Announcing the Zero Project Awardees 2023!


The Zero Project announces the Awardees 2023 in the field of Independent Living & Political Participation, and ICT. 71 Innovative Solutions from 42 countries will receive the Zero Project Award at the Zero Project Conference 2023 in Vienna, Austria.

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Innovation, Impact, Scalability

Out of 320 nominations, 156 nominations (from 64 countries) made it to the Zero Project Awardee 2023 Shortlist, based on an extensive multi-step peer-review process that were influenced by the three main criteria of evaluation; (1) innovation; (2) impact; and (3) scalability.

71 Awardees from 42 countries have been selected as the Zero Project Awardees 2023!

The Innovative Solutions come from all sectors of society – civil society, public sector, and private sector – with a high percentage of them using ICT-based approaches – to empower persons with disabilities to live more independent lives.

  • From cooperative personal assistance models to inclusive election guides:
  • from co-design toolkits to entrepreneurship programs;
  • from supported housing models to pioneering deinstitutionalization initiatives;
  • from accessible music programs to theatre for all;
  • from assistive technology to rights based approaches;
  • The Innovative Solutions provide a wide variety of solutions towards a world with greater independent living, political participation for all, and zero barriers.

Find further details here:


The full list of Zero Project Awardees 2023 & Innovative Solutions

The format of the list is sorted alphabetically by country of domicile of the organization. Under each country of domicile follows the Organization name - Project name. Then in brackets, the Zero Project code. In the bullet point underneath each Awardee is a short description of the project.


  • Youth Disability Advocacy Service/Youth Affairs Council Victoria - Young Leaders Programme. (1047)  
    • NGO developing young people for leadership positions 


  • die berater Unternehmensberatungs GmbH - Interaction avatar. (5030)  
    • Home-based children using a robot in classroom to learn and socialize
  • Pro mente Upper Austria - Wesenufer Hotel. (1213)  
    • Employment and training for persons with psychosocial disabilities in a hotel
  • Wiener Konzerthaus - SommerMusikWoche/Inclusive Music Programme. (1007)  
    • A leading concert hall offering a free and inclusive musical workshop week
  • WAG Assistenzgenossenschaft (WAG) - Cooperative personal assistance model in Austria. (4036)  
    • Facilitating personal assistance service provision to persons with disabilities 


    • Asociacion De Personas Con Discapacidad Fisica “Nueva Esperanza” (APCDF) - Programa Vida Independiente. (1288)  
      • Advanced life-skills training for wheelchair users


    • Instituto Jô Clemente (IJC) - Self-Defence Project . (1245)  
      • Self-advocacy group of persons with intellectual disabilities

    Burkina Faso

    • Light for the World - Inclusive Election Guide. (3031)  
      • An Inclusive Election Guide developed in a Sub-Saharan Country


    • Lilian Dibo Association (LDA) - Disability Voices Against Rape. (1203)  
      • Support programme for women with disabilities against sexual violence


    • Fable Tech Labs - Fable Upskill. (5079)  
      • Teaching inclusivity for digital designers through customized video courses


    • Fundación Vida Independiente - RED – Emprendedores con Discapacidad. (1250)  
      • Support programme for entrepreneurs with disabilities
    • Municipalidad de Cerro Navia - Plan 80. (3018)  
      • Providing personalized municipal care support for persons over the age of 80
    • National Electoral Service (SERVEL) - Sign Language Video Interpretation Service (3035)
      • Sign language video service to support the electoral participation of people with hearing disabilities


    • Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd - MTGPA Haptics. (5022)  
      • Haptic technology to improve mobile app accessibility


    • World Vision United States - Citizen, Voice, and Action (CVA). (1150)  
      • Easy-to-use method for connecting communities, service providers and the government

    Costa Rica

    • Morpho Independent Living Center - Law for the promotion of the personal autonomy of persons with disabilities (3022)  
      • Moving from the guardianship to the social autonomy model of disability"


    • Agence National Des Personnes Handicapées - SIGPH Management Information System for Persons with Disabilities. (5034)  
      • Government-led database for improved distribution of assistive technologies


    • Signes de sens - Ben le Koala. (1056)  
      • Teaching skills to children with autism using animated video


    • MOBILE – Selbstbestimmtes Leben Behinderter e.V. - Accompanied Parenthood. (1207)  
      • At-home support for parents with intellectual disabilities 
    • Capito Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - Political Representation Programme. (1062)  
      • People with intellectual disabilities as editors, experts, or political representatives


    • Bapu Trust For Research on Mind & Discourse. (1059)  
      • Community-based support services to persons with psychosocial disabilities
    • Amar Seva Sangam - Paediatric Assistive Technology Provision Programme. (1115)  
      • Providing assistive technology for children in rural Asia


    • NLR Indonesia - My Body Is Mine (MBIM). (1272)  
      • Sexual and reproductive education for youth with leprosy and other disabilities


    • Saint John of God Liffey Service (SJOG) - App Toolkit. (1060)  
      • People with intellectual disabilities co-designing digital innovations


    • Tower of David Museum - Accessibility and Inclusion Programme. (1242)  
      • A museum in an ancient citadel as a role model for accessible sights
    • Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS) - Self and collective advocacy and leadership development program. (1290)  
      • Persons with intellectual disabilities becoming self-advocates in politics
    • Enosh - MAOF entrepreneurship programme. (1066)  
      • Entrepreneurship support for persons with psychosocial disabilities
    •  Israel Elwyn –Transitioning from Sheltered Workshops to Mainstream Employment. (1041)  
      • Transfering persons with intellectual disabilities out of sheltered workshops
    • Krembo Wings - Paving the Way to Independent Life programme. (1146)  
      • Comprehensive support for young people with disabilities after school education
    • Shekulo Tov Group - SAME Programme. (1184)  
      • Social and recreational activities for persons with disabilities and their families
    • RightHear. (5018)  
      • Smartphone app that provides audio descriptions of surroundings
    • JDC Israel - Expanded Supported Housing. (1278)  
      • Supported housing for persons with complex disabilities


