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Zero Project Shortlists 152 Practices and 21 Policies

Creating the shortlist becomes tougher and tougher each year! Both for us, and for our network of close experts around the world. It is so sad to say goodbye to some of the incredible projects that had made it into the first stage of the competition. We sincerely hope to stay in touch with everyone and we will be watching the projects thrive from afar!

But in order to have winners, we must first have a shortlist – And what a shortlist we have this year! 152 incredible, inspiring practices and 21 innovative forward-thinking policies from 61 countries. We are excited by the range of topics and the geographical spread around the globe – from training decision-makers in Phnom Penh to supported housing models in Azerbaijan, and from personal ombudsman services in Sweden to free Legal Advice in Honduras. It really is inspiring to see so many dedicated people from all around the globe and from all walks of life working tirelessly to make things better for persons with disabilities!

Congratulations to all those who made it onto the shortlist. Regardless of what happens in the final stage, they will all have the opportunity to attend the Zero Project Conference and network with experts and leaders from around the globe as a recognition of making it to this stage.

We have now opened the voting for the final round, where the winners will be selected. Over 2,000 experts in the Zero Project network will be asked to undertake the unenviable task of sorting the excellent from the great, in order to select the projects to be awarded in February.

Find out more about where the projects come from by reading our shortlist press release.

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Zero Project Receives 318 Nominations from 78 countries

What a few months it has been! When we opened the nominations back in May we thought we had a rough idea of what to expect. Hopefully we’d be fortunate to receive amazing, inspiring nominations from around the world and yes, we would expect most of them to come in just before the deadline! But what we weren’t ready for was the sheer quality of the field this year. Now, more than ever, it is becoming increasingly difficult to say no to some of these amazing projects.

This year, we have received a whopping 318 nominations from 78 countries. That is an increase of over 20% on what we received when we last visited this topic four years ago.

We are well under way with reading and evaluating the nominations, alongside our experts around the globe. This is possibly the best part of our work – Where we can learn about what the incredible community is doing around the world to improve the lives of persons with disabilities.

This year we have been reading about wheelchair basketball in Afghanistan and teaching political processes in Sweden. We have read about grassroots leadership for women with disabilities in Cambodia and inclusive elections in Kenya. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Somehow our experts have to help us bring the field down to around 70 by the conference in February. I do not envy them!

Thanks to everyone who has made a nomination. We will be getting in touch with you individually over the coming weeks to let you know how your application has been doing, so please bear with us!

To read more about the nomination statistics, check out our press release for the nomination phase.

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Zero Project is Looking for support!

You are interested in supporting a highly motivated team with worldwide outreach and you are ready to accept the challenges of a dynamic, fast developing project?

Then please send us your application now!

We are looking for a person, who can support us within the next 12 months starting from August 2018, and is available part time (25 to 30 hours/week). Our office is located in the First District of Vienna.

For more Information click here.

Applications to d.neuwirth@esslfoundation.org

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Just one week left to make your nomination!

The countdown has begun! The nomination process has been open for almost five weeks, but now there is just one week left! Nominations officially close on Sunday 1st July at midnight CEST. Make sure to submit your nomination on the nomination platform before the deadline!

Remember there are plenty of tools at your disposal to help improve your nomination, including a video with hints and tips, a Q&A document, a themes document to show you what types of applications we’re looking for and finally an information page on the Zero Project website to tell you what the awards are all about.

If all else fails, we’re here and waiting to field your questions at office@zeroproject.org.

Good luck!

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Nomination deadline extended!

We are overwhelmed by the interest for this years call for nominations! With so much incredible energy out there we have decided to extend the submission deadline to Sunday 1st July 2018.

The deadline will close officially at midnight CEST. Therefore, you still have another three weeks to make your nomination!

But remember, the new deadline will be here before you know it! So get started as soon as possible! And don’t forget to SUBMIT your application once it has been completed. Only those that have been submitted will enter the next round.

Remember there are plenty of tools to help you, including a nomination video, Q&A and Themes document, all of which can be found on the nomination platform.

Or you can contact us directly at office@zeroproject.org.

Good luck!

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Help with your 2019 Nomination

Zero Project HQ is a hub of activity as we begin receiving nominations for 2019. It is great to begin interacting with our whole community, and we’re excited already to speak to some new names for 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, which can help you decide whether to make a nomination and to improve your chances of being selected:

The 2019 Nomination Video – Here, 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, and also available in the six languages, this document gives you a breakdown of the themes that we are encouraging nominations from. It splits the overall topic of Independent Living and Political participation into 5 main themes, each with subtopics and keywords to give you an idea of what will be selected.

General information – 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 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 Venice, Doris, Pete or other friendly faces in the Zero Project Office.

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