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!

Institut für Inklusive Bildung gGmbH wins prize for Social Entrepreneurship

The Institut für Inklusive Bildung (Institute for Inclusive Education) has won the Special Prize for Social Entrepreneurship at the 2017 KfW awards in Germany. The award ceremony took place at Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin, where The Institute was awarded for their work on training persons with disabilities as education specialists in Universities. This is the same project that was awarded as a 2017 Zero Project Innovative Practice on Education. We want to say a massive congratulations for winning this great award and hope to continue hearing more about their successes in the future!

You can read more about their award by visiting the KfW website.

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.


Can you help the Zero Project with a collaborative accessible art project?

It may only be October, but it already feels like the Zero Project Conference is bearing down on us! We are well underway with preparations and are very excited with the sessions that are in the pipeline. However as always, we only provide the stage, but it is YOU that provides the innovation, the fun, the excitement!

We are considering ways that all participants can collaborate to create a memorable piece of art – An interactive, accessible project that everyone can contribute to at the conference. And we need your help! If you or your organisation currently has expertise and knowledge in exciting accessible artistic creations we want to hear from you! We want to hear of projects and programmes that include persons with different disabilities to create something unique and memorable.

Please get in touch at office@zeroproject.org if you can contribute ideas, or if you know any organisations that could contribute to this venture.


Conference 2018 – Ideas needed for presenting a virtual accessible village

It is less than 4 months until the Zero Project Conference 2018! Amongst the many exciting sessions in development, we are planning a session to showcase an “accessible village”. We will bring together around 10 to 15 projects such as accessible banks, parks, public buildings, hotels and more, that we want to present as a virtual accessible village.

And this is where we need your help! We plan to showcase the village through a visualisation, involving graphics, sound and accessible features and we are looking for people or organizations who could provide these features. It could be in the form of a virtual video-game style navigation through the village, or involve presentation of the village through 3-D computer graphics. So please get thinking and get in touch!

Please contact us at office@zeroproject.org if you can provide us some ideas, your services, or if you can put us in touch with someone who can!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Some Highlights from our employment supplement

A little reminder that our employment supplement in Die Presse is still available for download from the Zero Project home page. Here is a little teaser for what’s inside:

  • Read about Sreco Dolanc, the deaf pharmacist who graduated from a non-accessible university and go on to work in ‘Marienapotheke’, and becoming well known in the Viennese deaf community
  • Find out about the OrCam MyEye glasses which can read text and recognise faces for persons with visual impairments.
  • Browse 43 models fro employment of persons with disabilities across Austria.
  • Find out about the wider Zero Project “Unternehmensdialoge”, bringing together companies and authorities to motivate employment of persons with disabilities.

Remember though, that the supplement is only available in German.