The UN DMSPC/OHR annual International Day for Persons with Disabilities event is almost here and we are looking forward to seeing you there!

What: With the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy, launched by the Secretary-General in June 2019, the United Nations is increasing its efforts to attract, recruit, develop and retain persons with disabilities. The United Nations Secretariat, with endorsement from the Assistant Secretary General for Human Resources Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance United Nations- Martha Helena Lopez, have come together with the Kessler Foundation, which is one of the largest public charities in the United States supporting persons with disabilities, to organize the “This is MY Workplace” movement.

The event brings together advocates and leaders from outside the UN system to have a candid conversation on issues affecting persons with disabilities. This year’s event will be focusing on a core issue for true integration- Employment.

Why: We, the global community, must ensure that no one is left behind and raise our voices and join the “This is MY Workplace” movement to create and promote a truly inclusive culture in our workplaces where everyone can succeed and perform to their full potential. A disability-inclusive workplace is not only the right thing to do, it is also a practical one: sustainable development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included equally.

Where: The event will be held on December 3rd 2019 at 3:00 pm-6:00 pm at the United Nations Secretariat building in the ECOSOC chamber in New York City.

Please RSVP using the following link to attend and receive more information about the event:

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The 16th call for proposals for SozialMarie is open! Prizes are awarded for projects that design and implement innovative solutions to societal challenges. Calls are welcome from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Projects from Slovenia should not be more than 300 km away from Vienna.

15 solutions will be awarded, with the top 3 solutions receiving prize money of €15,000, €12,000 and €5,000. The other 12 projects will receive prize money of €2,000 each.

The deadline to submit the applications is 21st January 2020.

For more information please visit the SozialMarie website.

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UN Enable have published a new web page which includes more than 100 disability strategies/action plans. The page aims at facilitating knowledge sharing and identification of good practices in disability-inclusive development and the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities.

Go to the webpage and find out what action plans are in place for your country, or the country that you’re working in. If you are involved in national disability strategies or action plans which are not shown on the web page, make sure to let them know!

After a record-breaking nomination and selection process, over 80 Innovative Practices and Policies have been selected as 2020 Zero Project Awardees!

We are undergoing the final final fact-checking on the selected projects, and will then spend the next few months working with the organisations to write up their inspiring projects and prepare them for the Zero Project Conference 2020. The awardees have been informed already, but unfortunately we will not be releasing the names of the winners until January, once all checks have been completed and their project “factsheets” will be published on our website. Thanks for being patient! However, we can tell you a little about this record-breaking year and how the process has worked this time round.

Way back in June, you may remember we received an incredible 468 nominations from 106 countries. To put that in perspective, last time we looked at education, in 2016, we received 258 nominations from 58 countries.

Next, across August and September, we enlisted members with and without disabilities in the Zero Project network to support us in selecting which projects should be awarded. Over 500 experts from 99 countries answered the call and took time out of their busy schedules to read and comment on the nominations put before them. This resulted in a tough selection process where projects were ranked using more than 4,000 individual scores and over 1,900 personal comments, plus taking into account a regional and topic-focus. The result is a preliminary selection of over 80 Innovative Practices and Policies from 49 countries.

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in this complex and demanding process. We appreciate the time and effort that so many dedicated friends and partners of the Zero Project have provided for free over the last few months to support us. The Zero Project wouldn’t exist without you!

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Our good friends at Ruderman Foundation are teaming up with MIT Sloan School of Management for the second year to offer the LEAD20@MIT program. 25 lucky influencers from all around the world will be equipped with theories and strategies in the areas of digital leadership, networking and entrepreneurship to become high impact social influencers. The program is looking for social influencers in the areas of inclusion, leadership and advocacy to participate int the LEAD20@MIT Leadership in the Digital age course between 10th and 15th May 2020. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply you need to fill out the online form, and submit supporting material including a video and resume. Find out more by visiting the LEAD20@MIT website.

