On December 3, 2012, the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, the Zero Project Report 2013, with its special focus on employment, is to be launched at the Vienna International Film Festival for Human Rights. At the launch, some of the most striking findings and figures of this year’s research will be presented and the award-winning Korean movie “Planet of snail” will be shown (see http://vimeo.com/31821257).

The Zero Project Report 2013 includes:

  • Survey of 23 Social Indicators on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 55 countries
  • Survey of 10 Employment Indicators focusing on the employment of persons with disabilities in 82 countries
  • 40 Innovative Practices that promote the employment of persons with disabilities
  • 11 Innovative Policies that promote the employment of persons with disabilities

Browse this year’s results online and download the full report or executive summary or the accessible summary!

A special report has been published in German.

The Zero Project Report is annually published by the Essl Foundation and this year’s report has been produced in collaboration with the World Future Council as well as 374 Persons with disabilities, experts and academics, NGOs, foundations and international organisations in 116 countries!

Questions? Comments? Contact us at: office@zeroproject.org

More than 70 parliamentarians, policy experts and representatives of disabled people’s organizations gathered on June 21 at the European Parliament for a high-level debate on how to unlock Europe’s potential through accessibility, under the lead of Dr Ádám Kósa MEP, the Essl Foundation and the World Future Council, and in collaboration with the European Disability Forum. The findings of the international Zero Project Report 2012 were presented to European decision makers, who discussed how the European Union could best ensure that persons with disabilities and older people have access to the goods and services they need. Read more here

Opening of the Conference “A prelude to the European Accessibility Act: Findings of the International Zero Project Report 2012” on June 21 at the European Parliament ©Milosz Siebert

Invitation to the presentation and discussion to the results of the Zero Project Report 2012

A prelude to the European Accessibility Act

On 21st June 2012, findings of the Zero Project Report 2012 will be discussed with European parliamentarians, policy experts and disabled people’s organizations in anticipation of the forthcoming European Accessibility Act.

You are kindly invited to participate in this discussion! Please register by 13th June 2012 at enable@worldfuturecouncil.org.

Should you not have an entry pass to the European Parliament, please provide us with your personal details: Name, Surname, Email, Nationality, ID number and Date of Birth.

The conference is being organized by Dr Ádám Kósa MEP, President of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament, the Essl Foundation and the World Future Council, in collaboration with the European Disability Forum.

More information on the programme can be found on the enable website.

We look forward to see you soon!

Your Zero Project Team

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Youth Voices is a program, implemented to push for ratification of the CRPD. Leonard Cheshire Disability works with groups of young people with disabilities, providing them with training in advocacy and campaigning skills – only to name two examples.

They get their message across through films, music, street theatre. Whatever works.

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Åse Kari Haugeto

Thank you so much for setting up such an interesting and eyeopening event. It was a very well organized conference with a big variety of speakers. I found it especially useful during the sessions where the audience was allowed to ask questions.

Thank you also very much for letting me inform the audience about the conference www.ud2012.no we are going to arrange in Oslo June this year.


Charles Siegal

I was inspiring to see so many people from the disability rights community from around the world take part.

I would very much like to participate next year and will try to submit materials related to employment issues. I believe those are essential to the disability community.


Esther Sivan

It was indeed an honour and a pleasure (!) to participate in this very well organized and very innovative and interesting conference. The opportunity to share knowledge and to associate with so many people from different countries dealing with the same issues that we deal with, daily, was exciting and of high value. Thank you for this!

Some people came up to me after the Access to Justice session and we discussed some issues, so I hope the session has contributed to the discourse and more important – that it might have practical implications on some other states.

I have to congratulate the organizers of the International Conference on Good Practices for Persons with Disabilities for this excellent conference. Presentations, contents, debates were of high level, venue design convincing and accessibility realized; support and service well based on the needs of the delegates and a fine catering. Thanks for all of this!

Focusing in next year’s conference on employment is just the correct choice!

The group of people with intellectual impairment are among those with a high representation of living in institutions today. Through this service these people not only do not have to live in larger institutions, or even in smaller ones. They can live lives choosing activities that make them happy and well-established. This decreases tendencies to outbursts and difficult behaviour, and leads to happier lives and access to the human right of full participation.



Agenda 22/50 is model for how to plan the implementation of local/regional disability policy plans in accordance with the UN Standard Rules/UN Convention.

Agenda 22 was created in 1996. It has been put into practice in many Swedish municipalities. In 2001, the model was presented at a European level and, since then, it has been presented and put into practice in many European countries.
The Agenda 50 strategy is new and will be presented in Sweden during 2011.

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