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The Essl Foundation and Impact Transfer join forces to initiate the first program to support the internationalization of the most innovative disability solutions for a barrier-free world


Zero project solutions

The Zero Project, an initiative of the Essl Foundation, focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities globally. It provides a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions to problems that persons with disabilities face, are shared. The Zero Project builds on a growing network of over 3,000 organizations and disability experts with and without disabilities in over 160 countries. With its Conference, Report and Awards, the Zero Project disseminates and promotes replicable and innovative solutions that have overcome the problems people with disabilities face, by raising public awareness of the issues and stimulating reform, thereby acting as a catalyst for a world without barriers. The Essl Foundation and Impact Transfer by Ashoka join forces to initiate the first Accelerator to support the internationalization of the most innovative disability solutions for a barrier-free world. From the hundreds of nominations international experts, key stakeholders, as well as the teams of the Zero Project and Ashoka we selected ten initiatives for the Zero Project Impact Transfer Program.

World Access for the Blind – Flash Sonar

World Access for the Blind teaches blind people of any age, background, or ability, and it believes that anyone can learn to develop functional images of their environment to find more freedom by ‘seeing’ in a new way.

Jaipur Foot Organization – BMVSS

The Jaipur Foot Organization provides a variety of assistance, such as artificial limbs, calipers, wheelchairs, and tricycles – all free of charge and delivered directly to the user.

Enable India – Namma Vaani

Namma Vaani (meaning “our voice”) is a voice-based social network, where information is shared via mobile phones (no smartphone and web-access needed) for the disability community in rural and marginalised areas of India.

Poses Family Foundation –

Incorporating the principles of Universal Design for Learning, translates expert information into easy-to-use, engaging, and practical information that helps parents on a day-to-day basis to assist children with learning and attention issues.

Beit Issie Shapiro – Friendship Park

The playground was developed involving all relevant stakeholders, including people with disabilities, who followed each development stage to ensure that all perspectives and needs were addressed.

Gallaudet University – VL2 Storybook Creator

The storybook applications built from the VL2 Storybook Creator provide a bilingual reading experience for deaf and hearing impared readers through high-quality storytelling in both sign language and printed text.

APA (Austrian Press Agency) – TopEasy

Five times a week Top Easy is presented as a compact news overview accessible to people with reading difficulties, including four to six of the most important news stories of the day in the fields of politics, economics, history, culture, and sports.

Karuna Foundation – Inspire2care

The community owns the Inspire2Care model’s concept and takes a leadership role in implementing disability-friendly structures by utilizing resources provided by local government authorities.

MoMA – The fully accessible art museum

MoMA’s access programmes are inclusive to the visually impaired by offering tours that provide the opportunity to touch and experience the art while asking questions and receiving audio descriptions of each work.

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