Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity for Persons with Disabilities – Support the IDA submission

Organsations should not miss their opportunity to endorse the official submission paper prepared on behalf of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum.

The submission paper addresses the annual theme of the High-Level Political Forum through the Sustainable Development Goals that are under review for this year. The paper focuses on eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity for persons with disabilities, and addresses the situation and challenges encountered by persons with disabilities globally. It provides recommendations in line with the CRPD.

Don’t miss the 27th April 2017 deadline!

Wayfindr to be Unveiled as the New International Standard for Indoor Audio Navigation

Wayfindr, a 2016 Zero Project Innovative Practice, which empowers people with visual impairments to navigate the world, has been adopted globally by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). This pioneering technology will be unveiled as the first Open Standard for indoor audio navigation at the M-Enabling Summit in Washington DC.

The conference will take place between 13th and 14th June 2017 and will feature an example of implementation provided by RightHear.

OpenIDEO Disability and Inclusion Challenge is open!

OpenIDEO, in partnership with the UK Department for International Development is working to increase understanding of disability and inclusion around the world and have launched the Disability and Inclusion Challenge. They are seeking ideas that will help reduce stigma and increase opportunities for people with disabilities.

Winning ideas will receive an invitation to a four day human-centered design bootcamp, 18 months of design support, and a grant typically between $50,000 and $150,000. So if your organization has ideas which will be implemented in one or more of the 27 eligible countries, then make sure not to miss the 23rd April deadline!

Nominations for The Right Livelihood Award 2017 are Open!

The Right Livelihood Award, also called the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, is an award for the people and their work and struggles for a better future. The Laureates come from all walks of life: they are farmers, teachers, doctors, or simply, concerned citizens.

The nominations deadline for the 2017 Right Livelihood Award is approaching! Do you know any individual or organisation who deserves the recognition and support of the Right Livelihood Award? Then send your proposal by 1 March 2017! Proposals from everyone through an open nomination process are accepted.

Check out their video to learn more!


1st World Conference on Supported Employment!

We are pleased to invite you to apply to the Employment for All awards 2017

The Conference, Employment for All – A Global Perspective, organized by our partner, EASPD and joined by EUSE; aims to identify and highlight different systems for inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce and providing equal opportunities for them to access gainful employment and enable them to gain a greater control over their independence in terms of employment and financial stability. Different themes related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities into the labour market will be discussed.

It will take place from 14th to 16th of June 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The Employment for All Award is given to Social Services/ Support Providers and Businesses or Employers who have designed and implemented effective systems for employment of people with disabilities.

Being the topic of our Zero Project Conference 2017, the inclusion of persons with disabilities into the workforce has been the focus of our work for the last months.


Check out the information about the conference,  the application process and fill out the application form before the 6th of February.

Disability Convention and Strategic Litigation

On 24 November 2016 Adolf Ratzka from the Independent Living Institute, one of our partners, organized a conference  on the implementation of the CRPD and disability discrimination law.

Different sessions of the conference discussed how to use strategic litigation as a tool for implementing the rights of persons with disabilities; the role of lawyers and lawyering in the implementation of protection against discrimination; and the role of civil society in enforcing disability law.

One of the speakers was Mr. Sid Wolinsky, an expert on strategic litigation and founder of Disability Rights Advocates, an organization that strengthened protection against discrimination associated with disability. In his video on strategic litigation, he explains ”law as tool to change society”.

Professor Gerard Quinn, one of the architects behind the steering wheel Convention, stressed that the legal and political processes are as important as the rights themselves.

This approach is possible not only in the US but also in other parts of the world where we can use the legal system in our struggle for inclusion and equal opportunities. The Zero Project‘s policy approach is heading in this direction by identifying innovative policies that advance the rights and improve the lives of persons with disabilities in the fields of accessibility, education, independent living and employment.

To use law as a tool, we need to learn how to use the law.

Find out more about the conference and speakers here.



WORLD’s new resources and data to improve the rights of persons with disabilities

To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), The WORLD Policy Analysis Center at UCLA, has released a new set of resources in order to improve the quantity and quality of the rights of persons with disabilities in all 193 UN countries.

The package includes new global data, electronic maps, downloadable datasets, and social media content, alongside factsheets. The topic of the factsheets are listed below and they are all screen reader accessible and you can find large text versions and translations into Spanish and French on the WORLD’s website:

  • Assessing National Action on Education Rights for Children with Disabilities
  • Assessing National Action on Civil and Political Rights for Persons with Disabilities
  • Action on Supporting Access to Health for Persons with Disabilities
  • Assessing National Action on Work Rights for Persons with Disabilities

WORLD Policy Analysis Center has developed globally comparative, quantitatively analyzable data on many areas critical to adults and children with disabilities. The data produced examines whether equal rights for people with special needs have been recognized constitutionally, whether education is inclusive, and whether countries provide direct assistance to families to help with the additional financial costs of raising children with disabilities.


YPSA has been awarded by honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh

During a function on the occasion of the 25th International Day of Persons with Disabilities and 18th National Day of Persons with Disabilities, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina awarded Vashkar Bhattacharjee of YPSA as a successful person with disability for his outstanding contribution in disability and development, specially support to the activities of disability inclusive ICTs, making digital talking books, and making the skills and technology available for the people with disabilities. His great contribution will support to achieving the target of SDG by 2030.

Vashkar Bhattacharjee is the founder of Chittagong Computerized Braille production Centre and ICT and Resource Centre on Disability. He is also actively involved with a number of local, national and international agencies ranging from Bangladesh Visual Impaired Society to APCD Foundation in Thailand, among other activities on this issue.

The Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) has been awarded as an innovative practice by the Zero Project Conference 2016 on Education and ICT, for its accessible learning materials for students with visual impairments.


Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On December 3, the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities commemorates the human rights of persons with disabilities.

To celebrate this special and relevant day for the Zero Project work, there is a need to highlight the wonderful job of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), which has worked to support the political rights of men and women with disabilities, for nearly 30 years.

Since one of the topics of the Zero Project work is the Independent Living and Political Participation of persons with disabilities, we’re having a distinct interest in IFES initiatives. Recognizing that all people should have an equal opportunity to contribute their voice, IFES collaborated with disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) around the world to increase the political participation of persons with disabilities through a number of initiatives. For example, IFES organized the first regional disability rights dialogue on political participation in the Pacific Islands region; and created the first sign language lexicons in Libyan Arabic Sign Language and Moroccan Sign Language.

Click here to see more details about the initiatives of IFES.




Panel Discussion on the European Disability and Development Week

As part of the European Disability and Development Week, our partner Light for the World Austria, together with Save the Children and the IDDC will organise a panel discussion to issue a research on “Costing Equity”: the case of financing for inclusive education, and to share experiences from the field, from Burkina Faso (LIGHT FOR THE WORLD) and from China (Save the Children). In addition, the European Commission will comment on its position with regard to inclusive education within development cooperation/in general.

Elie Bagbila, from Light for the World Burkina Faso and guest speaker at this panel will also mention the Inclusive Education project in Burkina Faso which was awarded by the Zero Project 2016.

Click on the invitation flyer to find the email address to the registration.