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!

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On 22 and 23 August 2019, the GATE team will be hosting the GReAT Consultation 2019 in Geneva. This meeting will bring academics, practitioners, policy makers, and assistive technology users together to guide the content development of the Global Report on effective access to Assistive Technology. The Global Report was requested by the 71st World Health Assembly within the resolution Improving Access to Assistive Technology.

WHO is now calling for contributions from across the globe to be presented and discussed during the 2-day consultation, to ensure that the Global Report will cover a range of different approaches to improving access to assistive technology across all cultural contexts. As an attendant of the GREAT Summit in 2017, we would greatly appreciate your contribution towards the development of the Global Report by sharing any work you have been or are working on related to improving access to assistive technology.

You can submit your contribution here: https://reg.unog.ch/event/28661/user/login?returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Freg.unog.ch%2Fevent%2F28661%2Fcall-for-abstracts%2Fsubmit

For more information on the timeline, content guidelines, and how to submit your contribution, please click here: https://www.who.int/phi/implementation/assistive_technology/GReAT_Consultation_2019_Call_for_Contributions_guidance.pdf?ua=1

The call will close on 31st March 2019. If you have any questions about the submission and selection process, please email: greatconsultation2019@gmail.com

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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 the opening of a Request for Proposal (RFP) process for Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in Malawi, Myanmar, and Nigeria. DPOs in Haiti and Indonesia are invited to apply by invitation only. The deadline for RFP submission is March 22, 2019.

Interested organizations are urged to review the full eligibility criteria and RFP details posted on the Fund’s website, at http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/for-grantseekers/. Any questions about the request for proposal process should be directed to info@disabilityrightsfund.org.

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The launch event for Disability Hub Europe for Sustainable Growth and Social Innovation (DHub) will take place at the European Parliament, Brussels on 21st March 2019 from 14:00 to 18:00.

DHub is a singular collaborative European thematic platform, providing involved organizations an innovative, valuable and differentiating opportunity to stand out and reinforce their sustainability leadership and action linked to people with disabilities. The final aim of DHub, aligned with the SDG 17 “Partnerships for the goals”, is to foster social and labour inclusion of people with disabilities in Europe while promoting inclusive and sustainable businesses.

On 21st March 2019, we will be at the eve of key rendez-vous – including the European elections – that will influence our Europe’s 2030 Agenda. We will meet with professional from diverse horizons (companies, European Institutions, civil society organisations, academics) to discuss on what DHub has to offer and how multi-stakeholder alliances can foster social and labor inclusion of people with disabilities in Europe while promoting inclusive and sustainable businesses.

Find out more at the launch event website.

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Are you an employer offering inclusive employment for young persons with disabilities finding their way in the world of work?

Or are you maybe involved in an initiative assisting young persons with disabilities in finding employment that matches their talents?

Then the European Disability Forum would like to hear from you! You might be named EDF’s Youth Employer of 2019!!!

To apply, please fill the application form with information on the practice that you would like to present and send to haydn.hammersley@edf-feph.org by the 31st of January with the header ‘Good practices in employment for young persons with disabilities’.

Find out more information by visiting the European Disability Forum’s website.

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We are excited to hear that Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi (FEDOMA), a Zero Project 2019 awardee, has been assigned by the Malawi Electoral Commission to coordinate nomination of all candidates with disabilities for upcoming local and national elections. It is expected that at least 4 people will run for Member of Parliament and 8 for Councilorship, drawn from a list of an initial 24 who had shown interest. Good luck to everyone involved! To find out more or to get involved read this article.

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Professor Dr. Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury, Vice-Chancellor of University of Chittagong, has inaugurated a modern technology-rich “Accessible E-learning Center” for the 150 visually impaired students studying at the University of Chittagong. A.K. Khan Foundation, a2i programme of Bangladesh Government and YPSA jointly established the Accessible E-learning Center which was formally inaugurated on January 7, 2019 at the university’s Central Library Auditorium.

Good friend of the Zero Project, Vashkar Bhattacharjee, while giving his introductory speech, said that this e-learning center is equipped with computers, all types of software and hardware tools (known as adaptive or assertive technologies), more than 200 Digital Talking Books, Accessible Dictionary, 300 booklets, 50 Braille books, and ICT training have been consistently provided to nearly 100 students.

Find out more by reading the press release on the Young Power in Social Action website.

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Microsoft are currently accepting applications for two exciting programs designed to empower youth with disabilities and build a pipeline of talent.

Ninja Camp, a weeklong camp for high school students with disabilities provides an introduction to technology, life at Microsoft and the future of accessibility. Online applications are due by February 1st 2019.

The disability Scholarship was created in 2013 to enable high school students with disabilities to go to college and target a career in the technology industry. Applications are due by March 1st, 2019.

Evy-Anni Evensen and Kjersti Berg of Telemark County Council holding their winner certificate

It’s always great to hear from former winners. It was already a good month for our great friends in the county of Telemark, Norway, who were referenced in the recent UN flagship report on disability and development. But the good news doesn’t keeps coming! Their excellent work making accessible footpaths will continue in 2019. Three railroads have stopped running in the region, offering a fabulous opportunity to create new paths.

We wish them all the best in 2019 and look forward to seeing their continued progress.

To learn more about the project, read the factsheet on the Zero Project website and learn about the effect it has on the lives of those who use it by reading the story of Anne-Lise Dahl.

EuroFound report front page. A lady types on her smart phone. Report title: Social and employment situation of people with disabilities

A special forum at the Zero Project 2019 Conference in February will look at data – How to collect it, how best to interpret it and how and who to present it to. We are delighted that Eurofound (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions) will be joining us for this session to share their insights. This is especially timely off the back of their recent publication of their excellent policy brief which looks at the social and employment situation of persons with disabilities.

Find out more and read the report itself by visiting the Eurofound website.