Registration for the ENIL Freedom Drive is open

The 2017 Freedom Drive from the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is dedicated to Martin Naughton, the Father of the Freedom Drive. It is one of the key campaigns of ENIL and has been held every two years since 2003. It provides supporters of the independent living movement with the unique opportunity to meet Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and share experiences and ideas with colleagues from around Europe.

The drive takes place between 24th and 28th September in Brussels. Find out more about the drive and how to register by visiting the ENIL website.

Winners of the International Design for All Foundation announced!

A total of 36 projects/products from 13 different countries have been announced as “Good Practices 2016” by the International Design for All Foundation. The award ceremony for the 8th edition of the awards took place at the gala dinner of the 1st International Congress of Active Tourism for All, in Sant Antoni de Calonge, Girona.

The practices were selected by an international jury who assessed the selection in terms of their relevance, methodology, outputs, impact and innovation, with five overall winners selected for the 2017 trophy. Find out more about the winners by visiting the Design for All website. – Empowering parents of children with learning or attention issues is an online platform developed by 15 nonprofit organisations, including  Poses Family Foundation, Oak Foundation USA, Benetech and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. The platform has been developed to help parents of children aged 3-20 with learning and attention issues. The platform was developed through extensive research with more than 2,200 parents, who described the kinds of tools they needed to help them navigate everyday challenges. The platform’s aim is to help parents make more effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving.

The result is an innovative digital resource with thousands of articles, “deep dives”, decision guides, quizzes, slideshows, tips and more. This gives parents a direct path to the support they need most to make them feel more confident and capable, less frustrated and alone.

Find out more by visiting the website for your self.

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.