Fifth Zero Project Conference in Vienna

12694911_944123715678882_1434351106484684351_oFrom 10-12th February 2016, together with the Essl Foundation and the European Foundation Centre, we convened the fifth Zero Project Conference at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria. The event was dedicated to celebrate and highlight close to 100 Innovative Policies and Innovative Practices that advanced inclusive education and accessible ICTs for persons with disabilities from around the world.

With 516 participants from more than 70 countries and with 35 events, workshops and panels, engaging close to 200 speakers and chairs, the Zero Project Conference 2016 on “Inclusive Education and ICT” was a great success and the climax of 5 years of collective efforts with the Essl Foundation. WFC Founder Jakob von Uexkull praised Martin and Gerda Essl for their commitment.

Inclusive education should become reality for all

One of the highlights of the conference was the moving opening keynote speech delivered by Judy Heumann, who serves currently as Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S Department of State. Her powerful message, as well as her own personal experience underlined the importance of an inclusive education system.

Technology Show – Learn and Play!

On the second night, a special Technology Show was organized in cooperation with Innovative Practices representatives who presented their assistive and accessible devices, apps, web and communication tools in an entertaining 60-minutes spectacle. In particular, a drone flying in the Plenary Room was quite the sight!

More than 30 plenary and breakout sessions, plus an exhibition …
The numerous conference sessions covered a broad range of topics concerning Inclusive education and ICT, from regional, national to international policy; from non-formal education to e-accessibility standards and  e-learning tools, from vocational training to anti-bullying, inclusive education in emergencies, and early childhood interventions, amongst others, ensuring that each participant could gain insights and satisfy his or her interests in the best possible way.

You can learn more about the highlighted Innovative Policies and Practices, the conference sessions as well as outcomes & key recommendations, browsing the conference’s retrospective or visiting its dedicated website.

To learn more about the work of the Zero Project, click here.