Zero Project Conference 2020 – Detailed schedule

Last updated 18th February 2020

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Wednesday 19th February

Session Room Time Description Accessibility features Speakers
Coffee Foyer 8:30 to 10:00
Short film screening: Shakespeare in Tokyo M1 9:30 to 10:00 Ahead of the Opening Ceremony, join us for a screening of the film Shakespeare in Tokyo. A Shakespeare fan with Down syndrome sets off on a solo adventure to discover Tokyo and to prove his independence. Directed by Genevieve Clay-Smith (2018) Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Reelabilities Film Festival, United States, Film screening
Opening Ceremony M1 10:00 to 10:30 Welcome and overview of the conference by Caroline Casey, Conference Moderator; welcoming words by Gabriella Sellner, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna; Martin Essl, Founder of the Essl Foundation and one of our youth advocates. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Caroline Casey, The Valuable 500, Ireland, Conference moderator
Martin Essl, Essl Foundation, Austria, Opening remarks
Gabriela Sellner, Permanent Mission of Austria to the UN in Vienna, Austria, Opening remarks
Marianne Knudsen, Youth Advocate, Norway, Opening remarks
Keynote speech: Wolfgang Sobotka M1 10:30 to 10:45 Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Wolfgang Sobotka, President, Austrian Parliament, Austria, Keynote
Introduction to the Zero Project Conference M1 10:45 to 11:00 Learn about the features available to you at this year’s Conference, including accessibility at the Zero Project Conference, the exhibition and features being offered by the Zero Project and our partners. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Michael Fembek, Essl Foundation , Austria, Panellist
Keynote speech: Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo M1 11:00 to 11:15 Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, World Bank, United States, Keynote
Couch session: The pillars of inclusive education M1 11:15 to 12:00 A moderated discussion on different approaches to ensuring access to education for people with disabilities and the associated opportunities and challenges. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Michael Fembek, Essl Foundation , Austria, Moderator
Nafisa Baboo, Light for the World, Austria, Expert
Artemi Sakellariadis, Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education, United Kingdom, Expert
Albert Brandstaetter, Lebenshilfe Österreich, Austria, Expert
Parallel session: Tools to support literacy and numeracy M1 12:10 to 13:20 In this session learn about apps and websites designed to increase literacy skills, including in Braille and sign language, and numeracy skills for young people and adults. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream David Banes, AIS Access and Inclusion Services, United Kingdom, Chair
María Ángeles Lafuente de Frutos, ONCE, Spain, Presenter (joint)
Francisco Javier Martínez Calvo, ONCE, Spain, Presenter (joint)
Josie Howse, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Australia, Presenter
Juan López Maccio, Videolibros enSeñas, Argentina, Presenter
Hector Minto, Microsoft, United Kingdom, Presenter
Torben  Rieckmann, Guter Unterricht für alle e.V., Germany, Expert
Parallel session: Sports, health, leisure and wellbeing education M3 12:10 to 13:30 This session showcases approaches to increasing access to sports, health, leisure and wellbeing education and sharing good practice in these fields. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Thomas  Gruber, Special Olympics, Austria, Chair
Rodrigo  Huebner Mendes, Rodrigo Mendes Institute, Brazil, Presenter
Inbar  Adler Ben Dor, The Israel Association of Community Centers, Israel, Presenter (joint)
Noa  Galor Teperberg, The Israel Association of Community Centers, Israel, Presenter (joint)
Reinhard Burtscher, Katholische Hochschule für Sozialwesen Berlin, Germany, Expert (joint)
Nikola Schwersensky, Katholische Hochschule für Sozialwesen Berlin, Germany, Expert (joint)
May Zein El Dein, Alhassan Foundation, Egypt, Expert (joint)
Alhassan Sedky, Alhassan Foundation, Egypt, Expert (joint)
Thorsten  Gegenwarth, Sei Dabei, Austria, Expert
Lindsay Harris, PHILLIPS Programs, United States, Expert
Zero Project Impact Transfer Forum M2 12:20 to 14:20 This joint initiative from the Essl Foundation, Fundación Descúbreme and Ashoka aims to support the most innovative practices to replicate globally. Hear from the 10 participating projects about their exciting solutions and ambitious plans to replicate; and discover how you can support them to take the next step. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Loic van Cutsem, Ashoka Austria, Austria, Moderator
