Zero Project for a world with zero barriers Meet your #ZeroCall22 Shortlist!

The Zero Project has announced the Shortlist for the 2022 Zero Project awards in the field of accessibility. 160 Innovative Practices and Policies from 54 countries made it to the coveted Shortlist this year.

The nomination process spanned from May 2021 to June 2021 and sought to identify Innovative Practices and Policies from civil society, the public sector, the business sector and the ICT sector. Overall, the Zero Project had received 381 nominations from 86 countries.

Starting from August 6, 2021, the Zero Project’s ecosystem and network will be given the opportunity to engage with – and vote – on the Shortlist of Innovative Practices and Policies. Based on these votes, the Zero Project team will select the Awardees in September 2021. The overall aim is to select up to 75 Innovative Practices and Policies, to be published in the 2022 Zero Project Report on Accessibility and to award these during the annual 2022 Zero Project Conference ­– #ZeroCon22.

Read the Press Release with more details and data on the full selection process here.

Good luck to all remaining nominations in the final vote!


The full list of shortlisted practices and policies

(Organization name and project name, in bracket: Zero Project code); sorted alphabetically by country of domicile of the organization:



  • Afghan Amputee Bicyclists for Rehabilitation And Recreation (AABRAR):  Broad Program for making public buildings accessible (1326)


  • Asociación Tiflonexos: Biblioteca Tiflolibros: Comunidad de acceso a la lectura, aprovechamiento de la tecnología e impulso de la accesibilidad (1104)
  • Universidad Nacional de Tucuman: Enseñanza de Accesibilidad en el ambito academico (1309)


  • Government of South Australia: Online Accessibility Policy and Toolkit (3066)
  • Travel For All: Travel For All Guide (5089)


  • BIZEPS: Barrierefrei aufgerollt – Radio (1025)
  • Österreichische Post: Accessible post boxes (4119)


  • Union of Disabled People Organisations of Azerbaijan: Services on Adaptation of Accessibility for All in Buildings (1067)


  • Centre for Disability in Development (CDD): Inclusive Rohingya Response (1148)
  • Young Power in Social Action (YPSA): Accessible E-resource Center in the University of Chittagong (1199)


  • European Disability Forum (EDF): Toolkits on transposition of accessibility legislation (1155)
  • Inter: Inclusion in social distancing times (1330)
  • National Disability Authority: European Standard EN 17161:2019 Accessibility following a Design for all Approach (3035)
  • Trilateral Research Ltf: TRIPS Project (1106)
  • Visit Flanders: Stay at Home Museums (3016)


  • Curitiba City Hall: Communication, Its at Hand! (3068)
  • Curitiba City Hall: Conversation in Libras (3067)
  • Escola de Gente: Comunicação em Inclusão – VEM CA – Accessible Culture App (5127)
  • Instituto Incluir: Transformar, Democratizar & Humanizar – Literatura Acessível (1147)
  • Ktalise Assessoria e Tecnologias Ltda.: Beplay (5032)
  • Mais Diferenças: Livros em múltiplos formatos acessíveis (1105)
  • Nestlé: Connected Nestle Brazil (4092)
  • SMPED (Secretaría Municipal para personas con discapacidad de la ciudad de Sao Paulo)/PMSP: Central de Intermediação em Liras -CIL (3059)


  • British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society: BCANDS Disability Services (1004)
  • Employment and Social Development Canada: Federal Accessibility Legislation (ACA) (3011)
  • Fable – Fable Platform (5046)
  • Reena – COVID Vaccination Clinics: Accommodating Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (1074)


  • Centro de Desarrollo de Tecnologías de Inclusión de la Universidad Católica de Chile: La Mesita – Aprender a leer jugando (“Coffee Table”) (5079)
  • Corporación Ciudad Accesible: Normativa de Accesibilidad Universal de Chile – Síntesis Dibujada (1174)
  • Fundación Eres: Senderismo sin Limites (1236)
  • Nestlé: People with Disabilities Nestlé Chile (4095)
  • Senadis: Preparados para Incluir (3013)


  • Accessibility Research Association: Internet Products Accessibility Project (1130)
  • Flex: Flex Zhuhai program (4117)
  • WeBank Co. Ltd: WeBank App’s Accessibility Features (5073)


  • Instituto Nacional para Ciegos INCI: INCIRadio La Radio Incluyente (1066)


  • Centro de Vida Independiente Morpho: Morpho Innovations (1263)


  • City of Zagreb, City Office for Social Protection and Persons with Disabilties: Accessible Zagreb Online Service (5123)


  • Masaryk University, Teiresias Centre:  Agora and Pelion – Community and Knowledge Platforms on Accessible ICT for Visually Impaired (5151)
  • Hayaku s.r.o.: Cash Reader (5143)


  • Be My Eyes  (5011)
  • SubReader  (5141)


  • Fundacion EINA: Accesibilidad de la información durante la pandemia de COVID 19 (1202)


  • Alhassan Foundation: Accessibility for Actual Effective Inclusion (1194)
  • Nomad Divers: Accessible Scuba Diving in Egypt (4114)


  • Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD): MINCH (5058)


  • Atos: Global Accessibility and Digital Inclusion Policy, Governance & Program (4113)
  • FACILiti: outil dinclusion numérique (5005)
  • Signes de sens: Elix Bubble (5065)
  • Tactile Studio: Inclusive & multi-sensory pathways (4033)


