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Accessibility: Suggested themes for your nomination

Article 9 of the CRPD states: “To enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems, and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas.”

Below, we have listed some topics which will be considered for the Zero Project 2021-22 nominations, along with some explanations and useful keywords, but other nominations that provide other forms of accessibility as defined in Article 9 are also welcome.

We are looking for nominations from Civil Society, the Public Sector, companies and businesses, and the Information and Communication Technology sector.

1. Built enviroment

Planning and construction of all sorts. Basic elements include entrances, orientation systems, information system (technology), restrooms, bathrooms, etc.

  • Building and designing accessible public spaces: government buildings, halls, monuments, shopping and entertainment facilities, hospitals, general practitioners, pharmacies, conference venues, parks, playgrounds, public restrooms etc.

  • Building and designing equipment, orientation and information systems, devices, apps and software that can be used to make the built environment more accessible.

Example: A building is not considered accessible just because it has an accessible ramp in the back, but instead it should be incorporated with the main entryway.

2. Infrastructure/transportation

  • Public transport systems (busses, trains, trams, shared taxis, taxis, underground systems), pathways, sidewalks,

  • Public utilities like energy, water, sanitation (e.g., accessible usability, service providing, information and billing policies)

  • Building and designing equipment, orientation and information systems, devices, apps and software that contribute to the accessibility of public infrastructure.

3. ICT – Information and Communication Technology

All forms of telecommunication: speech, text messaging, social media, internet and data:

  • Devices developed like smartphones, notebooks, tablets, wearables, assistive technologies, computer steering technologies, gaming solutions.

  • Automated, half-automated or affordable teach to speech, speech to text, speech to sign language, text to easy-to-read language etc.

  • Cloud based solutions, digital skills, orientation systems, community and knowledge platforms, digital libraries etc.

4. Products and Services

All products and services that improve the mobility of persons with disabilities, improves their ability to get access to all products and services, including purchasing and delivery, product information, billing processes etc.

All assistive technologies and services will be considered as well as design solutions. Moreover, solutions which give access to health services are highly welcome.

Furthermore, we have defined 6 (see 5-10) additional important themes from which Innovative Practices are especially welcome.

5. Smart Cities and Urban Development

Urban planning making cities and public spaces more accessible, where urban planners work jointly with other stakeholders to create new accessible urban environments or improve the existing built environment, infrastructure and public services.

Based on joint initiatives of public and private sector, professional and all stakeholders, including those with disabilities.

6. Tourism

This includes the entire travel-chain from leaving home to reaching the desired destination and back, or elements of it, like accessible hotels or information systems.

Especially collaborations between different stakeholders (hotels, public infrastructure providers, urban planners, technology partners, travel agencies etc.) are highly welcome.

7. Arts and Museums

This includes all activities to make theatres, concert venues, museums and all forms of art (the visual arts but also music, literature, theatre productions etc.) more accessible to all.

8. Emergency and disaster recovery

Creating evacuation and other inclusive emergency systems that are accessible for all. Evacuation and Disaster relief include emergencies after earthquakes, electricity blackouts, major accidents and explosions, floods, hurricanes/cyclones, and all man-made situations like war, civil war, refugee situations etc.

9. Access to financial services

We are looking for solutions which enable persons with disabilities to fully participate in financial services, physical and virtual. In cooperation with one the major European Banking Groups there is a special incentive, awarding successful technologies which can show proven results.

10. Workplace adaptation

This includes all measures that make workplaces more accessible.

11. Universal Design (UD) - Principles

UD is a universally recognized principle for planning and design that – if credibly and evidently used – will support the nomination: Universal design (close relation to inclusive design) refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to older people, people without disabilities, and people with disabilities.

Other topics

These are certain themes we have considered in the past. Please feel free to contact us in case your nomination does not match these categories.

Themes not covered

Please remember that Education, Employment, Independent Living and Political Participation are covered in other years of Zero Project research. If your practice or policy more closely relates to one of these topics, then please wait for relevant calls for nomination in the future. For more information about our research cycle, please visit

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