Martin  Essl, Essl Foundation, Austria, Panellist
Carola Rubia, Fundacion Descubreme, Chile, Panellist
Nevgül Bilsel Safkan, Sabanci Foundation, Turkey, Panellist
Ayesha Husaini, Manzil Center, United Arab Emirates, Presenter
Vieux Inssa Sane, Humanite et Inclusion Senegal, Senegal, Presenter
Irene Mbari-Kirika, inABLE, United States, Presenter
Nils Wöbke, capito Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Germany, Presenter (joint)
Felix Jedlink, capito Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, Presenter (joint)
Petra Rantamäki, KVPS, Finland, Presenter
Prachi Deo, Nayi Disha Resource Centre, India, Presenter
Sankar Sahayaraj  Muthukaruppan, Amar Seva Sangam, India, Presenter
Lilia  Krasteva-Peeva, Association for Shared Learning ELA, Bulgaria, Presenter (joint)
Liliya Arakchieva, Association for Shared Learning ELA, Bulgaria, Presenter (joint)
Victoria Parker, Universidad Andres Bello, Chile, Presenter
Carlos  Pereira, Livox, Brazil, Presenter
Parallel session: Inclusive education in humanitarian and natural emergency settings M1 13:30 to 14:10 This session highlights organisations working to ensure that education delivered in crisis situations is also accessible to students with disabilities through training and frameworks. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Jane Buchanan, Human Rights Watch, United States, Chair
Sophia Mohammed, Light for the World International, South Sudan, Presenter
Lauren Burns, RET Americas, Panama, Presenter
Parallel session: Making universities accessible M3 13:50 to 15:10 This session explores some of the support services and adaptations universities are putting in place to increase access to their programmes for students with disabilities. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Joseph Jones, The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement, United States, Chair
Kristie Orr, Global University Disability and Inclusion Network, United States, Expert
Miriam Gallegos, Universidad Politécncia Salesiana, Ecuador, Presenter
Mochammad  Sasmito Djati, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia, Presenter
Maya Schneider, JDC, Israel, Expert (joint)
Yakir  Pnini-Mandel , JDC, Israel, Expert (joint)
Lukas Ertl, Universität Wien, Austria, Expert (joint)
Tim Brunöhler, Universität Wien, Austria, Expert (joint)
Claudia Rauch, Pädagogische Hochschule NÖ, Austria, Expert (joint)
Amena El-Saie, Helm, Egypt, Expert
Parallel session: Education programmes for people who are deaf or hard of hearing M1 14:20 to 15:30 In this session learn hear from experts working on projects focused on increasing access to education for people who are deaf through, for example, bilingual education, teacher training or offering further education opportunities. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Helene Jarmer, ÖGLB – Österreichischer Gehörlosenbund, Austria, Chair
Mekonnen Mulat, Felm, Finland, Presenter
Kun Man Yiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China, Presenter
Monika Haider, equalizent, Austria, Expert (joint)
Patricia Resl, equalizent, Austria, Expert (joint)
Ikumi Kawamata , The Nippon Foundation, Japan, Expert
Amy Hebert Knopf, St. Cloud University, United States, Expert
Forum in partnership with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) M2 14:50 to 16:20 This interactive panel discussion explores the factors needed to build an ecosystem supporting innovative ICT accessibility solutions and the challenges and opportunities facing accessible ICT solutions. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Mohamed Ba, International Telecommunications Union, Switzerland, Chair
Matthew McCann, AccessEarth, Ireland, Speaker
Mark Applin, Signly, United Kingdom, Speaker
Olivier Jeannel, RogerVoice, France, Speaker
Damir Miller, AccessTravels, Israel, Speaker
Holger Dieterich, WheelMap, Germany, Speaker
Marika Mazzi Boem, X-23, Italy, Speaker
Matthew Turner, Goshawk Communication, United Kingdom, Speaker
Lars Akkermans, F2S2, CARA – CuADrian Angel, Belgium, Speaker
Parallel session: System-wide approaches to embedding inclusive education M3 15:20 to 16:50 This session looks at how inclusive education can be implemented at a systemic and policy level by showcasing approaches from government Ministries and national expert organisations, including policy frameworks and legislation. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign Luk Zelderloo, EASPD, Belgium, Chair
Raffaele Ciambrone, Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Italy, Presenter
Deborah Dunstone, Department of Education, Australia, Presenter