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The European Association of Service Providers for People with Disabilities has opened its 4th edition of the Employment for All Award. The award aims to

  • Promote strategies that facilitate the employment of persons with disabilities on the open labour market;
  • Provide them with equal opportunities to access gainful employment;
  • Enable them to gain a greater control over their independence in terms of employment and financial stability.

Ten promising practices with be published in the 2020 Employment for All Booklet, with 6 nominees invited to EASPD and LADAPT’s “Employment of Persons with Disabilities: Road to Employment” Conference in Paris in 4th to 5th May 2020, where they will be given the opportunity to present their system, model or scheme to over 250 conference participants. Two winners of the Employment for All Award will be announced during the conference.

Find out more about the award and make your application by visiting the EASPD Website.

During the summer the European Foundation Centre have produced a short publication to promote some of the numerous prizes that their members give out. The selection shows the diversity of support that is provided by European philanthropy, which is of course not just about ‘traditional grant-making’ but much more than that. Included in the selection are the Zero Project Awards, on p. 6 of the publication “Philanthropy Prizes”.

The publication was distributed and launched more officially during the Research and Innovation days organised with the European Commission.

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For the first time ever, the Zero Project is publishing the Shortlist of projects for the Zero Project Awards. 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 469 nominations, 169 Practices and 24 Policies have made it through to the Shortlist. All shortlisted projects will be invited to attend the Zero Project Conference 2020 at the United Nations Offices in Vienna, Austria.

The final vote is currently underway, which will determine which of these great projects will be finally selected as 2020 Zero Project Awardees on the topic of Education 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 education for people with disabilities.

Good luck to all remaining projects in the final vote!

The full list of shortlisted practices and policies is:


  • Canales – Virtual platform (Videolibros) for access to literacy in Sign Language


  • Bridge of Hope – Maximise inclusive learning environment for children


  • Department of Education – Inclusive education in Queensland state schools (Policy)
  • Flinders University – Up the Hill Project (social inclusion)
  • Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) – UEBOnline (learn Unified Braille Code)
  • Sonokids Australia – Ballyland educational apps
  • Swinburne University – AccessAbility Careers Hub
  • The Centre for Disability Studies – Uni2Beyond social inclusion at University of Sydney


  • ADPP Center of Expertise for Inclusive Education – Teacher training in Mozambique
  • Bildungsdirektion Wien – Support project for autistic children (Policy)
  • Inklusionsprojekt Wiener Neudorf – Wind Orchestra Class
  • KHM Museumsverband – ARCHES (Accessible Resources for Cultural Heritage Ecosystems)
  • Kindern Eine Chance (A Chance For Children) – Therapy camps
  • Light for the World International – Inclusive education in an IDP camp setting
  • Pädagogische Hochschule NÖ & Qualitätssicherungsrat für die Pädagog*innenbildung – Teacher Education Act(Policy)
  • PH Salzburg – BLuE University Programme
  • ProVita Bildungs GmbH – bildung.bewegt (help young people acquire higher qualifications)
  • Sozialministerium – Vocational Training Act (Policy)


  • Disabled Rehabilitation & Research Association (DRRA) – Learn for Life
  • Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) – Learning materials for blind students


  • Ministry of Education – Policy-Guidelines on Assessment, Examination, Promotion and Transition of Students with Disabilities (Policy)


  • Tanzelarija (Organization for the promotion of contemporary dance) – Silent Dance


  • Diretoria de Educação Inclusiva (DEIN) –  Public service aimed at 0-4 year-old children (Policy)
  • Livox International – Communication app
  • Mais Diferenças – Projeto Brincar (preschool education)
  • Rodrigo Mendes Institute – DIVERSA platform about inclusive education best practices
  • Rodrigo Mendes Institute – Open Doors to Inclusion
  • Univali University – Game design by children