  • Munevo: Munevo DRIVE (5017)


  • Benemérito Comité Pro-Ciegos y Sordos de Guatemala: Inclusive Technology Center (1060)


  • Billion Ables Services Pvt Ltd: BillionAbles (5039)
  • ISH NEWS (5027)
  • Gudgudee: Gudgudee (4107)
  • Jan Vikas Samiti: Project Sambhav (1164)
  • Mphasis Ltd: BIRAC-Social Alpha Quest for Assistive Technologies (4101)
  • Mphasis Ltd/Mphasis F1 Foundation: Mphasis UberAccess and UberAssist (4106)
  • Samphia Foundation: Therapy On Wheels (1166)
  • Sarthak Educational Trust: CapSarathi (1040)
  • Tekra Solutions Pvt Ltd: myUDAAN (5023)
  • Vidya Sagar: TARA (Team for Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodation) (1107)


  • Kota Kita: Participatory approach for disability-inclusive cities in Indonesia (1128)
  • Light for the World: Accessible Agriculture – The agri-lab experience (1270)
  • PUSPADI Bali: Accessible housing (1268)
  • Suarise: Tantangan Aksesibilitas (1094)


  • Lord Rehabilitation Equipment: The Invisible Power (4081)


  • Department of Social Protection: Use of e-Certification by Doctors (3077)


  • A-Check – Tamar Accessibility: A-Check Application (5095)
  • Access Israel: Accessible Digital and Online Services (1318)
  • Access Israel: Accessible Emergency Services (1320)
  • Access Israel: Accessibility Internal Audit (1321)
  • Access Israel: Accessible Organization Badge Model (1322)
  • Access Israel: Accessibility Testing and Evaluation by Undercover Clients with Disabilities (1323)
  • Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Israeli Internet Accessibility Regulations (3063)
  • Enosh: The Israeli Mental Health Association: Architecture for Persons with psychosocial disabilities (1037)
  • Enosh: The Israeli Mental Health Association: Nofesh (1122)
  • JDC Israel Unlimited: Housing Initiative for People with Disabilities (1230)
  • JDC Israel Unlimited: Accessible Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities (1231)
  • JDC Israel Unlimited: Equals in the Market (1232)
  • Shekulo Tov Group: Digital Proficiency Questionnaire (DPQ) and a custom training program (1306)
  • Voiceitt (5002)


  • Ready to Sign: Visualization of Jamaican Sign Language (1211)


  • Okayama Broadcasting Co., Ltd.: Sign Language Talks Welfare Program (4120)


  • Safaricom PLC: Diversity & Inclusion Programme (4067)


  • The Learning Center for the Deaf (1024)


  • Brot für die Welt/Diakonie ACT Austria: Accessible built environment in Practice in Lesotho (1258)


  • Silver Line (1187)


  • Social Security Organisation (SOCSO): MYFutureJobs employment services portal (5088)


  • Re Genera Espacio: Maquetas hápticas impresas en tecnología 3D para niños con discapacidad visual (1290)


  • Bodhisattva In Action Foundation: BIA Village (1176)


  • Instituto de Accesibilidad: Peruvian Accesibility Institute (4050)


  • Architects for Accessibility: Architects + Community for Accessibility (1305)


  • Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy: Programme Accessibility Plus (3028)
  • Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna: Railway Accessibility in Lodz (4105)


  • The Alternative Methods of Social Integration Association: The Urban Mobility Club (1906)
  • The Alternative Methods of Social Integration Association: PopUP Raspiua – inclusive, mobile playground (1292)


  • Garage: Dictionary of contemporary art terms in Russian sign language for children (5071)
  • Globe Media, LLC: globe4all (4068)
  • Sberbank: Accessibility strategy (4108)


  • AlModon Engineering Consultancy: Adopting Universal Design principles in the Arab World (4110)
  • Authority of People with Disability: Our city without abstacles (1163)
  • King Abdulaziz University: Higher Education for All (1226)


  • University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education: Easy-to-read Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia (1031)


  • Unmute Dance Theatre: Unmute ArtsAbility Festival (1260)


  • ACFEE: Neurociencia, arquitectura y formación para la accesibilidad cognitiva.  (1246)
  • Asociación de Personas con Movilidad Reducida: Park4Dis (1119)
  • ALS/MND Association Turkey: Eyeharp (5050)
  • Dirección General De Derechos De Las Personas Con Discapacidad: Pautas y recomendaciones para la elaboración de documentos (3055)
  • Fundación CNSE: SVIsual (5083)
  • Mass Factory Urban Accessible Mobility, S.L: App&Town Compagnon (5010)
  • Fundación ONCE: Accessibilitas (1183)
  • Plena Inclusión Madrid: Diccionario Fácil (5149)
  • Plena Inclusión España: Planeta Fácil (1177)
  • Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona: Accesibilidad Universal de los nuevos trenes del Metro de Barcelona (4087)


  • Funka: Standardized Accessible Information Services of Local Governments (4118)
  • Nordic Welfare Center: The future of working life – technology and digitalisation for increased inclusion (3065)
  • Vattenverkstaden: Water workshop (1081)


  • Parents Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability: Take it easy! (1055)


  • Maharakham University, Faculty of Medicine: Home for Life (1038)


