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The 16th call for proposals for SozialMarie is open! Prizes are awarded for projects that design and implement innovative solutions to societal challenges. Calls are welcome from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Projects from Slovenia should not be more than 300 km away from Vienna.

15 solutions will be awarded, with the top 3 solutions receiving prize money of €15,000, €12,000 and €5,000. The other 12 projects will receive prize money of €2,000 each.

The deadline to submit the applications is 21st January 2020.

For more information please visit the SozialMarie website.

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UN Enable have published a new web page which includes more than 100 disability strategies/action plans. The page aims at facilitating knowledge sharing and identification of good practices in disability-inclusive development and the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities.

Go to the webpage and find out what action plans are in place for your country, or the country that you’re working in. If you are involved in national disability strategies or action plans which are not shown on the web page, make sure to let them know!

Banner: Are you a leader? LINK20 & MIT present: LEAD20@MIT Leadership in the Digital Age. Participants will receive a MIT certificate at the end of the course. Dates: May 10 - 15 2020. Location: MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA

Our good friends at Ruderman Foundation are teaming up with MIT Sloan School of Management for the second year to offer the LEAD20@MIT program. 25 lucky influencers from all around the world will be equipped with theories and strategies in the areas of digital leadership, networking and entrepreneurship to become high impact social influencers. The program is looking for social influencers in the areas of inclusion, leadership and advocacy to participate int the LEAD20@MIT Leadership in the Digital age course between 10th and 15th May 2020. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply you need to fill out the online form, and submit supporting material including a video and resume. Find out more by visiting the LEAD20@MIT website.

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The European Association of Service Providers for People with Disabilities has opened its 4th edition of the Employment for All Award. The award aims to

  • Promote strategies that facilitate the employment of persons with disabilities on the open labour market;
  • Provide them with equal opportunities to access gainful employment;
  • Enable them to gain a greater control over their independence in terms of employment and financial stability.

Ten promising practices with be published in the 2020 Employment for All Booklet, with 6 nominees invited to EASPD and LADAPT’s “Employment of Persons with Disabilities: Road to Employment” Conference in Paris in 4th to 5th May 2020, where they will be given the opportunity to present their system, model or scheme to over 250 conference participants. Two winners of the Employment for All Award will be announced during the conference.

Find out more about the award and make your application by visiting the EASPD Website.

During the summer the European Foundation Centre have produced a short publication to promote some of the numerous prizes that their members give out. The selection shows the diversity of support that is provided by European philanthropy, which is of course not just about ‘traditional grant-making’ but much more than that. Included in the selection are the Zero Project Awards, on p. 6 of the publication “Philanthropy Prizes”.

The publication was distributed and launched more officially during the Research and Innovation days organised with the European Commission.

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The M-Enabling Forum Europe is just 2 weeks away! We’re excited to be attending this event which takes place in Düsseldorf and will focus on assistive technologies and digital accessibility.

The second edition of M-Enabling Forum Europe in Germany will take place alongside REHACARE on September 19, 2019. The conference with its accompanying tabletop presentation is organized by E.J.Krause & Associates, Inc. and G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies). G3ict was established by the United Nations to implement the equal, barrier free participation and the unrestricted access to information and communication technology for everyone worldwide.

Captioning and simultaneous interpreters, as well as neck ring loops, ensure that all attendees, with or without disabilities, can participate fully, either in English or German.

See you there!

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The AidEx Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award aims to recognise and celebrate stand-out individuals from the humanitarian aid and development community and showcases the courageous heroism and dedication that they put into their line of work.

This award is open to anyone involved in the aid and development community including those who are community volunteers, or who may work for suppliers, NGOs, governments and elsewhere. AidEx is particularly inviting nominations of those from marginalised groups. The winner will be awarded during the AidEx networking drinks reception on 13th November at 17:00 – 19:00.

Entry closes on the 18th October.

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The Disabiliy Rights Fund (DRF) opened its round 2 request for proposals on 24th June 2019. It is looking for organisations in the Pacific Island Countries, Rwanda and Uganda to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. The DRF supports the human rights and inclusion in development of persons with disabilities. Interested organisations should review the full eligibility criteria and details posted on the website at

Deadline is 15th August 2019, so be quick!

Our very good friends at Discovering Hands, are looking for a trainee. Discovering Hands is a social enterprise that uses the sense of touch of visually impaired women in the early detection of breast cancer. Their dynamic team are looking for a trainee to work in Austria, to support the project managers and manage individual projects independently. For a full description of the role read the job advertisement. Fluency in German and English is required.

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For the fourth time, Lebenshilfe in cooperation with the Austrian Lotteries is looking for projects that enable people with intellectual, physical, psychological or sensory disabilities to lead an inclusive life. The Inclusion Prize serves to show practical examples of the successful implementation of inclusion in Austria. The winners of the Inclusion Prize have a motivating effect – on individuals, organisations and companies!

Submissions are requested from schools, companies, organisations, associations, platforms, projects, initiatives, people with disabilities, assistance projects and more!

The topic areas are: Education & Culture, Health & Physical Activity, Housing & Leisure, Social Participation & Politics. In 2019 we would like to put the additional emphasis on projects in the field of work & income.

For more information and to find the submission form visit the “Inklusionspreis” website.

Good luck!