Elisabeth Jencio-Stricker, Bildungsdirektion Wien, Austria, Presenter (joint)
Sabrina Haider, Bildungsdirektion Wien, Austria, Presenter (joint)
Lilia Krasteva-Peeva, Association for Shared Learning ELA, Bulgaria, Presenter (joint)
Liliya Arakchieva, Association for Shared Learning ELA, Bulgaria, Presenter (joint)
Paul Gleeson, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Ireland, Presenter
Vered Speier Keisar, Ministry of Health, Israel, Presenter
Noora Alsaadi, Knowledge and Human Development Authority, United Arab Emirates, Expert
Parallel sessions: Tools to support communication M1 15:40 to 17:00 In this session, experts present their tools and methodologies to support communication, ranging from a website providing instant captioning to software supporting communication for people who are unable to speak, or those with intellectual disabilities and Lormen, a tactile technique to support communication with people who are deaf. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Graphic Facilitation, Preparatory material available beforehand, Live webstream Sabine Lobnig, Mobile and Wireless Forum, Austria, Chair
Carlos  Pereira, Livox, Brazil, Presenter
Robert  Palmquist, SpeechGear, United States, Presenter
Luke Muleka, Signs Media Kenya Limited, Kenya, Presenter
Kalvina Rajendran, Avaz, India, Expert
Juliane Batthyany, Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Kommunikation mit Schwerhörigen , Austria, Expert
Couch session: Youth perspectives on inclusive education M1 17:00 to 17:30 Students share first-hand perspectives on what is needed to make their schools more inclusive and accessible Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Marijeta Mojasevic, ENIL, Montenegro, Chair
Talha Sariyerli, Youth Advocate, Austria, Panellist
Fajer Saraireh, Youth Advocate, Jordan, Panellist
Konstantinos Papachristou, Youth Advocate, United Kingdom, Panellist
Exhibitor Overview: Part 1 M1 17:30 An opportunity to hear from our exhibitors at the 2020 Zero Project Conference who will introduce their products and services ahead of tonight’s exhibition evening. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream
Keynote: Betsy Beaumon M1 17:50 Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Betsy Beaumon, Bookshare, Benetech, United States, Keynote
Exhibitor Overview: Part 2 M1 18:05 An opportunity to hear from our exhibitors at the 2020 Zero Project Conference who will introduce their products and services ahead of tonight’s exhibition evening. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream
Exhibition Evening Foyer 18:30

Thursday 20th February

Session Room Time Description Accessibility features Speakers
Coffee Foyer 8:30 to 9:30
Inclusive Dance Performance M1 9:00 to 9:30 Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream
Welcome M1 9:30 to 9:45 Conference moderator Caroline Casey will provide a warm welcome to Day 2 of the Zero Project Conference 2020. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Caroline  Casey, The Valuable 500, Ireland, Moderator
Video message: Daniela Bas M1 9:45 to 10:00 A video message from Daniela Bas, Director of UN DESA Daniela Bas, United Nations DISD/DESA, United States, Video message
Keynote: Jody Heymann M1 10:00 to 10:15 Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Jody Heymann, World Policy Analysis Center, United States, Keynote
Parallel session: Making higher education programmes accessible for people with intellectual disabilities M1 10:25 to 11:35 This session showcases the programmes and initiatives being implemented by colleges, universities and NGOs to make higher education and the college experience accessible to people with intellectual disabilities. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Graphic Facilitation, Preparatory material available beforehand, Live Easy Language summaries, Live webstream Thomas Butcher, Essl Foundation, United States, Chair
Amanda Duell-Ferguson, University of Sydney, Australia, Presenter
John Dodson, Taft College Foundation, United States, Presenter (joint)
Aaron Markovits, Taft College Foundation, United States, Presenter (joint)
Benjamin Hozmi, Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel, Expert
Bryan Dague, University of Vermont, United States, Expert
Parallel session: Vocational education and training M3 10:25 to 11:25 A session exploring different approaches to providing accessible and effective vocational training, from specialist programmes for people who are blind or who have psychosocial disabilities, through to more general programmes. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Christine Hofmann, International Labour Organization, Switzerland, Chair