    • Deinstitutionalization of Muscular Dystrophy Wards. (1113)  
      • Pioneering de-institutionalization by involving broad networks of stakeholders 
    • Evixar Inc. - HELLO! MOVIE. (4027)  
      • Free mobile app and glasses that sync audio description and captions to movies


    • EnableMe Kenya - EnableMe Community platform. (5061)  
      • Nationwide platform for all disability-related information in a low-income country
    • Safaricom, NCPWD and i2i - NCPWD Career Portal. (4041)  
      • Online job-platform for persons with disabilities in a sub-Saharan country
    • Signs Media Kenya Limited - assistALL. (5005)  
      • Sign language translation app for accessing services and businesses


    • Social Security Organization of Malaysia - MYFutureJobs. (5056)  
      • Government-backed online job-portal for all people with disabilities 


    • Fundación Inclúyeme - Inclúyeme Adult Life programme. (1145)  
      • Housing and life-skills programme for adults with intellectual disabilities


      • Outlook Humanitarian Care Initiative - Interactive Audio Instruction. (1157)  
        • Using a mix of radio and digital content to train young learners in rural areas 

      North Macedonia

      • Brand Solution - Best Online Assistant. (5112)  
        • Jobs in digital marketing and social media for people with physical disabilities


      • Milla Says. (5038)  
        • App to support persons with speech and language difficulties to communicate


      • Federation of Portuguese Cerebral Palsy Associations - Accessible Vote System. (1284)  
        • Independent and secret voting for all


      • Asociatia Alfabetul Scripor - Scripor Alphabet. (1022)  
        • Promoting the use of the Scripor alphabet, tactile representations of colour


      • Sightsavers - Citizenship and political participation programme. (1046)  
        • Empowering people with disabilities to stand up in elections in Sub-Saharan Africa


      • Boarding School Milan Petrović - Accessible music programme. (1214)  
        • Music workshops and an orchestra for youth with disabilities


      • Digital Dream. (4008)  
        • Children with disabilities learning with interactive wall and floor projections
      • Disabled Peoples Association (DPA) - DisOrdinary Love. (1256)  
        • Programme enabling persons with disabilities to learn about sex and relationships

      South Africa

      • Shonaquip Social Enterprise - Parent Network. (1123)  
        • Digital-based support group for parents of children with disabilities


      • Support Girona - Open Space (Espai Obert). (1292)  
        • Facility supporting the social integration of people with psychosocial disabilities
      • Support Girona - Top House Housing Commission. (1248)  
        • People-centred housing services for persons with psychosocial disabilities 
      • Mouse4All. (5042)  
        • System to use any Android device without touching the screen

      Sri Lanka

      • International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) - Disability Inclusive Elections Sri Lanka (DIESL). (1205) 
        • Countrywide working group making elections more accessible


      • Funka - Funkabutiken. (5114)  
        • Online game for practicing shopping and making payments online
      • Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan - My choice/My election. (1188)  
        • Study circles supporting persons with intellectual disabilities in political processes 


      • National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction - Disaster Preparedness Handbook. (3004)  
        • Creating a disability-inclusive handbook for disaster preparedness


      • Türkiye İşitme Engelliler Derneği (TIED) - Bilingual stories. (1253)  
        • Storytelling mobile app for children who are deaf or blind
      • Türkiye Down Syndrome Association.- My Voice, My Society. (1139)  
        • Facilitated self-advocacy groups for people with Down Syndrome


      • Uganda National Self-Advocacy Initiative (UNSAI) - Support my Choice Programme. (1217)  
        • Peer-led organization of persons with psychosocial disabilities in Subsaharan Africa


      • International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Ukraine. (1221)  
        • QR Codes used to inform voters who are blind or deaf about voting procedures

      United Arab Emirates

      • Key2Enable - Key-X. (4034)  
        • Computer keyboard with only 11 buttons for people with motor impairments

      United Nations

      • UNPRPD / Inclusion International / UNDP publication - Toolkit for Political Participation. (3041)  
        • Election policy toolkit of a UN agency for persons with intellectual disabilities

      United States

          • Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD) - Smart Living. (1152)  
            • Smart technology supporting persons with intellectual disabilities staying at home alone
          • Our Ability, Inc. - Jobs Ability. (5097)  
            • An online accessible skills-driven job platform
            • Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) - Access to Theatre. (1144)  
              • Theatre arts programme for youth with disabilities
            • Google - Lookout. (5093)  
              • A smartphone app using the camera to describe all sorts of objects and text around the user
            • Rincon Family Services - The Living Room. (1185)  
              • Multifaceted relief programme for people struggling with their mental health
            • Keystone Human Services - Technology for Independent Living. (1024)  
              • Adapting smart technology to support services for persons with intellectual disabilities
            • Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities (RAMPD) - Lachi Music LLC (4007)  
              • Disability-led network for promoting professional artists and musicians
            • The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) - ENGAGE. (1030)  
              • Political leadership courses for young people with disabilities in Africa, Asia, and Ukraine

              Viet Nam

              • Liliane Fonds - BodyTalk. (1243)  
                • Trainings on sexual and reproductive health for youth with disabilities