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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)
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  2. […] Each year, the Zero Project finds and shares Innovative Practices and Policies that help improve the lives of persons with disabilities, across a four year cycle of topics. This year’s topic is education. From 469 nominations, 169 Practices and 24 Policies have made it through to this year’s shortlist. The LINC Programme is one of three nominated projects from Ireland. A full list of this year’s shortlisted practices can be found here. […]

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