http://famouslogos.net/images/barclays-logo.jpgIn order to help businesses  to meet the needs of disabled customers, Barclay recently launched a new web portal – www.barclayscorporate.com/accessibility

This new digital resource which will help enable businesses to learn how organisations have made the leap from a ‘tick the box’ attitude to accessibility, to one which seeks to innovate, inspire and engage.

A research was also commissioned by Barcklays in order to mesure the level of accessibility of 500 companies in the UK, and you can find the full findings here.

Our partner Light for the World is currently looking for an International Director Communications. The person will be part of their International Management Team and will be responsible for an overarching communications strategy. The place of work is flexible, working language is English.

Interested candidates may also apply via their webpage: http://www.light-for-the-world.org/take-action/engage/

With 516 participants from more than 70 countries and with 35 sessions, engaging 198 speakers, the Zero Project Conference 2016 on Inclusive Education and ICT was a wonderful climax of 5 years of collective efforts.

Moreover, the event was hosted once again by the United Nations Office in Vienna from 10 till 12 February 2016 – our special thanks therefore go to UNOV and the Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs for their great support.

Browse through our exciting retrospective which is now online!

 

This month’ issue of the United Nations Enable newsletter covers the ‪‎Zero Report and Conference 2016‬:

„Zero Project 2016 – Report and Conference
This year´s Zero Project Report 2016 gathered valuable data on the situation of persons with disabilities. Looking at 30 social indicators, the report provides a detailed picture of the implementation of the CRPD in 129 countries. Moreover, more than 3,000 people participated in the nomination of Innovative Practices and Policies. The Zero Project Conference 2016, convened by the Essl Foundation, the World Future Council and the European Foundation Centre at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria was held from 10-12 February 2016 and highlighted 98 Innovative Policies and Innovative Practices concerning Inclusive Education and/or ICTs from around the world. The Conference included 35 plenary sessions and workshops, and also an exhibition. More than 500 innovators from more than 70 countries attended. Download the Zero Project Report 2016. The theme of the 2017 report and conference will be employment that also calls for nominations.“

Make sure you get your copy by following this link

The early childhood period is considered to be the most important developmental phase which determines the well-being, quality of health, learning and social-emotional behaviour across the life span. Extensive research has shown that high quality early childhood intervention (ECI) services can change a child’s developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities at large. Despite developments in the field, children with disabilities and their families are still confronted by barriers including inadequate legislation and policies, negative attitudes, inadequate services, and lack of accessible environments. In order to comply with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, national governments have the obligation to develop and put in place age-appropriate support for children with disabilities to enable their full enjoyment of rights on an equal basis with other children.

The overall conference objectives are to:

  • Provide a comprehensive overview on the state of play of early intervention in Europe and explore the challenges, needs and potential solutions in setting-up high quality community-based ECI services
  • Tackle important issues related to the setting-up of these services such as the deinstitutionalization process, family involvement, the training of staff and innovative ECI techniques and therapies
  • Showcase various models of good practices in ECI both through the plenary and workshop sessions
  • Discuss the development of national implementation strategies in regard to ECI
  • Offer recommendations addressed to various relevant stakeholders and decision-makers

Don’t miss out the pre-conference activities on the 20th of April!

A study-visit to a local early childhood intervention centre in Chisinau

The 2016 edition of the EASPD Project Development Workshop “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

For more information about the conference, visit the conference website or contact Adriana Popa at Adriana.popa@easpd.eu

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©Pepo Schuster, austrofocus.at

©Pepo Schuster, austrofocus.at

Internship

Organization “Zero Project”

We are looking for an intern who is available for approximately 25 hours/week and stays with us for at least 12 months (starting April 2016). 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.

Location: Klosterneuburg/Lower Austria – Vienna

Detailled Information Internship

PrizeImgHomeNomination Open for the 2016 Edition of the Calouste Gulbenkian Prize

The Prize was created in 2012 to honor Calouste Gulbenkian and the multiple dimensions of his personality. Worth €250.000, the Prize is awarded annually to an individual or non-profit organization, regardless of nationality, who has made a valuable and international impact to foster the universal values inherent to the human condition, respect for diversity and difference, a culture of tolerance and the conservation of the environment.

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – Edward Said and Daniel Baremboim’s project –, the Library of Alexandria – one of the most prestigious centres of knowledge worldwide – the Community of Sant’Egidio – the Catholic movement which has striven not only to support those most disadvantaged but also to attain peace in the world whether through conflict mediation or through inter-religious dialogue – and Dr Denis Mukwege – the Congolese doctor who has dedicated his life to caring for female victims of rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – were the previous winners, in 2012, 2013, 2014 and in 2015, respectively.

