World Future Council, Geneva/Switzerland

i.heindorf@zeroproject.org

30th June 2016, Tokyo: How to implement the CRPD? Conference

In Tokyo, the discussion went on:

In the aftermath of the 9th session of the Conference of the States Parties (CoSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which recently took place in New York, we continued the dialogue on how to best advance implementation of the UN CRPD in Japan. DSF9060-copy-1024x704

On June 30th, more than 40 representatives of Government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), international organisations (UNDP), diplomatic corps, foundations (Nippon Foundation, Japan Foundation), development agencies (JICA), academia and the civil society (JSRPD, World Blind Union, GAATES, APAC, WNUSPDPI Japan, Inclusion International, Techbility, NexTidEvolution..) followed the invitation of Austrian Embassy in Japan and the Zero Project for an evening of exchange and networking.

It was a great chance to meet Dr. Jun Ishikawa who was recently elected as the first Japanese member of the UN CRPD Committee, and to get insights about the research of Zero Project and how the project could be of value for Japan in future. Furthermore, Shinji Sudo from the People Design Institute, presented his projects on how design can break down barriers and started a fruitful discussion about super welfare.

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Among the participants were also two Innovative Policies nominators:

  •  Prof. Osamu Nagase, who nominated the revision of Japan’s Election Law in 2013 which repealed the discriminatory article that deprived people under adult guardianship of their right to vote and to stand for elections, and led to the enfranchisement of more than 136,000 persons.
  • Prof. Satoshi Kose, who nominated the Housing Mortgage Scheme for the Ageing Future that incentivises individuals and housing providers to build private dwellings that respect requirements on accessibility and usability by offering them lower interest rates. As a result housing mortgage usage related to desing for ageing increased to over 60%.

Information was also published in an article of the GAATES newsletter

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Call for Nominations – Deadline extended until July 1!

We have extended the Deadline for the Call for Nomination on Innovative Practices until July 1!

The Zero Project team would like to invite you to nominate innovative practices concerning this year’s topics:

Employment, Work and Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Anyone can nominate any project, and self-nominations are also accepted!

If you have any questions or want a MS Word-Document to fill in, please don’t hesitate to contact us at office@zeroproject.org any time.

Submitting a nomination is easy by filling in the new Nomination-Online Tool – click HERE!

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UN disability summit (CoSP9): Four events feature the Zero Project

The world’s largest international disability community gathering held at the UN Headquarters kicks off this week and the Zero Project team has safely arrived on Sunday.

A total of four different events and Side Events of the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP) to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) taking place from 13-16 June 2016 in New York, are held with the participation of the Zero Project:

DESA/DSPD FORUM: WAYS FORWARD TOWARDS A DISABILITY INCLUSIVE AND ACCESSIBLE NEW URBAN AGENDA AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION

Organized by Division for Social Policy and Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs – in partnership with the Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, Permanent Missions of Ecuador, United Arab Emirates, Germany,  Kazakhstan, GAATES, Rehabilitation International, Nippon Foundation and Essl Foundation -, the event aims to promote the world´s urban development to be inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities as well as to contribute to the emerging “New Urban Agenda”. Martin Essl, Founder of the Essl Foundation, will join as panelist to present the Zero Project. The event is held on 14th June from 1.15 – 2.30 p.m., in Conference Room 7 (UN HQ, Secretariat Building). Find out more about the event here: http://www.un.org/disabilities/ Contact information: Eric ZHANG (zhangg@un.org)

ICT SUPPORTING EDUCATION FOR ALL

Information and Communication Technologies are powerful instruments to support education for all children in all countries, especially when it comes to the availability and accessibility of quality education and training that is affordable even in remote areas and in low-income countries. In this side event, organized by the Permanent Mission of Austria – in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso, Essl Foundation, G3ICT-Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, Light for the World and the European Economic and Social Committee, experts present and discuss existing technologies and their potential for the future, like internet access, online tools, manuals and training, smartphone applications, digital databases and a lot more. The event is moderated by Michael Fembek, Zero Project Director, and is held on 15th June in Conference Room 12 (UN HQ, Secretariat Building) from 11.45 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. More: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/oev-new-york/news/events/15-june-2016-ict-supporting-education-for-all/ Contact information: Johanna Lindner (johanna.LINDNER@bmeia.gv.at). Sign language interpretation provided.

URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND HUMAN RESILIENCE: TOWARDS INCLUSIVE CITIES IN THE ARAB REGION

Organized by the Arab Forum for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities/DPI Arab Regional Office and the Public Authority of Disabled, Kuwait – in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Kuwait to the UN, Zero Project, the Arab City Organization, the European Network for Accessible Tourism -, this side event will inform relevant UN decision makers on the issue of disability inclusion and urban development. Thomas Butcher of the Zero Project presents key findings of the Zero Project on the Arab Region. The event is held on 16th June, from 10.00 – 11.30 a.m., in Conference Room 11 (UN HQ). More information: Facebook page “AFRPD”, Flyer
Contact information: Jana Husseini (janahusseini1988@gmail.com)

LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND FROM EARLY AGE: INNOVATIVE PRACTICES ON EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION

This side event organized by the Zero Project, in partnership with the European Association of Service Providers for People with Disabilities (EASPD), will present Innovative Practices on Early Childhood Intervention. It is universally recognized that the period of early childhood is one of the most important phases for the development and well-being of any child. Still, Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is far from being mainstreamed into national policies and financial support mechanisms for children with disabilities. Together, Zero Project and EASPD have researched Innovative Practices, focusing on Eastern Europe, that can be of inspiration for other support services, decision-makers, and professionals willing to develop or improve ECI services and programmes in their communities. The event will be moderated by Mr. Michael Fembek, Director of the Zero Project, and includes the following speakers: Ms. Georgette Mulheir, CEO of Lumos; Mr. Andy Shih, Senior Vice President, Scientific Affairs of Autism Speaks; Ms. Shirin Lutfeali, Save the Children; Ms. Sabrina Ferraina, EASPD; Ms. Carmen Arroyo de Sande, EASPD; Mr. Wilfried Kainz, Zero Project. The event is being held on 16th June from 10.00 – 11.30 a.m., in Conference Room D (UN HQ, Secretariat Building). Find out more about the event here: www.zeroproject.org; http://easpd.eu/en/content/un-conference-states-parties-side-event-leaving-no-one-behind-early-age-innovative-practices Contact information: Wilfried Kainz (w.kainz@zeroproject.org)

Read here our full press release!

 

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Zero Project Calls for Nominations of Employment Practices – Deadline extended until July 1st

The Zero Project team invites leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative practices concerning this year’s topics:

Employment, Work and Vocational Education and Training (VET)

 

The “Innovative Practices 2017” will be selected by the Zero Project network of experts in a multistep process, and will be

–        featured in the Zero Project Report 2017;

–        their representatives will be invited to speak at the Zero Project Conference in Vienna (Austria) in February 2017.

 

Submitting a nomination is easy by filling in the (new) Nomination-Online Tool.

Click HERE

The deadline is extended until July 1, 2016.

Anyone can nominate any project. Self-nominations are also accepted!

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at office@zeroproject.org any time.

 

We are looking forward to receiving your nomination!

The Zero Project Team and Zero Project Partners

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June 14: Forum on Disability Inclusive and Accessible New Urban Agenda

It is estimated that by 2050, 66% of the world’s population will be living in cities.  The United Nations’ Third Global Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development – Habitat III – will take place in October 2016 to review the progress, experience and lessons learnt in the past and to design a “New Urban Agenda”.

This Agenda of focused policies and strategies is hoped to harness the power and forces behind urbanization. Habitat III therefore provides an important platform for the world’s urban development policy makers and practitioners, as well as those working in the field of disability to review current progress and practices and consider opportunities for change. Importantly, the New Urban Agenda needs to ensure that future cities, towns and basic urban infrastructures and services are more environmentally accessible, user-friendly and inclusive of all people’s needs, including persons with disabilities.

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and its Division for Social Policy and Development is driving the process of bringing together and involving stakeholders with expertise on disability and accessibility in this key UN process defining the “New Urban Agenda”.

