With 516 participants from more than 70 countries and with 35 sessions, engaging 198 speakers, the Zero Project Conference 2016 on Inclusive Education and ICT was a wonderful climax of 5 years of collective efforts.
Moreover, the event was hosted once again by the United Nations Office in Vienna from 10 till 12 February 2016 – our special thanks therefore go to UNOV and the Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs for their great support.
We are looking for an intern who is available for approximately 25 hours/week and stays with us for at least 12 months (starting April 2016). 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.
9 March 2016: Zero Project Report 2016 presented at the UN Human Rights Council
On the occasion of the 31st Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of Austria and the International Disability Alliance, together with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Canada, China, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand and Turkey, and the International Telecommunications Union, supported by the Zero Project, held a successful side event on “Inclusive Education and ICTs for All: Towards Accessible and Sustainable Societies”.
Which innovative practices and policies exist, and how best to cooperate to implement the CRPD?
Which ways forward to enhance the inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
How to assure the right to inclusive education as enshrined in article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for all?
These are just a few of the questions that were discussed during the event, together with about 60 representatives of permanent missions to the UN, international organizations and NGOs.
Chair: H.E. Thomas HAJNOCZI, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN in Geneva
Opening words: Catalina DEVANDAS, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Speakers: Jorge ARAYA, Secretary of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Overview and update on the draft General Comment on Inclusive Education
Ana Isabel RUIZ, Director for Education, Employment and Cultural Promotion, ONCE: Support for persons with disabilities to equally enjoy the right to education in mainstream schools, both in Spain and in Latin America (Speech, MS Word)
Ingrid HEINDORF, Geneva Coordinator, Zero Project/World Future Council: The Zero Project 2016 and its focus on Inclusive Education and ICTs for All (Presentation, PDF, ZPC2016 Retrospective)
Susan SCHORR, Head of Special Initiatives Division at ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union: The role of public procurement in ensuring accessible ICTs for inclusive education (Presentation, PDF)
Nafisa BABOO, Senior Advisor on Inclusive Education, Light for the World: How can the SDG4 and the education 2030 framework for action ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind again? (Speech, MS Word)
Refreshments were served. Captioning was provided.
The event took place on 9th March 2016, at 12-2pm at Room XXI, Palais des Nations, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, and was webcasted via www.treatybodywebcast.org
– East Asia Seminar on CRPD implementation and civil society –
On the 20 & 21 February, the Zero Project was in Tokyo, Japan to talk about the CRPD implementation and the role of civil society.
The event was organised by NAGASE Osamu, from the research Center for Ars Vivendi of Ritsumeikan University & the Professor MATSUI Akihiko, from the Graduate School of Economics of University of Tokyo.
The Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies of Zero Project which have been identified and awarded since 2013, originating in East Asia and Australia, were presented at University of Tokyo by Amelie SAUPE, Japan Representative of Zero Project. It was a great opportunity to further strenghthen and expand the network with experts of the East Asia region and to discuss future collaborations and potential partnership.
The event brought together speakers from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia, South Korea and Australia. Their was about 100 participants ranging from civil society, goverment officials, academia and legal experts.
This year´s Zero Project Report 2016 has gathered valuable data on the situation of persons with disabilities. Looking at 30 social indicators, it gives a detailed picture of the implementation of the UNCRPD in 129 countries. Moreover, more than 3,000 people nominated Innovative Practices and Policies, with about 150 experts from the Zero Project’s global network helping to identify the most innovative. Take a look at the report by downloading it from: Zero Project Report 2016 Barrier Free
In Armenia, there is still a segregated approach to education of young people with disabilities, like in most countries of the world, but “Bridge of Hope” is about to change this by supporting mainstream schools and training their teachers in inclusive education methods. Today, already 2,200 children with disabilities receive their education in inclusive schools.
Another Innovative Practice, from our total of 86, is the AccessText Network, which links American universities to nearly all American post-secondary publishers. This allows publishers to provide textbooks to students with disabilities in an accessible format and timely manner while also reducing costs. Find all 86 Innovative Practices at: https://zeroproject.org/practice-type/innovative-practices-2016-on-education-and-ict/
The Zero Project Conference 2016 is taking place from 10th to 12th February in Vienna, focusing on „Inclusive Education and Information and Communication Technology.“ 500 leading experts and decision makers with and without disabilities will participate, presenting and discussing Innovative Practices and Policies. An accessible livestream of every session in the plenary room, with live captioning, is available online from Feb 10, 1 p.m. CET. Tune in at: http://webplayer.verbavoice.tv/webplayer/zero/Main.html