A curriculum for advancing the UN CRPD - in six languages by Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University

The overall objective of this project is to equip persons with disabilities and organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) to promote disability rights education and advocacy through participatory learning methods and high-quality content. The aim is to create a flexible and adaptable yet comprehensive curriculum centred on the core concepts of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Using courts and litigation for the right to Inclusive Education by NSGK - Nederlands Stichting voor het Gehandicapte Kind

In1school is a project founded by the Dutch Foundation for Disabled Children that addresses the right to Inclusive Education, using a powerful mixture of international law, research, communication and politics to bring real life change for children both with and without disabilities. The main target is to work towards an education system that is fully inclusive by collecting evidence, cooperating with national and international lawyers, publishing reports, and initiating strategic litigation.


Application open for the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability

You may remember one of our Innovative Practices 2015 related to independent living and political participation: The WILD training program, a well-chosen acronym for Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability. It is a three-week curriculum taking place in the west coast of United States of America (Eugene, Oregon), aiming to enhance the leadership potential of women with […]

International Day of Democracy

Since 2007, the General Assembly of the United Nations decided that 15th September would be the International Day of Democracy. The theme for 2015 is space for civil society. Political participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations was also the theme of the Zero Project Report 2015 (available in English and German in […]


Japan: Enfranchising people under guardianship

Tokyo District Ruling on 14 March 2013. © Keiko Shima

Revision of Election Law

Around the world, restrictions of voting rights based on intellectual disabilities and the lack of legal capacity deprive people of their political rights. Court cases are key to repealing such discriminatory provisions. In 2013 a prominent court case in Japan led to the enfranchisement of more than 136,000 persons.


IFES launches officially their revamped website

In February 2015, we honoured the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and their work to strengthening electoral systems to be inclusive and accessible with our Innovative Practice  award. Now IFES revamped their website,, which is one of the world’s finest resource on the global political rights of persons with disabilities: it’s a fantastic […]

Independent Living for All: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Societies

On 5th March 2015, the Permanent Mission of Austria and the International Disability Alliance will hold, together with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Finland, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and Thailand, as well as the European Network for Independent Living, supported by the Zero Project, the Essl Foundation and the World Future Council, a side event on “Independent Living for All: […]

Visiting a very special family in Japan

Also in Tokyo and Ushiku preparations for the 2015 Zero Project conference are in full speed. On Wednesday 11th February Amelie Saupe, Zero Project, Nagase Osamu, Inclusion International and Hitomi Sugiura, Tokyo Advocacy Law Office went to Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, to meet Takumi Nagoya. Thanks to her successful court case in 2013 at the Tokyo District […]