The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down, in the past couple of weeks, with still challenging times ahead. To ensure that no one is left behind during this difficult time, we think it is important to share information and measurements in order to support the disability community accordingly.

Therefore, a call to our Zero Project network: In the following weeks, we would like to encourage you to share new publications, declarations, public webinars or announcements about (online-) meetings and conferences with us and send it to Seema Mundackal at  s.mundackal@zeroproject.org.

We are happy to share and spread the word!

 

#ZeroProject #StayHealthy #StaySafe

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After a successful #ZeroCon20 we have been very busy with our wrap up. In the coming weeks, you will find a lot of new information on all our social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Check out especially our YouTube channel where you find the whole #ZeroCon20 that you can now watch session by session. Like most of you, we are finding ourselves in a complete new work environment, mostly working from home, and are staying connected with tools like Zoom – greetings from all of us!

We have already kick-started our new research cycle and are focusing on our next Call for Nominations on Employment – which will be announced mid-May as usual, and are preparing a whole lot of exciting new additions to the Zero Project in the next few months!

 

Stay tuned for more news and more importantly: stay home and be safe!

 

Your Zero Project Team

 

 

 

 

 

The 2020 Employment for All Award aims to promote strategies that facilitate the employment of persons with disabilities on the open labour market; provide them with equal opportunities to access gainful employment and enable them to gain greater control over their independence in terms of employment and financial stability.

For this, 10 promising practices will be selected and published in the 2020 Employment for All Booklet before inviting 6 nominees to EASPD and LADAPT’s “Road to Employment for Persons with Disabilities” Conference in Paris on 4th-5th May 2020, where they will be given the opportunity to present their system, model, scheme to over 250 conference participants. Two winners of the Employment for All Award will be announced during the conference. Don’t miss the opportunity to apply until the 17th of January 2020

Find out more about the award and the application process on the 2020 Employment for All Awards Application Form

 

 

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We are looking for an intern who is available part time (approximately 28 hours/week), salary: 1.100 Euro/monthly and stays with us for at least 12 months (starting summer 2019). Ideally a student or post-graduate student who is willing to join a highly motivated team with worldwide outreach who is ready to accept the challenges of a dynamic, fast developing project. Our office is located in the First District of Vienna.

Find the detailed Job advertisment here

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We are excited to announce that the TOPHOUSE Report on person-centred housing is now available for download.

The TOPHOUSE Report “Including Person-Centered Approaches and User Involvement in Integrated Housing and Support”, coordinated by the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), is intended to serve as an overview at European level of existing promising practices on integrated housing & support, with a particular focus in four EU countries (Austria, Finland, Ireland and Spain).

The TOPHOUSE Report aims at serving as a reference and supporting document not only for the development and implementation of the TOPHOUSE project but also for other upcoming projects committed to the promotion of the Integrated Housing & Support principles. That is why some findings and a conclusions chapter are included, outlining a possible way forward on how to develop adequate housing assessment & allocation processes and how to do this specialist job more consistently.

Find out more by going to the TOPHOUSE page on the Zero Project website and download the report here.

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How time flies! This week we found ourselves back at the United Nations, already planning the 2019 Zero Project Conference. In just over two months we will welcome around 600 participants from over 60 countries to Vienna, Austria to join us in discussing, networking with, and celebrating innovations that help improve the lives of persons with disabilities.

We are currently putting together an ambitious programme on our 2019 topic of Independent Living and Political Participation, and there’s so much that we can’t wait to share with you!

As a little taster we’ll be:

  • Linking up with our good friends at Ashoka Austria again to present 11 scalable models, having primed them for replication at the Zero Project Impact Transfer Forum;
  • Discussing accessible elections, voting systems and balloting techniques from around the world;
  • Learning what good self-representation for persons with intellectual disabilities looks like in a couch session presented by self-representatives;
  • Finding out how persons with disabilities can navigate the criminal justice system fairly;
  • Awarding over 70 Innovative Policies and Practices at a dedicated award ceremony with backstage interviews; and,
  • Presenting the results of the TOPHOUSE project with our partners from around Europe, which aims to support professionals to be inclusive and effective in the social housing system.

And so much more…

Stay tuned!

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

Poster for the extension of the deadline for nomination.

We have extended our TOPHOUSE Call for Nomination in social housing until 3rd April, 2018!

