EuroFound report front page. A lady types on her smart phone. Report title: Social and employment situation of people with disabilities

A special forum at the Zero Project 2019 Conference in February will look at data – How to collect it, how best to interpret it and how and who to present it to. We are delighted that Eurofound (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions) will be joining us for this session to share their insights. This is especially timely off the back of their recent publication of their excellent policy brief which looks at the social and employment situation of persons with disabilities.

Find out more and read the report itself by visiting the Eurofound website.

 

Banner of "Switching focus" report. Whose responsibility to improved disabled people's employment and pay

Indeed! What can they do? A great question and one that we try to tackle in part every 4 years when our topic of Employment comes along. But four years can be a long time to wait. In the meantime, we can point you towards an excellent publication by good friend of the Zero Project, Liz Sayce.

You can find the full report, an easyread executive summary and Word version:

Full Report

Easyread executive summary

Word version

Zero Project Snowman in green

It’s that time of year again. The Zero Project will take a little break and enjoy the holidays. And so should you too! We’ll be back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle final preparations for #ZeroCon19!  See you on the other side!

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We are delighted to announce that the first-ever United Nations Report on Disability and Development has referenced Zero Project Innovative Practices and Policies 50 times. The report, released on International Day of Persons with Disabilities was published by, for, and with, persons with disabilities, in the hopes of fostering more accessible, and disability-inclusive societies. It provides direct links to the factsheets in the Endnotes section. Not only this, the report has included dedicated sections to outline examples of good practices, sharing in our passion for presenting solutions.

Secretary-General António Guterres said the report “shows that people with disabilities are at a disadvantage” regarding most SDGs, “but also highlights the growing number of good practices that can create a more inclusive society in which they can live independently”.

We are honoured that the United Nations has used the Zero Project as a source of so many good practices! This is the whole reason we exist – to find and share outstanding innovations with the world, in the hope they get recognition, support, opportunities to grow and replicate, and act as a source of inspiration. We also hope this shows what can happen when a project is selected as an awardee.

We will be contacting those former awardees who have been referenced in the report individually to celebrate their great achievements over the coming weeks. We’ll also be looking more deeply into the report to see what we can learn from it going forward. But before that, we just want to say a huge congratulations to all those who have been referenced. We are very proud of you all!

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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!

The Zero Project Team having a discussion in the middle of large empty United Nations conference room

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!

G3ict logo

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.

Be part of the purple revolution

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.

Event banner featuring the UN in Vienna with the river Danube in front.

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.

Innovative Competition banner. The United Nations Vienna with the river Danube in front. ITU competition 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.