The Zero Project is therefore very pleased to be a partner of the DESA Forum on Ways forward towards a Disability Inclusive and Accessible New Urban Agenda, that will take place in the UN Conference room 7, on 14 June 2016, 1.15-3:00pm, UN Headquarters in New York.

Find here Concept note and tentative programme (as of 26 May)

More information can be found here

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Zero Project launches call for nominations of Innovative Policies 2017 on Employment

Work is essential for realizing other human rights and it forms an inseparable and inherent part of human dignity. Employment of persons with disabilities is about the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible.

Hence, the Zero Project 2017 is focusing on Work, Employment, and Vocational Education and Training, and our call for nominating innovative policies has just been launched!

Any type of policy can be nominated, concerning:

  • any form of work (employment, own-use production work, volunteer work, trainee work),
  • any status of employment (employees, employers, own-account workers, members of producers’ cooperatives, contributing family workers and other) and
  • all phases of employment (including recruitment, hiring and employment, advancement and conditions of work), including those innovations that facilitate the transition from segregated settings to forms of employment in the open labour market.

Consider, for instance, policies concerning:

  • non-discrimination,
  • the transition from school to work,
  • technical and vocational guidance,
  • placement services and assistance in finding, obtaining, maintaining and returning to employment,
  • vocational and continuing training, inclusive apprenticeships,
  • adaptations to the workplace, job design, tools, machinery and work organisation,
  • self-employment, entrepreneurship, cooperatives and starting one’s own business,
  • financial incentives and tax exemptions,
  • just and favourable working conditions,
  • career advancement,
  • part-time employment and other job arrangements,
  • supported employment,
  • coordination with other services (e.g. embedding employment specialists in clinical treatment teams),
  • peer support,
  • train-the trainer-programmes,
  • disability-inclusive social security or
  • certification of companies.

Innovative Policies can be laws, regulations, standards, strategies, programmes, adopted by local, regional and national parliaments, governments or public authorities.

 

You know about an outstanding policy? Nominate it!

 

Submitting a nomination is easy:

Read the instructions first, complete the nomination form (also available in other languages) and then send the nomination form to: i.heindorf@zeroproject.org by beginning of July!!

 

If selected, the nomination will be included as an “Innovative Policy 2017” in the Zero Project Report and on our Website. Nominated organizations as well as their nominators will be invited to become part of the Zero Project expert network. Moreover, representatives of the most outstanding Innovative Policies will be invited to present at the Zero Project Conference in February 2017 in Vienna (Austria).

We are looking forward to receiving your nomination!

 

The Zero Project Team & Zero Project Partners

 

PS: Our call for nominations of Innovative Practices – projects, products, services, social enterprises, business strategies by private or nonprofit entities – has been published here.

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New trainee position available in our Geneva team!

The Zero Project team in Geneva, responsible for policy research and conference organisation, and under the lead of the World Future Council, is looking for a new full-time trainee that would provide similar great support as given by Pierre Al-Hammoud, who was with us since June 2015 and who left the team at the end of April 2016:

Responsibilities:

  • Be a part of the Zero Project team
  • Research background information on disability law and policy (focus: Employment)
  • Liaise with contacts, project partners and media
  • Editorial work on website (WordPress) and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Youtube)
  • Report to the Supervisor

Profile:

  • Academic background, preferably in international relations, political sciences or law
  • Good understanding of human rights issues and disability policy
  • Excellent communication skills in English. Language skills in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Arabic and/or Chinese are an asset.
  • Good IT literacy and organizational skills. WordPress experience is an asset.
  • Having a direct experience of disability or with persons with disabilities is an asset
  • Outgoing personality with a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of an international team
  • Be reliable and capable of paying close attention to detail
  • Be committed to the WFC’s vision and mission of long-term sustainability and equity
  • Swiss or EU nationality is required

The WFC Foundation offers the trainee CHF 750 per month. The WFC is an equal opportunities employer and encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

To apply, please send a letter of motivation, a CV and work sample as well as your skype contact details to the Zero Project Head of Policy Research and Conference Organisation: Ms Ingrid Heindorf, Ingrid.heindorf@worldfuturecouncil.org. Subject heading: Human Rights Trainee and your name. Deadline: 18 May 2016. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Download Vacancy Announcement – Trainee