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Call for nominations: Her Abilities Award 2019

Light for the World are inviting organisations to submit your nominations of female change makers with disabilities for the Her Abilities Award 2019. The award was initiated in 2018 by Light for the World to honour the achievements of women with disabilities in education and health; arts, culture and sports; and rights and advocacy.

At the Zero Project, we were delighted to welcome the 2018 awardees to the conference last year, with all three playing important roles in our panel sessions.

Nominations are open until 21 June 2019

Together with a fantastic all-female jury Light for the World are looking forward to receiving information about your nominees! Nominations can be submitted on the Her Abilities Award website.

Website: www.her-abilities-award.org

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Our good friends at WSA are once again seeking nominations for digital innovations that improve society.

Selected projects benefit by becoming part of a worldwide network with lifelong partnership and integration. At the 2019 WSA event, more than 400 delegates met in Cascais, Portugal, to share the best digital innovations, turning Portugal into a global hub for start-ups and digital innovators on the subject of “Purpose driven digital innovation”.

The World Summit Awards are also a nomination based award system. To participate you need to be nominated by a WSA National Expert as the best national digital application in one of the 8 categories. The nominations to WSA are possible through national contests and national Expert panel selection. Each country can only nominate one project/solution per category.

Find out more about the awards and how to get involved by visiting the WSA website.

 

 

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It’s less than one month until the M-Enabling summit and we’re excited to share some of the bits that we’re looking forward to the most:

  • Neil Romano, Chairman of the National Council on Disability (NCD), will be delivering the opening keynote on June 17, 2019. This will be of high interest to participants, as NCD is known for their leadership and focusing on promoting the needs of people with disabilities, crafting and recommending policy solutions.
  • This year the M-Enabling Summit will host over 120 speakers both from industry and advocacy groups focusing on key issues going on in the community. With its theme of “Accessibility: Transforming Users’ Experience,” the 2019 M-Enabling Summit will provide a platform for empowering technologies and focus on next-generation innovations and breakthroughs for users of all abilities.
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be returning to present the FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA) at the M-Enabling Summit on June 18. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will be delivering the keynote address to open the evening’s awards ceremony.
  • Highlighted sessions at this year’s Summit include: Artificial Intelligence for User Interfaces, Real World End User Experience, Accessible Media Platforms Entertainment, International Trends in Digital Accessibility, Baby Boomer Strategies and much more! Register today to learn more: http://www.m-enabling.com/conreg.html

See you there!

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We are excited to be taking part in the M-Enabling Summit which is on the topic of “Accessibility: Transforming Users’ Experience”. This year the Summit will host over 120 speakers both from industry and advocacy groups focusing on key issues going on in the community. The 2019 M-Enabling Summit will provide a platform for empowering technologies and focus on next-generation innovations and breakthroughs for users of all abilities.

Just some of the exciting sessions at this year’s Summit include: Artificial Intelligence for User Interfacses, Real World End User Experience, Accessible Media Platforms Entertainment, International Trends in Digital Accessibility. Baby Boomer Strategies and much more!

See you in Washington DC between June 17th and 19th!

The World Future Council is inviting nominations for laws or policies that work to give young people a voice and the opportunity to get decent jobs in a sustainable economy.

They are seeking nominations of innovative and impactful laws, policies and legal frameworks that create enabling environments and empower young people in the following fields:

  • Economic empowerment of young women and men in decent and sustainable jobs
  • Youth civic engagement and political participation in support of sustainable development and peace

Further details of the award and the application process can be found on the World Future Council website.

Part of the report front cover: The Inclusion Journey - Integrating Persons with Disabilities in the BFSI Sector in India. Supported by J.P. Morgan

Our good friends at Youth4Jobs have teamed up with the BSE Institute Limited, The BFSI Sector Skill Council of India and J.P. Morgan India, to produce a fascinating report on employment of persons with disabilities in the banking and financial sector.

The report – which focuses on employment in the BFSI sector in India – gives an intriguing insight into the current low figures of employment of persons with disabilities. It also analyses what a great opportunity this represents for the companies and the government working in the sector, and gives concrete steps that can be taken to improve the situation.

Whether in India, or elsewhere in the world, this report is a great resources for organisations and individuals in the sector to take meaningful and lasting action.

Download the full report here: The Inclusion Journey: Integrating Persons with Disabilities in the BFSI Sector in India

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The WHO QualityRights  initiative is working to improve access to quality mental health services globally and to promote the human rights of people with mental health conditions and psychosocial, intellectual, and cognitive disabilities.  As part of this initiative they are developing a good practice guidance document which will present information on community-based mental health services that promote human rights and the recovery approach.

WHO is seeking help to identify people-centered services that you are aware of, that operate without coercion, and that respond to people’s needs by promoting autonomy, inclusion in the community, and the involvement of people with lived experience at all levels of decision-making. This should include services that support people experiencing acute crises but that do not resort to force, coercion, involuntary admission and treatment or the use of seclusion and restraints. 

By completing the questionnaire in the link at the bottom of this post, you will have the opportunity to submit up to five mental health services that you believe should be considered as a good practice.  By participating, you can contribute to shaping the future of mental health services.

Anybody who is involved in providing a service, has experience of using a service, or knows of a service is welcome to complete the questionnaire.

Deadline for contributions is 30th June 2019.

You can access the consultation survey:

For responses IN ENGLISH: Here

For responses IN SPANISH: Here

For responses IN FRENCH: Here

For responses IN PORTUGUESE: Here

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Her Abilities Award celebrates women with disabilities who have achieved greatness in their life or field of work. It was launched last year by Light for the World and by Right Livelihood Award winner Yetnebersh Nigussie.

Three incredible women won the award last year and we were honoured with their contributions at the 2019 Zero Project Conference.

Nominations opened again on 8th March 2019 and will be open until 21st June 2019.

The jury for the Her Abilities Award is made up of influential women with and without disabilities from different fields of life; from Mariam Doumbia, of blind musical duo Amadou & Mariam, to Sara Minkara, CEO of Empowerment through Integration (ETI).

Together they will decide on the winners in three categories: Health & Education; Rights and Arts, Culture & Sports.

More information is available on the Her Abilities website www.her-abilities-award.org

Go ahead and make your nomination and good luck to everyone!

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You can now submit your project, product or service as Design for All Good Practice to the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2020.

The 10th edition of the International Design for All Foundation Good Practices Awards recognise achievements in the field of design for all, great and small, by governments, businesses, not-for-profit organisations and professionals from all over the world. In so doing, they aim to demonstrate that the implementation of design for all/universal design in any form contributes towards improving quality of life for everyone.

All Good Practices will receive the corresponding “Good Practice” certificate. An International Jury will select the 5 best initiatives that will receive the troops for Best Practice during the ceremony for the Design for All Foundation Awards 2020.

To see if your project is eligible then visit the self-assessment test. If the answer is positive then fill out the form.

YouTube screen shot of Fernando Botelho holding up a laptop and keyboard, in front of a sign "F123"

Please support our good friend Fernando Botelho, President of F123, and his initiative to run computer-building workshops for blind people in multiple countries. Fernando has produced a YouTube video explaining the project and giving us a peek at an example computer that has been put together, all as part of his application to win the Holman Prize.

Good luck Fernando!