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At Zero Project HQ we are feeling motivated as we begin receiving nominations for the 2020 awards. It is great to be interacting once again with our whole community, and we’re excited already to speak to some new names this year!

We are here and waiting to answer any queries that you may have, and to give you some tips for making your nomination stand out! But what you may not know, is we have many sources available to you at the touch of a button:

The 2019 Nomination Video – We tell you what topics we are looking at this year and give you some tips to help you when writing your nomination. The video can be accessed via YouTube, Facebook, or on the 2019 Nomination Platform

Question and Answers Document – Accessed via the nomination platform, the Q&A is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Arabic and answers the key questions you may have about the nomination process.

Themes Document – Also accessed via the platform, this document gives you a breakdown of the themes that we are encouraging nominations from. It splits the overall topic of Education into 4 main themes, plus gives some additional keywords to get you thinking.

If you want to know more outside of the nomination process, you can view other useful pages of the website, including About the Zero Project, and about the Zero Project awards. You can also take a look at our previous Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies winners.

If all else fails, make sure to contact us directly at office@zeroproject.org. You will have the pleasure of speaking to Doris, Paula, Seema, Wilfried or Michael who will help you with your queries.

We look forward to speaking to you and receiving your nominations!

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We are excited to announce that the 2020 call for nominations is now open!

This year we are looking at Education. We are seeking nominations for Innovative Policies and Innovative Practices that help improve the lives of persons with disabilities.

Up to 80 projects will be selected to present their innovations at the annual Zero Project Conference at the United Nations in Vienna, where they will be joined by more than 600 experts and leaders from over 80 countries. Awarded projects will also be featured in the annual Zero Project Report and will be shared via social media throughout 2020.

We are looking for projects that have shown a measurable impact on the lives of people with disabilities. Not only that, we are looking for projects that are innovative and have the potential to be replicated in other regions or contexts.

Nominations are accepted through the nomination database www.zeroproject.org/nomination2020. Here you will find a nomination introduction video, a Q&A document, plus a “Themes” document, telling you which Education sub-topics we are accepting nominations on.

And if you can’t find what you are looking for, then contact us directly at office@zeroproject.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Good luck!

 

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We are excited to announce that the call for nominations on the topic of Education for persons with disabilities will open next week!

Once again, we will be looking for Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies that support persons with disabilities, on this year’s topic of Education. Projects will be selected from around the world and between 60 and 80 winners will be invited to present their models at the Annual Zero Project Conference at the United Nations in Vienna. In addition, any project that makes it through to the larger shortlist will also be invited to take part in the conference. Last year more than 600 experts and leaders from more than 80 countries gathered in Vienna for this special event.

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More than 600 experts from 83 countries leaders attended the 2019 Zero Project Conference

Winning projects will also be featured in the annual Zero Project report and will be promoted via the Zero Project website and social media.

This year’s topic is education, which covers a range of sub-topics including primary and secondary schools, universities, vocational certification, pre-school and early childhood intervention and early childhood diagnosis. We will also be looking at non-formal types of education such as through dance, music, sport, gamification, apps, community-based education programs, numeracy, literacy and adult education.

We will publish a full list of our education “themes” in a dedicated document next week.

So get thinking! Should your project, program, product, service or policy be celebrated for its achievements? Should it be shared with others who can learn from its success? We definitely want to hear from you!

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More than 40 panel discussions, forums and special events took place at the 2019 conference

Projects must be innovative, at least in the context or region they are working. Not only that, they must also show measurable results for persons with disabilities and have potential to be scaled or replicated.

Nominations will take place via our online platform. Next week we will release more details of how to make a nomination and what kind of projects we are looking for.

Watch this space…

What to expect in the coming months

So much has happened over the last few weeks. It was impossible to read, watch and hear everything that happened across those three busy days!

But don’t worry! There are so many ways that you can still be involved in the best of #ZeroCon19 over the coming weeks and months. So here is a little timeline of what to expect from us going forward.

Photos from the Conference

We are already uploading photos from the Zero Project Conference, covering all three days. You can access them all from the Zero Project Conference page.

Videos of the Conference

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Caroline Casey opening #ZeroCon19

All sessions in all three rooms were filmed for all three days of the Zero Project Conference. We will publish the full videos on the Zero Project YouTube channel very soon!

Life Stories

In the coming months we will share real-life stories of people who have benefitted from the awarded projects. They will tell their stories of what their life was like before and how the projects have impacted their lives.

Highlight clips

Over the coming weeks we will share some short highlights from the conference on social media. This will include inspirational quotes or comedic moments.