If you have an organization in mind, please consult the Prize regulation and submit your nomination online through the Prize website: www.prize.gulbenk

The deadline is the 15th of May, but don’t wait the last minute!

If you are interested in acquiring some legal knowledge, this news from our partner is for you.

The EFC Disability Thematic Network is cooperating with the Academy of European Law (ERA) and the European Disability Forum in the organisation of 6 seminars on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and EU disability law.

The first workshop will take place on 18-19 April 2016 in Trier, Germany. The aim of this seminar is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and legal tools to use the UN CRPD combined with the relevant EU law in their daily practice.
Normally ERA trainings are very high level and have a participation cost, but as this are part of a European Project, they don’t have any registration fee and the Commission will reimburse up to 360 euros for travel and cover for 2 nights’ hotel.

To find the application formulaire and the programm, go to the website of the Academy of European Law by following this link.

Apply before 9 march 2016 !

Key topics

  • The UNCRPD: purpose, general principles (e.g. non-discrimination, reasonable accommodation, accessibility) and rights, formal and substantial relationship with EU law
  • The monitoring role of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the complaints mechanism enshrined in the Optional Protocol
  • Practical in-depth study of key disability rights in their international, European and national context: legal capacity, right to equality & non-discrimination, right to personal mobility, right to access to justice and right to political participation
  • Implementation of the UNCRPD through EU law in fields such as access to services and goods, employment and transport
  • Non-judicial redress mechanisms for violation of disability rights
  • How to use the UNCRPD in European and national litigation.

Who should attend?

Legal practitioners, members of NGOs and equality bodies with a legal background, law academics from an EU Member State and those candidate countries and EEA/EFTA countries which have decided to participate in the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme.

9 March 2016: Zero Project Report 2016 presented at the UN Human Rights Council

On the occasion of the 31st Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of Austria and the International Disability Alliance, together with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Canada, China, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand and Turkey, and the International Telecommunications Union, supported by the Zero Project, held a successful side event on “Inclusive Education and ICTs for All: Towards AccessiblZero Project Flyer HRC31e and Sustainable Societies”.

Which innovative practices and policies exist, and how best to cooperate to implement the CRPD?

Which ways forward to enhance the inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?

How to assure the right to inclusive education as enshrined in article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for all?

These are just a few of the questions that were discussed during the event, together with about 60 representatives of permanent missions to the UN, international organizations and NGOs.

EVENT PROGRAMME:

Chair:
H.E. Thomas HAJNOCZI, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN in Geneva

Opening words:
Catalina DEVANDAS, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Speakers:
Jorge ARAYA, Secretary of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Overview and update on the draft General Comment on Inclusive Education

Ana Isabel RUIZ, Director for Education, Employment and Cultural Promotion, ONCE: Support for persons with disabilities to equally enjoy the right to education in mainstream schools, both in Spain and in Latin America (Speech, MS Word)

Ingrid HEINDORF, Geneva Coordinator, Zero Project/World Future Council: The Zero Project 2016 and its focus on Inclusive Education and ICTs for All (Presentation, PDF, ZPC2016 Retrospective)

Susan SCHORR, Head of Special Initiatives Division at ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union: The role of public procurement in ensuring accessible ICTs for inclusive education (Presentation, PDF)

Nafisa BABOO, Senior Advisor on Inclusive Education, Light for the World: How can the SDG4 and the education 2030 framework for action ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind again? (Speech, MS Word)

Interactive dialogue

Refreshments were served. Captioning was provided.

The event took place on 9th March 2016, at 12-2pm at Room XXI, Palais des Nations, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, and was webcasted via www.treatybodywebcast.org

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9 HE Hajnoczi, PR of Austria to UNOG, moderating HRC31 side event ©Jared Bloch 10 I. Heindorf, WFC, presents the Zero Project Report 2016 HRC31 ©Jared Bloch

 

 

 

 

 

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UNICEF tech Fund

UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make investments in tech startups

Apply now!

Last week, the Zero Project awarded 86 innovative practices related to inclusive education and ICT. The timing couldn’t be better for our partner The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to support tech startups creating open-source solutions for children. The Fund has raised $9 million so far and offers innovators in developing countries a pooled funding mechanism to help them take their tested projects to the next stage. Have a look below for a quick summary of How to Submit.

  • All submissions must be received by Friday, 26 February 2016.
  • Applicant should be registered in one of the 135 UNICEF programme countries (see country list here).
  • Applicant should be working on open source technology solutions or willing to be open source.
  • Applicant project generates publicly-exposed real-time data that can be/is measured

Futhermore, UNICEF is specifically looking for Innovation in three portfolio areas:

  • Products for youth under 25
  • Real-time information for decision-making
  • Infrastructure to increase access to services and information

If you answer to all these criteria, have a look at the request for expression of interest and dare to apply !