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The European Association of Service Providers for People with Disabilities has opened its 4th edition of the Employment for All Award. The award aims to

  • Promote strategies that facilitate the employment of persons with disabilities on the open labour market;
  • Provide them with equal opportunities to access gainful employment;
  • Enable them to gain a greater control over their independence in terms of employment and financial stability.

Ten promising practices with be published in the 2020 Employment for All Booklet, with 6 nominees invited to EASPD and LADAPT’s “Employment of Persons with Disabilities: Road to Employment” Conference in Paris in 4th to 5th May 2020, where they will be given the opportunity to present their system, model or scheme to over 250 conference participants. Two winners of the Employment for All Award will be announced during the conference.

Find out more about the award and make your application by visiting the EASPD Website.

During the summer the European Foundation Centre have produced a short publication to promote some of the numerous prizes that their members give out. The selection shows the diversity of support that is provided by European philanthropy, which is of course not just about ‘traditional grant-making’ but much more than that. Included in the selection are the Zero Project Awards, on p. 6 of the publication “Philanthropy Prizes”.

The publication was distributed and launched more officially during the Research and Innovation days organised with the European Commission.

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For the first time ever, the Zero Project is publishing the Shortlist of projects for the Zero Project Awards. These nominated practices and policies have made it through a detailed quality check and through one round of peer-reviewing from experts – with and without disabilities – from around the world. From an incredible 469 nominations, 169 Practices and 24 Policies have made it through to the Shortlist. All shortlisted projects will be invited to attend the Zero Project Conference 2020 at the United Nations Offices in Vienna, Austria.

The final vote is currently underway, which will determine which of these great projects will be finally selected as 2020 Zero Project Awardees on the topic of Education for people with disabilities. Around 75 Practices and 10 Policies will be chosen to be featured in the annual Zero Project Report and given speaking roles at the Conference to share their important and impactful work which supports education for people with disabilities.

Good luck to all remaining projects in the final vote!

The full list of shortlisted practices and policies is:

ARGENTINA 

  • Canales – Virtual platform (Videolibros) for access to literacy in Sign Language

ARMENIA

  • Bridge of Hope – Maximise inclusive learning environment for children

AUSTRALIA

  • Department of Education – Inclusive education in Queensland state schools (Policy)
  • Flinders University – Up the Hill Project (social inclusion)
  • Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) – UEBOnline (learn Unified Braille Code)
  • Sonokids Australia – Ballyland educational apps
  • Swinburne University – AccessAbility Careers Hub
  • The Centre for Disability Studies – Uni2Beyond social inclusion at University of Sydney

AUSTRIA

  • ADPP Center of Expertise for Inclusive Education – Teacher training in Mozambique
  • Bildungsdirektion Wien – Support project for autistic children (Policy)
  • Inklusionsprojekt Wiener Neudorf – Wind Orchestra Class
  • KHM Museumsverband – ARCHES (Accessible Resources for Cultural Heritage Ecosystems)
  • Kindern Eine Chance (A Chance For Children) – Therapy camps
  • Light for the World International – Inclusive education in an IDP camp setting
  • Pädagogische Hochschule NÖ & Qualitätssicherungsrat für die Pädagog*innenbildung – Teacher Education Act(Policy)
  • PH Salzburg – BLuE University Programme
  • ProVita Bildungs GmbH – bildung.bewegt (help young people acquire higher qualifications)
  • Sozialministerium – Vocational Training Act (Policy)

BANGLADESH

  • Disabled Rehabilitation & Research Association (DRRA) – Learn for Life
  • Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) – Learning materials for blind students

BHUTAN

  • Ministry of Education – Policy-Guidelines on Assessment, Examination, Promotion and Transition of Students with Disabilities (Policy)

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

  • Tanzelarija (Organization for the promotion of contemporary dance) – Silent Dance

