You are interested to know how leading corporations leverage multiple abilities in their workforce? How they improve their bottom line by employing persons with disabilities and tap into hidden human capital?

Debra Ruh‘s most recent book – published by Zero Project partner G3ict – The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs – answers exactly those key questions. 

Debra is convinced that “the real disability is being unable to see human potential”. She is a Global Disability Inclusion Strategist and serves as the EmployAbility Program Chair for G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs. She is a seasoned entrepreneur having founded three firms including Ruh Global Communications, TecAccess and Strategic Performance Solutions. At TecAccess, more than two third of her employees were persons with disabilities, serving as a best practice for many employers. Her client-centric focus and ability to promote successful disability employment programs has created relationships with many multi-national firms including Accenture, AT&T, ATOS, Avanade, Best Buy, Bloomberg, Canon and many others including United Nations agencies, international governments, federal, state and local agencies.

Her book shows how leading corporations successfully hire persons with disabilities to drive better business results. It guides global corporations as well as beginning entrepreneurs on how to integrate persons with disabilities in every aspect of the workforce. It takes the reader through each step, from recruiting and interviewing them to employing and retaining them as vital employees of companies. The book offers insights and strategies on how to accommodate employees with disabilities, reap from their skills and talents, and transform challenges into successes. Additionally, Debra includes personal accounts from global leaders about how persons with disabilities have enriched their businesses, increased productivity, and lowered turnover rates.

Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director at G3ict, says: “This is an outstanding compendium of practical solutions for all employers… From large organizations with a global footprint to entrepreneurs with a few employees, attracting and retaining the right talent is the most critical success factor for their business.”

Find out more about the book “Tapping Into Hidden Human Capital: How Leading Corporations Leverage Multiple Abilities in Their Workforce” and/or order directly at:

Our Zero Project call for practice nominations have been featured in the UN Enable Newsletter, which is prepared by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (DSPD/DESA) with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, as well as from civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities.

Check out the latest edition – May 2016, which includes important information about:

  • 9th session of the Conference of States Parties  and CRPD Committee elections
  1. “Disability # inability”: Equality and Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Enhancing Coordinated Response
  2. Forum: Ways Forward Towards a Disability Inclusive and Accessible New Urban Agenda
  3. Implementation of Global Development and Humanitarian Goals – the Leadership Role of Women with Disabilities
  4. Universal Access to Information using ICTs for Persons with Disabilities: Digital Empowerment for Inclusive Development
  5. Developing strong and inclusive institutional frameworks for the CRPD
  • HABITAT III: Global Network to promote  accessible and disability inclusive urban development
  1. UNDP New study on disaster, disability, and difference;
  2. ILO meeting on “Opening pathways into ‘unusual´ employment for persons with disabilities”;
  3. WIPO – Moving closer towards the 20 signatories for the entry into force of the Marrakesh Treaty
  1. Zero Project 2017: Call for Nominations in Employment Practices ;
  2. Disabled People’s International and the second MEDD meeting;
  3. Campaign on the absolute prohibition of commitment and forced treatment;
  4. New resource portal for disability rights implementation ;
  5. Malta enacts autism acceptance law;
  6. The employment experience of women with depression, and much more!

Previous editions of the newsletter can be found at:

G3ict‘s CRPD 2016 ICT Accessibility Progress Report, which is assessing the degree of compliance of States Parties with the ICT accessibility provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), has been launched at CoSP9.

The fourth edition of the report, based on data collected in cooperation with Disabled Peoples International, shows that digital access is still lacking all around the globe. It includes some fascinating data on country laws, policies, and programs pertaining to accessible and assistive Information and Communication Technologies, for instance:


  • 38% No Accessibility Policy
  • 50% Policy with minimum implementation

Government websites

  • 60% No Accessibility Policy
  • 21% Policy with minimum implementation

Mobile Phones and Services

  • 65% No Accessibility Policy
  • 25% Policy with minimum implementation

Assistive Technologies Available at Major Universities

  • 70% Not Available

Download G3ICT’s 2016 ICT Accessibility Report and SDG Readiness Survey (MS Word)

The report also includes this year a survey of the readiness of 104 countries to monitor Sustainable Development Goals’ objectives for persons with disabilities.

