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.

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At the 11th session of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Secretary General of the United Nations reaffirmed commitment to the CRPD by outlining details of a new review of how the United Nations addresses disability.

At a speech at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 12th June 2018, António Guterres outlined the new initiative:
“The review will look at all aspects of how the United Nations addresses disability, from accessibility, where there is still a lot to go, and employment to mainstreaming disabilities across all our work, particularly development and humanitarian aid. It will inform a new UN Action Plan and an accountability framework to help us aim higher and live up to our promises”.

The review is aimed to “make sure that the United Nations is leading by example”

Read the full transcript of the speech on the UN website.

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iTech Mission, an ISO certified social enterprise has launched an interactive Sustainable Development Goals Dashboard. The Dashboard is an amazing online tracking tool for the UN’s 17 goals and 169 underlying targets to be achieved by 2030.

The dashboard can be adapted by any country to track, monitor and report data on goals most critical to them. You can explore the tool from many angles – Starting with country or with goal, and present the data in a wide variety of visual formats.

Visit the website and start enjoying this impressive tool. You can also watch a video of the dashboard to learn more about the tool and how to use it.

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Microsoft has announced it is committing $25million to a new 5-year program that will make artificial intelligence tools available to developers with the goal of creating “accessible and intelligent solutions”. The project has been dubbed “AI for Accessibility” and was unveiled at Microsoft’s annual developer conference in Seattle. Read more about the unveiling from the Disability Scoop website.

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Springboard Consulting are once again asking for nominations for the Disability Matters Europe Award. The awards recognise effectiveness and sustainability of organisations’ disability-related initiatives.

Companies selected as a Disability Matters Europe Honoree will be asked to present at Springboard Consulting’s world renowned Disability Matters Conference from the 5th to 7th November in Horgen, Switzerland.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by contacting ivette@consultspringboard.com. Make sure to apply before the 29th June deadline!

Melissa Malzkuhn and Roberta Cordano pose for a photo with Martin Essl with their Zero Project award

We want to say a huge congratulations to Melissa Malzkuhn of Gallaudet University who has recently been named as an Obama Fellow for 2018. Malzkuhn, 2018 Zero Project Awardee, was selected as one of just 20 fellows, from a pool of over 20,000 applicants from 191 countries.

Melissa Malzkuhn presenting

Melissa Malzkuhn presenting at the Zero Project Impact Transfer

 

Obama Fellows are selected as powerful examples of the many pathways we can take to improve our communities and Malzkuhn was selected for her exceptional work in designing digital tools to give deaf children equal access to language, literacy, and expression.

Find out more about the fellows themselves by visiting the Obama Fellows website and find out more about the amazing work being done by Malzkuhn and Gallaudet University’s Science of Learning Centre by read the Zero Project factsheet.

 

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The applications for the 2018 edition of the Gulbenkian Prizes are open until 30th of April.

The Gulbenkian Prizes aim to distinguish individuals or non-profit organisations in the following categories: Human Rights, Cohesion, Knowledge and Sustainability.

Specifically, in the Human Rights category, the Gulbenkian Prize aims to distinguish an individual or a non-profit organisation with international impact in promoting human rights. This year, this category focuses on the issue of freedom of expression, information and press.

Don’t miss the 30th April deadline! Make your nomination now and find out more information by visiting the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation website.

Mike Lake standing in the Canadian House of Commons

On 28th March Canadian MP Mike Lake gave his annual one-minute statement to raise awareness for World Autism Day which took place on 2nd April. Mike Lake gave his speech in the Canadian House of Commons with his 22-year-old son Jaden watching from the gallery.

Watch the video and share with your own networks.

Michael Fembek with Martin Essl

 

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Martin Vogelsang at the Corporate and Entrepreneur Forum

We were incredibly happy to invite Martin Vogelsang from the European Venture Philanthropy Association to the UN in Vienna to take part in the Zero Project Conference.

 

Martin played a key role as an expert panellist in the Corporate and Entrepreneurship Forum, where he provided posed questions and provided advice to IT-related start-ups working in the assistive technology field.

Shortly after, Martin was able to catch up with Zero Project Director, Michael Fembek to find out more about the challenges and future vision of the Zero Project.

You can read the full interview by visiting the EVPA website.