BRAZIL

  • Diretoria de Educação Inclusiva (DEIN) –  Public service aimed at 0-4 year-old children (Policy)
  • Livox International – Communication app
  • Mais Diferenças – Projeto Brincar (preschool education)
  • Rodrigo Mendes Institute – DIVERSA platform about inclusive education best practices
  • Rodrigo Mendes Institute – Open Doors to Inclusion
  • Univali University – Game design by children

BULGARIA

  • Centre for Inclusive Education – One School for All

CAMEROON

  • EduClick – Online accessible education platform

CANADA

  • Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital – Transition education program
  • jobPath – Employment discovery
  • New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – New Brunswick Provincial Autism Training Framework (Policy)
  • Rick Hansen Foundation – Accessibility Assessor training

CHILE

  • Colegio Laudare – School providing personalized and comprehensive education
  • Duoc UC – Adaptive ICTs
  • Instituto National de Rehabilitatión – Education in hospitalization
  • SK Comercial – Job integration
  • Universidad Andres Bello – Socio-labour training programme
  • University Viña del Mar – Adapkine sports

CHINA

  • Centre for Sign Linguistics & Deaf Studies, Chinese University of HK – SLCO Programme
  • Zhejiang University – Staff training in ICT accessibility

COLOMBIA

  • Corporación TransicionesCrecer – Transition to Adult Life program
  • Fundación Arte Sin Fronteras – Life Project (art without borders)
  • Secretaria de Educación Municipal Armenia – Teacher training (Policy)
  • Secretaria Distrital de Integración Social – Guarantee access, participation & transition in early education
  • Servicio Nacional de Aprendizale (SENA) – Free access to training for PwD (Policy)

CUBA 

  • Universidad de Pinar – Teacher training on early childhood

DENMARK 

  • Youth in Transition (YIT) – Support for NEETs

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

  • Instituto Nacional de Atención Integral a la Primera Infancia –  Model of comprehensive early childhood care (Policy)

DUBAI

  • Knowledge and Human Development Authority – Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework (Policy)

ECUADOR 

  • Universidad Politécncia Salesiana – Student support (recognised by UNESCO)

EGYPT

  • Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) – Egypt’s National Policy for ICT Accessibility in Education for Persons with Disabilities (Policy)

FINLAND 

  • Felm – Sign language training
  • Service Foundation for People with an Intellectual Disability – On the Verge of Adulthood -transition training

FRANCE 

  • European Tourist Guide Federation (FEG) – T-GUIDE (guiding visitors with learning disabilities)
  • Soliver – Digital training tools ‘ZERO BARRIER’

GERMANY

  • capito Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – New ways to art
  • Christoffel-Blindenmission Deutschland – Inclusive school infrastructure in Zimbabwe
  • Guter Unterricht für alle – mathildr (trisomy 21)
  • In der Gemeinde leben – PIKSL mobil
  • Kath. Hochschule für Sozialwesen Berlin – Inclusive health education
  • Technische Universität Dortmund – Transition and student support
  • TU Dresden – Visual Support Group

GREECE

  • SciFY – SCIENCE FOR YOU NPC – Games for the Blind
  • Stichting International Parents Alliance – ELPIDA E-Learning for parents

GUATEMALA 

  • ADISA – teacher training
  • Fundal – Inclusive schools
  • Rompiendo Límites – Sign language training by the deaf (Chorti community)

HONDURAS

  • La Parálisis Cerebral – School Management Strategy for Universal Accessibility

INDIA 

  • Amar Seva Sangam – Early Intervention Therapy
  • CBM India – Open schooling program
  • CHAI – Grassroots Comics
  • IDIA – Access to legal education
  • Invention Labs Engineering Products – Avaz App (language learning with pictograms)
  • Light for the World International – Regional Action on Inclusive Education in North East India
  • Nayi Disha Resource Centre – Online platform for families
  • Sanjay Centre for Special Education Goa – Vocational Units and Engagement Centres
  • Tamahar Trust  – Early Intervention & Special Education with family services
  • Umoya Sports – Inclusive culture in schools through sports
  • Universal Design Center, BNCA – Paradigm shift in Architectural Education
  • WIPRO – School support

