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Essl Foundation, Fundación Descúbreme and Impact Transfer joined forces to initiate the first program to support the internationalization of innovative disability solutions for a barrier-free world


Zero Project Impact Transfer

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 4,000 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, Fundación Descúbreme and Ashoka joined forces to initiate the first Accelerator to support the internationalization of innovative disability solutions for a barrier-free world. From the hundreds of nominations for Zero Project Awards, ten initiatives are selected each year for the Zero Project Impact Transfer Program.

Discover more on the Program and some Impact Transfer examples here: Zero Project – Impact Transfer Report 2019

Supported projects

      Solar Ear

      Solar Ear is a social business that started in Botswana in 2002. Now headquartered in Canada, the company manufactures low-cost,…

      DanceAbility International

      DanceAbility International is an NGO based in Oregon, USA, with affiliate organizations around the world. DanceAbility offers classes, workshops and…

      Empowerment Through Integration

      Empowerment Through Integration (ETI) is an NGO working with young people with disabilities and their families across Lebanon. Founded in…


      Enosh (The Israeli Mental Health Association) is a non-profit organization and the largest provider of community mental health services in…


      Greta & Starks, a technology-based social business in Berlin, Germany, has developed the free GRETA mobile app to make cinema…

      Unidos Somos Iguales

      Unidos Somos Iguales (Unidos, “Together We Are All Equal”) is an NGO based in Monterrey, Mexico that runs social inclusion…

      Fightthestroke – Mirrorable

      Fightthestroke, an Italian social enterprise founded in 2014, has developed an online platform called ‘Mirrorable’ to support rehabilitation of young…

      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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