  • Accessible Everything: Erişilebilir Her Şey (Accessible Everything) (4016)
  • Eğitimde Görme Engelliler Derneği (Association of Visually İmpaired In Education): Accessible Support Platform (5146)
  • Istanbul Airport: Accessibility at the Istanbul Airport (4026)
  • Puruli Kültür Sanat: Accesible Film Festival (1325)
  • Sesli Betimleme Derneği (SEBEDER): Art audio description bank (1274)


  • Love Manifested Childrens Ministry: The Persons with Disabilities Act 2019 (3056)
  • Northern Uganda Hip Hop Culture: Art and Disability (1097)
  • UNICEF: ADT Project (5116)


  • AbilityNet: My Computer My Way (5052)
  • AEG Europe (O2 Arena): Accessibility at the O2 Arena (4023)
  • Blue Badge Style Ltd: Blue Badge Style Access Gallery (5140)
  • Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE): ADC Program (1062)
  • Ernst & Young: Embedding digital accessibility throughout the enterprise (4094)
  • Global Symbols CIC: Global Symbols CIC (5063)
  • Hassell Inclusion: Digital Accessibility Maturity Scorecard (4055)
  • Open Inclusion: Inclusive Customer Experience Canvas (4116)
  • Transport for London Authority: Independent Disability Advisory Group (3022)
  • Smile Smart Technology: Drivedeck (5080)
  • Sightsavers: Accessibility Standards and Audit Pack (1133)
  • Waymap: Waymap (5028)


  • 3Play Media: 3Play Media (5029)
  • Aira: Aira (5150)
  • ACTServices, Inc.: Universal Design in Outdoor Parks (1261)
  • BeeLine Reader: BeeLine Reader (5021)
  • Benetech: Benetech GCA publisher certification program (4124)
  • Benetech: Bookshare Reader for Smart Speaker (5108)
  • Brink Election Guide: Brink Election Guide (5093)
  • Charter Communications: Spectrum Access (5016)
  • Eli Lilly: Access Lilly (4060)
  • Hocus Focus, Inc.: Center 4 Creative Arts (1041)
  • Inclusively: online jobplatform (5066)
  • International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP): Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (1327)
  • Keystone Human Services: Accessible Living From the Ground Up (1169)
  • National Council on Independent Living: Barrier Removal Fund (1084)
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy: The ePolicyWorks Initiative (3074)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology: Deaf World Around You (1328)
  • World Institute on Disability: Policies, Systems and Tools for Global Community Inclusion (1046)
  • World Vision: Wash (1099)
  • World Vision: Water Portal (1192)


  • CBM: Promotion of disability inclusive and disaster prepared communities in Nho Quan (1255)





A selection of different pages of the Zero Project Report 2021


Having already introduced and celebrated our Zero Project Awardeefor 2020-2021 at this year’s Zero Project Conference in February, here’s another opportunity to learn more about them – in our brand new Zero Project Report 2021 on Employment and ICT! 

Within the pages of this reportyou will find information on 82 Innovative Practices and Policies  on inclusive employment and from the ICT sector hailing from a staggering 46 countries! 

But it doesn’t stop there. In this report, you will also find personalised life stories from many of the project awardees. Additionally, in collaboration with the Ashoka, we introduce you to 10 new participants of the Zero Project ImpactTransfer programme. These projects have had the opportunity to replicate around the world. We could not have achieved these milestones without the successful partnerships we have built and mainained throughout the past years. 

 The report also includes a summary in easy language. 

Wbelieve that this report also shares the message that we are embarking once again on creating and building a world with zero barriers.  




The presentation of The Her Abilities Awards, a new award for ICT Innovation for Inclusion and a high-profile closing ceremony with more than 10,000 views by then. These were the highlights of day 3:


Due to the ongoing development of the Covid-19 pandemic in Austria, Rudolf Anschober, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection had to cancel his participation at the Zero Project Conference. At short notice the program was changed a bit and started with a brief session in German with Alexander Miklautz from the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Christine Steger, Head of Monitoring Committee, Austria and Michael Pichler from Zero Project.


Also, the keynote of Robert Zadrazil, CEO of Bank Austria – a member of Unicredit Group in Austria – was moved forward. Bank Austria, whose studios at Kaiserwasser in Vienna the #ZeroCon21 was broadcasted, is quite exemplary in Austria when it comes to Inclusive Employment in Austrian corporate world. Zadrazil sees clear advantages that diverse organizations have and says: “I´m deeply convinced that diversity makes companies more resistant to any crisis , and that’s what we’ve been experiencing right now.“


Awards for strong women and inclusive IT innovations

The Her Abilities Awards, founded by Light for the World, are the first global awards to recognize the achievements of women with disabilities. Their presentation is a highlight of the closing event of the Zero Project Conference. But, because everything is different in times of social distancing and shutdowns, this year the award ceremony took place virtually, earlier than ususal, at 1 pm. And these are the laureates this year: Gamze Elibol, a pioneering theater director from Turkey; Bernice Oyeleke, educational leader, NGO founder and author promoting Deaf education in Nigeria; Robbie Francis Watene, a leading disability rights activist from Aotearoa, New Zealand. To learn more about the 2021 Her Abilities Award Winners, please click HERE.


