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Apply for the Disability Matters Europe Award!

Springboard Consulting are once again asking for nominations for the Disability Matters Europe Award. The awards recognise effectiveness and sustainability of organisations’ disability-related initiatives.

Companies selected as a Disability Matters Europe Honoree will be asked to present at Springboard Consulting’s world renowned Disability Matters Conference from the 5th to 7th November in Horgen, Switzerland.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by contacting ivette@consultspringboard.com. Make sure to apply before the 29th June deadline!

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Melissa Malzkuhn named an Obama fellow for 2018

We want to say a huge congratulations to Melissa Malzkuhn of Gallaudet University who has recently been named as an Obama Fellow for 2018. Malzkuhn, 2018 Zero Project Awardee, was selected as one of just 20 fellows, from a pool of over 20,000 applicants from 191 countries.

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Melissa Malzkuhn presenting at the Zero Project Impact Transfer

 

Obama Fellows are selected as powerful examples of the many pathways we can take to improve our communities and Malzkuhn was selected for her exceptional work in designing digital tools to give deaf children equal access to language, literacy, and expression.

Find out more about the fellows themselves by visiting the Obama Fellows website and find out more about the amazing work being done by Malzkuhn and Gallaudet University’s Science of Learning Centre by read the Zero Project factsheet.

 

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Make your application for the Gulbenkian Prizes

The applications for the 2018 edition of the Gulbenkian Prizes are open until 30th of April.

The Gulbenkian Prizes aim to distinguish individuals or non-profit organisations in the following categories: Human Rights, Cohesion, Knowledge and Sustainability.

Specifically, in the Human Rights category, the Gulbenkian Prize aims to distinguish an individual or a non-profit organisation with international impact in promoting human rights. This year, this category focuses on the issue of freedom of expression, information and press.

Don’t miss the 30th April deadline! Make your nomination now and find out more information by visiting the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation website.

Michael Fembek with Martin Essl

EVPA – Interview with Michael Fembek, Director of the Zero Project

 

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Martin Vogelsang at the Corporate and Entrepreneur Forum

We were incredibly happy to invite Martin Vogelsang from the European Venture Philanthropy Association to the UN in Vienna to take part in the Zero Project Conference.

 

Martin played a key role as an expert panellist in the Corporate and Entrepreneurship Forum, where he provided posed questions and provided advice to IT-related start-ups working in the assistive technology field.

Shortly after, Martin was able to catch up with Zero Project Director, Michael Fembek to find out more about the challenges and future vision of the Zero Project.

You can read the full interview by visiting the EVPA website.

Moshe Gaon speaking on stage at the ISCL Summit

By the year 2020, no one with a disability will feel alone – The vision of yoocan

At the ISCL Summit 2018 in Tel Aviv Moshe Gaon, CEO of yoocan passionately explained yoocan’s vision that “by the year 2020, no one with a disability will feel alone. yoocan wants to provide solutions and empowerment to every person with a disability around the globe.”

Gaon announced last month that yoocan Technologies would be launching the first early seed global assistive technologies hub and investors club. The hub and club are designed to allow early stage companies in the ecosystem receive the funding and market access support they need to accelerate their growth.

Yoocan was launched in 2016 as a global collaborative community, for and by people with disabilities. Stories from more than 100 countries are now shared on it, as well as information and knowledge from thousands of community members, organizations, service providers, innovators and vendors. It is now the world’s numbers one collaborative information and connection network for people with disability.

In ISCL summit there were 400 participants from over 40 countries who gathered to exchange information and build the next generation of startup community management tools, practices, and ideas. The ISCL summit’s goal was “to promote community mindsets and methodologies among startup enablers and creators by uniting and bringing together leading community managers from around the world.” Yoocan CEO was invited to share his vision and experience in building the yoocan global community.

For more information, check out yoocanfind.com or contact Moshe:  moshe@yoocantech.com.

 

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The Disability Matters Award Application Process has Opened!

For those of you who don’t know – The Disability Matters Conference is held annually in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific and awards corporations around the globe who are mainstreaming disability. Awards are given in three categories: Workforce, Workplace and Marketplace, and in North America there are three additional awards Steps-to-Success, Disability Champion and Employer/Supplier of Choice. Don’t miss your chance to have your company publicly awarded at the Conference and to network with experts from academia, non-profit, corporations an government.

To request an award application for your company or to nominate someone else contact Ivette Lopez: ivette@consultspringboard.com (+973 813-7260 x102) or find out more by visiting the website.

Good luck!

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Yoocan at ReelAbilities Film Festival New York

Our partners Yoocan recently attended the ReelAbilities Film Festival in New York to present the winner of 2017’s “Film Your Story” competition. The ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.

Moshe Gaon with Maria Bournias and Peter Gagliardo

Left Maria Bournias, centre Moshe Gaon, right Peter Gagliardo

Yoocan CEO, Moshe Gaon, attended the ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York on March 10, 2018 to present the winner, Maria Bournias of last year’s “Film Your Story” competition. The competition was in partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York & produced by AdaptLab Productions. The film Maria & Pete premiered at the event featuring Maria Bournias and Peter Gagliardo, a power couple who crosses finish line after impossible finish line together.

yoocan CEO, Gaon, congratulated the AdaptLab Productions team for their hard work and said that “the films of the festival should reach many more people from around the world via yoocan. We invite all festival participants to submit their stories and films on yoocan. It would be a great honor to extend our partnership with the ReelAbilities Film Festival to more cities next year.”

This is the second year for this collaboration between yoocan technologies (the global collaborative community for and by people with disabilities) and ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York. Stories should be submitted directly to a special link on the front page of yoocanfind.com. A winner will be chosen on the last day of the festival. The winning story will be showcased in the 2019 ReelAbilities Film: New York.

For more information or collaborations, contact Moshe Gaon: moshe@yoocantech.com

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TOPHOUSE: Call for Nomination Extended: Good Practices in Social Housing

We have extended our TOPHOUSE Call for Nomination in social housing until 3rd April, 2018!

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.

What is TOPHOUSE?
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.

SUBMITTING THE NOMINATION FORM IS EASY AND CAN BE DONE IN AN HOUR:
1. Complete the TOPHOUSE Nomination Form.
2. Please send the completed form to tophouse@esslfoundation.org by 3rd April 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 (s.mundackal@zeroproject.org) or Carmen from the EASPD (Carmen.Arroyo@easpd.eu) any time!

Poster for the call for nomination with the logos for TOPHOUSE, Erasmus+ and Zero Project.
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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.

What is TOPHOUSE?
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.

SUBMITTING THE NOMINATION FORM IS EASY AND CAN BE DONE IN AN HOUR:
1. Complete the TOPHOUSE Nomination Form.
2. Please send the completed form to tophouse@esslfoundation.org 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 (s.mundackal@zeroproject.org) or Carmen from the EASPD (Carmen.Arroyo@easpd.eu) any time!