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Zero Project Conference on Accessibility. Innovation for Persons with Disabilities


zero project logo27 and 28 February 2013, Vienna, Austria.

The Essl Foundation, the World Future Council and the European Foundation Centre have joined forces to convene an international conference in Vienna, Austria.

The conference aims to raise awareness about innovative solutions from around the world that advance accessibility for persons with disabilities. The event seeks to strengthen the commitment of all stakeholders to promote, protect and advance the rights of persons with disabilities, and to improve their daily lives.

At this - the third Zero Project Conference - on “Accessibility: Innovative Policies and Innovative Practices for Persons with Disabilities”, parliamentarians, representatives of NGOs and foundations, academics, social entrepreneurs, disability rights activists and the business world will come together to discuss Innovative Policies and Innovative Practices  and explore ways to promote and spread them to other countries.

Innovative Policies: Paving the Way

Building on the success of our conferences in January 2012 and February 2013, at this Zero Project Conference, 15 Innovative Policies will be presented. They contain promising elements, have achieved identifiable improvements on the ground and point to a positive dynamic change that can be easily replicated in many countries around the world to advance the implementation of the Convention. They overcome conditions that act as barriers to the full exercise of rights by persons with disabilities and constitute the outcome of a multilevel research and selection process.

Innovative Practices: Crucial Steps

The Zero Project team has done extensive research worldwide on the most outstanding projects. The expert network that contributed their expertise in actively nominating and evaluating projects included more than 500 persons worldwide from 120 countries.
These projects cover all areas of accessibility, including built environment, transport, products and services and ICT (information, communication and technology).

Be part of the Zero Project Network!

The Zero Project Conference gathers in Vienna the world’s leading representatives of the disability rights movement in order to facilitate a direct exchange of experiences. In this way the world’s most innovative and promising solutions are jointly identified, disseminated and further developed in order to make a noticeable improvement in the daily life and legal situation of persons with disabilities.

Join the discussion and explore possibilities and potentials  on how global implementation of these exemplary solutions can be advanced!

Particpation in the Zero Project Conference is free but by invitation only.

For further details, visit the Conference webpage.

Download the draft Programme (version of 20/12/2013) in WORD format from the right-hand panel.

Meet ENAT members at the Conference

ENAT small logoInvited speakers at the event include ENAT Vice President, Jesús Hernández Galán, Managing Director Ivor Ambrose, Honorary Members Mukhtar Al Shibani and Betty Dion (to be confirmed), Francesc Aragall and Imma Bonet, and Associate Member Magnus Berglund, Scandic Hotels.