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EASPD members among Zero Project’s awardees for Innovative Practices and Policies 2019

The Annual Zero Project Awards have been announced for 2019 with 3 of EASPD's members being recognised for their innovative work to support the Independent Living and Political Participation of persons with disabilities.

This year’s winners comprised of 65 practices and 11 policies which support the Independent Living and Political Participation of persons with disabilities. Originating from 42 different countries across the world these practices and polices covered a range of topics including accessible voting, housing, deinstitutionalisation, supported decision making, political representation, justice, smart technology, children and youth, the arts and inclusive daily life.

In Finland, the Finnish Service Foundation for People with an Intellectual Disability (KVPS) was commended for their coordination of the Finnish pilot project of the EU Disability Card. To support the successful implementation of the card, KVPS coordinates the national working group of seven NGOs, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and the National Institute for Health and Welfare. It also works closely with other NGOs, the Finnish Disability Forum and the Social Insurance Institution of Finland to promote and implement the card. To read more about this practice, click here.

In Moldova, two projects run by Keystone Moldova have been awarded a place on the Zero Project’s 2019 list of Innovative Practices and Policies. Their ‘Forum Theatre’ initiative has been included for its work to increase awareness of discrimination and the impact it has. The initiative has resulted in lower levels of discrimination and improved accessibility policies in the schools in which their social theatre troupes have visited.

In addition, the organisation’s ‘Community for All Moldova’ Program has been recognised for its work to transfer children and adults from institutions back to their families or into community-based homes as well as offer services such as education, health care, and social care to support them.  Having recently been featured in EASPD #HumansofEASPD’s campaign, the programme’s community-based services have already Beni sited 2000 people in Moldova.  

To read more about Keystone Moldova’s Forum Theatre, click here, or read more about their Community for All Moldova Program by clicking here.

In Spain, Plena Inclusión España’s ‘Mi Voto Cuenta’ (“My Vote Counts”) campaign has been awarded a spot on Zero Project’s 2019 Innovative Practices and Policies list. The campaign focuses on raising awareness about the right to vote and to have access to electoral proceedings. As of 2018, more than 1,000 people with disabilities have participated in election campaigns through information sessions and discussions with political parties. To find about more about the campaign, click here.

EASPD would like to congratulate our members, for their hard work to provide innovative, community-based support services which enable people with disabilities to enjoy their human rights on an equal basis. To see the full list of awardees, click here.

The Practices and Policies be showcased at the Zero Project’s Annual Conference on 20-22nd February 2019 in Vienna, Austria. This year EASPD, along with their partners in the TOPHOUSE project, will be co-hosting a side event at the conference focused on integrated housing and support (IHS). The TOPHOUSE Forum will present promising practices on HIS and will look into how to promote improved inter-agency working to deliver related non-housing support on a person-centred basis. To read the conference's full programme, click here.
The Zero Project is an initiative of the Essl Foundation, which focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities globally. The Project aims to provide a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions to problems that persons with disabilities face, can be are shared. This year EASPD worked alongside the Zero Project and Essl Foundation to collect innovative practices in the field of digital technologies for Service Providers. To read more about the 15 innovative practices selected, click here.