For the very first time, the ICT Innovation for Inclusion Prize was presented. The Prize is an award for technological solutions that support the employment of people with disabilities in Chilean companies and a joint initiative of Pacto de Productividad Chile, IDB Lab, Fundación Descúbreme and the Zero Project. The chair was Catalina Saieh, President of Fundación Descúbreme. The award winners were Egalite Inclusion & Diversity from Brazil, EnableIndia – both also #ZeroCon21 Awardees – and Fundación ONCE from Spain, whose award-winning project to make products for adapting workplaces for people with disabilities with 3D support had been the content of a session in the morning.


More than 10,000 viewers were counted

In total, more than 4,000 people from all over the world had registered for #ZeroCon21 by Friday and more than 10,000 viewers were counted on all three days. Consequently, Martin Essl was able to sum up the event with great satisfaction in his closing speech: “The Covid-Virus brought the Zero Project Conference 2021 to a new level. The great outcome motivates us-a-lot for 2022 and the coming years.“


One of his plans is to develop the Zero Project Conference even more into a platform. Martin: „Our goal is to further develop the Zero Project as a Network of Networks, where ALL stakeholders are-involved.“ The “Ambassadors Circle“, which was organized for the first time and brought together 10 ambassadors in Vienna and the 21 award winners from their countries, was an important first step in this direction.


Speaking of ambassadors. The Zero Project also has ambassadors. New among these partners, who are strong allies of the Zero Project, and have supported and promoted this network is Nevgul Bilsel Safkan, Executive Director of Sabanci Foundation of Turkey.


Greetings and a look ahead to 2022

The President of the Austrian Parliament, Wolfgang Sobotka, after his invitation to the Parliament before the opening, did not miss the opportunity to address the closing ceremony as well. According to him the Zero Project Conference is „an indispensable key initiative for people with disabilities“. And for the upcoming Zero Project Conference theme “Accessibility,“ he promises to make the parliament, which will be renovated by 2022, a true role model.


For the 2022 conference, Victor Pineda, President of World Enabled and co-founder of the Cities4All Initiative, also joined in with a video message: “We are exited and proud that the Zero Project will take on the issue of accessible cities and accessibility next year.“


Finally, Carolina Rubia, Executive Director of Fundación Descúbreme, in her greeting message, raised hopes for an earlier meeting – later this year and perhaps even physically – by inviting everyone to come to Santiago de Chile from May 26 to 28. Rubia: “Make a note. we will be waiting for you.“

Being actively involved in an experiential journey with many others at once, 82 award winners in one session simultaneously and two premieres. These were the highlights of day 2:


“A warm welcome from snowy Vienna“ – Seema Mundackal from Zero Project summed it up well in her welcome speech. While outside the Bank Austria studio at Kaiserwasser in Vienna, icy temperatures and snowfall prevailed, more than 3,000 participants from all over the world and across all time zones had gathered online in front of their screens or devices to take part in this meeting dedicated to a world with Zero Barriers. Also, on the second day, an in-depth program was offered on three channels in parallel.

Truly inclusive leaders in CEO hour

Caroline Casey kicked things off on Channel 1 with her CEO Hour. Without her distinctive glasses, but just like the day before, she remotely checked in with: “I am still beside my washing machine here in Dublin.” According to her, inclusive employment cannot happen without inclusive business cultures. Casey: “And how do we create inclusive business cultures? We need inclusive leaders!“

So the founder of The Valuable 500 had invited two such inclusive leaders to join her. Steve Inghalm the Group CEO of Pagegroup – a recruitment service company and aka Michael Page – and Robert James, who was CIO of Adecco, a leading Human Resources provider until the end of 2019. Both are wheelchair users, due to sports accidents. Their own experience with disability has changed their approach to inclusion and made them strong advocates for the employment of people with disabilities.

Going beyond the limitations of the web

The possibilities in times of social distancing was demonstrated by Michal Rimon, CEO of Access Israel, with the “experiential session“ she organized. Those who dialed in via Zoom were not only able to interact with her, but also actively took part in the assigned tasks. For example, they were able to experience the barriers people with visual impairments face in an open-plan office. Online participants had to find their desk with their small coffee cup in various visual simulations. Those who managed to do so reported back via chat. Or as Michal summed it up: “in our session we want to go beyond talking, we want to create something.“

A kind of Zero-vision Inclusion Contest

Anna Königseder and Wilfried Kainz from Zero Project also wanted to explore the possible frontiers of the Internet. At 13.00 CET they invited ALL Zero Project Awardees to a joint meeting; and that was a total (an accumulation) of 82 Awardees from 49 countries around the globe. Ok, not everything worked out initially, but it was, as Wilfried put it: “a big hour of celebration!“ And when Anna called out: “Helsinki, please” or when from the other side of the world we could hear: “hola from Mexico”, it felt like being at a Eurovision Song Contest broadcast, but on a global scale. So to speak a Zerovision Inclusion Contest …

Did you miss it? No problem: “Live on screen: All the Zero Project Awardees 2021,“ and all of the other sessions will be available on-demand 15 minutes after airing. Just click here. And at you can find and download detailed factsheets for all of the Awarded Innovative Practices and Policies from this year. Click here for the PRACTICES. Click here for the POLICIES.

Premiere for Enable Me and Seeing AI

On the 2nd day of #ZeroCon21 there were also two firsts. In the midday session, myHandicap from Switzerland presented the first online mentoring program for people with disabilities: EnableMe. The goal of the program is to build a bridge between employees and companies by supporting people who are preparing to enter or re-enter the workforce with mentors from companies. The session also featured a pre-recorded interview with Joachim Schoss, impact investor and founder of myHandicap.

