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.

Das Büro der Behindertenanwaltschaft des BMASK sucht Verstärkung!

Verwaltungspraktikum für BewerberInnen mit Behinderung mit Option Planstelle; Voraussetzung Abgeschlossenes Studium der Rechtswissenschaften
Dauer des Verwaltungspraktikums: 1 Jahr
Bei Interesse wenden Sie sich bitte bis 30. November 2017 an Frau Mag.a Birgit Lanner (Leiterin des Büros der Behindertenanwaltschaft), Behindertenanwaltschaft, Babenbergerstraße 5/4, 1010 Wien, Tel: 01/71100 862222 oder BIRGIT.LANNER@SOZIALMINISTERIUM.AT

Get your nomination ready for the Holman Prize!

Nominations for the Holman Prize are less than two months away, so this is your advanced warning to get your ideas together!

The Holman Prize helps legally blind people from around their world in making their dreams a reality, and to demonstrate to the public that in an accessible world, blind people are capable of doing anything that their sighted peers can do.

Winners from last year include Ahmet Ustunel who is training to kayak Turkey’s Bosphorous Strait, completely solo; Penny Melville-Brown who is taking her YouTube baking show to six continents and Ojok Simon who is teaching his fellow Ugandan’s to become self-sustaining beekeepers.

The application process opens on 16th January, so get preparing your 90 second YouTube application video!

Visit the Holman Prize website to find out more!

Make your application for the Digital Imagination Challenge!

Unity Media is seeking applications for digital innovations that help break down barriers in the digital media world. The Digital Imagination Challenge is looking for initiatives, start-ups or organizations with ground-breaking ideas, and ideally those at an early stage, that help persons with disabilities to fully participate in the digital media world. There is 20,000 Euro prize money up for grabs, as well as a boot-camp in Berlin and a four-week training program. Visit the Unity Media website to find out more and to make your application by the 26th November deadline!

Last chance to join the Global Entrepreneurship Declaration!

The Global Entrepreneurship Declaration will be launched in the presence of UNIDO Officials, over 42 ministers and government representative, CEOs, investors, entrepreneurs and media in Vienna on November 24th 2017 during the UNIDO LDC (Least Developed Countries) Conference.

If you are a start-up, this is your final call to register and have a chance of being included in the official list within the Global Entrepreneurship Declaration.

A small number of start-ups working on challenges defined on the 1MillionStartups platform (contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals) will be selected and invited to take part in this event and present their business at the UNIDO HQ in Vienna.

Visit the 1MillionStartups platform to find out more and register your interest by the 15th November deadline!

Alternative Nobel Prize for Yetnebersh Nigussie

We want to say a massive congratulations to one of our dear partners, Yetnebersh Nigussie who has been awarded as a Laureate of the 2017 Right Livelihood Award, widely referred to as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. Yetnebersh is an Ethiopian lawyer working in the field of human rights, particularly inclusion of persons with disabilities. She is a winner of a Zero Project 2014 Innovative Practice and has been an inspirational speaker at the Zero Project Conferences in the preceding years. We want to say a huge congratulations for this well deserved accolade!

Read more about her incredible achievement and the work she had been involved with by visiting the Right Livelihood Award website.

Caroline Casey’s epic journey continues

Our dear friend Caroline Casey is now well into her incredible journey through Colombia in an effort to ignite a global conversation on inclusion. She has received great support along the campaign from those in Colombia, but just as importantly the #Valuable Tribe has been growing to join the cause across the globe. With less than one week to go until she reaches Bogota we wish Caroline and everyone involved in the campaign all the best! Continue to follow the latest on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the Valuable website.

Check out “This Ability” Online Newspaper

This Ability is an online disability awareness newspaper which publishes inspiring stories from around South Africa covering a vast range of topics and abilities. It aims to motivate and inspire persons with disabilities and their family and caregivers.

Run by a small, but dedicated team across South Africa, the newspaper shares stories that promote empowerment, innovation and inclusiveness.

You can read the latest issue by visiting the website, or you can read the stories directly on the web. You can also subscribe to make sure you do not miss any issues of the newspaper in the future.