Conference Accessibility Report

We will be publishing a report on the accessibility of the conference which includes feedback from participants and partner organisation, with the aim of learning lessons and improving accessibility. The paper will talk through each of the measures, the decision-making process and will analyse which methods were successful and which did not work. Watch this space…

That was the Zero Project Conference 2019!

The Zero Project Conference took place last week between 20th and 22nd February. More than 600 people from over 80 countries descended on the United Nations in Vienna, Austria to discuss, exhibit and present models that improve the ability for persons with disabilities to live independently and to take part in politics. But what actually happened over these three action-packed days?

Over 30 conference sessions discussed independent living

Delving deeper into the discussion at “couch session”

Throughout the three days, more than 30 sessions, including presentations of innovations, couch discussions and specialised forums discussed the many sub-themes of independent living and political participation. All three rooms were filmed and will be shared on the Zero Project YouTube channel in the coming weeks.

Videos from ReelAbilities

Two short films were presented to open days 1 and 2 of the Conference, courtesy of ReelAbilities Film Festival. “The Conference” showed us all how not to run a disability event, and “Guest Room” took us through the emotions of unplanned pregnancy for a young lady with down syndrome. ReelAbilities also joined us for the final session where they took part in the discussion on good practice in videos and media.

Accessible Pilates

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Warming up with accessible pilates

Anastaysia Gerets guided participants into day 3 of the Conference with a session of accessible Pilates. She had the audience stretching, twisting and breathing to feel calm and energised for the final day of #ZeroCon19.

Over 70 projects collected their awards

More than 70 projects were in Vienna in person to collect their award from Martin Essl at the dedicated award evening, plus give their backstage comments to the waiting camera crews.

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ETI collecting their award on Thursday evening

The videos were online on the Zero Project Facebook page within 24 hours of the ceremony and have been watched more than 50,000 times!

Creative performance from Lumos Foundation

Young people from Lumos expressing their feelings of institutions

Five young people holding sad hand-drawn faces in front of their own faces

Young self-advocates from Lumos Foundation expressed their own feelings and experiences of deinstitutionalisation through a creative piece, performed on the final day in the main room.
Stay tuned over the next few weeks while we bring you all the best bits from the Conference, with clips, photos and sessions soon to be available online!

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The Zero Project Conference has somehow snuck up on us again! It feels like is was just a couple of months ago that we were singing the Zero Project anthem and handing over certificates in a cold and snowy Vienna!

Well, we’re about to do it all again. At least the weather forecast looks better this year!

The Zero Project Conference 2019 will begin next Wednesday (20th February), when over 600 people will descend on the United Nations in Vienna to discuss Independent Living and Political Participation for persons with disabilities.

So far we’re on track for a record-breaking number of countries to be represented, with participants from an incredible 84 nations already registered!

As always, you can tune in online by watching the live feed on the Zero Project website and Facebook page, which includes international sign and captioning.

Make sure to follow us on social media for photos and clips from the conference, and join in the conversation by using the hashtag #ZeroCon19.

You can find a list of speakers and the full agenda on our Conference page.

 

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We are proud to introduce to you the Zero Project Report 2019!

After more than 9 months of research, analysis and reporting, we are delighted to bring you our latest annual report, on this year’s topic Independent Living and political Participation.

Inside this report you will find fact sheets of the 66 Innovative Practices, and Innovative Policies from 41 countries that support independent living or participation in politics for persons with disabilities, along with personalised life stories from many of the projects. The report also introduces 11 new participants of the Zero Project Impact Transfer, in association with Ashoka, where projects are prepared for replication around the world, plus the TOPHOUSE project which shares projects for inclusive person-centres housing in Europe.

The report also includes for the first time a summary in easy language.

All the themes, topics and projects within this report will be discussed during the Zero Project Conference from 20th to 22nd February 2019 at the United Nations in Vienna. You can watch the action from the Conference on the Zero Project website or the Zero Project Facebook page.

Enjoy!

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In just two weeks we will already be at the United Nations and getting inspired by the wise words of presenters from all around the world. We already have experts from over 80 countries registered, which is a record for the Zero Project Conference! We cannot wait to welcome you we’re so grateful for everyone that is making the journey to be part of this event.

Over the next two weeks a lot will happen and there is so much to get involved with, whether you are attending the Conference or not! We are pleased to give you some details of what to look out for and how to take part.

Attendees will be sent information directly for how to get to the venue, how to sign in and how to make the most of their time at the conference. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! However, there’s lots of extra useful information for those who cannot make it, or supplementary information for those attending.

