Be part of the purple revolution


3rd December, International Day of Persons with Disabilities was launched in 1992 by the United Nations, it is now globally recognised as a day that brings together a united voice to celebrate and empower disabled people. #PurpleLightUp powered by PurpleSpace will amplify millions of voices around the world.

#PurpleLightUp aims to celebrate the economic power of persons with disabilities around the globe.

In 2017, 56 major organisations across 66 countries celebrated #PurpleLightUp in some way. For 2018, corporations and public bodies are already lining up and will be flying purple flags and ‘purpling’ their websites.

Get involved by joining in with a range of options including lighting up iconic buildings and bridges, office buildings, cooking purple cupcakes, purple dress codes, purple flags, boats blogs or bows on dogs! Go wherever your purple imagination takes you!

Make sure you tell Purple Space your plans and ideas as you work towards December 3. Get in touch with Sarah Simcoe, #PurpleLightUp Design and Engagement Lead:

Find out more by visiting the Purple Space website.

The Disability Matters Logo - Silhouettes of persons with disabilities rising on a ramp

Springboard Consulting have announced the Award Honorees for the 2018 Disability Matters Conference.

Marketplace: Dans Le Noir?

Workplace: Cisco Systems BV, Dow Europe GmbH, UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Workforce: Delhaize Serbia, Pandora Production Co., Ltd

Steps-to-Success: Barilla G&R Flli spa

The Honorees represent the Gold Standard when it comes to the commitment required, and actions necessary, to successfully mainstream disability in the European workforce, workplace and marketplace.

The winners will be honoured at Springboard Consulting’s 6th annual Disability Matters Europe Conference & Awards between 5th and 7th November 2018 in Horgen.

In addition to celebrating the success of the Honorees, attendees of the conference will be further educated by subject matter experts across the spectrum of disability.

Find out more on the Disability Matters website.



GAATES (Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments) are offering the International Certification of Accessibility Consultants – Built Environment. The certification program identifies applicants as leaders in the field of accessibility, with the technical knowledge and experience to appropriately apply universal design in the built environment.

To achieve the certification, participants will go through a rigorous assessment of skills and experience including professional history, education, a questionnaire and sign off of GAATES Code of Ethics.

Find out more by visiting the GAATES website.

Banner for Lead20@MIT: Are you an Influencer? Dates May 12 to 17 Cambridge, MA

Ruderman Family Foundation have joined forces with MIT Sloan School of Management to create a unique new program for persons with and without disabilities – “LEAD20@MIT Leadership in the Digital Age”. This program will equip influencers and leaders from all over the world with theories and strategies in the fields of digital leadership, networking and entrepreneurship, and help them become high impact social influencers.

The program will take place between May 12-17, 2019 at MIT University in Cambridge, MA.
Participants will receive a full scholarship from the Ruderman Family Foundation that will cover all costs and expenses: tuition, travel to Boston and back, lodging and accommodation.

This is a selective program and only 25 people will be admitted. Participants will receive a certificate from MIT at the end of the program.

Find out more by visiting the website.

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The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) have announced the opening of a request for proposal for applications from DPOs in Rwanda, and Pacific Island countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

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. DRF has granted more than USD 28 million to 331 different organisations in 36 countries since 2008.

Depending on the size and type of organisation, grants are available from USD 5,000 to 100,000. Check out the DRF website for more information and to make your application!

Deadline closes on 22nd August 2018!


Stacy Cervenka, Conchita Hernández and Red Szell

Congratulations to the three incredible winners of this year’s Holman Prize, from LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The Holman Prize for Blind Ambition awards $25,000 to projects that embody a sense of adventure. Three exceptional blind individuals will set off around the world on adventures they never imagined possible. This year, the winners will promote blind empowerment in Mexico, complete a dramatic oceanic triathlon, and develop the first online community for blind travel.

Find out more by visiting the LightHouse website.

We look forward to hearing about their adventures in the coming year!

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Telemark’s program of upgrading footpaths rolls on! A new 600-metre path has been completed in Drangedal municipality and there are plans to extend further this summer! Users can benefit from the outdoors by following the path of a disused railway line. The program has already seen footpaths improved in 12 of the 18 districts of Telemark, allowing users of various abilities to benefit from using flat, wide, stable footpaths which in many cases connect urban areas to rural areas, allowing locals and tourists to enjoy the great Norwegian outdoors! This multi-stakeholder approach continues at pace and we are very pleased to hear (and see) the progress.

Find out more by visiting the factsheet on the Zero Project website or by reading how the footpaths give meaning to life for Anne-Lise Dahl.

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Enable India, one of our Impact Transfer Program Alumni, is looking for partners in Ethiopia and Bangladesh to replicate their Enable Vaani Solution. Do you have any contacts that you can recommend?

Enable Vaani is an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) social media platform for persons with disability in rural areas. Enabling persons with disability and their communities to collaborate through mobile phones (without the need of internet). The system allows users to listen and respond to recorded voice messages from the disability community regarding education and employment opportunities, workplace solutions, enhanced life skills and more.

Find out more by reading the Enable Vaani fact sheet or by watching the presentation from the Zero Project Conference 2018.

Get in touch via the Enable Vaani website or email direct

Promotional banner for Daniel Kish, reading "Daniel Kish M.A. Spec.Ed M.A. Psych - Developmental Psychology, Ashoka Fellow, TED speaker, COMS. Visioneers - A Division of World Access for the Blind. President, Lead Perceptual Navigation Instructor, Activational Presenter

Daniel Kish, a 2018 Zero Project awardee took part in a workshop in Vienna at the end of June to share his FlashSonar navigation technique which aids navigation for persons with visual impairments. The workshop was organised by Ashoka Austria, following up on their excellent work partnering with Daniel for the Zero Project Impact Transfer – A programme to find innovative disability solutions and copy them to new places around the world – which was unveiled at the 2018 Zero Project Conference.

Daniel Kish continues to make waves everywhere he goes with his energy and passion for sharing his FlashSonar technique. The technique trains persons with visual impairments to use clicking of their tongue to navigate the environment by echolocation, similar to how bats find their way in the dark.

We are very pleased to see Daniel back in Austria and wish him the best for continuing to spread the word.

Find out more by visiting the links below:

Impact Transfer Website

FlashSonar innovative practice factsheet

Daniel Kish keynote at the Zero Project Conference

Impact Transfer short video

Visioneers website – FlashSonar 

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Sozialhelden, in partnership with Unitymedia and Impact Hub Berlin are looking for innovative technology-based ideas and solutions that enable people with disabilities to actively participate in everyday social life. Solutions may be websites and apps, technical aids or support software.

With €20,000  prize money up for grabs and individual coaching for 3 winning teams, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Get your application in by the 19th July deadline by visiting the website.