  • Centre for Inclusive Education – One School for All


  • EduClick – Online accessible education platform


  • Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital – Transition education program
  • jobPath – Employment discovery
  • New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – New Brunswick Provincial Autism Training Framework (Policy)
  • Rick Hansen Foundation – Accessibility Assessor training


  • Colegio Laudare – School providing personalized and comprehensive education
  • Duoc UC – Adaptive ICTs
  • Instituto National de Rehabilitatión – Education in hospitalization
  • SK Comercial – Job integration
  • Universidad Andres Bello – Socio-labour training programme
  • University Viña del Mar – Adapkine sports


  • Centre for Sign Linguistics & Deaf Studies, Chinese University of HK – SLCO Programme
  • Zhejiang University – Staff training in ICT accessibility


  • Corporación TransicionesCrecer – Transition to Adult Life program
  • Fundación Arte Sin Fronteras – Life Project (art without borders)
  • Secretaria de Educación Municipal Armenia – Teacher training (Policy)
  • Secretaria Distrital de Integración Social – Guarantee access, participation & transition in early education
  • Servicio Nacional de Aprendizale (SENA) – Free access to training for PwD (Policy)


  • Universidad de Pinar – Teacher training on early childhood


  • Youth in Transition (YIT) – Support for NEETs


  • Instituto Nacional de Atención Integral a la Primera Infancia –  Model of comprehensive early childhood care (Policy)


  • Knowledge and Human Development Authority – Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework (Policy)


  • Universidad Politécncia Salesiana – Student support (recognised by UNESCO)


  • Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) – Egypt’s National Policy for ICT Accessibility in Education for Persons with Disabilities (Policy)


  • Felm – Sign language training
  • Service Foundation for People with an Intellectual Disability – On the Verge of Adulthood -transition training


  • European Tourist Guide Federation (FEG) – T-GUIDE (guiding visitors with learning disabilities)
  • Soliver – Digital training tools ‘ZERO BARRIER’


  • capito Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – New ways to art
  • Christoffel-Blindenmission Deutschland – Inclusive school infrastructure in Zimbabwe
  • Guter Unterricht für alle – mathildr (trisomy 21)
  • In der Gemeinde leben – PIKSL mobil
  • Kath. Hochschule für Sozialwesen Berlin – Inclusive health education
  • Technische Universität Dortmund – Transition and student support
  • TU Dresden – Visual Support Group


  • SciFY – SCIENCE FOR YOU NPC – Games for the Blind
  • Stichting International Parents Alliance – ELPIDA E-Learning for parents


  • ADISA – teacher training
  • Fundal – Inclusive schools
  • Rompiendo Límites – Sign language training by the deaf (Chorti community)


  • La Parálisis Cerebral – School Management Strategy for Universal Accessibility


  • Amar Seva Sangam – Early Intervention Therapy
  • CBM India – Open schooling program
  • CHAI – Grassroots Comics
  • IDIA – Access to legal education
  • Invention Labs Engineering Products – Avaz App (language learning with pictograms)
  • Light for the World International – Regional Action on Inclusive Education in North East India
  • Nayi Disha Resource Centre – Online platform for families
  • Sanjay Centre for Special Education Goa – Vocational Units and Engagement Centres
  • Tamahar Trust  – Early Intervention & Special Education with family services
  • Umoya Sports – Inclusive culture in schools through sports
  • Universal Design Center, BNCA – Paradigm shift in Architectural Education
  • WIPRO – School support


  • Center for Disability Studies and Services, Universitas Brawijaya – Affirmative  Admission for Students with Disabilities
  • Pusat Rehabilitasi YAKKUM – Education Program for Children with Cerebral Palsy


  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs – The Access and Inclusion Model, AIM (Policy)
  • LINC Consortium – Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Programme
  • Special Olympics Europe Eurasia – “Plan 2 Include” (Youth Leading inclusion)
  • UrAbility – ICT Training


