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Professor Dr. Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury, Vice-Chancellor of University of Chittagong, has inaugurated a modern technology-rich “Accessible E-learning Center” for the 150 visually impaired students studying at the University of Chittagong. A.K. Khan Foundation, a2i programme of Bangladesh Government and YPSA jointly established the Accessible E-learning Center which was formally inaugurated on January 7, 2019 at the university’s Central Library Auditorium.

Good friend of the Zero Project, Vashkar Bhattacharjee, while giving his introductory speech, said that this e-learning center is equipped with computers, all types of software and hardware tools (known as adaptive or assertive technologies), more than 200 Digital Talking Books, Accessible Dictionary, 300 booklets, 50 Braille books, and ICT training have been consistently provided to nearly 100 students.

Find out more by reading the press release on the Young Power in Social Action website.

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Microsoft are currently accepting applications for two exciting programs designed to empower youth with disabilities and build a pipeline of talent.

Ninja Camp, a weeklong camp for high school students with disabilities provides an introduction to technology, life at Microsoft and the future of accessibility. Online applications are due by February 1st 2019.

The disability Scholarship was created in 2013 to enable high school students with disabilities to go to college and target a career in the technology industry. Applications are due by March 1st, 2019.

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It’s always great to hear from former winners. It was already a good month for our great friends in the county of Telemark, Norway, who were referenced in the recent UN flagship report on disability and development. But the good news doesn’t keeps coming! Their excellent work making accessible footpaths will continue in 2019. Three railroads have stopped running in the region, offering a fabulous opportunity to create new paths.

We wish them all the best in 2019 and look forward to seeing their continued progress.

To learn more about the project, read the factsheet on the Zero Project website and learn about the effect it has on the lives of those who use it by reading the story of Anne-Lise Dahl.

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A special forum at the Zero Project 2019 Conference in February will look at data – How to collect it, how best to interpret it and how and who to present it to. We are delighted that Eurofound (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions) will be joining us for this session to share their insights. This is especially timely off the back of their recent publication of their excellent policy brief which looks at the social and employment situation of persons with disabilities.

Find out more and read the report itself by visiting the Eurofound website.

 

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Indeed! What can they do? A great question and one that we try to tackle in part every 4 years when our topic of Employment comes along. But four years can be a long time to wait. In the meantime, we can point you towards an excellent publication by good friend of the Zero Project, Liz Sayce.

You can find the full report, an easyread executive summary and Word version:

Full Report

Easyread executive summary

Word version

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The DARE Index, in its first edition, features 121 individual country report cards, rankings and analysis aimed at providing global benchmarks for disability advocates, governments and private sector organizations to assess their progress and identify opportunities in implementing digital accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Find out more about the Index, including how it is put together and how you can use it by visiting the G3ict website.

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Join ITU, the European Commission and more at the Forum on ICT for All. The Forum will discuss how digital innovation can help remove accessibility barriers for persons with disabilities.

The event will discuss accessibility, affordability and skills development for all to ensure digital inclusion in sustainable development. It focuses on on further promoting the development of accessibility in countries and institutions, through the effort and cooperation of stakeholders and sharing successful outcomes of projects and initiatives already implemented, in order to interchange resources and solutions and make Europe region a more inclusive society.

The Forum takes place between 12th and 14th December 2018 at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria.

Find out more about how you can get involved, including registration and applying for a booth in the exhibition by visiting the event page of the ITU website.

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ITU and the European Commission have joined efforts to hold the first edition of “Accessible Europe: ICT for All”, ITU-EU Forum for Europe which will take place from 12-14 December 2018 in Vienna, Austria. As an integral part of this Forum a Regional Competition on Innovation Solutions for an Accessible Europe is being organised.

Submissions are being requested to the competition,  in the form of available solutions – by 29th November 2018!

The competition is primarily focused on developing innovative and creative solutions to benefit persons with disability, bringing more social inclusion and interaction, comfort and quality of life to their daily routine through assistive technologies.

Don’t miss your chance to have your solution presenting during the ITU-EC Forum. For more details about the forum and the competition, visit the ITU website.

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The 15th annual call for SozialMarie is open! Prizes are awarded for projects that design and implement socially innovative solutions to societal problems. Calls are welcome from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Solvenia.

15 projects will be awarded, with the top three projects receiving prize money of €15,000, €10,000 and €5,000 and an additional twelve receiving €2,000 each.

The application process closes on 22nd January 2019. Find out more by visiting the SozialMarie website.

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The Kahane Foundation was founded in 1991 by the late Karl Kahane as an independent, privately funded, non-political and non-religious charitable foundation. Karl Kahane considered it his duty to be on the side of the weak and to dedicate part of the proceeds from the family companies to non-for-profit organizations.

The application period for funding in 2019 is now underway and applications are being welcomed on the topics of Accessibility, Social Mobility and Migration/Integration. Applications are being sought for projects in Europe and MENAT (Middle East, North Africa and Turkey).

The deadline for First-Step applications is on 14th December 2018. For more information on eligibility, topics and timescales visit the Kahane Foundation website.