Zero Project 2015 is coming and step 1 – the nomination process – has come to an end. In July 2014, the Zero Project team invited leading experts and organizations to nominate outstanding practices and policies concerning our this year’s topic:
Independent Living and Political Participation.
By August 14th we received 230 nominations from more than 75 countries from around the world. We are extremely grateful to everyone who participated this year – from Australia to Zimbabwe!!
Thematically, roughly two thirds work on Independent Living issues, and one
third on Political Participation. We are not only very happy with the quantity of nominations, but also with their quality. So many projects have been nominated that sound excellent.
Now it’s time for the next step. Research!
The Zero Project research process has now started and thereafter the nominations will undergo final selection at the end of September.
Only a few countries require the application of universal design and establish that inaccessibility is a matter of discrimination. In Europe, Norway is, along with Spain, one of those countries that actively promote both concepts and practice in universal design. In Norway universal design is an enforceable legal standard. Read more
The Olympics and Paralympics are among the world’s most spectacular sporting events and represent a massive opportunity to spread a message to a vast audience. London 2012 approached the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the first time as one event with exemplary accessibility as a key theme and set a high standard for all events to come. Read more
Not many cities in the Global South have enforceable accessibility standards concerning their transportation services. The Standard of City of Solo is legally binding and uncommon in that it also includes provisions for accessible information and communication. Read more
Copyright constitutes one of the most challenging barriers in the access to information of persons with sensory impairments. India’s Copyright Amendment Act No. 27 of 2012 updates and consolidates copyright law and opens up possibilities for persons with disabilities to gain access to information and to make accessible formats available to them without a license. Read more
Regarding internet access, many countries in the Global South lag significantly behind, as the connectivity of the population is very low. Where there are investments in information technology, they regularly do not address the inclusion of vulnerable groups. In Colombia, this is different. Read more