Funding Haitian Orphanages at the Cost of Children’s Rights

Today we take a slight detour from the subject of disability to help raise awareness on a very important issue from one of our partner organisations. Lumos Foundation have produced a report detailing the complex orphanage situation in Haiti. The report gives a thorough account of why the substantial funding going towards the orphanages in Haiti is not necessarily leading to improved conditions for the children and may in some cases be leading to abuse and rights violations.

This detailed report gives some practical advice to donors, volunteers, multi-lateral and bi-lateral partners, and the Government of Haiti on what part they can play in turning this situation around and promote returning to community- and family-based care.

We urge you to read the report and share with your network to raise this important issue.

Disability Rights Fund releases round 2 request for proposals

The Disability Rights Fund has opened its 2017 grants round for Disabled Persons’ Organizations in Bangladesh, the Pacific Island Countries, Rwanda, and Uganda.

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 to use global rights and development frameworks such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Applicant organizations from Rwanda and 14 Pacific Island Countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) may apply for grants through the open Request for Proposals process. Organizations from Bangladesh and Uganda may apply by invitation only. The deadline is August 17, 2017.

Find out if your organization is eligible and get the application form by visiting the Disability Rights Fund website.

Microsoft Inclusive Hiring Events

Microsoft have several inclusive hiring events coming up in Redmond, Washington. The events are for interns, graduates and full time candidates.

  • Autism Cohort (August 7th) – University event focused on current students and recent graduates
  • Autism Cohort (October) – Industry event
  • Ability Event (November) – University event focused on current students and recent graduates

If you are interested in (or know someone that is interested in) one of the events please send a resume to

Impact Hub’s “Investment Ready” Program is Open!

The Impact Hub has opened its call for applications on the “Investment Ready Program”. If you haven’t heard about the program (where have you been!), it’s a unique 4-month program for entrepreneurs from Central – and Eastern Europe creating scalable solutions to societal challenges. More importantly, it’s an opportunity to refine your business plan, create an attractive investment case, and gain access to investors (Since 2011, 77 entrepreneurs from the CEE region have gained 3.8 million euro in funding!).

The deadline for applications is 1st September, but that deadline will be upon us before we know it so be sure to not miss this opportunity!

You can find out more by visiting the Investment Ready website.




DAISY wins Prestigious International IT Award!

The DAISY project, a 2016 Zero Project Innovative Practice from Bangladesh, has been presented as a winner at the 2017 World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) prize ceremony.

The award was handed over to Mr Vashkar Bhattacharjee (National Consultant for Accessibility at a2i Program and Program Manager at YPSA) and Mr Kabir Bin Anwar (Project Director at a2i Program and Director General at Prime Minister’s Office in Bangladesh) at an award ceremony at the Headquarters of the United Nation’s International Telelcommunications Union (ITU) in Geneva.

With support from a2i’s Service Innovation Fund, Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee, who has visual impairments, along with Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) have transformed all regular textbooks into user-friendly “DAISY Multimedia Books” for all subjects from classes 1 to 10. These books can also be listened to and read by around 30% of the low-literate population using android and PC-based devices.

Congratulations to Mr Bhattacharjee, YPSA and everyone else involved in this great initiative! Find out more by reading the 2016 factsheet.




Registration for the ENIL Freedom Drive is open

The 2017 Freedom Drive from the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is dedicated to Martin Naughton, the Father of the Freedom Drive. It is one of the key campaigns of ENIL and has been held every two years since 2003. It provides supporters of the independent living movement with the unique opportunity to meet Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and share experiences and ideas with colleagues from around Europe.

The drive takes place between 24th and 28th September in Brussels. Find out more about the drive and how to register by visiting the ENIL website.

Winners of the International Design for All Foundation announced!

A total of 36 projects/products from 13 different countries have been announced as “Good Practices 2016” by the International Design for All Foundation. The award ceremony for the 8th edition of the awards took place at the gala dinner of the 1st International Congress of Active Tourism for All, in Sant Antoni de Calonge, Girona.

The practices were selected by an international jury who assessed the selection in terms of their relevance, methodology, outputs, impact and innovation, with five overall winners selected for the 2017 trophy. Find out more about the winners by visiting the Design for All website. – Empowering parents of children with learning or attention issues is an online platform developed by 15 nonprofit organisations, including  Poses Family Foundation, Oak Foundation USA, Benetech and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. The platform has been developed to help parents of children aged 3-20 with learning and attention issues. The platform was developed through extensive research with more than 2,200 parents, who described the kinds of tools they needed to help them navigate everyday challenges. The platform’s aim is to help parents make more effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving.

The result is an innovative digital resource with thousands of articles, “deep dives”, decision guides, quizzes, slideshows, tips and more. This gives parents a direct path to the support they need most to make them feel more confident and capable, less frustrated and alone.

Find out more by visiting the website for your self.

Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity for Persons with Disabilities – Support the IDA submission

Organsations should not miss their opportunity to endorse the official submission paper prepared on behalf of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum.

The submission paper addresses the annual theme of the High-Level Political Forum through the Sustainable Development Goals that are under review for this year. The paper focuses on eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity for persons with disabilities, and addresses the situation and challenges encountered by persons with disabilities globally. It provides recommendations in line with the CRPD.

Don’t miss the 27th April 2017 deadline!

Wayfindr to be Unveiled as the New International Standard for Indoor Audio Navigation

Wayfindr, a 2016 Zero Project Innovative Practice, which empowers people with visual impairments to navigate the world, has been adopted globally by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). This pioneering technology will be unveiled as the first Open Standard for indoor audio navigation at the M-Enabling Summit in Washington DC.

The conference will take place between 13th and 14th June 2017 and will feature an example of implementation provided by RightHear.