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Most of you probably know by now what it means to be awarded by the Zero Project. But what you might not know is there are other exciting opportunities, and you don’t necessarily have to be an awardee to benefit!

Zero Project Impact Transfer

Across the last two years we have teamed up with our good friends at Ashoka to run the Zero Project Impact Transfer. Each year, at least 10 projects are selected from the nominations to take part in an acceleration programme to prepare their project to be replicated in other countries or contexts. This includes a training and mentoring programme with experts from the business and philanthropic worlds, plus a 2-day boot camp in Vienna, Austria shortly before the Zero Project Conference. Successes so far include the Museum of Modern Art in New York delivering training to representatives from over 20 museums at workshops in Vienna and Berlin, and Enable India sharing their information sharing service in Ethiopia by teaming up with the Ethiopian Centre for Disability and Development.

Zero Project in Latin America with Fundación Descúbreme

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The Zero Project Exhibition

We are excited to embark on a new adventure with our great partners at Fundación Descúbreme in Chile. This project is aiming to increase the impact of the Zero Project in Latin America. Fundación Descúbreme will work with the Zero Project throughout 2019 through the nomination and selection process and in 2020 will co-host a Zero Project conference in Santiago, Chile. There are many ways that nominated projects may benefit, such as opportunities to present and exhibit their work.

Zero Project Conference – Presentations and exhibitions

Each year we base the conference schedule around the awardees, who present their innovative models that support persons with disabilities. But you may not know that we also invite all projects that made it to the shortlist to take part in the conference! Depending on the innovation, the topic and the stage of the projects, we choose a number of those from the shortlist to take part in conference in other ways such as the exhibition or presenting in sessions.

So go ahead and make your nomination! We look forward to hearing from you!

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At Zero Project HQ we are feeling motivated as we begin receiving nominations for the 2020 awards. It is great to be interacting once again with our whole community, and we’re excited already to speak to some new names this year!

We are here and waiting to answer any queries that you may have, and to give you some tips for making your nomination stand out! But what you may not know, is we have many sources available to you at the touch of a button:

The 2019 Nomination Video – We tell you what topics we are looking at this year and give you some tips to help you when writing your nomination. The video can be accessed via YouTube, Facebook, or on the 2019 Nomination Platform

Question and Answers Document – Accessed via the nomination platform, the Q&A is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Arabic and answers the key questions you may have about the nomination process.

Themes Document – Also accessed via the platform, this document gives you a breakdown of the themes that we are encouraging nominations from. It splits the overall topic of Education into 4 main themes, plus gives some additional keywords to get you thinking.

If you want to know more outside of the nomination process, you can view other useful pages of the website, including About the Zero Project, and about the Zero Project awards. You can also take a look at our previous Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies winners.

If all else fails, make sure to contact us directly at office@zeroproject.org. You will have the pleasure of speaking to Doris, Paula, Seema, Wilfried or Michael who will help you with your queries.

We look forward to speaking to you and receiving your nominations!

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It’s less than one month until the M-Enabling summit and we’re excited to share some of the bits that we’re looking forward to the most:

  • Neil Romano, Chairman of the National Council on Disability (NCD), will be delivering the opening keynote on June 17, 2019. This will be of high interest to participants, as NCD is known for their leadership and focusing on promoting the needs of people with disabilities, crafting and recommending policy solutions.
  • This year the M-Enabling Summit will host over 120 speakers both from industry and advocacy groups focusing on key issues going on in the community. With its theme of “Accessibility: Transforming Users’ Experience,” the 2019 M-Enabling Summit will provide a platform for empowering technologies and focus on next-generation innovations and breakthroughs for users of all abilities.
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be returning to present the FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA) at the M-Enabling Summit on June 18. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will be delivering the keynote address to open the evening’s awards ceremony.
  • Highlighted sessions at this year’s Summit include: Artificial Intelligence for User Interfaces, Real World End User Experience, Accessible Media Platforms Entertainment, International Trends in Digital Accessibility, Baby Boomer Strategies and much more! Register today to learn more: http://www.m-enabling.com/conreg.html

See you there!

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“Now I have a way to explain what most people see as unsettling or bad.”

At the age of 24, I sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car crash. This left my memory severely impaired and resulted in co-ordination difficulties when tired as well as aphasia – which is a communication disorder. In January 2018, I was helping my sister with my 13-year-old nephew. He has ADHD and ODD and can get out of control and become extremely strong and difficult to manage.

On this day he tried to attack both me and my sister. This led to me safely pinning him to the floor until he calmed down. Once he appeared settled we thought the episode was over, but he phoned his social worker and accused me of trying to harm him. The police arrived and explained that I would have to give a statement.

I contacted the number on my Headway ID card and spoke to a solicitor about what had happened, and he offered to attend the police station with me. I also presented my ID card to the police officers so they understood that I might struggle to answer their questions and so they would be prepared to give me time to find the right words. They investigated and found no evidence of any form of wrong doing, and I was cleared of the charge against me.

It makes me feel secure knowing that thanks to the Headway ID card I have a way to explain what most people see as unsettling, bad, or bizarre behaviour.

You can read more about the Headway Brain Injury ID Card in their factsheet.