Janet Brown, Office of Disability Employment Policy, United States, Presenter
Ayesha Husaini, Manzil Center, United Arab Emirates, Presenter
Frank Hoffmann, Discovering Hands, Germany, Expert
Liron David, Enosh, Israel, Expert
Start-up and Social Business Forum M2 10:35 to 12:05 In this fast-paced session, entrepreneurs pitch their technological solutions to a panel of experts from the corporate and impact investing world, who will provide incisive questioning and constructive feedback. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Markus Freiburg, FASE, Germany, Chair
Matthias Reisinger, AWS – Austria Wirtschaftsservice, Austria, Panellist
Ariane Waldvogel, Fondation Pro Victimis, Switzerland, Panellist
Helle Deertz, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany, Panellist
Holger Dieterech, Sozialhelden e.V., Germany, Panellist
Georg Tschare, SignTime , Austria, Presenter (joint)
Claudia Schweinzer, SignTime, Austria, Presenter (joint)
Eduardo Jauregui, Irisbond, Spain, Presenter
Christof Götz, MyMind, Austria, Presenter
Rebecca Gill, VR Therapies, United Kingdom, Presenter
Parallel session: Inclusive education programmes in museums and cultural institutions M3 11:35 to 12:45 This session explores how museums, art galleries and historical sites are making their educational content accessible through apps, specialist tour guides and ensure information is made available in a range of formats. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign Doris Rothauer, Bureau for Transfer, Austria, Chair
Rotraut Krall, KHM-Museumsverband, Austria, Presenter (joint)
Sigrid Kundela, KHM-Museumsverband, Austria, Presenter (joint)
Sabine Gruber, KHM-Museumsverband, Austria, Presenter (joint)
Thomas Köck, KHM-Museumsverband, Austria, Presenter (joint)
Roni Ankori, AKIM Israel, Israel, Presenter
Nils Wöbke, capito Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, Presenter (joint)
Felix Jedlink, capito Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, Presenter (joint)
Margarida Leote Vieira, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal, Expert (joint)
Margarida Costa Sérvulo Rodrigues, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal, Expert (joint)
Friederike Lassy-Beelitz, Albertina, Austria, Expert (joint)
Victoria Mühlegger, Akademie für Altersforschung, Austria, Expert (joint)
Parallel session: Individual school models M1 11:45 to 13:15 This session showcases single schools at both primary and secondary levels that have taken different approaches to increasing access to education for children and young people with disabilities. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Susanne Schwab, University of Vienna, Austria, Chair
Adoración  Juárez Sánchez , Fundación Dales la Palabra, Spain, Presenter
Sabah Al-Zraiqat, Arab Episcopal School Irbid, Jordan, Presenter
Betül  Olgun, Tohum Autism Foundation, Turkey, Expert
Marleen  Clissen, Katholiek Onderwijs Vlaanderen, Belgium, Expert (joint)
Ilse Martens, Primary School St Camillus , Belgium, Expert (joint)
Noor Al-Sawalha, Alliance Academy Jordan, Jordan, Expert (joint)
Amal Kawar, Alliance Academy Jordan, Jordan, Expert (joint)
Ozlem  Ceylan, Living with Allergy Association, Turkey, Expert
Walter  Mayrhofer, Nikolaus Lenau Schule, Austria, Expert
The Inclusive IT Academy – a role model M2 12:25 to 13:35 This forum shares two best practice examples of vocational education programs that train people with disabilities for jobs in cybersecurity. Hear from leading companies from the IT sector, IT Academy graduates and opinion leaders, and learn what makes the IT Academy model successful. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Susan Scott-Parker, Business Disability International, United Kingdom, Chair
Michael Pichler, Essl Foundation, Austria, Presenter
Pat Romzek, Three Talents, United States, Presenter
Farsheed Tari, Cisco Systems, Germany, Presenter
Neil Milliken, Atos, United Kingdom, Presenter
Parallel session: Early childhood and pre-school programmes M3 13:05 to 14:35 A session highlighting innovation in early years education and support at both a policy and practice level, and in both rural and urban settings. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Nafisa Baboo, Light for the World, South Africa, Chair
Carla  Mauch, Mais Diferenças, Brazil, Presenter (joint)
Daniela de Avilez Demôro, Volkswagen Foundation, Brazil, Presenter (joint)
Veronica Stapleton, Sightsavers, United Kingdom, Presenter (joint)
Betty Moses, Sightsavers, Malawi, Presenter (joint)
Poonum Wilkhu, The Action Foundation, Kenya, Presenter
Rajeshwaran  Senthilnathan, Amar Seva Sangam, India, Presenter
