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:


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

We are thrilled to announce that the factsheets of our Zero Project Innovative Practices and Policies 2020 are online now!

We present you with factsheets from 75 Innovative Practices and 11 Innovative Policies from 56 countries that support persons with disabilities on our 2020 topic of education.

These projects cover a range of topics including, assistive technology in schools and universities, inclusive education systems in low and middle-income countries, early childhood and pre-school programmes, legal and rights-based approaches to inclusive education, inclusive education programmes in museums and cultural institutions and many, many more.

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

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Zero Project wants to remind that women with disability also suffer this sort of discrimination and violence.

As highlighted by the European Disability Forum, women and girls with disabilities are, as a matter of fact more exposed to violence than women without disabilities. In many cases, it is not made possible for them to be protected from violence or to have access to justice, because they are deprived of their legal capacity and someone else decides for them; this legal representative or ‘guardian’ could be the perpetrator of the violence.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) clearly recognises under article 6 that “women and girls with disabilities are subject to multiple discrimination” and that states should take measures to address this issue.

In the process of doing so, the Austrian Ninlil organisation, one of the Innovative Practices 2016, is tackling this problem by preventing violence against women with learning difficulties or multiple disabilities. It aims to prevent bullying and fights sexual violence against women with learning difficulties by organizing seminars to work towards empowering these women.
Click here for more information about the Ninlil organisation.

Vom 18.-20.10.2016 befand sich auch die Altonaerin Agathe Bogacz als Botschafterin des Forums Eine Mitte für Alle (ein Zero Project Innovative Practice 2014) bei der UN Habitat III Konferenz in Ecuador, worüber das Zero Project bereits berichtete.

Die UN DESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York) wählte das von Q8 initiierte und begleitete Forum Eine Mitte für Alle in Hamburg Altona als einziges deutsches von insgesamt 24 internationalen Best-Practice-Beispielen im Themenfeld „Barrierefreiheit und Inklusive Stadtteilentwicklung“ aus.

Das Forum wurde nicht nur im Rahmen der Publikation mit den weltweiten Best-Practice-Projekten aufgenommen, sondern wurde auch auf der UN-Habitat-Konferenz in Quito, Ecuador vor internationalem Publikum vorgestellt.

Die  internationale Anerkennung hat inzwischen auch hier in den Medien Niederschlag gefunden:  Das Hamburger Abendblatt berichtete dazu unter der Überschrift: „Vereinte Nationen: Eine Mitte für Alle ist Vorzeige-Quartier. Und beim NDR Hamburg Journal lief ein Fernsehbericht,  in dem Teilnehmende am Forumsprozess mit ihren Erfahrungen und zu den ersten baulichen Entwicklungen im neuen Stadtteil in Hamburg Altona zu Wort kommen.

Finden Sie mehr heraus über diese Zero Project Innovative Practice 2014!

doctHERs – a Zero Project Innovative Practice 2016 – has received the UNICEF First Campaigner Global Goals Awards 2016!

Pakistan-based social enterprise doctHERs was felicitated at Wednesday’s Global Goals Awards in New York for improving the lives of women and children across Pakistan. The Zero Project team is very proud and congratulates sincerely the excellent team of doctHERs for this deserved award!

doctHERs is a social enterprise that connects female doctHERs to millions of underserved patients in real-time while leveraging technology. Through a unique business model, doctHERs provides access to affordable, quality healthcare in Pakistan to a subset of the “missing middle” population that is not served by conventional healthcare providers. Out of this missing middle, 80% of doctHERs clients include women and children of the designated/target communities devoid of any access to healthcare facilities.

doctHERs Co- Founder and COO Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram received the award in New York. The ceremony was held to honour champions of girls’ and women’s rights. In her very own words: “As a female doctHER, I was extremely exciting to talk about health condition in Pakistan and role of female doctors in front of noted guests and Sustainable development Goal advocates such as Melinda Gates Foundation, Paul Pauman-CEO Unilever, Jacqueline Novogratz CEO Acumen Foundation, Chris Anderson – TED, representatives from United Nations, Richard Curtis and many more. I received the award from none other than Chris Anderson of TED! Thank you Spring, CEO Spring Ramona, Zia Imran for showing the confidence in us and recommending us for the award.”