And as a final highlight of day 2, there was a real film premier. The TV documentary “Seeing AI”, featuring Amy Dixon. She is a blind Paralympic athlete who is testing and using Seeing AI, a free app that recognizes the environment and describes it in words. The documentary was produced by TFA Group and the Zero Project. After the documentary’s first airing, Jeremy Snyder, CEO of TFA Group, and Amy Dixon joined studio host Michael Fembek for a discussion.


Almost 5,000 hits were counted on the first day of #ZeroCon21, which for the first time took place virtually, yet as accessible as possible for everyone! These were the highlights:

3, 2, 1 … Yesterday, shortly before 9 a.m. CET, tensions were high when the cameraman counted down the start of the 10th Zero Project Conference. As the anthem was being broadcasted, Martin Essl, founder of the Essl Foundation and the initiator of the Zero Project, together with Ghada Fathi Waly, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV), were already waiting in the studio for their signal for the official opening.

“Hello from besides my washing machine“

Seema Mundackal from the Zero Project and Paralympic swimmer and ORF presenter, Andreas Onea, took over the moderation. On all three days, they will guide visitors on Channel 1 through the 86-hour program of #ZeroCon21. After a brief introduction, they handed over to Caroline Casey, who has hosted the Zero Project Conference and has been its face since 2012.

In her always upbeat manner, the founder of the Valuable 500 called in from “her room next to my washing machine here in Dublin, Ireland.” Also, Caroline was particularly touched by the previously seen Zero Project Anthem this year, because according to her “the most important and powerful thing about Zero Project is our connection with each other around the world.“ And if maybe there is one part of this global pandemic – we now have three times as many people joining us online.” Caroline’s encouragement for the conference to all was to “use these three days to reach out to some of your Zero Project friends. Just to connect because that’s what we have been doing.”

A global forum for positive change

The Zero Project and the United Nations also have a close cooperation, as Ghada Waly, Director General of the UN Office in Vienna mentioned in her address “as a global forum for collaboration and a platform for positive change, the Zero Project also shares a higher purpose with the United Nations.”

Waly also echoed a core message of #ZeroCon21, with its focus this year on Employment and ICT for people with disabilities, saying, “inclusion is not only good, it’s good for business. The UN private sector and civil society must work together to support the innovators and leaders of today and tomorrow.”

Additionally, Gabriela Sellner, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in Vienna, emphasised the importance of the Zero Project in her video message “as a fantastic platform to think creatively about better ways forward.“

Almanach 2021: The complete Story to date

Martin Essl in his speech was proud to announce to the audience what has already been achieved, and documented in the freshly published Zero Project Almanac 2021. Martin: “this edition brings together ALL 662 awarded-Innovative Practices and Policies, back from 2013 including an Annex listing short-summaries of each Awardee. Essentially – we described the complete story to date!“

#ZeroCon21 focused on Employment and ICT

The best Innovative Practices and Policies took (virtually) center stage immediately afterwards: 82 nominations were honored this year on the topic of Employment and ICT. They will be presented during the three-day conference in a total of six Awardee Hours. On the first day the main focus was on those ten innovations that have been selected for the Zero Project-Impact Transfer Program. Find out who they are HERE.

Dreamers, keynotes and cutting-edge technologies

Among the other highlights of the first day: a session by Access Israel for dreamers who can imagine an inclusive society; the launch of Spawnpoint, an event series by a gaming agency Woop on accessible gaming; keynotes by Charlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo (World Bank Group) and Sofija Korać (US Mission to the United Nations); and the first session on cutting edge technologies with contributions from Guide me (Cisco), Lichtwerk (Belgium), Ask Tobi (Austria), Vem CA (from Escola de Gente, Brazil), Atvisor (Israel) and equalizent (Austria).

In Vienna it’s Always about Dancing

And as befits Vienna, the capital of waltz, the first day was rounded off with an invitation to dance by studio host Michael Fembek and remote guest Connie Vandarakis of Danceability from the USA. Michael in his invitation said, “I can really promise you, it’s unique, it’s a world premiere and it’s something you’ve never seen before.

The show was really unique, and you can see it again and again if you want. Every single session of the #ZeroCon21 will be available on-demand 15 minutes after it airs – just click here. It will be available for the next ten days. Following the conference, the Zero Project will launch a streaming platform. There, the entire conference will be available to stream for free – much like Netflix, it will be sorted by session, but also by topic.

We are thrilled to announce that the factsheets of our Zero Project Innovative Practices 2021 are online now!

We present you with factsheets from 66 Innovations from the employment sector and 16 Innovations in the field of ICT that are supporting persons with disabilities in 47 countries on our 2021 topic Employment and ICT.

The nominated projects cover a wide range of topics and solutions, such as inclusive employment strategies of companies, IT- based job platforms, supported employment services, social business and entrepreneurship, models on vocational support in higher education, inclusion consultancy services/trainings focusing on employers, and many more.

You can access the full list of innovative practices here:

Again, huge congratulations to every single one of these incredible organisations. We’re immensely honoured to be able to promote your amazing work!