Both, G3ict and DPI, are Zero Project partners.

On 5-6 September, 2016 UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) organizes a big International Conference – IITE-2016 “ICT in Education: Innovation for Quality, Openness and Inclusion” – that will take place in Saint-Petersburg in the historical place of city Pushkin (former “Tsar Village”).

UNESCO IITE organizes international conferences once every two years to provide a forum for education policy makers, practitioners and experts for discussing the cutting-edge issues in the use of ICT in education. This year, building on the Incheon Declaration, the Quindao Declaration, the Education 2030 Framework for Action and Sustainable Development Goals, IITE-2016 International Conference will further the discussion of the role of ICT in the context of post-2015 education agenda and will focus on the impact of innovative approaches in the use of ICT for the sake of provision of inclusive and quality education, widening access to and openness of formal and non-formal education.

Many international leading experts will attend the conference, at which Mr. Wilfried Kainz will represent the Zero Project.

More information can be found at: Please, note that the abstracts should be submitted before 15 June, 2016.

For the first time Inclusion Austria and the Austrian Lotteries are awarding an Inclusion Prize for innovative projects that promote independent living and participation of people with disabilities.

The Inclusion Prize 2016 will be awarded to three innovative projects, in addition to an endowed prize, on 30th November 2016.

Projects from the national, regional and local level in the areas of education, employment, living and leisure can be nominated from schools, employers, authorities, associations, people with disabilities, etc.

A nomination is possible from 13th June to 9th September 2016. The award ceremony is taking place on 30th November, 7pm, Studio 44 of the Austrian Lotteries.

More information (in German): Nomination Form (DOC), Instructions (PDF), Information in Easy language (PDF) and at:

#digitalrevolution: Support the Entelis Manifesto!

On the 12th and 13th of November 2015, the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies Providing Services to People with Intellectual Disabilities – who is behind a Zero Project Innovative Practice 2015 –  hosted an Entelis seminar in Dublin, Ireland. Over these 2 days, the Entelis partnership finalized and launched the Entelis Manifesto. Entelis stands for European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society. The Manifesto is a powerful document that aims at raising awareness regarding the digital divide that sees people with disabilities at risk of not fully grasping the benefits of the digital revolution. Read more at


Save the date. Seminar “Technology for unlocking human potential: roadmaps for closing the digital divide for people with disabilities”

The Entelis consortium kindly invites you to its third annual seminar ‘Technology for unlocking human potential: roadmaps for closing the digital divide for people with disabilities’ which will be held in Brussels on the 19th of October 2016 in the Thon Hotel EU coinciding with the celebration of the EASPD 20th anniversary. Read more at

You are warmly invited to assist the event of Brot für die Welt and its partners, entitled: “Inclusive world – Inklusion [er]leben”, which will take place on 16th June 2016 at 6pm in Vienna.

Guests from Zimbabwe, Palastine, Lesotho, Moldovia and Macedonia will present this evening their projects of positive inclusion of persons with disabilities. After the buffet there will be music of the group Insingizi from Zimbabwe – a trio singing A-Capella, using percussion sounds and grooves!

Download their Flyer (PDF, in German)

The programme for the 8th International Disability Law Summer School of the Centre for Disability Law & Policy National University of Ireland (Galway) is now available, and is both attached to this email, and on our website.

The Summer School will run from the 20th – 24th of June, this year will address the theme of ‘Civil Society Impacting Change’ and will feature a number of prominent speakers in the field of disability law.

These include former US Senator Tom Harkin, the co-father of the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the earliest pieces of disability rights legislation, and Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability.

Join them also on Facebook and Twitter, using #DSS2016 to tweet about the Summer School.

Programme (DOC, PDF)

This week the latest European Disability Forum’s newsletter “Disability Voice” has been published.

It includes topics like:


You access it here online!


The European Association for International Education (EAIE) is organising a free webinar on the theme ‘Inclusive internationalisation: study abroad for students with disabilities’, on 22 June 2016, 15:00-16:15 (CEST).

Information about the webinar can be found on their website: