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TOPHOUSE: Call for Nomination: Good Practices in Social Housing

The Zero Project Team is approaching you with a special request to submit Good Practices: we have joined forces with five leading European organizations in the field of social housing – TOPHOUSE, a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

TOPHOUSE is a project that develops and provides specialist tools that can be used to improve the effectiveness, fairness and transparency of assessing and allocating social housing needs. TOPHOUSE also considers the provision of related non-housing support services and has a person-centred approach.
The tools will cover an Individual Support Needs Assessment, a Transparent Allocation System and a Local Housing & Support Network Toolkit. Relevant learnings, outputs, trainings and curriculum, will also be shared among the network members.

What are we looking for and why submitting a Good Practice?
We hope that you will share our enthusiasm in this quest and ask for your support in looking for Good Practices in the field of social housing in Europe, that improve the access to affordable housing schemes for persons with disabilities, homeless people and the elderly.

This Good Practice may work in:
• Assessment of housing needs of persons with disabilities
• Inclusive allocation models of social housing for persons with disabilities
• Support and assistance models in community living and community-based rehabilitation, that include the access to affordable and accessible housing
• Cooperation models with of stakeholders, community developers or local social planners that improve allocation, affordability and accessibility of social housing for persons with disabilities
• Projects or programmes initiated by civil society, governments, the business sector, etc.

The Good Practice should be in line with the UN CRPD and therefore according to human rights standards. They should reflect person-centred approaches and allow for the highest level of user involvement in the design, implementation and evaluation process (co-production).
By submitting your proposal, you will become part of a large European network of decision- and policymakers and will be able to shape the future of social housing.
Additionally, you will get access to knowledge generated by the project and international experts on person-centred approaches in housing and support (H&S) and benefit from the different activities, workshops and learning opportunities. Selected promising practices will be included in the TOPHOUSE report which will be disseminated across Europe.

1. Complete the TOPHOUSE Nomination Form.
2. Please send the completed form to by 26th March 2018

We look forward to receiving your Good Practice! If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with Seema from the Zero Project ( or Carmen from the EASPD ( any time!

Smart Cities – Take part in the global survey!

The Smart Cities for All (SC4A) Global Initiative is working with the University of California Berkeley, Microsoft and several Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) to understand the role that digital accessibility plays in international development.

Experts in the field are invited to take part in a global survey to assess digital inclusion in Smart City and Digital Transformation initiative. Findings from the survey will be used to develop the tools and resources that are needed to promote more equitable outcomes for persons with disabilities and older persons.

The research which is part of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development’s (IURD) Inclusive Cities Lab at the University of California, Berkeley.

Take part in the survey and spread the word to your partners!

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BBC coverage of 2018 awardee Daniel Kish

Daniel Kish, the world’s first totally blind person to earn orientation and mobility certification to teach blind people how to navigate, has been showing the BBC how the echolocation navigation technique works. Kish, a Zero Project 2018 Innovative Practice awardee, tells in this article how humans can click using their tongue which bounce off objects and “sonify” them into a picture of the surroundings.

Congratulations to Kish for his continuous excellent work to help blind people navigate. Read the BBC article and the Zero Project factsheet of World Access for the Blind to find out more.

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NEW FROM YOOCAN: The yoocan Technologies assistive technologies investors club

The #1 global collaborative community, for and by people with disabilities, is now offering access to its new initiative: a club of interested investors focusing on search and offering early seed investment to scalable for-profit early seed assistive technologies in the smart cities, smart home, mobility, lifestyle and mapping services with disruptive technologies for people with disabilities.

Yoocan is a leading collaboration community platform, launched in July 2016, available on desktop and mobile with members from more than 100 countries. We believe that shared experiences and knowledge for and by people with disabilities from around the world can inspire and change their lives, so no one feels alone.

Thousands of yoocan community members are making daily connections, finding new friendships and relevant solutions- join our online community today & watch our video here.

Please check out On yoocan a user, organization, innovator or vendor can do the following:

1. Share your story, personal tips or product recommendations
2. Explore global personal experiences and read practical tips
3. Search for relevant information (ie: names of storytellers, organizations, products, services, disability, activities, etc.)
4. Shop for relevant products and/or find important information
5. Chat with caring people in a safe community or connect with the yoocan help team

For more information, questions or to join our investors club, contact Moshe Gaon, CEO and Co-Founder of yoocan at

For questions on uploading content and marketing collaboration, contact: Jessica Levin, Content Director at


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Call for abstracts – UD and HEIT

The Universal Design & Higher Education in Transformation Congress is in the final phase of its call for abstracts, with the deadline looming on 19th Jan. Don’t miss your chance to submit your idea which could transform the world through diversity, design and education! Your abstract could be in one of many topic, including community engagement, fashion, healthcare, tourism, teaching, urban design and planning and many more. See the full list on the UDHEIT website.

Good luck!

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Disability Rights Fund Opens Letter of Interest Process for Haiti and Indonesia

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) – a grantmaking collaboration between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights and inclusion in development of persons with disabilities – announces a letter of interest process for Disabled Persons’ Organizations in Haiti and Indonesia. Interested organizations should review the eligibility criteria on the Fund’s website. Deadline is 5th Feb 2018! Grants are available from USD5,000 to USD20,000, depending on the reach of the DPO.

The broad objective of the Fund is to support persons with disabilities around the world to build diverse movements, ensure inclusive development agendas, and achieve equal rights and opportunity for all. Through grantmaking, advocacy, and technical assistance, DRF supports Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs ) to use global rights and development frameworks, such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – ensuring no one is left behind.

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Join the #AVoteForEveryVoice campaign from IFES

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) have launched a Twitter campaign to highlight the participation of women and persons with disability in political life. In December, IFES posted photos of disability advocates from around the world with statements that supported the rights of women and youth with disabilities under the hashtag  #AVoteForEveryVoice highlights. Get involved in this great campaign by visiting the IFES twitter account and view some of the inspiring pictures in the gallery.

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Still time to submit for the International Awards Design for All Foundation 2018!

There is still time to candidate for the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2018!

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. They aim to demonstrate that the implementation of design for all/universal design in any form contributes towards improving quality of life for everyone.

Visit the website now to find out if your project, product or service is eligible and to fill out the form. Selected “Design for All Good Practices” will receive a certificate and be able to use the Design for All logo on materials related to the practice. Best practices will be selected by a jury and will receive the award itself in 2018.

Good luck!

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Free EBook “Pflege zu Hause” – Care at home

Many people during their lives will have a close relative or friend needing a carer, or will need a carer themselves due to disability or old age. It can often be difficult to make a decision on where to get assistance from due to concerns over the quality of care and costs. have released a free e-book explaining how choosing care from an Eastern European nurse can be a sensible alternative. The e-book targets German-speaking countries and is therefore written in German only. Find out more and download the e-book on the 24-Stunden-Pflege website.

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The European Disability Forum is recruiting!

The European Disability Forum is currently looking for a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) policy assistant for a duration of six months, based in Brussels.

The deadline for applications is the 15th January 2017, so if you’re interested make sure to apply as soon as possible by sending a CV and motivation letter to

Find out more about the role and required experience by visiting the EDF website.