 

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We are excited to announce that the 2020 call for nominations is now open!

This year we are looking at Education. We are seeking nominations for Innovative Policies and Innovative Practices that help improve the lives of persons with disabilities.

Up to 80 projects will be selected to present their innovations at the annual Zero Project Conference at the United Nations in Vienna, where they will be joined by more than 600 experts and leaders from over 80 countries. Awarded projects will also be featured in the annual Zero Project Report and will be shared via social media throughout 2020.

We are looking for projects that have shown a measurable impact on the lives of people with disabilities. Not only that, we are looking for projects that are innovative and have the potential to be replicated in other regions or contexts.

Nominations are accepted through the nomination database www.zeroproject.org/nomination2020. Here you will find a nomination introduction video, a Q&A document, plus a “Themes” document, telling you which Education sub-topics we are accepting nominations on.

And if you can’t find what you are looking for, then contact us directly at office@zeroproject.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Good luck!

 

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We are excited to be taking part in the M-Enabling Summit which is on the topic of “Accessibility: Transforming Users’ Experience”. This year the Summit will host over 120 speakers both from industry and advocacy groups focusing on key issues going on in the community. The 2019 M-Enabling Summit will provide a platform for empowering technologies and focus on next-generation innovations and breakthroughs for users of all abilities.

Just some of the exciting sessions at this year’s Summit include: Artificial Intelligence for User Interfacses, Real World End User Experience, Accessible Media Platforms Entertainment, International Trends in Digital Accessibility. Baby Boomer Strategies and much more!

See you in Washington DC between June 17th and 19th!

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We are excited to announce that the call for nominations on the topic of Education for persons with disabilities will open next week!

Once again, we will be looking for Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies that support persons with disabilities, on this year’s topic of Education. Projects will be selected from around the world and between 60 and 80 winners will be invited to present their models at the Annual Zero Project Conference at the United Nations in Vienna. In addition, any project that makes it through to the larger shortlist will also be invited to take part in the conference. Last year more than 600 experts and leaders from more than 80 countries gathered in Vienna for this special event.

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More than 600 experts from 83 countries leaders attended the 2019 Zero Project Conference

Winning projects will also be featured in the annual Zero Project report and will be promoted via the Zero Project website and social media.

This year’s topic is education, which covers a range of sub-topics including primary and secondary schools, universities, vocational certification, pre-school and early childhood intervention and early childhood diagnosis. We will also be looking at non-formal types of education such as through dance, music, sport, gamification, apps, community-based education programs, numeracy, literacy and adult education.

We will publish a full list of our education “themes” in a dedicated document next week.

So get thinking! Should your project, program, product, service or policy be celebrated for its achievements? Should it be shared with others who can learn from its success? We definitely want to hear from you!

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More than 40 panel discussions, forums and special events took place at the 2019 conference

Projects must be innovative, at least in the context or region they are working. Not only that, they must also show measurable results for persons with disabilities and have potential to be scaled or replicated.

Nominations will take place via our online platform. Next week we will release more details of how to make a nomination and what kind of projects we are looking for.

Watch this space…

“Volunteering can be a great experience, especially for people with a physical disability.”

My name is Erwin Buchberger and I am a wheelchair user. I need personal assistance for my daily life. I enjoy travelling and I am always looking for new adventures. As soon as I heard about the possibility to volunteer abroad, I wanted to do it.

With WeltWegWeiser we found an ideal project, working in an integrative school in Latvia, where some pupils are disabled. I especially enjoyed looking after the children and coming up with ideas for after-school activities. These pupils didn’t speak much English. Instead, we used creativity and our hands communicating from heart to heart.

You have to cope with life in an unfamiliar environment. And I succeeded, which was great for my self-confidence. It also changed the way I see the world.

After returning home, I was invited to promote inclusive voluntary services on behalf of WeltWegWeiser. Volunteering can be a great experience, especially for people with a physical disability, who often have to fight to be included in society. Getting involved in social projects abroad is a chance to show that you can give something back and change society’s perception of people with disabilities.

Read the WeltWegWeiser factsheet to find out more about their inclusive international volunteering programme.

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“Even simple things like how to lace my shoes make a big difference to me.”

My name is Sadek and I am a 23-year-old university student studying accounting. Since I started the ETI programme I have learned many things, and the programme has helped me to gain more independence and self-confidence. I am very motivated by the programme, especially by the music classes and the social literacy. I’ve learned how to interact more with others and how to communicate better. Even such simple things as how to lace my shoes has made a difference in my life.

I am grateful for the ETI staff, who are providing all of these experiences, including the chance to meet new people and to make new friends. For me, they represent a family working together for the same goal – to promote the social integration of young people and children with disabilities.

Read the ETI factsheet to find out more about the programme.

The World Future Council is inviting nominations for laws or policies that work to give young people a voice and the opportunity to get decent jobs in a sustainable economy.

They are seeking nominations of innovative and impactful laws, policies and legal frameworks that create enabling environments and empower young people in the following fields:

  • Economic empowerment of young women and men in decent and sustainable jobs
  • Youth civic engagement and political participation in support of sustainable development and peace

Further details of the award and the application process can be found on the World Future Council website.