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.
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
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.
17 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, Italy, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, and Thailand, supported by the Zero Project, will hold a side event on “Skills development and economic empowerment: Towards inclusive, sustainable development for all”.
How to assure the right to inclusive vocational education and training as well as employment as enshrined in article 27 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? Which innovative practices and policies exist, and how to best cooperate to implement them? Which ways forward to enhance the inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? These are just a few of the questions that will be discussed during the event, together with about 50 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 (via video): Shuaib CHALKLEN, Founder and Chairperson of the African Disability Forum and World Future Councillor
Speakers: Fernanda ALMEIDA, President of the National Federation of Persons with Autism from Brazil and member of RIADIS: Concrete experience from youth with disabilities from Latin America
Virginia CARCEDO ILLERA, CEO and General Manager, Inserta Empleo: How human resources services can empower jobseekers with disabilities (PDF)
Matthieu CHATELIN, Cerebral Palsy European Communities’ Association and youth leader of the European Disability Forum: Concrete experience from youth with disabilities from Europe
Ingrid HEINDORF, Head of Zero Project Policy Research & Conference Organisation, World Future Council: For a labour market without barriers. The Zero Project Report and Conference 2017 (PPT, PDF)
Stefan TRÖMEL, Senior Disability Specialist, International Labour Organization: Promoting disability inclusion in mainstream vocational training and employment services
Kindly note that a valid UN accreditation for the 34th HRC session is needed to attend the event. Please notify the organizers at least 3 working days before the event (14th March) should you need accreditation to access the Palais des Nations, by sending your full name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
With the aim to find truly disruptive and innovative solutions that can empower people with disabilities to live more independently and have a more fulfilling life, d-LAB, a program of Mobile World Capital Barcelona launched its Call for Proposals. MWCB is an important public Foundation based in Barcelona (Spain) that is also responsible for the events 4YFN and the Mobile World Congress.
The Call for Proposals aims to “Empower people with disabilities through mobile technologies” by strengthening the role played by digital and mobile technologies in the lives of these collectives.
The winners of the Call for Proposals will be provided by d-LAB with all the necessary support to pilot their solution (in Spain) in a powerful real-life setting with the aim of scaling it up.
The Zero Project has published its current research on employment and vocational education & training: 56 Innovative Practices and 11 Innovative Policies have been given awards as Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies of the Zero Project 2017. In addition, Zero Project Social Indicators measure the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) in 120 countries, with a focus on employment (as defined in Article 27)
The Zero Project has started its second four-year research cycle and revisits employment – first covered in 2013. 260 practices and 48 policies were nominated by the Zero Project network of 3,000 experts, both with and without disabilities. Network members were also involved in evaluating, shortlisting, and voting for the most outstanding models using the criteria of innovation, impact and scalability. All Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies are now fully searchable, as is the project’s full database, using the new search algorithm on the Zero Project website – https://zeroproject.org.
The Zero Project Report also includes Social Indicators that measure the implementation of the UN CRPD in 120 countries, using a survey that was completed by experts, both with and without disabilities, from the partner networks of DPI, World Federation of the Deaf, World Blind Union, and EASPD. The Social Indicators paint quite bleak pictures, especially when it comes to the availability of data regarding the employment of persons with disabilities. They do, however, also highlight some notable exceptions.
The Social Indicators cover, in addition, Goal 8 of the SDGs: the survey asked about the availability of data regarding employment of young people with disabilities, and about data on people living in institutions.
Most of the award winners will be present at the Zero Project Conference 2017 to receive their awards personally. The Zero Project Conference can be viewed on a live-webstream and there are several other accessibility features. Details will be announced soon.
The Japanese industrial standards require that the topmost part of milk cartons be indented so that people with visual impairments can distinguish it from other drinks by touch and tell whether they are getting whole milk instead of other dairy drinks. Although this is not compulsory, it seems that most manufacturers have implemented this rule.
Japan is making strong efforts on improving persons with disabilities’ life. In 2014, Japan has been awarded for an Innovative Policy 2014 on Accessibility, incentivizing individuals and housing providers to build dwellings that respect requirements on accessibility and usability by offering them lower interest rates.
The Conference, Employment for All – A Global Perspective, organized by our partner, EASPD and joined by EUSE; aims to identify and highlight different systems for inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce and providing equal opportunities for them to access gainful employment and enable them to gain a greater control over their independence in terms of employment and financial stability. Different themes related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities into the labour market will be discussed.
It will take place from 14th to 16th of June 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The Employment for All Award is given to Social Services/ Support Providers and Businesses or Employers who have designed and implemented effective systems for employment of people with disabilities.
Being the topic of our Zero Project Conference 2017, the inclusion of persons with disabilities into the workforce has been the focus of our work for the last months.
During a function on the occasion of the 25th International Day of Persons with Disabilities and 18th National Day of Persons with Disabilities, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina awarded Vashkar Bhattacharjee of YPSA as a successful person with disability for his outstanding contribution in disability and development, specially support to the activities of disability inclusive ICTs, making digital talking books, and making the skills and technology available for the people with disabilities. His great contribution will support to achieving the target of SDG by 2030.
Vashkar Bhattacharjee is the founder of Chittagong Computerized Braille production Centre and ICT and Resource Centre on Disability. He is also actively involved with a number of local, national and international agencies ranging from Bangladesh Visual Impaired Society to APCD Foundation in Thailand, among other activities on this issue.
On December 3, the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities commemorates the human rights of persons with disabilities.
To celebrate this special and relevant day for the Zero Project work, there is a need to highlight the wonderful job of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), which has worked to support the political rights of men and women with disabilities, for nearly 30 years.