Maria Angelica  Alonso Pellerano, Instituto Nacional de Atención Integral a la Primera Infancia, Dominican Republic, Presenter
Susanna Tadevosyan , Bridge of Hope, Armenia, Presenter
Annie  Mazagobian, Al Hussein Society/Jordan Center, Jordan, Presenter
Parallel session: Vocational studies in higher education settings for people with intellectual disabilities M1 13:35 to 14:45 This session sees presentations from four higher education institutions that have designed and delivered vocational programmes for people with intellectual disabilities within their campuses, either on their own or in partnership with other institutions and experts. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Graphic Facilitation, Preparatory material available beforehand, Live webstream Samuel Wunsch, Institut für Inclusive Bildung, Germany, Co-chair
Gesa Kobs, Institut für Inclusive Bildung, Germany, Co-chair
Wolfgang  Plaute, Pädagogische Hochschule Salzburg, Austria, Presenter
Sue  Moraska, Houston Community College, United States, Presenter (joint)
Sandra Pierce, Houston Community College, United States, Presenter (joint)
Victoria Parker, Universidad Andres Bello, Chile, Presenter
Antonio-Luis Martinez-Pujalte, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Spain, Expert
Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals and Data M2 13:55 to 15:55 Experts in the field of disability data collection and reporting discuss good practice in data collection and reporting to monitor progress of the SDGs and support policy making in areas relevant to inclusive education. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Jody Heymann, World Policy Analysis Center, United States, Chair
Anna Cristina D’Addio, Global Education Monitoring Report (UNESCO), France, Speaker
Paul Gleeson, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Ireland, Speaker
Claudia Cappa, UNICEF, United States, Speaker
Suguru Mizunoya, UNICEF, United States, Speaker
Christopher Lee, International Association of Accessibility Professionals, United States, Speaker
Klaus Höckner, Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreichs, Austria, Speaker
Parallel session: Teaching digital skills M3 14:45 to 15:35 This session presents projects that are working to teach valuable digital skills in creative ways through games and apps. This includes skills needed to use assistive technology and more general digital skills. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos James Lee, City Bridge Trust, United Kingdom, Chair
Adriana  Gomes Alves , Univali – University of Itajai Valley, Brazil, Presenter (joint)
Regina Celia  Linhares Hostins , Univali – University of Itajai Valley, Brazil, Presenter (joint)
Vassilis Giannakopoulos, SciFY – SCIENCE FOR YOU NPC, Greece, Presenter
Phia  Damsma, Sonokids Australia, Australia, Presenter
Parallel session: Innovations in inclusive education in low and middle income countries M1 15:05 to 16:15 This session looks at successful innovations being implemented in low and middle income countries to address specific challenges, such as access to education for children with disabilities in rural areas and teacher training Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Joshua Josa, USAID, United States, Chair
Deborah Tigere, Christoffel-Blindenmission Deutschland e.V. (CBM), Zimbabwe, Presenter
Cailin Hannon Campbell, ADISA – Asociación de Padres y Amigos de Personas con Discapacidad, Guatemala, Presenter (joint)
Francisco Sojuel, ADISA – Asociación de Padres y Amigos de Personas con Discapacidad, Guatemala, Presenter (joint)
Said Juma, The State University of Zanzibar, Tanzania, Presenter (joint)
Maryam Ismail, The State University of Zanzibar, Tanzania, Presenter (joint)
Helle Deertz, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany, Expert (joint)
Hedwig Osvath, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany, Expert (joint)
Thomas Knapp, Kindern Eine Chance – A Chance For Children, Uganda, Expert
Parallel session: Teaching Universal Design M3 15:45 to 16:25 In this session you can learn about different approaches to effectively teaching professionals and students in higher education institutions about Universal Design principles to support both physical and digital accessibility. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Weiqin Chen, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway, Expert
Ksenija Lalovic, University of Belgrade Faculty of Architecture, Serbia, Presenter (joint)
Filip Petrović, University of Belgrade Faculty of Architecture, Serbia, Presenter (joint)
Kavita Murugkar, Universal Design Center, BNCA, India, Presenter