The Zero Project Impact Transfer program is a partnership between the Essl Foundation, Fundación Descúbreme and Ashoka. It supports organisations to replicate and transfer their social impact and innovation in other countries and contexts and thereby ensure a world without barriers. The goal of the program is to help proven innovations to spread so that we do not have to reinvent the wheel.

Participating projects undergo a six-month program with expert strategic mentoring, training and assignments in topics to support scaling, such as impact and business modelling and benefit from connections to partner organisations across the Zero Project, Fundación Descúbreme and Ashoka communities

2020/2021 participants

We are delighted to announce the participants for this year’s Zero Project Impact Transfer program. Ten organisations from nine countries are taking part, all hoping to find the right partners to replicate their innovative employment and ICT initiatives globally.

myAbility (Austria) – myAbility’s Talent® Programe is a career programme for students and graduates with disabilities, providing them with training and connecting them to employers.

PFDA Vocational Training Center (Bangladesh) – personalised vocational training for adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy.

Egalite (Brazil) – online recruitment platform, incorporating a behavioural profile evaluation tool and free e-learning courses adapted for persons with disabilities.

JAMBA (Bulgaria) – supporting job seekers with disabilities through training and an online job platform, and assisting companies with recruitment and inclusion.

Seco Chile (Chile) – ecological car washing service employing a majority of people with disabilities

Helm (Egypt) – workplace inclusion consultancy services, including accessibility audits and job recruitment analyses

EnAble India (India) – free learning tool for visually impaired persons to improve their digital skills

Youth4Jobs Foundation (India) – College Connect programme, setting up Smart Inclusion Centres in colleges and universities, connecting students with disabilities to educators, employers, and government agencies.

DeafTawk (Pakistan) – mobile application which connects deaf users with certified sign language interpreters in real time through video calling

I Love Coffee (South Africa) – a chain of coffee shops run by Deaf young people


We will be sharing more detailed information about all these projects in the run up to the Zero Project Conference in February.

This is the fourth cohort of the Zero Project Impact Transfer program. 31 projects have taken part already and had the opportunity to present their innovations and pitch for potential replication partners at Zero Project Conferences in Vienna and Santiago de Chile. Previous participants have built on contacts made through the program to take forward replication in new countries around the world. For example, Gallaudet University from the US has replicated its VL2 Storybook Apps program in Turkey with the Sabanci Foundation and Boğaziçi University, while EnAble India is working on bringing its Enable Vaani project to Ethiopia and Mauritius. You can also visit the Zero Project Impact Transfer webpage for updates on previous years’ participants and this year’s cohort.

The Zero Project is very happy that this groundbreaking cross-border contact was established at #ZeroCon21 at the UN in Vienna earlier this year, which will hopefully lead to improvements for persons with disabilities on all sides. It also shows the strength of the community of people with disabilities and its potential to create new connections and solutions. Join the Webinar on Remote Employment of People With Disabilities here!

Read the full press release here

The Zero Project is happy to announce the Shortlist of projects for the Zero Project Award 2021! 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 475 nominations, 178 nominations have made it through to the Shortlist. So, congratulations to all the nominated Practices and Policies for passing the first hurdle!

The final vote is currently underway, which will determine which of these great projects will be finally selected as 2021 Zero Project Awardees on the topic of Employment and ICT 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 employment for people with disabilities.


Good luck to all remaining projects in the final vote!


The full list of shortlisted practices and policies is:



  • Afghan Amputee Bicyclists for Rehabilitation And Recreation (AABRAR) –  Creating Mobility


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  • Ability Options – WorkReady Program
  • Australian Network on Disability – Stepping Into Internship Program


  • Atempo / CFS Ava – Der Onlinemarktplatz für Persönliche Assistenz
  • autArK Soziale Dienstleistungs GmbH – Beratungsservice für Unternehmen
  • autArK Soziale Dienstleistungs GmbH – Inklusives Kleinunternehmen Bistro-Flitzer
  • DM – Drogerie Markt – Barrierefrei im Kopf
  • FAB ProWork – FAB Neue Wege in den Arbeitsmarkt
  • Institut für Epilepsie – Arbeitsplatzevaluierung für DienstnehmerInnen mit Epilepsie in Österreich
  • Lebenshilfen Soziale Dienste Gmbh – Step by Step
  • Light for the World International – Make 12.4% Work Initiative
  • Marien Apotheke Wien – Ausbildung und Beratung von gehörlosen Menschen
  • MVG – Monopolverwaltung Gmbh – Meine Trafik meine Zukunft – Menschen mit Behinderung werden Unternehmer
  • myAbility Social Enterprise GmbH – myAbility Talent® Programm
  • ÖAMTC – ÖAMTC Projekt Einstellungssache
  • VIDEBIS GmbH Videbis GmbH


  • Access Bangladesh Foundation – Creating Entrepreneurs with Disabilities through Green Business
  • Bangladesh Business & Disability Network – Establishment of Business & Disability Network to facilitate Employment
  • BRAC Skills Development Programme STAR – Skills Training for Advancing Resources
  • Centre for Services and Information on Disability – Creating Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities within the ICT Division of Bangladesh Government
  • Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed – Inclusive Job Centre (IJC)
  • Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed – Skill Development Training Facilities for People with Disabilities
  • Disabled Rehabilitation & Research Association (DRRA) – Inclusive Micro-Finance for Poverty Graduate
  • PFDA-Vocational Training Center Trust –  Inclusive and Supportive Employment Opportunities for Persons with Neuro-Developmental Disorders