INDONESIA

  • Center for Disability Studies and Services, Universitas Brawijaya – Affirmative  Admission for Students with Disabilities
  • Pusat Rehabilitasi YAKKUM – Education Program for Children with Cerebral Palsy

IRELAND

  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs – The Access and Inclusion Model, AIM (Policy)
  • LINC Consortium – Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Programme
  • Special Olympics Europe Eurasia – “Plan 2 Include” (Youth Leading inclusion)
  • UrAbility – ICT Training

ISRAEL 

  • Access Israel – Training for Inclusive Teaching
  • AKIM Israel – Making Museums and Sites of Leisure Cognitively Accessible
  • Amitim Organization – Amitim Community Centre
  • Israel Elwyn – Creating a Future
  • JDC Israel, Israel Unlimited – Being a student
  • JDC-TEVET – Siftach Breakthrough (inclusive universities)
  • Ministry of Health – Supported Education Services (Policy)
  • Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs – “Creating the Future” intervention program (Policy)
  • Nathan Company – Higher-education mentoring program for students with SMI
  • Nathan Company – Mentoring for people with SMI
  • Philosoft Mobile LTD – Krakal classroom technology

ITALY 

  • Gymnasium Centro Studi e Formazione – Keep the Beat (Aquatics)
  • Ministry of Education, Universities and Research – Promoting inclusive education, pursuant to Law n. 107/2015 (Policy)

JORDAN 

  • Al Hussein Society/Jordan Center – Leaving no one behind (pre-school skills program)
  • Alliance Academy Jordan – Aaj Model of Inclusion in schools
  • Arab Episcopal School Irbid – IE for the visually impaired
  • Raneen Foundation – Audio story library

KAZAKHSTAN 

  • Psychoanalytic Association – Ed-Recovery Academy

KENYA 

  • Signs Media Kenya Limited – Signs TV
  • The Action Foundation – Early Childhood Care and Education

LEBANON

  • American University of Beirut – Accessible Education

MEXICO 

  • Universidad Politécnica de Santa Rosa Jáuregui – Inclusive studying

MONTENEGRO 

  • UNICEF – DAISY textbooks

NAMIBIA

  • Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture – Inclusive Education Policy (Policy)

NEPAL 

  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technology – Nepal Inclusive Education Policy-2016 (Policy)
  • Sama Nepal – Inclusive mainstream schools

NETHERLANDS 

  • Light for the World – Skills for Work

NIGERIA 

  • Children’s Developmental Centre – Inclusive Technology for All

NORTH MACEDONIA 

  • Inclusive Solutions Skopje – In my shoes (inclusive design solutions)

PAKISTAN 

  • Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) – Inclusive education (esp. girls)

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

  • UNICEF Australia – Early Childhood Development

PERU 

  • CONADIS (National Council for Integration of People with Disabilities) – Vocational Training
  • Instituto de Accesibilidad – Online training program
  • METRIDIS – University courses on inclusive education
  • Ministry of Education – Inclusive evaluation tool for learning progress (Policy)

PHILIPPINES

  • National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) – Kasali support system

PORTUGAL

  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – The museum as an inclusive space

REPUBLIC OF CONGO

  • East Eagle Foundation – Task Force on Transversal Protection 
  • Kadiwaku Family Foundation – Literacy programmes

RUSSIA

  • All-Russian Society of Disabled People – Certification in Accessibility Expertise

SAMOA

  • Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture – Inclusive Education Policy (Policy)

SAUDI ARABIA 

  • King Abdulaziz University – Accessible University

SENEGAL

  • Humanite & Inclusion Senegal – APPLEH (inclusive schooling strategy)

SERBIA 

  • Mathematical Society of Serbia – Final Exam
  • Social Skills Animation – Assistive technology for learning social skills
  • University of Belgrade Faculty of Architecture – Accessible city (architectural education)

SINGAPORE 

  • SG Enable – Transition into employment

SLOVENIA

  • Biotechnical Educational Centre Ljubljana – Cooperation between stakeholders

SOUTH AFRICA 

  • University of Cape Town – Inclusion for Social Justice
  • Western Cape Education Department – Cape Winelands Resource Classes