Our Innovative Practice 2014, Hamburg’s citizens forum for all (Bürgerforum „Eine Mitte für Alle“), will meet again on 15th September 2016 to discuss the topic of social infrastructure, in order to make visible its key features, to incentivize cooperation and to explore potential gaps.

In cooperation with the relevant authority the forum has also elaborated criteria for the controlling of accessibility and inclusion projects, which will be presented and discussed.

Due to the international attention the forum has received since receiving our award in 2014, its staff has now published a translation of its working paper “Objectives and Steps for Inclusive Urban Planning Mitte Altona”, which can be accessed here.

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Today we would like to suggest you a good opportunity to promote your innovative practices.

This initiative comes from Design for All, a non-profit organisation promoting research, knowledge development, promotion and application of design solution for an inclusive society.

They opened a call for nomination for the International Awards Design for All Foundation 2016, and the last day to compete will also be the last day of the year: 31/12/2015. So you still have 8 days.

To check if your product, service or project can be selected just click here.

It the result is positive, you can candidate by filling this form and you might receive the “Design for All Good Practice” label soon.

All Good Practices 2015 will be displayed in Paris at the URBACCESS fair in March 22nd and 23rd and the 5 best ones will receive the trophy during the Awards Ceremony.


Our partner GAATES reported in its most recent newsletter about the leading role of one of our Innovative Practices 2014 – Scandic Hotels – in term of accessibility in the tourism industry. Scandic Hotels has been invited by the European Union to present its award-winning accessibility training at the EU’s Tourism Education & Training conference held in Brussels on October 21.

Do you know about F123? We reported about them in 2013. The Project F123 enables access to educational and employment opportunities through free and open source assistive technologies. It recently developed the F123 Access, a software that reformats web pages to make them more accessible and convenient for persons who are blind and use screen-reading software.

As well, do you know what is “OGO”? It is this revolutionary wheelchair that allows you to move without your hand, by using just your body weight and gravity.


You are an educational professional? Don’t miss out on UNESCO’s online discussion on Inclusion and TVET in the context of lifelong learning that started last week and check out the programme of the forthcoming conference on Universal Design in Education in Dublin.


UNESCO online discussion on Inclusion and TVET

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invites you to participate in an online discussion “Inclusive Technical and Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) in the context of Lifelong Learning – Skills for Work and Life: Empowering people with disabilities”, organized in partnership with the European Network on Inclusive Education & Disability (incluD-ed).

The online discussion started last Friday (29 October) and will go on the next three weeks, until the 18 November, 2015, around the following themes:
(1) Advancing inclusive and equitable access to TVET (week 1).
(2) Improving quality and relevance in TVET to support transitions (week 2).
(3) Transforming TVET for inclusive and sustainable societies (week 3).

To access the online discussion please follow the link to the discussion!

For details about TVET see the UNESCO background document.


Conference on Universal Design in Education in Dublin

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design of Ireland, which is behind one of our Innovative Policies of 2014, organizes a conference the 12th & 13th of November in Dublin Castle on the “Education Across the Continuum: Innovating through Universal Design”.

The conference will showcase the “best in class” teaching practices of Universal Design from Ireland and internationally and provide educators with practical skills and resources to start teaching Universal Design. It will be of interest to educational professionals within universities and institutes of higher education at third and fourth level.

To register, visit: http://education.universaldesign.ie

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Selected among the most innovative practices by the Zero Project in its 2015 report, “the Employer model” is continuing to spread across Germany. They initiated many project in 2015, like an online course for managing assistants. If you want to know more about them, they invite you at an event the 15th of September in the city of Mainz, Germany.

Julia Heineck, a social lawyer, will talk about her experience of the employer model. The participation is free, as is the snack and glass of wine. Questions are welcomed.

If you decide to go, you will find all the practical information you need on the facebook event page.