  • DiversiCom – Making Disability Work
  • Passwerk – Passwerk


  • Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) – Assistive Technology Information Mapping Project (AT-Info-Map)


  • Egalité Inclusion & Diversity – Egalité, Inclusion and Diversity
  • Instituto Jô Clemente – Professional Inclusion


  • JAMBA Career For All – JAMBA Career For All


  • Light for the World Cambodia / Essential Personnel Cambodia – Accessible Employment


  • Avalon Employment Inc. Avalon Employment Inc. Autism Employment Facilitator
  • Community Living Sarnia-Lambton jobPath Employment Discovery
  • Fable Tech Labs – Fable Tech Labs
  • Government of Canada – The Accessibility, Accommodation and Adaptive Computer Technology (AAACT) Program
  • Government of Canada – Workplace Wellness Service Centre


  • ALSINO – Solidarity Village ALSINO
  • AVANZA Inclusión – Vocational Exploration and Transit to Adult Life Program
  • Caja Los Andes – Diversity and Inclusion Area at Caja Los Andes
  • Empresas SB – Diversity Management System
  • Ronda Chile Foundation – The Inclusive Social Responsibility (ISR) Model
  • Ministry of Labour of Chile – Law 21.015
  • Municipality of Providencia – Labour Inclusion Programme
  • SENCE – National Training and Employment Service Prepare for Work Programme for Persons with Disabilities
  • Red Apis – Vi-Sor
  • SecoChile – Eco Car-washing Service
  • SKBERGÉ – SKBERGÉ Inclusion Program


  • CareER Association – CareER Programme


  • Corporación Crear Unidos – Inclusion creates Unity
  • Federacion Nacional de Sordos de Colombia – FENASCOL – Relay Center – Bridging Worlds, Connecting Ideas
  • Saldarriaga Concha Foundation – Turning Enterprises into Inclusive Companies
  • Programa Pacto de Productividad – Productivity Pact Program
  • SENA – National Training Service – Training for Employment and Human Development for Persons with Disabilities


  • Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Costa Rica – Inclusive Employment: Promoting Soft Skills and Employment Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities


  • Lev – Inclusion Denmark KLAPjob


  • Ebtessama Foundation – Majidah Platform
  • Helm – Workplace Inclusive Solutions


  • Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) – Guideline for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in TVET
  • Teki Paper Bags  – Teki Paper Bags


  • City of Helsinki – Supported Employment Service City of Helsinki
  • Ihme ja Kumma –  Ihme ja Kumma Workshop for Persons with Disabilities


  • ActivAction Inclusive Peer Support for Persons with Disabilities
  • Delta Process – Tadeo
  • Humanity & Inclusion – Disability Inclusive Poverty Graduation
  • Humanity & Inclusion – Forward Together: Empowering youth with disabilities in Asia
  • Humanity & Inclusion – Labor Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities, Parents and Mentors
  • My Human Kit – Humanlab


  • Allgemeiner Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverein (ABSV) – DL Kontakt Manager
  • AfB Gemeinnützige GmbH – AfB Social & Green IT
  • Alexianer Textilpflege GmbH – Inklusion ist nicht nur ein Schlagwort – wir leben Inklusion
  • Europäisches Kompetenzzentrum für Barrierefreiheit e.V. – EUKOBA SENSE Akademie
  • Un-Label e.V. – Un-Label Performing Arts Company


  •  Association for Training and Technical Assistance in Education and Disability (ASCATED ) –  Employment for Youth with Visual Impairments
  • Benemérito Comité Pro-Ciegos y Sordos de Guatemala – Labor Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Program


  • Hungarian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing –  WE UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER!
  • Kék Madár Alapítvány – Scaling Izlelo restaurants


  • AIMS Media Pvt. Ltd. – Ability Enhancement Multimedia Programme
  • Amar Seva Sangam – Entrepreneurship through Microfinance and Bank Loans in Rural Tamil Nadu
  • Billion Ables Services Pvt Ltd – BillionAbles
  • Enable India – Educate Yourself Easily (EYE)
  • Thiruppani Trust Association –  Enabling Skill Training to Differently-Abled for Sustainable Livelihood
  • MITTI Cafe – Mitti Café
  • Naman Seva Samiti Ujjawal – Disability Inclusive Livelihood Initiative
  • Sarthak Educational Trust – Enhanced Disability Diversity and Inclusion among corporates
  • Sense International India Income Generation Activities for Persons with Deafblindness
  • TCS Access Infinity – Sugamaya Pustakalaya
  • Wipro Limited Inclusive Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities
  • YOUTH4JOBS FOUNDATION Youth4Jobs College Connect


  • DNetwork (Disability Network) – DNetwork (Jaringan Kerja Disabilitas)


  • Cope Foundation – Ability@Work
  • NUI Galway Transition to Employment Program
  • Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities – Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities Graduate Internship Programme


  • Avital Yanovsky – Diversity in High Tech High-Tech Runway
  • Enosh – The Israeli Mental Health Association MAOF – Entrepreneurship Program ‏for people with psychosocial disabilities
  • Gevasol – Gevasol
  • Israel Electric Corporation – Nitzan Or
  • itworks – Technology Accessibility Program (TAP)
  • LOTEM – Accessible Nature Guide
  • Ministry of Labor, Social Welfare and Social Services – The Tomorrow Programs