  • Access Israel – Training for Inclusive Teaching
  • AKIM Israel – Making Museums and Sites of Leisure Cognitively Accessible
  • Amitim Organization – Amitim Community Centre
  • Israel Elwyn – Creating a Future
  • JDC Israel, Israel Unlimited – Being a student
  • JDC-TEVET – Siftach Breakthrough (inclusive universities)
  • Ministry of Health – Supported Education Services (Policy)
  • Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs – “Creating the Future” intervention program (Policy)
  • Nathan Company – Higher-education mentoring program for students with SMI
  • Nathan Company – Mentoring for people with SMI
  • Philosoft Mobile LTD – Krakal classroom technology


  • Gymnasium Centro Studi e Formazione – Keep the Beat (Aquatics)
  • Ministry of Education, Universities and Research – Promoting inclusive education, pursuant to Law n. 107/2015 (Policy)


  • Al Hussein Society/Jordan Center – Leaving no one behind (pre-school skills program)
  • Alliance Academy Jordan – Aaj Model of Inclusion in schools
  • Arab Episcopal School Irbid – IE for the visually impaired
  • Raneen Foundation – Audio story library


  • Psychoanalytic Association – Ed-Recovery Academy


  • Signs Media Kenya Limited – Signs TV
  • The Action Foundation – Early Childhood Care and Education


  • American University of Beirut – Accessible Education


  • Universidad Politécnica de Santa Rosa Jáuregui – Inclusive studying


  • UNICEF – DAISY textbooks


  • Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture – Inclusive Education Policy (Policy)


  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technology – Nepal Inclusive Education Policy-2016 (Policy)
  • Sama Nepal – Inclusive mainstream schools


  • Light for the World – Skills for Work


  • Children’s Developmental Centre – Inclusive Technology for All


  • Inclusive Solutions Skopje – In my shoes (inclusive design solutions)


  • Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) – Inclusive education (esp. girls)


  • RET Americas – Inclusive school safety in Panama (natural disaster awareness)


  • UNICEF Australia – Early Childhood Development


  • CONADIS (National Council for Integration of People with Disabilities) – Vocational Training
  • Instituto de Accesibilidad – Online training program
  • METRIDIS – University courses on inclusive education
  • Ministry of Education – Inclusive evaluation tool for learning progress (Policy)


  • National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) – Kasali support system


  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – The museum as an inclusive space


  • East Eagle Foundation – Task Force on Transversal Protection 
  • Kadiwaku Family Foundation – Literacy programmes


  • All-Russian Society of Disabled People – Certification in Accessibility Expertise


  • Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture – Inclusive Education Policy (Policy)


  • King Abdulaziz University – Accessible University


  • Humanite & Inclusion Senegal – APPLEH (inclusive schooling strategy)


  • Mathematical Society of Serbia – Final Exam
  • Social Skills Animation – Assistive technology for learning social skills
  • University of Belgrade Faculty of Architecture – Accessible city (architectural education)


  • SG Enable – Transition into employment


  • Biotechnical Educational Centre Ljubljana – Cooperation between stakeholders


  • University of Cape Town – Inclusion for Social Justice
  • Western Cape Education Department – Cape Winelands Resource Classes


  • Corporación de derecho público de carácter – BRAITICO (Braille learning tool)
  • Dirección General de Políticas de Discapacidad – Network of technical cooperation between Latin American ministries of education (Policy)
  • Dirección General de Políticas de Discapacidad – Training in and provision of assistive communication technology (Policy)
  • Fundación A LA PAR – CAMPVS tertiary education project
  • Fundación Dales la Palabra – Tres Olivos (deaf support)
  • Fundación Once – Teaching uni students skills in relation to disability
  • Fundación Once – University employment prep. training
  • Fundación Once & UNED Abierta – Training on legal accessibility issues & accessible tech. 
  • Institut Guttmann – Dofins de colors (inclusive Sports)


  • Parents Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability – Early Intervention


  • MECP-Z – School enrolment
  • The State University of Zanzibar – Teacher Training