Policy-Maker Forum M2 16:15 to 18:15 Policy-makers and influencers present new developments in their domestic or international agendas, including new and forthcoming legislation, action plans and emerging challenges. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, European Commission, Belgium, Chair
HRH Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, Higher Council for Affairs of Persons with Disabilities, Jordan, Speaker
Alexander Miklautz, Ministry of Social Affairs, Austria, Speaker
Rasmata Ouedraogo, Ministry of Education, Burkina Faso, Speaker
Gaby Admon-Rick, Ministry of Justice, Israel, Speaker
Kathryn Johnson, St. Cloud University, United States, Speaker
Riane Natalia Soares Vasconcelos, Federal District Government Education Department – Integral and Inclusive Education Subsecretariat, Brazil, Speaker
Shelly Nordheim, Ministry of Labour and Welfare, Israel, Speaker
Geni Julius Migeha, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Tanzania, Speaker
Parallel session: Assistive technology in schools and universities M1 16:25 to 17:15 This session focuses on projects ensuring access to assistive technology, including accessible computer labs and navigation support, in school and university settings. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Ricardo Garcia Bahamonde, Consultant, Spain, Chair
George Siso, inABLE, Kenya, Presenter
Wajdi  Wazzan, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia, Presenter
Abeer Shakweer, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Egypt, Expert
Parallel session: Post-secondary education transition programmes M3 16:35 to 17:45 This session features projects working with young people in schools to support their transition into work, higher education or independent living after they have completed secondary education. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Jim Crowe, EASPD, Belgium, Chair
Jamie Rutherford, ENABLE Scotland, United Kingdom, Presenter (joint)
Ashley Ryan, ENABLE Scotland, United Kingdom, Presenter (joint)
David Marcu, Israel Elwyn, Israel, Presenter (joint)
Margalit Piller, Israel Elwyn, Israel, Presenter (joint)
Petra  Rantamäki, KVPS, Finland, Presenter
Helga Fasching, Universität Wien, Austria, Expert
Carsten  Bender, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany, Expert
Kynote: Max Rubisch M1 18:30 to 18:45 Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Max Rubisch, Ministry of Social Affairs, Austria, Keynote
Zero Project 2020 Award Ceremony M1 18:45 to 20:45 Presenting award certificates to our 86 winning Innovative Practices and Policies for 2020. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Martin Essl, Essl Foundation, Austria, Keynote
HRH Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, Higher Council for Affairs of Persons with Disabilities, Jordan, Keynote
Alia Zereikat, Higher Council for Affairs of Persons with Disabilities, Jordan, Keynote
Awards Dinner Foyer 20:30

Friday 21st February

Session Room Time Description Accessibility features Speakers
Coffee Foyer 08:30 to 09:30
Inclusive Sunrise Yoga M1 09:00 Everyone is welcome and can participate in this “Good Morning Chair Sun Salutation Flow”. The focus of the session is mainly on the coordination of breath and movement, the gentle mobilization of the back, shoulders and neck as well as mental relaxation, accompanied by a harmonium player. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Hermann Weidinger, Hatha Yoga teacher, Austria
Julika Balprem Rieger, Professional musician and yoga teacher, Austria
Welcome M1 9:30 Conference moderator Caroline Casey will provide a warm welcome to day 3 of the Zero Project Conference 2020. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Caroline Casey, The Valuable 500, Ireland, Moderator
Podium session: Women in leadership M1 9:40 to 10:25 In this moderated discussion, experts including this year’s three HerAbilities winners discuss issues related to women and leadership in the disability sector. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Yetnebersh Nigussie, Light for the World, Ethiopia, Chair
Liisa Kauppinen, HerAbilities, Finland, Panellist
Katrin Langensiepen MEP, European Parliament, Germany, Panellist
Nguyen Thi Van, HerAbilities, Vietnam, Panellist
Maysoon Zayid, HerAbilities, United States, Panellist
Parallel session: Vocational training programmes for people with intellectual disabilities M1 10:40 to 12:00 An introduction to a range of programmes supporting people with intellectual disabilities to gain skills and qualifications to help them enter the world of work, including as trainers and lifeguards. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Graphic Facilitation, Preparatory material available beforehand, Live webstream Jyrki Pinomaa, Inclusion Europe, Belgium, Chair
