Let’s celebrate tonight…

The Zero Project Conference 2015 will start tonight at 6pm with celebrating the 50 Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies as well as a welcome reception at the United Nations Office in Vienna (VIC, M Building, Plenary Hall M01). Even Lenin V. MORENO, the UN Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, will join with his congratulations to all the people behind such excellent best practice! View the Zero Project Award Ceremony (as well as all other sessions in the Plenary Hall M01) via our live web stream: http://webplayer.verbavoice.tv/webplayer/zero/Main.html


Welcome to #‎ZeroCon15

On Thursday, February 26th, our wonderful overall moderator – Caroline CASEY – will kick off our conference with the welcome by HE Christine STIX-HACKL, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN in Vienna, and an exciting interview of Martin ESSL, Founder of the Essl Foundation, Jakob VON UEXKULL, Founder of the World Future Council, and Lourdes MÁRQUEZ DE LA CALLEJA, Representative of EFC’s European Consortium on Human Rights and Disability.


Some facts….

Almost 500 registered participants

From almost 70 countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe

Second time in UNOV/VIC

Number of events, plenaries, workshops: 35

More than 150 panelists & moderators

50 Innovative Policies and Practices presented


Global players as opening keynote speakers

To the highlights of Thursday will certainly belong the opening keynote speakers: Daniela BAS, from UN DESA, Facundo CHAVEZ PENILLAS, from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and Javed ABIDI, from Disabled Peoples International, who will provide the audience with insights into their work for the rights of persons with disabilities at a global level.


De-institutionalization is possible!

You want to know how? Then do not miss to participate in the fantastic breakout sessions. At 11:15am, for example, the LUMOS Foundation and children from Moldova, Bulgaria and Czech Republic will explain how de-institutionalization works in Eastern Europe (Room M01). At the same time, Michael FEMBEK & Silvia BALMAS from the Zero Project Team will present the results from this year’s Indicators on Independent Living and Political Participation (Room M02).


Personal assistance & much more

At the second breakout session starting at 2pm, under the lead of Jamie BOLLING from the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), one of this year’s Zero Project partners, will be intensely debating about the positive features of four Innovative Practices and Policies 2015 that all concern the access to a personal assistance budget (Sweden, Flanders, Madrid and Uloba; in Room M01). At the same time, the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) will discuss interactively with the audience how change is possible and what needs to be done by service providers, and the Assembly of European Regions together with the European Network of Social Authorities (both Zero Project partners) will be kicking off interactive working group discussions on “Innovative Strategies for Cities, regions and their Networks”.


The right (to) support

At our third breakout session, kicking off at 3:40pm, one should definitely not miss the session presenting innovative models of supported decision-making, from Microboards to Personal Ombudsman! As well, key players from IBM, L’Oreal, Wipro, ONCE will debate about corporate strategies enabling inclusion at the workplace, meanwhile Barclays will showcase interactively newest technology enabling people to live independent lives.


It’s Waltz session!!!

On Thursday night we will have a Special Evening Event in cooperation with UniCredit Center Am Kaiserwasser: “Alles Walzer” – Waltz for All. A professional dance act under guidance of a live string quartet, followed by a workshop from a dance company will make this evening certainly a highlight.


Our social media hashtags: #‎ZeroCon15 & #‎ZeroRep15

Tell your friends about our conference live web stream: http://webplayer.verbavoice.tv/webplayer/zero/Main.html

Find out more: http://zeroproject.org/conference-2015/