  • Eğitimde Görme Engelliler Derneği – Accessible Note (music)
  • Engelsiz Erisim Derneği (Association of Barrier free access) –  Barrier-free Distance Education
  • Living with Allergy Association – Kindergarten for Children with Allergy & Asthma
  • Talking Hands – Sign language


  • Manzil Center – PRIDE (People Receiving Independence & Dignity through Education)
  • Wafa Binsulaiman – Support for mothers in early recognition (to prevent deterioration)


  • ENABLE Scotland – Stepping Up (investigation of the world of work)
  • International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment – Mobile Phone Teacher Training Curriculum
  • Landmarks Specialist College – The Archer (working in a pub)
  • Save the Children International – HOPE (school enrolment)
  • Sightsavers – Early Childhood Development in Malawi


  • ACT Services, Inc. – Emergency Evacuation Plan for all college students
  • Aira – Back to School Program (AI & Remote Human Agents)
  • Beacon College – College for students with learning disabilities, ADHD and ASD
  • Benetech – Bookshare (accessible ebook library)
  • Champlain Community Services – Education from Graduation to Retirement
  • Disability Equality in Education – Teacher Training
  • Hands & Voices – ASTra (Advocacy Support & Training) for the DHH
  • Hocus Focus, Inc. – Arts-based approach (using magic tricks)
  • Houston Community College – VAST Academy (post-secondary career training)
  • inABLE – AT computer labs in schools for the blind
  • International Association of Accessibility Professionals – IAAP Accessibility Certification
  • Microsoft – Immersive Reader
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy – Community College Pathways to Careers (Policy)
  • PHILLIPS Programs – Indoor vertical farm career
  • SPAN Parent Advocacy Network – Inclusive Child Care Program
  • Special Olympics Europe Eurasia – Young Athletes & Family Health Forums
  • SpeechGear – Streamer (website for the DHH)
  • St. Cloud University Confucius Institute – US-Chinese student exchange
  • Syracuse University – Disability Law and Policy Program
  • Taft College Foundation – Transition to Independent Living Program & Taft Community College
  • The Hirsch Academy – Autistic Self-Advocates School
  • The Trust for the Americas – DIA Inclusive Innovation Lab
  • The Viscardi Center – Henry Viscardi School
  • Three Talents – IT Training Academy for Persons with Disabilities
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules
  • University of Vermont (Think College Program) – Certificate Program
  • University of Vermont (Center on Disability and Community Inclusion; Think College Program) – State of Vermont Transition and Post-Secondary Education Initiative (Policy)
  • University Research Co., LLC – Literacy Toolkit
  • World Vision – Development Spaces
  • World Vision – Homework Clubs


  • Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Educación – Teacher training (typhlotechnological tools)
Pages from Die Presse supplement. Pictures of people with and without disabilities discussing and working. Text and articles in German language

In August, the Zero Project published a supplement in a leading Austrian daily newspaper “Die Presse”. The supplement focuses on the great opportunity and benefits for businesses when employing people with disabilities. It highlights 53 examples of successful inclusion and integration, showing the benefits for the business, the employees and society in general.

The supplement is available for download here, or via the Resources section of the website. As this supplement was available in an Austrian newspaper is is available in German language only.

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The M-Enabling Forum Europe is just 2 weeks away! We’re excited to be attending this event which takes place in Düsseldorf and will focus on assistive technologies and digital accessibility.

The second edition of M-Enabling Forum Europe in Germany will take place alongside REHACARE on September 19, 2019. The conference with its accompanying tabletop presentation is organized by E.J.Krause & Associates, Inc. and G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies). G3ict was established by the United Nations to implement the equal, barrier free participation and the unrestricted access to information and communication technology for everyone worldwide.

Captioning and simultaneous interpreters, as well as neck ring loops, ensure that all attendees, with or without disabilities, can participate fully, either in English or German.

See you there!