  • Pedius Pedius Work Inclusion for TIM


  • Mirairo Inc. – Mirairo ID
  • Takeda – Resource Group EnAble


  • The Sana Association – Work Coach Programmes for Persons with Disabilities


  • Riziki Source – Riziki Source App


  • Lebanese Union for People with Physical Disabilities – Improving Socio-Economic Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
  • ProAbled – ProAbled


  • Inclusion Mauritius – Supported Employment and Technical Training for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities’’


  • Alianza Éntrale AC –
  • Alianza Éntrale AC – The Index of Labour Inclusion of People with Disabilities
  • Mexican Business Council – Éntrale Alliance
  • Onest Logistics – Formal Education Program


  • Floare de Cires – Hope has an address!


  • Ministry of Education –  Transition Plans for the SEN Students


  • Blind Youth Association Nepal – Employment Promotion for Young Persons with Visual Impairment


  • Enablement B.V. RehApp
  • Ingka IKEA in Abylimpics project


  • Special Needs Initiative For Growth – Technical/Vocational Education/Training For Special Needs Young Adults in Low-Middle Income Countries


  • Signlab – Signlab


  • DeafTawk – DeafTawk
  • Network of Organizations Working with People with Disabilities Pakistan (NOWPDP) – Yaqeeen


  • Fundación para el Desarrollo Solidario LABORA PCD – Promoting the Labor Inclusion of People with Disabilities


  • Project Inclusion Network – ENABLE Opportunities
  • Virtualahan Inc. – Virtualahan


  • Kadiwaku Family Foundation – Inclusive Entrepreneurship for Persons with Disabilities


  • BGO group, Begeton —
  • Globe Media, LLC –
  • NGO Invatur – Training Production Laboratory ARTel


  • The Savola Group – Best Practices in Employing Persons with Disabilities


  • SG Enable – Sheltered Workshop to Work


  • I Love Coffee – I Love Coffee
  • Shonaquip Social Enterprise – Ecosystem for Inclusive Employment
  • The Living Link – The Living Link


  • Korea Association of the Vocational Rehabilitation Facilities for the Disabled(KAVRD) – JOB PLUS


  • APSA – APSA Penitentary Program for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Spanish Confederation of Physically and Organically Disabled People (COCEMFE) – AccesibilidApp
  • Spanish Confederation of Physically and Organically Disabled People (COCEMFE) – Inclusive Businesses: A Strategy for Inclusive Business Transformation
  • ENVERA Group – ENVERA Point of Inclusion
  • Universo Santi Restaurant – Universo Santi Restaurant
  • A LA PAR Foundation – CAMPVS: Higher Education for Employment
  • Lantegi Batuak Foundation – Lan Eskola
  • ONCE Foundation – ONE-ON-ONE Public-Private Transition Program
  • SIFU Group – SIFU Group


  • Empfed – Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) – Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre


  • Misa AB – The Misa Way


  • Blindspot, Inklusion und Vielfaltsförderung Schweiz – Labor Inklusion


  • Employable Africa – Employable Africa
  • Furaha Ya Wanawake Wajasiriamali Kwa Viziwi Tanzania (FUWAVITA) – Reduce the Challenges of Employment among Women with Disabilities


  • Lampang Eye Foundation – Promotion of Well-Being for People with Disabilities at Work


  • Dem Dernegi –
  • Eker Dairy Product – Autism in Workforce
  • Ereğli Down Cafe Association – Eregli Down Cafe
  • ES Kariyer ES Career Disability Consultancy
  • Poilabs – Visually Impaired Navigation in Indoor Venues


  • MOCD – Mashagel


  • ENABLE Scotland – ENABLE Me
  • Glaxo Smith Kline – Workplace Adjustments (Accommodations) Service
  • Microlink PC (UK) Ltd – MiCase Workplace Adjustments Case Management
    Enablement B.V. – The Leprosy Mission Myanmar: Disability Project
    Scottish Government – A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: Employment Action Plan


  • Goodwill Industries of East Texas, Inc. – Pre-Vocational Training
  • Griffin-Hammis Associates – Customized Employment in the United States: Creating change  for people with disabilities
  • Association of People Supporting Employment First – Just in Time Virtual Employment Supports
  • BeeLine Reader – BeeLine Reader
  • Champlain Community Services – Way2Work: A Career Continuum
  • Houston Community College – Inclusive Employment Practices In Business
  • Keystone Human Services/ Keystone Autism Services (KAS) – KAS Adult Community Autism Project
  • Microsoft – Seeing AI
  • NYC Mayors Office for People with Disabilities – NYC ATWORK
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) – Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)
  • The Trust for the Americas – POETA DigiSpark
  • University of Vermont- Transition and Post-Secondary Education Initiative
  • US DOL/ODEP – State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED)
  • World Vision – Inclusive Livelihood for Refugees


  • ON-NET and ICEVI – Sao Mai Vocational & Assistive Technology Center for the Blind


We are looking for a Project Manager who is available full time and willing to join a highly motivated team with worldwide outreach. Ideally someone who is ready to accept the challenges of a dynamic, fast-developing project. Our office is located in the center of Vienna, in the beautiful building of the old stock exchange.

Find a detailed job advertisement here.