Nomination process is closing!

The nomination process for the Zero Project 2018 is coming to a close! You have less than two days to submit your application before the 4th July deadline! The process will officially close at midnight CEST (Central European Summer Time) so please make sure you have finished your application by then. Remember to both SAVE your application and then SUBMIT it!

Good luck! #ZeroCall18



An Update on Your Nominations

We now have just one week left until the 2018 nominations closes for good! And we really mean it this time!

It is a pleasure to come into the office each morning to read the inspiring stories and projects that you are sending to us for this year’s call. We have received nominations from all over the globe, with applications from Azerbaijan to Iran and from Luxembourg to Togo. We have been reading about accessible fitness in the Ukraine, accessibility audits in the Philippines and accessible buildings in Somalia. We have read about improving tourist access in Japan and accessible shopping in Australia. We have read about small village community entrepreneurs improving the lives of their neighbours from the ground up, and large corporate projects, creating sweeping policy changes from the top-down.

And they keep on coming!

Make sure you do not miss the chance to be in the mix for the 2018 awards. Both the smallest and largest organisations can be equally innovative, so we equally want to hear from everyone!

Deadline closes on 4th July. Visit the Nomination Site to sign up and begin your application.

Good luck!


COSP – Accessible and Inclusive Urban Development for All

The Zero Project is very proud to moderate a session during the Forum on Advancing Accessible and Inclusive Urban Development For All, as part of the Conference of State Parties in New York. The session will be held jointly with the Building and Construction Authority, Singapore, Mayor’s Office on Persons with Disability, New York and the former Mayor of City Oslo, Council on Disability.


The session will discuss ways forward to implement the New Urban Agenda and to future promote development to be accessible and inclusive for all.  We hope to see you there!


Disability-inclusive employment strategies – Zero Project Side Event at COSP

We are pleased to be co-hosting a second side-event at the Conference of State Parties in New York. On Wednesday 14th June at 10:00, Martin Essl will be joined on the panel by representatives of the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology, the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh, Access Israel and the National Council on Disabilities Strategies in Educador.

The event will discuss the importance on employment to empower persons with disabilities and it’s potential to contribute in reducing poverty, in line with this years’ High-Level Political Forum topic.

The side event takes place in Conference Room E of the United Nations Headquarters.




Scaling-up Side Event at the CoSP co-hosted by the Zero Project

We are Excited to be hosting a side event at the Conference of State Parties on Scaling-Up and Multi-stakeholder-Dialogues, jointly with Harvard Law School Project on Disability, Beit Issie Shapiro, EASPD and Handicap International.

The event will present practical examples of multi-stakeholder partnerships that have successfully supported models to grow from a local to a national level, promoting systematic change.

The event will take place on Tuesday June 13th at 10:00 and is open for anybody already registered for the Conference of State Parties. We look forward to seeing you there!


#ZeroCall18 WEBINAR!

We are pleased to announce the date for the Zero Project 2018 nominations webinar. This online, interactive presentation, hosted by the staff of the Zero Project will take place on 7th June 2017 13:30 Central European Summer Time (12:30 Central European Time).

You will learn how to use the brand new nomination system, how to make a nomination that really catches the eye of the voting panels, and get a deeper understanding of what topics we are seeking applications in. You will also have the opportunity to ask all your questions directly to the Zero Project team by using the chat function.

Places are limited, so please register your interest by emailing us at office@zeroproject.org to book your space and receive further details for how to tune in!


The Zero Project is looking for an Intern!


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.

Detailed 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)