Lara Zeyßig, PIKSL, Germany, Expert
Tim Neumann, PIKSL Lab Düsseldorf / In der Gemeinde leben gGmbH, Germany, Presenter
Claudio Deiuri, Gymnasium Centro Studi e Formazione, Italy, Expert (joint)
Lorenzo Pigatto, Gymnasium Centro Studi e Formazione, Italy, Expert (joint)
Evelyn Awad, Fachschule für wirtschaftliche Berufe der Caritas, Austria, Expert
Simon Öhe, dafür, Austria, Expert
Parallel session: Developing inclusive education systems in low and middle income countries M3 10:50 to 12:10 In this session, government Ministries and development NGOs discuss this work to establish and sustain systemic improvements in inclusive education in low and middle income countries. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign Tiziana Oliva, Leonard Cheshire Disability, United Kingdom, Chair
Ndeye  Dagué Gueye , Humanite & Inclusion Senegal, Senegal, Presenter
Sierra Mae  Paraan, Save the Children , Philippines, Presenter (joint)
Carmen Zubiaga, Disability Inclusion and  Development, Philippines, Presenter (joint)
Regina Hausiku , Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Namibia, Presenter (joint)
Leopoldine  Nakashole, Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Namibia, Presenter (joint)
Jennifer Seipua Pemila , Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture in Samoa, Samoa, Presenter
Khamis Said, MECP-Z, Tanzania, Presenter
Pedro Matarausse, Light for the World, Mozambique, Presenter (joint)
Arcides Baptista, ADPP, Mozambique, Presenter (joint)
Youth Forum M2 10:50 to 13:20 This forum brings together youth leaders, youth organisations and inclusive schools to discuss best practices, share concepts, experiences  and tools that have worked to increase inclusive education. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Dominic Regester, Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria, Co-chair
Faye Hobson, Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria, Co-chair
Marijeta Mojasevic, ENIL, Montenegro, Speaker
Marianne Knudsen, Youth Advocate, Norway, Speaker
Darren Bird, Learning for Wellbeing Foundation, Netherlands, Speaker
Edvina Dedić, Youth Advocate, Slovenia, Speaker
Konstantinos Papachristou, Youth Advocate, United Kingdom, Speaker
Rana Matar, Kings Academy, Jordan, Speaker
Fajer Saraireh, Youth Advocate, Jordan, Speaker
Karin Feller, Integrative Lernwerkstatt Brigittenau, Austria, Speaker
Ida Berger, Youth Advocate, Austria, Speaker
Lilli Hofer, Youth Advocate, Austria, Speaker
Elisabeth Fröhlich, Youth Advocate, Austria, Speaker
Raphael Rokus, Youth Advocate, Austria, Speaker
Talha Sariyerli, Youth Advocate, Austria, Speaker
Christina Pritz, Youth Advocate, Austria, Speaker
Elisabeth Schaludek-Paletschek, Schulzentrum Ungargasse, Austria, Speaker
Anna Eberl, Youth Advocate, Austria, Speaker
Stefan Mitrovic, Youth Advocate, Austria, Speaker
Jelena Petrovic, Youth Advocate, Austria, Speaker
Lukas Ruckenstuhl, Youth Advocate, Austria, Speaker
Parallel session: Online support and information resources for persons with disabilities and their families M1 12:10 to 13:20 In this session, organisations present the education and information resources they have online for people with disabilities and their families. This includes service directories, guides to assistive technologies and peer-led information resources. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Nevgül  Bilsel Safkan, Sabanci Foundation, Turkey, Chair
Eszter Salamon, Stichting International Parents Alliance, Greece, Presenter
Prachi Deo, Nayi Disha Resource Centre, India, Presenter
James Northridge, UrAbility, Ireland, Presenter
Jason Harris, Jason’s Connection, United States, Expert
Nitin Bindlish, Mom’s Belief, India, Expert
Parallel session: Inclusive education in South Asia M3 12:30 to 13:50 Local organisations and policy-makers working in countries across South Asia present their innovative approaches, including increasing school enrolment, policy frameworks and partnership working. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Annet van den Hoek , Karuna Foundation Nepal, Netherlands, Chair
Farida  Yesmin, Disabled Rehabilitation & Research Association (DRRA), Bangladesh, Presenter
Suresh Kaphle, Sama Nepal, Nepal, Presenter
Bertha Dkhar, Bethany Society, India, Presenter
Md.  Shahinujjaman , Save the Children International, Bangladesh, Presenter
Birendra Raj Pokharel, Action on Disability Rights And Development, Nepal, Presenter
Vishal Gupta, CHAI, India, Presenter
