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.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

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.

DRPI Hub Webinar on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Our partner, the Disability Rights Promotion International, which is a collaborative project to establish a comprehensive, sustainable international system to monitor human rights of people with disabilities, is launching its Holistic Rights Monitoring Online: the DRPI Hub.

The DRPI Hub page is a platform that allows you to monitor your own rights or work with others in your country or in your local area to monitor their rights, a training guide to share the skills of self-monitoring on the web.

To learn more about the DRPI Hub, a webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 23rd, 12:00-1:00 pm (EST)). Find the DRPI Hub online.

Please, register to the Webinar here.


The Open Challenges Program invites the Zero Project

The Zero Project network was invited by the Moscow Agency of Innovations from the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship jointly with the executive authorities of Moscow to the Open Challenges program, which identifies, selects and pilots local and international innovations that can address the city’s needs.

The topic of the challenge is: Innovative solutions to boost social interaction and raise awareness of challenges faced by children with special needs, which started on December 28, 2015 until December 28, 2016.

Thinking that the society at large that has to meet the needs of people with disabilities and special needs, this challenge aims to facilitate a positive response from the residents of Moscow, and to create an inclusive environment that has educational, consulting, social and cultural components.

Submitted technologies and solutions will be considered and assessed, and also recommended for the inclusion into the List of Innovative Hi-Tech Products and Technologies used by the city. Best solutions will be awarded with an opportunity to run a pilot project in the city. Successfully piloted solutions will be recommended for a large-scale implementation in Moscow’s infrastructure.