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Zero Project 2019 Awardees announced in 1 month!

Here’s a little secret from the Zero Project – We selected our awardees back in October! I don’t know how we have kept the news to ourselves as we’ve been absolutely bursting to tell you about these incredible projects on the topic of Independent Living and Political Participation.

And they are…

Sorry, you will have to wait just a little bit longer! We’re still putting the finishing touches to the report and website to do justice to these outstanding projects.

A huge thanks to all the amazing people who have been working so hard to provide us with all their information, pictures and stories to allow us to share their projects with the world!

And thanks to everyone else for being so patient with us through this long process. We can assure you the wait is worth it!

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Preparations underway for #ZeroCon19!

How time flies! This week we found ourselves back at the United Nations, already planning the 2019 Zero Project Conference. In just over two months we will welcome around 600 participants from over 60 countries to Vienna, Austria to join us in discussing, networking with, and celebrating innovations that help improve the lives of persons with disabilities.

We are currently putting together an ambitious programme on our 2019 topic of Independent Living and Political Participation, and there’s so much that we can’t wait to share with you!

As a little taster we’ll be:

  • Linking up with our good friends at Ashoka Austria again to present 11 scalable models, having primed them for replication at the Zero Project Impact Transfer Forum;
  • Discussing accessible elections, voting systems and balloting techniques from around the world;
  • Learning what good self-representation for persons with intellectual disabilities looks like in a couch session presented by self-representatives;
  • Finding out how persons with disabilities can navigate the criminal justice system fairly;
  • Awarding over 70 Innovative Policies and Practices at a dedicated award ceremony with backstage interviews; and,
  • Presenting the results of the TOPHOUSE project with our partners from around Europe, which aims to support professionals to be inclusive and effective in the social housing system.

And so much more…

Stay tuned!

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G3ict Launches Digital Accessibility Rights Evaulation Index

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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Zero Project goes purple for International Day of Persons with Disabilities

We at the Zero Project are going purple for International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Our Facebook and Twitter feeds will turn purple for the entire day as we join our good friends at Purple Space to celebrate the economic power of persons with disabilities across the globe.

Last year, major corporations and government buildings around the world lit up purple or flew a purple flag to join the cause. This year, organisations such as Fujitsu, PwC UK, Tesco, ASXChat and Santander have pledged to go purple in their own different ways.

Keep a lookout on social media for the many exciting ways that people are going purple by following #PurpleLightUp

Find out more at the Purple Space website.

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Who’s coming to the Accessible Europe: ICT for All Forum?

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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Last call for applications – Innovative Digital Solutions for an Accessible Europe

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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SozialMarie call for nominations is open!

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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Funding application process for the Kahane Foundation is open!

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.

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Apply for the 2019 Disability:IN Inclusion Awards!

Nominations for the 2019 Disability:IN Inclusion Awards are now open!

Each year, Disability:In recognises companies dedicated to advancing disability inclusion in the workplace. Nominations are now open for Employer of the Year, Employer Resource/Business Resource Group of the Year, Supplier of the Year along with other awards. If you believe your company is truly inclusive, submit a nomination!

Deadline is Friday 30th November 2018. Visit the Disability:IN website for more information.

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Apply Now – Become a Nextgen Leader

Applications now Open for the Mentorship Exchange and Talent Accelerator

The Disability:IN Mentorship Exchange is a six-month career mentoring opportunity for college students and recent graduates with disabilities, including veterans. Through the Mentoring Program, mentees benefit from a network of business connections.

The benefits include meeting with corporate executive mentor at least twice a month to review your resume and set career goals. You would also have the opportunity to attend monthly webinars to learn more about the transition from school to work.

The Disability:IN Talent Accelerator is an intensive career development opportunity that takes place during the Disability:IN Annual Conference. During the Talent Accelerator, accepted candidates, or NextGen Leader participate in interview and skill building activities.

The benefits of the accelerator include pre-academy prep calls, matchmaking events with over 100 corporate representatives, the possibility to interview on-site with recruiters from top corporations and to connect with NextGen Leaders, NextGen Alumni and representatives from Fortune 500 companies.

Find out more by going to the Mentorship Exchange and Talent Accelerator flyers.