We are thrilled to announce that the factsheets of our Zero Project Innovative Practices 2021 are online now!

We present you with factsheets from 66 Innovations from the employment sector and 16 Innovations in the field of ICT that are supporting persons with disabilities in 47 countries on our 2021 topic Employment and ICT.

The nominated projects cover a wide range of topics and solutions, such as inclusive employment strategies of companies, IT- based job platforms, supported employment services, social business and entrepreneurship, models on vocational support in higher education, inclusion consultancy services/trainings focusing on employers, and many more.

You can access the full list of innovative practices here:

https://zeroproject.org/practice-type/innovative-practices-2021-on-employment-and-ict/

Again, huge congratulations to every single one of these incredible organisations. We’re immensely honoured to be able to promote your amazing work!

The Zero Project Impact Transfer program is a partnership between the Essl Foundation, Fundación Descúbreme and Ashoka. It supports organisations to replicate and transfer their social impact and innovation in other countries and contexts and thereby ensure a world without barriers. The goal of the program is to help proven innovations to spread so that we do not have to reinvent the wheel.

Participating projects undergo a six-month program with expert strategic mentoring, training and assignments in topics to support scaling, such as impact and business modelling and benefit from connections to partner organisations across the Zero Project, Fundación Descúbreme and Ashoka communities

2020/2021 participants

We are delighted to announce the participants for this year’s Zero Project Impact Transfer program. Ten organisations from nine countries are taking part, all hoping to find the right partners to replicate their innovative employment and ICT initiatives globally.

myAbility (Austria) – myAbility’s Talent® Programe is a career programme for students and graduates with disabilities, providing them with training and connecting them to employers.

PFDA Vocational Training Center (Bangladesh) – personalised vocational training for adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy.

Egalite (Brazil) – online recruitment platform, incorporating a behavioural profile evaluation tool and free e-learning courses adapted for persons with disabilities.

JAMBA (Bulgaria) – supporting job seekers with disabilities through training and an online job platform, and assisting companies with recruitment and inclusion.

Seco Chile (Chile) – ecological car washing service employing a majority of people with disabilities

Helm (Egypt) – workplace inclusion consultancy services, including accessibility audits and job recruitment analyses

EnAble India (India) – free learning tool for visually impaired persons to improve their digital skills

Youth4Jobs Foundation (India) – College Connect programme, setting up Smart Inclusion Centres in colleges and universities, connecting students with disabilities to educators, employers, and government agencies.

DeafTawk (Pakistan) – mobile application which connects deaf users with certified sign language interpreters in real time through video calling

I Love Coffee (South Africa) – a chain of coffee shops run by Deaf young people

 

We will be sharing more detailed information about all these projects in the run up to the Zero Project Conference in February.

This is the fourth cohort of the Zero Project Impact Transfer program. 31 projects have taken part already and had the opportunity to present their innovations and pitch for potential replication partners at Zero Project Conferences in Vienna and Santiago de Chile. Previous participants have built on contacts made through the program to take forward replication in new countries around the world. For example, Gallaudet University from the US has replicated its VL2 Storybook Apps program in Turkey with the Sabanci Foundation and Boğaziçi University, while EnAble India is working on bringing its Enable Vaani project to Ethiopia and Mauritius. You can also visit the Zero Project Impact Transfer webpage for updates on previous years’ participants and this year’s cohort.

The Zero Project is very happy that this groundbreaking cross-border contact was established at #ZeroCon21 at the UN in Vienna earlier this year, which will hopefully lead to improvements for persons with disabilities on all sides. It also shows the strength of the community of people with disabilities and its potential to create new connections and solutions. Join the Webinar on Remote Employment of People With Disabilities here!

Read the full press release here

We are looking for a Project Manager who is available full time and willing to join a highly motivated team with worldwide outreach. Ideally someone who is ready to accept the challenges of a dynamic, fast-developing project. Our office is located in the center of Vienna, in the beautiful building of the old stock exchange.

Find a detailed job advertisement here.

After carefully reviewing the nominations in the last few weeks the final figures have now been counted! Once again, we have broken the record and received 475 practices, overhauling the record of 469 nominations from last year on the topic of Inclusive Education.

A huge thank you to everyone who has made a nomination. We are absolutely overwhelmed with the extraordinary range and quality of the projects and are thankful for the efforts of everyone who has nominated! A huge thanks also to those who are taking the time to help us review all the projects.

For the full details of what we received, read our nomination press release.