The Zero Project Team is approaching you with a special request to submit Good Practices: we have joined forces with five leading European organizations in the field of social housing – TOPHOUSE, a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

What is TOPHOUSE?
TOPHOUSE is a project that develops and provides specialist tools that can be used to improve the effectiveness, fairness and transparency of assessing and allocating social housing needs. TOPHOUSE also considers the provision of related non-housing support services and has a person-centred approach.
The tools will cover an Individual Support Needs Assessment, a Transparent Allocation System and a Local Housing & Support Network Toolkit. Relevant learnings, outputs, trainings and curriculum, will also be shared among the network members.

What are we looking for and why submitting a Good Practice?
We hope that you will share our enthusiasm in this quest and ask for your support in looking for Good Practices in the field of social housing in Europe, that improve the access to affordable housing schemes for persons with disabilities, homeless people and the elderly.

This Good Practice may work in:
• Assessment of housing needs of persons with disabilities
• Inclusive allocation models of social housing for persons with disabilities
• Support and assistance models in community living and community-based rehabilitation, that include the access to affordable and accessible housing
• Cooperation models with of stakeholders, community developers or local social planners that improve allocation, affordability and accessibility of social housing for persons with disabilities
• Projects or programmes initiated by civil society, governments, the business sector, etc.

The Good Practice should be in line with the UN CRPD and therefore according to human rights standards. They should reflect person-centred approaches and allow for the highest level of user involvement in the design, implementation and evaluation process (co-production).
By submitting your proposal, you will become part of a large European network of decision- and policymakers and will be able to shape the future of social housing.
Additionally, you will get access to knowledge generated by the project and international experts on person-centred approaches in housing and support (H&S) and benefit from the different activities, workshops and learning opportunities. Selected promising practices will be included in the TOPHOUSE report which will be disseminated across Europe.

SUBMITTING THE NOMINATION FORM IS EASY AND CAN BE DONE IN AN HOUR:
1. Complete the TOPHOUSE Nomination Form.
2. Please send the completed form to tophouse@esslfoundation.org by 3rd April 2018

We look forward to receiving your Good Practice! If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with Seema from the Zero Project (s.mundackal@zeroproject.org) or Carmen from the EASPD (Carmen.Arroyo@easpd.eu) any time!

Poster for the call for nomination with the logos for TOPHOUSE, Erasmus+ and Zero Project.

The Zero Project Team is approaching you with a special request to submit Good Practices: we have joined forces with five leading European organizations in the field of social housing – TOPHOUSE, a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

What is TOPHOUSE?
TOPHOUSE is a project that develops and provides specialist tools that can be used to improve the effectiveness, fairness and transparency of assessing and allocating social housing needs. TOPHOUSE also considers the provision of related non-housing support services and has a person-centred approach.
The tools will cover an Individual Support Needs Assessment, a Transparent Allocation System and a Local Housing & Support Network Toolkit. Relevant learnings, outputs, trainings and curriculum, will also be shared among the network members.

What are we looking for and why submitting a Good Practice?
We hope that you will share our enthusiasm in this quest and ask for your support in looking for Good Practices in the field of social housing in Europe, that improve the access to affordable housing schemes for persons with disabilities, homeless people and the elderly.

This Good Practice may work in:
• Assessment of housing needs of persons with disabilities
• Inclusive allocation models of social housing for persons with disabilities
• Support and assistance models in community living and community-based rehabilitation, that include the access to affordable and accessible housing
• Cooperation models with of stakeholders, community developers or local social planners that improve allocation, affordability and accessibility of social housing for persons with disabilities
• Projects or programmes initiated by civil society, governments, the business sector, etc.

The Good Practice should be in line with the UN CRPD and therefore according to human rights standards. They should reflect person-centred approaches and allow for the highest level of user involvement in the design, implementation and evaluation process (co-production).
By submitting your proposal, you will become part of a large European network of decision- and policymakers and will be able to shape the future of social housing.
Additionally, you will get access to knowledge generated by the project and international experts on person-centred approaches in housing and support (H&S) and benefit from the different activities, workshops and learning opportunities. Selected promising practices will be included in the TOPHOUSE report which will be disseminated across Europe.

SUBMITTING THE NOMINATION FORM IS EASY AND CAN BE DONE IN AN HOUR:
1. Complete the TOPHOUSE Nomination Form.
2. Please send the completed form to tophouse@esslfoundation.org by 26th March 2018

We look forward to receiving your Good Practice! If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with Seema from the Zero Project (s.mundackal@zeroproject.org) or Carmen from the EASPD (Carmen.Arroyo@easpd.eu) any time!

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