SPAIN 

  • Corporación de derecho público de carácter – BRAITICO (Braille learning tool)
  • Dirección General de Políticas de Discapacidad – Network of technical cooperation between Latin American ministries of education (Policy)
  • Dirección General de Políticas de Discapacidad – Training in and provision of assistive communication technology (Policy)
  • Fundación A LA PAR – CAMPVS tertiary education project
  • Fundación Dales la Palabra – Tres Olivos (deaf support)
  • Fundación Once – Teaching uni students skills in relation to disability
  • Fundación Once – University employment prep. training
  • Fundación Once & UNED Abierta – Training on legal accessibility issues & accessible tech. 
  • Institut Guttmann – Dofins de colors (inclusive Sports)

TAIWAN 

  • Parents Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability – Early Intervention

TANZANIA

  • MECP-Z – School enrolment
  • The State University of Zanzibar – Teacher Training

TURKEY 

  • Eğitimde Görme Engelliler Derneği – Accessible Note (music)
  • Engelsiz Erisim Derneği (Association of Barrier free access) –  Barrier-free Distance Education
  • Living with Allergy Association – Kindergarten for Children with Allergy & Asthma
  • Talking Hands – Sign language

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)

  • Manzil Center – PRIDE (People Receiving Independence & Dignity through Education)
  • Wafa Binsulaiman – Support for mothers in early recognition (to prevent deterioration)

UNITED KINGDOM

  • ENABLE Scotland – Stepping Up (investigation of the world of work)
  • International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment – Mobile Phone Teacher Training Curriculum
  • Landmarks Specialist College – The Archer (working in a pub)
  • Save the Children International – HOPE (school enrolment)
  • Sightsavers – Early Childhood Development in Malawi

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 

  • ACT Services, Inc. – Emergency Evacuation Plan for all college students
  • Aira – Back to School Program (AI & Remote Human Agents)
  • Beacon College – College for students with learning disabilities, ADHD and ASD
  • Benetech – Bookshare (accessible ebook library)
  • Champlain Community Services – Education from Graduation to Retirement
  • Disability Equality in Education – Teacher Training
  • Hands & Voices – ASTra (Advocacy Support & Training) for the DHH
  • Hocus Focus, Inc. – Arts-based approach (using magic tricks)
  • Houston Community College – VAST Academy (post-secondary career training)
  • inABLE – AT computer labs in schools for the blind
  • International Association of Accessibility Professionals – IAAP Accessibility Certification
  • Microsoft – Immersive Reader
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy – Community College Pathways to Careers (Policy)
  • PHILLIPS Programs – Indoor vertical farm career
  • RET Americas – Inclusive school safety in Panama (natural disaster awareness)
  • SPAN Parent Advocacy Network – Inclusive Child Care Program
  • Special Olympics Europe Eurasia – Young Athletes & Family Health Forums
  • SpeechGear – Streamer (website for the DHH)
  • St. Cloud University Confucius Institute – US-Chinese student exchange
  • Syracuse University – Disability Law and Policy Program
  • Taft College Foundation – Transition to Independent Living Program & Taft Community College
  • The Hirsch Academy – Autistic Self-Advocates School
  • The Trust for the Americas – DIA Inclusive Innovation Lab
  • The Viscardi Center – Henry Viscardi School
  • Three Talents – IT Training Academy for Persons with Disabilities
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules
  • University of Vermont (Think College Program) – Certificate Program
  • University of Vermont (Center on Disability and Community Inclusion; Think College Program) – State of Vermont Transition and Post-Secondary Education Initiative (Policy)
  • University Research Co., LLC – Literacy Toolkit
  • World Vision – Development Spaces
  • World Vision – Homework Clubs

VENEZUELA

  • Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Educación – Teacher training (typhlotechnological tools)
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In August, the Zero Project published a supplement in a leading Austrian daily newspaper “Die Presse”. The supplement focuses on the great opportunity and benefits for businesses when employing people with disabilities. It highlights 53 examples of successful inclusion and integration, showing the benefits for the business, the employees and society in general.

