Employment: Suggested themes for your nomination

Article 27 of the UNCRPD requires state parties to “recognize the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others”; “this includes the right to the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities.”

Below, we have listed some over-arching topics which will be considered for the Zero Project 2021 nominations, along with some explanations and useful keywords.

Inclusive employment strategies of companies and other employers

Methods, programs, and actions that companies or employers take to ensure an inclusive work environment for persons with disabilities.

Supported Employment

Personal or technical support enabling persons with disability to participate in the labour market. This can be training on the job, mentoring, regular update meetings or any form of assistive technology.

Technical/Vocational Education/Training

Training and certification for a specific trade or profession which may include such things as apprenticeships and Continuing Professional Development.

Entrepreneurship and micro-finance

Provision of start-up financing and skills training to create small businesses. This offers an opportunity for persons with disabilities to run their own business and earn a living without further support.

Matchmaking

Bringing employers and employees together and aligning capabilities and requirements. This can happen on virtual job markets or in established cooperation programs for potential employers and job seekers with disabilities.

Higher education to prepare for the labour market

University and/or college education in preparation to enter the open labour market. These can be employment models at educational institutions or cooperation models with targeted companies before entering the labour market.

Transition

Period between the end of secondary education and the start of employment. To bridge the gap between the end of school and a job, we are looking for internship programs, summer schools etc., which prepare for the future job market.

Transition models from sheltered workshops

These are methods and programs to move on from sheltered employment into the open labour market. Models can include workshops in the open labour market or engaging with local small and mid-size employers to move out of sheltered workshops.

Other

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, Accessibility, 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 these calls in the future. For more information please visit www.zeroproject.org

ICT (Information- and Communication Technology): Suggested themes for your nomination

Article 9 of the UNCRPD requires state parties to “take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others”. This includes “to promote access for persons with disabilities to new information and communications technologies and systems, including the Internet” but also “to promote the design, development, production and distribution of accessible information and communications technologies and systems at an early stage, so that these technologies and systems become accessible at minimum cost.”

Below, we have listed some over-arching topics which will be considered for the Zero Project 2021 awards, along with some explanations and useful keywords.

Workplace adaptations

Infrastructure and technical support measures that create workspaces according to the individual needs of persons with disabilities

Assistive technologies

Devices, software, or applications that support persons with disabilities

Mobile Services and Smartphone Apps

Applications and mobile service solutions that improve the everyday life of persons with disabilities

Social Media

Interactive computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation or sharing of information via virtual networks

Internet of Things

Devices and applications that have the potential to connect people with disabilities with their work, home, and other environments. The applications may support monitoring, tracking, control, and connectivity

3D-Printing

Three-dimensional devices built from a computer-aided design (CAD) and using additive manufacturing

Artificial Intelligence / Machine learning

Intelligence demonstrated by machines and not humans. It mimics cognitive functions that humans associate with the human mind, such as learning and problem solving. We are looking for beneficial examples regarding persons with disabilities.

Big Data Solutions

The availability of data means increased knowledge which can be turned into competitive advantages. We are looking for solutions which benefit persons with disabilities.

Robotics and automated machinery

Solutions that take over former manual tasks performed by humans which persons with disabilities can benefit from.

Other

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


Additionally, please remember that nominating an ICT solution is not restricted to the topic Employment only and can cover the topics of Education, Independent Living & Political Participation and Accessibility as well.

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