The Zero Project, and International Association of Accessibility Professionals: IAAP, a division of G3ict – The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, have come together to offer a series of free innovating webinars.
Through sharing best practices that are not only global, scalable and either free or at low-cost, we are hopeful these solutions can be used to speed up the process of implementing the United Nation Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities.
Each of these webinars will highlight best practices and solutions from the 2020 Zero Project Awards on Education and ICT – the first series will introduce you to Benetech, Fundacion Once and Scify.
Following the webinar series,  a publication, highlighting information about the innovation, resources, and insights from the webinar will be made available on the IAAP Educational Training Database

Benetech a US non-profit organization has made the start on June 24th, 2020 and presented their awarded practise Bookshare.

Bookshare is a global accessible virtual library for people with print disabilities. Available nationwide in the United States and in 87 other countries, Bookshare provides books and printed materials in five accessible formats, such as electronic Braille and DAISY synchronized text with audio, at a lower cost than traditional methods.

In case you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording here: https://youtu.be/GgP225XsV_M
We also invite you to join the discussion in our WhatsApp community
Stay tuned – more info coming soon!
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The Innovative Practices rightly get a lot of attention for their amazing work around the world to improve the lives of persons with disabilities. They also normally make up more than three-quarters of our awardees and show the incredible change that NGOs and businesses can create.

But what about the Innovative Policies? Why should policies be nominated and why are they so important?

Innovative Policies show how change can happen at a government level. They lead the way in showing what is possible locally, nationally or internationally. By sharing the best examples of policy changes in governments around the world that support people with disabilities it can inspire others to follow suit. It can also provide pressure to other governments to implement necessary and lasting change.

Each Zero Project Conference brings together decision-makers from governments and international organisations around the world, such as local government representatives, ministries, and elected officials such as members of the European Parliament. By bringing together some of the best voices on a national stage, other countries simply have to take note.

This is why it is so important for us to be able to share the greatest laws, regulations, grants, subsidies etc. that break down barriers for persons with disabilities.

We are looking for policies that make employment more inclusive for persons with disabilities.  This could be on international/supranational level, on a country level or also regional level, and normally only initiated by a public sector body – for example, a national or regional government, ministry, public sector agency.

We are also interested in inclusive employment strategies targeted at the public sector as an employer but also from trade unions working on inclusive employment, as their work often intersects with, upholds, or seeks to improve existing policy and legislative frameworks.

So help us to find the best policies that are creating lasting change. Tell us about them, or get in contact with your local politicians and decision-makers and encourage them to nominate their work for the recognition it deserves!

For more information, please go to our Zero Project Nomination Website

 

After a record-breaking week of nominations, we simply cannot close the call in just 2 days!
We are trying to answer your questions as best as we can and have therefore decided to extend the deadline until midnight on Sunday 5th July! 
Don’t forget, we have loads of information that can help you, to access it please visit: https://call.zeroproject.org/

 

If all else fails, please contact us directly at office@zeroproject.org.

 

So finish the incredible work you have started – Good luck!

 

#ZeroCall21 #ZeroProject #ZeroProjectLatam

The Good Design Awards are one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation across 11 Design Disciplines. The entry deadline is Friday 29th May 2020, however, if you do wish to enter and need some additional time, entries will be allowed until Monday 1st June at 9 am.

Winners will receive the Good Design Tick Trophy, Trademarks and be featured in the annual Good Design Awards Yearbook and online on the Good Design Index, the home for best in class design and innovation.

Businesses likely to have been impacted by the current crisis will be recognized, additionally,  to make entering easier during this difficult time a number of changes to the process for 2020 have been made:

  • A 25% discount on all entry fees for this year,
  • Provision of a limited number of free entries to those no longer able to afford the entry fee.
  • The 2020 judging will be conducted online, and samples will not be required for evaluation.

 

QUICK LINKS:

 

If you have any questions you can contact the Good Design Team on awards@good-design.org.

 

 

The Zero Project has joined forces with Access Israel on  “Global Sharing of Accessibility and Inclusion during COVID-19 crisis” – a series of international webinars.

Don’t miss the first Zoom webinar event on Thursday, May 7th 2020 at 15:30 GMT which will include best practices from the USA, Austria, Israel and Spain.

Registration is free  – the number of participants is limited so we highly recommend you sign in promptly so save your spot in the webinar!

REGISTER NOW

For any ideas, sharing, questions feel free to contact: site@aisrael.org and otherwise feel free to spread the word and invite interested organisations, commisioners and thought leaders!

See you there!