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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 www.yoocanfind.com. 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 moshe@yoocantech.com.

For questions on uploading content and marketing collaboration, contact: Jessica Levin, Content Director at jessica@yoocantech.com

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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. 24-Stunden-Pflege.net 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 muriel.davia@edf-feph.org.

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

2017 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards announced

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards. Nine exemplary leaders within the disability community have been awarded for their extraordinary societal contributions. These international awards, first bestowed in 2013, remember the spirit and legacy of the Viscardi Center’s founder, Dr Henry Viscardi Jr., who himself wore prosthetic legs.

We would like to say a special mention to awardees Vashkar Bhattarcharjee of Young Power in Social Action in Bangladesh, and Yuval Wagner, founder of Access Israel, both former awardees of the Zero Project.

Web Accessibility in 4 minutes from W3C

W3C, the World Wide Web Consortium have released a video, for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities explaining web accessibility. If you are new to web accessibility, or need a refresh on the subject, this video gives a great introduction to the benefits of making sites more accessible, plus techniques and standards which can be used to increase access for all.

For more tips, videos and instructions for improving web accessibility, visit W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative pages, or YouTube channel.

WSA Young Innovators 2017 announced!

One of our closest partners and good friends of the Zero Project, the World Summit Awards, have announced their global top 5 young innovators – The next generation digital change makers.

The awards celebrate young people, under 30, who are tackling the United Nations Sustainable Development goals with creative digital solutions.

Amongst the innovations is oPerception from Sudan – An intelligent mobile application that allows visually impaired people to find their personal belongings by scanning the surroundings in real-time using a specially developed object detection algorithm.

Congratulations to all the winners, who made it from a pool of nearly 500 applications, and through a two-phase online jury. Winners present their solutions and receive their awards at the WSA Global Congress in Vienna, Austria in March 2018.