The Zero Project, and International Association of Accessibility Professionals: IAAP, a division of G3ict – The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, have come together to offer a series of free innovating webinars.
Through sharing best practices that are not only global, scalable and either free or at low-cost, we are hopeful these solutions can be used to speed up the process of implementing the United Nation Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities.
Each of these webinars will highlight best practices and solutions from the 2020 Zero Project Awards on Education and ICT – the first series will introduce you to Benetech, Fundacion Once and Scify.
Following the webinar series,  a publication, highlighting information about the innovation, resources, and insights from the webinar will be made available on the IAAP Educational Training Database

Benetech a US non-profit organization has made the start on June 24th, 2020 and presented their awarded practise Bookshare.

Bookshare is a global accessible virtual library for people with print disabilities. Available nationwide in the United States and in 87 other countries, Bookshare provides books and printed materials in five accessible formats, such as electronic Braille and DAISY synchronized text with audio, at a lower cost than traditional methods.

In case you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording here: https://youtu.be/GgP225XsV_M
We also invite you to join the discussion in our WhatsApp community
Stay tuned – more info coming soon!
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The Innovative Practices rightly get a lot of attention for their amazing work around the world to improve the lives of persons with disabilities. They also normally make up more than three-quarters of our awardees and show the incredible change that NGOs and businesses can create.

But what about the Innovative Policies? Why should policies be nominated and why are they so important?

Innovative Policies show how change can happen at a government level. They lead the way in showing what is possible locally, nationally or internationally. By sharing the best examples of policy changes in governments around the world that support people with disabilities it can inspire others to follow suit. It can also provide pressure to other governments to implement necessary and lasting change.

Each Zero Project Conference brings together decision-makers from governments and international organisations around the world, such as local government representatives, ministries, and elected officials such as members of the European Parliament. By bringing together some of the best voices on a national stage, other countries simply have to take note.

This is why it is so important for us to be able to share the greatest laws, regulations, grants, subsidies etc. that break down barriers for persons with disabilities.

We are looking for policies that make employment more inclusive for persons with disabilities.  This could be on international/supranational level, on a country level or also regional level, and normally only initiated by a public sector body – for example, a national or regional government, ministry, public sector agency.

We are also interested in inclusive employment strategies targeted at the public sector as an employer but also from trade unions working on inclusive employment, as their work often intersects with, upholds, or seeks to improve existing policy and legislative frameworks.

So help us to find the best policies that are creating lasting change. Tell us about them, or get in contact with your local politicians and decision-makers and encourage them to nominate their work for the recognition it deserves!

For more information, please go to our Zero Project Nomination Website

 

After a record-breaking week of nominations, we simply cannot close the call in just 2 days!
We are trying to answer your questions as best as we can and have therefore decided to extend the deadline until midnight on Sunday 5th July! 
Don’t forget, we have loads of information that can help you, to access it please visit: https://call.zeroproject.org/

 

If all else fails, please contact us directly at office@zeroproject.org.

 

So finish the incredible work you have started – Good luck!

 

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The Good Design Awards are one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation across 11 Design Disciplines. The entry deadline is Friday 29th May 2020, however, if you do wish to enter and need some additional time, entries will be allowed until Monday 1st June at 9 am.

Winners will receive the Good Design Tick Trophy, Trademarks and be featured in the annual Good Design Awards Yearbook and online on the Good Design Index, the home for best in class design and innovation.

Businesses likely to have been impacted by the current crisis will be recognized, additionally,  to make entering easier during this difficult time a number of changes to the process for 2020 have been made:

  • A 25% discount on all entry fees for this year,
  • Provision of a limited number of free entries to those no longer able to afford the entry fee.
  • The 2020 judging will be conducted online, and samples will not be required for evaluation.

 

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If you have any questions you can contact the Good Design Team on awards@good-design.org.

 

 

The Zero Project has joined forces with Access Israel on  “Global Sharing of Accessibility and Inclusion during COVID-19 crisis” – a series of international webinars.

Don’t miss the first Zoom webinar event on Thursday, May 7th 2020 at 15:30 GMT which will include best practices from the USA, Austria, Israel and Spain.

Registration is free  – the number of participants is limited so we highly recommend you sign in promptly so save your spot in the webinar!

REGISTER NOW

For any ideas, sharing, questions feel free to contact: site@aisrael.org and otherwise feel free to spread the word and invite interested organisations, commisioners and thought leaders!

See you there!

As you may remember, at the end of 2019 we partnered with the organization Fundación Descúbreme from Chile – an exciting step to extend the mission of the Zero Project for a world without barriers to the Latin American and the Spanish-speaking communities.

We are now pleased to present you with the first fruits of our partnership with Fundación Descúbreme:

All 75 Innovative Practices and 11 Innovative Policies on the topic of Inclusive Education and ICT are now available in Spanish!

To find out more dive in and follow these links:

Prácticas Innovaddoras 2020 Sobre Educacion Inclusiva

Políticas Innovaddoras 2020 Sobre Educacion Y TIC

Enjoy!

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Gallaudet University won a Zero Project Award in 2018 for their VL2 Storybook Creator app and are also one of our Zero Project Impact Transfer alumni. This app is just one of the activities now being offered on their free American Sign Language (ASL) Literacy Resources platform, alongside videos, ideas and other resources to support deaf children and their families during the current school closures due to COVID-19. The storybook apps are currently being made available for free on a rolling basis, and sign-up to the platform is free. You can find out more at: motionlightlab.podia.com/asl-literacy-activities

Circumstances are a little different this year, nevertheless, we hope you can take a break and enjoy some quality time at home. The Zero Project wishes you all wonderful Easter holidays!

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45 MEPs have demanded the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to secure funding for support and care services for people with disabilities.

The letter is addressed to European Commission President Von der Leyen and EU Council President Michel and calls attention to the alarming lack of funding for services that provide care and support for persons with disabilities. Furthermore, it underlines that most organisations have adapted and continue to provide services but face a lack of access to needed funding, due to non-flexible contracts with authorities and delayed funding calls.

For more information please visit the following links:

EASPD – European Association of Service providers for persons with disabilities: https://tinyurl.com/unsee5c

EDF – European Disability Forum https://tinyurl.com/ulpqfkl

 

 

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down, in the past couple of weeks, with still challenging times ahead. To ensure that no one is left behind during this difficult time, we think it is important to share information and measurements in order to support the disability community accordingly.

Therefore, a call to our Zero Project network: In the following weeks, we would like to encourage you to share new publications, declarations, public webinars or announcements about (online-) meetings and conferences with us and send it to Seema Mundackal at  s.mundackal@zeroproject.org.

We are happy to share and spread the word!

 

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