The supplement is available for download here, or via the Resources section of the website. As this supplement was available in an Austrian newspaper is is available in German language only.

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The M-Enabling Forum Europe is just 2 weeks away! We’re excited to be attending this event which takes place in Düsseldorf and will focus on assistive technologies and digital accessibility.

The second edition of M-Enabling Forum Europe in Germany will take place alongside REHACARE on September 19, 2019. The conference with its accompanying tabletop presentation is organized by E.J.Krause & Associates, Inc. and G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies). G3ict was established by the United Nations to implement the equal, barrier free participation and the unrestricted access to information and communication technology for everyone worldwide.

Captioning and simultaneous interpreters, as well as neck ring loops, ensure that all attendees, with or without disabilities, can participate fully, either in English or German.

See you there!

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The AidEx Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award aims to recognise and celebrate stand-out individuals from the humanitarian aid and development community and showcases the courageous heroism and dedication that they put into their line of work.

This award is open to anyone involved in the aid and development community including those who are community volunteers, or who may work for suppliers, NGOs, governments and elsewhere. AidEx is particularly inviting nominations of those from marginalised groups. The winner will be awarded during the AidEx networking drinks reception on 13th November at 17:00 – 19:00.

Entry closes on the 18th October.

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The Zero Project is looking for support from a native or an excellent English speaker to support factsheet and report writing. We are looking for a contractor who can provide authoring and editing support between October 2019 and January 2020. The ideal candidate should have experience of working on the topic of disability inclusion or accessibility and would be able to give some examples of their work. The writing will be analytic and fact-based. To see some examples of the Zero Project reporting, please see some examples in the Downloads section of the website, including the 2019 Zero Project Report.

If you are interested to offer your services for this project then please contact office@zeroproject.org with some examples of your work and tell us why you would be interested to assist. Please also tell us about your experience which would make you suitable for this role and give an indication of what rates you charge, ideally per word/page or per hour.

The amount of work is flexible and negotiable so please also give an indication of your availability across this period.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Congratulations to #ZeroCon19 awardee and Zero Project Impact Transfer participant Greta & Starks on their new partnership with social impact investor Joachim Schoss, founder of the Scout24 group and MyHandicap.de. Having connected through the Impact Transfer programme, their goal is to make the GRETA app, which provides subtitles and audio description for accessible cinema screenings, available in 6 countries and 14 languages. You can learn more about Greta & Starks and our Zero Project Impact Transfer programme in partnership with Ashoka Austria at http://impact-transfer.org/zero/greta-starks-great-app/

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The Disabiliy Rights Fund (DRF) opened its round 2 request for proposals on 24th June 2019. It is looking for organisations in the Pacific Island Countries, Rwanda and Uganda to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. The DRF supports the human rights and inclusion in development of persons with disabilities. Interested organisations should review the full eligibility criteria and details posted on the website at http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/for-grantseekers/.

Deadline is 15th August 2019, so be quick!

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You may have seen our blog post a couple of weeks back about supporting the United Nations to implement their Disability Inclusion Strategy. We received lots of great feedback and interest about getting involved in the campaign – So here’s a second chance to find out what it’s all about and to get involved.

As a little reminder – The UN Secretary General António Guterres announced at the Conference of State Parties to the CRPD in June 2019 that the UN was committed to raise the standards of their performance on disability inclusion by launching a new disability inclusion strategy. Martin Essl, founder of the Essl Foundation and the Zero Project, has written a letter of support to Mr Guterres, praising this fantastic commitment and offering the support of the Essl Foundation in any way that we are able, to turn this commitment into reality. We have also forwarded Martin Essl´s letter to the Austrian Permanent Mission at the UN in New York and also ask them to support this honorable mission.

The UN needs more support to create change – so we have been inviting everyone to join in and do the same. So please go ahead and write an email to your country´s  Permanent Mission at the UN in New York, and ask them for their support as well. And share this call for action with your peers!