Parallel session: Training and resources for education professionals M1 13:30 to 14:20 This session showcases a range of training programmes to equip education professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver inclusive education, alongside frameworks and other resources available to them. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Michal Rimon, Access Israel, Israel, Chair
Rodrigo Huebner Mendes, Rodrigo Mendes Institute, Brazil, Presenter
Isabelle Cowan, New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Canada, Presenter
Silvia Kopp-Sixt, Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark, Austria, Expert
Forum on inclusive education in Sub-Saharan Africa M2 14:00 to 16:00 This forum will present a number of successful inclusive education initiatives working in sub-Saharan Africa, followed by a moderated discussion with representatives of UN agencies, funding bodies, local governments and NGOs on the challenges and opportunities for scaling and replicating these models. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign Michael Fembek, Essl Foundation, Austria, Co-chair
Georg Schön, Ashoka Austria , Austria, Co-chair
Veronica Stapleton, Sightsavers, United Kingdom, Speaker
Betty Moses, Sightsavers, Malawi, Speaker
Sandrine Bohan-Jacquot, Humanity and Inclusion, France, Speaker
Vieux Inssa Sane, Humanity and Inclusion, Senegal, Speaker
Deborah Tigere, CBM, Zimbabwe, Speaker
Philippe  Compaoré, Light for the World, Burkina Faso, Speaker
Tiziana Oliva, Leonard Cheshire Disability, United Kingdom, Speaker
Parallel session: Training professional groups in disability awareness and accessibility M3 14:20 to 15:30 This session introduces a number of approaches to ensuring that professional groups have a good understanding of issues related to accessibility and disability awareness, such as training and certification programmes. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos Natalia Amelina, UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE), Russia, Co-chair
Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C, Austria, Co-chair
Kevin Ng, Rick Hansen Foundation, Canada, Presenter
Natali  González-Villariny, Fundación ONCE, Spain, Presenter
Harsha Kathard, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Presenter
Evgeny Bukharov, All Russian Society of Disabled People, Russia, Presenter
Christopher  Lee, International Association of Accessibility Professionals, United States, Expert (joint)
Samantha Evans, International Association of Accessibility Professionals, United States, Expert (joint)
Parallel session: Online education resources M1 14:40 to 15:50 This session introduces different online resources promoting access to education including online libraries and learning platforms. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Klaus Miesenberger, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria, Chair
Vashkar Bhattacharjee , YPSA (Young Power in Social Action), Bangladesh, Presenter
Maja Kovacevic , UNICEF, Montenegro, Presenter (joint)
Tamara Milic, Ministry of Education, Montenegro, Presenter (joint)
Anita Marić, Bureau for Education, Montenegro, Presenter (joint)
Ivana Kovačević, Mathematical Society of Serbia, Serbia, Presenter
Sevda Yilmaz , Association of Barrier Free Access, Turkey, Presenter
Emre Taşgın, Eğitimde Görme Engelliler Derneği, Turkey, Expert
Final session: Learnings from the Zero Project community M1 16:00 to 16:45 Former Zero Project awardees will reflect on the developments of their projects following their success at the Zero Project and share tips and expertise on how all participants can build on what they have experienced at the Conference. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Tom  Butcher, Essl Foundation, United States, Chair
Michal  Rimon, Access Israel, Israel, Panellist
Linda Perry, Vela Microboard Association, Canada, Panellist
Lourdes Márquez de la Calleja, Fundación ONCE, Spain, Panellist
Claudia Werneck, Escola de Gente, Brazil, Panellist
Closing ceremony M1 16:45 to 17:00 The Zero Project Conference 2020 comes to a close with final speeches and a look ahead to the Zero Project in 2020/21, including the Zero Project Latin America Conference. Captioning in English, Audiodescription of videos, International Sign, Live webstream Martin Essl, Essl Foundation, Austria, Closing remarks
Carola Rubia, Fundación Descubreme, Chile, Closing remarks
Closing celebration and Her Abilities Award ceremony Bank Austria 18:30 to 21:00  Evening social event hosted by Light for the World and Zero Project, supported by Unicredit Bank Austria.With a live music act and a unique dance experience.

UniCredit Center “Am Kaiserwasser”,  Eiswerkstrasse 20, 1220 Vienna

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