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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!

Smart Cities – Take part in the global survey!

The Smart Cities for All (SC4A) Global Initiative is working with the University of California Berkeley, Microsoft and several Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) to understand the role that digital accessibility plays in international development.

Experts in the field are invited to take part in a global survey to assess digital inclusion in Smart City and Digital Transformation initiative. Findings from the survey will be used to develop the tools and resources that are needed to promote more equitable outcomes for persons with disabilities and older persons.

The research which is part of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development’s (IURD) Inclusive Cities Lab at the University of California, Berkeley.

Take part in the survey and spread the word to your partners!

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BBC coverage of 2018 awardee Daniel Kish

Daniel Kish, the world’s first totally blind person to earn orientation and mobility certification to teach blind people how to navigate, has been showing the BBC how the echolocation navigation technique works. Kish, a Zero Project 2018 Innovative Practice awardee, tells in this article how humans can click using their tongue which bounce off objects and “sonify” them into a picture of the surroundings.

Congratulations to Kish for his continuous excellent work to help blind people navigate. Read the BBC article and the Zero Project factsheet of World Access for the Blind to find out more.

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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.