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Soon to be released: The Zero Project Report 2019

Zero Project Annual Report

A few days before the Conference we will release the Zero Project 2019 Report on the topic of Independent Living and Political Participation. The Report will feature the 76 awardees (66 practices and 10 policies) which help improve the lives of persons with disabilities in living more independently or taking part in their community and politics. The report will also feature an easy-language summary, and an analysis of promising inclusive social housing practices as part of the TOPHOUSE project. We will be checking in with our great group of Zero Project Impact Transfer participants from 2018, plus introducing 11 exciting new projects who are going through an intensive preparation for scaling and replicating their projects in new countries.

You will be able to download an accessible pdf of the report on the Zero Project website and physical copies will be handed out at the Conference

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The live stream of #ZeroCon18

Live Stream

Once again, we will be streaming all three days of the Conference live on our Facebook page and on the Zero Project website. All the action from the main room will be presented live, including English captions and international sign. Browse the agenda to see which sessions you want to catch or tune in throughout the day to see what’s going on. Just some of the many highlights will be the Keynote speech by Jenny Lay-Flurrie of Microsoft on the morning of day 1, the award ceremony on the evening of day 2, and a special creative piece performed by young people who are supported by Lumos Foundation on the morning of day 3.

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Posting on the #ZeroCon18 hashtag

Social Media

As ever, we will be sharing, reacting and interacting on our social media channels throughout the Conference. Make sure to use the hashtag #ZeroCon19 so you can join the conversation, whether attending the Conference or watching from home.

Post-Conference media

When the curtain finally comes down on the final day of #ZeroCon19, the fun will not end there! Stay tuned to our social media channels across the following weeks as we upload highlight clips, photos and stories to help share anything you might have missed. We will also make each session available to watch again on our YouTube channel, including rooms 2 and 3 which will not be streamed live.

If you have any specific questions about any session or want to find out more, then please get in touch!

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Can you believe it? The Conference is less than a month away! In under 3 weeks, we’ll be welcoming over 600 participants from all around the world to the United Nations in Vienna. There’s so much to look forward to, not only for those who are attending, but for everyone else tuning in to our live stream. So what can we tell you?

Well, we are still making final arrangements, but we are excited to a host of new sessions, exhibits, speakers and features, most notably:

  • Easy-language additions – For the first time, we will have an easy-language summary of the report! We will also be trialling easy-language features in a number of sessions, including easy-language translation summaries and round-ups of discussions.
  • Screening of specially-selected short films – Our good friends at ReelAbilities Film Festival have helped source short films to be screened on the mornings of days one and two of the conference. They will also be joining us in the final session to share their expertise in discussing good practice in films and other media.
  • A creative performance by self-advocates – Lumos Foundation will be presenting a creative performance in the main room, led by self-advocates from Moldova.
  • An interactive accessible voting experience – Long-time friends and Zero Project Conference contributors Access Israel will be putting together a voting experience where attendees can try out some voting solutions currently on offer.

And there is still so much more we’re putting the final touches on that we’re desperate to share with you!

We look forward to so many of you joining us and we hope you enjoy this year’s event!

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Part 4 of our awardees blog brings you projects that work to influence policy, including self-representation, participation in politics and how to strengthen access to legal and human rights.

Self-representatives influencing policy-making

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Proud participants of FEPAPDEM’s self-advocacy training

For meaningful and lasting change in policy, it is important for those that the policies affect are the same ones influencing it. FEPAPDEM in Ecuador runs a program which trains people to train persons with intellectual disabilities to become self-advocates and speak out about the issues that are important to them. Also in Ecuador, Fundación Discapacidad y Desarrollo works with local disabled people’s organisations to identify needs of residents with disabilities and address them through local regulations. And in the Pursat province of Cambodia, Light for the World trains representatives to advocate for inclusive policies in local commune and district meetings.

Participating in politics in low- and middle-income countries

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A Blind man taking part in a mock election in northern Malawi, through FEDOMA

Some of our 2019 awardees facilitate the conditions for people with disabilities to actively participate in politics in low and middle income countries. In Nepal, the Disability Empowerment and Communication Centre assists with inclusive voting and supports running for parliamentary elections. Similarly, the Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi is carrying out many methods to encourage voting and running for parliament, such as stakeholder engagement, lobbying and media coverage.

Strengthening access to legal and human rights

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NCPEDP bringing organisations together for sustained advocacy for disability legislation in India

A small group of winning projects are aiming to improve access to legal and human rights through targeting change in national legislation. Mobility International USA’s Global Disability RightsNow! program is targeting change in seven countries by providing local disabled persons organisations with free technical training and mentorship to improve their own in-country plans. In India, the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People has conducted sustained and systematic advocacy to help push through a new national disability law, with funding from Mphasis. Finally, in British Columbia, the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reducaiton has launched a 10-year strategy for improving the lives of people with disabilities, for example through simplified benefit applications and raising the benefit rate.