Zero Project Conference 2019 – Detailed schedule

    Wednesday – February 20, 2019               update 18th February, 2019
Session Room Time Description Accessibility features First Name Surname Organisation Country Role
Coffee Foyer 8:30 to 10:00    
Short film screening: The Conference  M1 9:30 to 10:00 Film Summary: An International Day of Disabled People Conference gets out of hand when the organizers and attendees can’t seem to pull it together. This film is a documentary of the conference. Directed by Justin Edgar (2011). Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos ReelAbilities Film Festival United States Film screening
Opening Ceremony M1 10:00 to 10:30 Welcoming words by Gabriella Sellner, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in Vienna; Martin Essl, Founder of the Essl Foundation; and a video message from Daniela Bas, Director of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs /Division for Inclusive Social Development. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign Caroline Casey The Valuable 500 Ireland Conference moderator
Gabriella Sellner Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in Vienna Austria Opening remarks
Daniela Bas United Nations DISD/DESA United States Video message
Martin Essl Essl Foundation Austria Opening remarks
Keynote Speech: Helena Guggenbichler M1 10:30 to 10:45 “The Austrian Government’s goals for the inclusion of persons with disabilities” Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign Helena Guggenbichler General Secretary, Austrian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection Austria Keynote
Introduction to accessibility at the Zero Project Conference M1 10:45 to 11:00 Overview of the accessibility features of this year’s Zero Project Conference, including the presentation of a short video. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign Caroline Casey The Valuable 500 Ireland Presenter
Michael Fembek Essl Foundation Austria Presenter
Keynote Speech: Jenny Lay-Flurrie M1 11:00 to 11:15 “Accessibility strategy of Microsoft Inc.” Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign Jenny Lay-Flurrie Microsoft United States Keynote
Couch session: Participation and leadership M1 11:15 to 11:50 Self-representation, participation, and leadership and their contribution to a barrier-free world.  Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Graphic Facilitation Michael Fembek Essl Foundation Austria Moderator
Toyin Janet Aderemi Her Abilities Awardee Nigeria Expert
Yoav Kraiem Beit Issie Shapiro Israel Expert
Jenny Lay-Flurrie Microsoft United States Expert
Parallel Session: Self-representatives influencing policy-making M1 12:00 to 13:10 Ensuring that persons with disabilities directly influence policy-making is critical to achieving a barrier-free world. This session looks at various elements of such influence, including training programmes for self-representatives, working with policy-makers to draft legislation, and collecting and using data effectively. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos, Graphic Facilitation, Presentations and captioned videos of presentations available beforehand Tuomas Tuure The Threshold Association Finland Chair
David Curtis Light for the World Cambodia Presenter (joint)
Samnang Pheng Light for the World Cambodia Presenter (joint)
Olmedo Zambrano Fundación Discapacidad y Desarrollo Ecuador Presenter
Daniel Salas Federación Ecuatoriana Pro Atención a la Persona con Discapacidad Intelectual y su Familia Ecuador Presenter
John Kelly SourceAmerica United States Expert
Parallel Session: Using technology to connect people M3 12:00 to 12:50 Increasingly, apps and other technologies are opening up new ways of communication for persons with disabilities. This session introduces phone apps and websites connecting them to both formal and informal support networks, their peers, as well as advice and information. Captioning in English, Audio description of videos Klaus Miesenberger Johannes Kepler Universität Linz Austria Chair
Robin Way Community Connections Australia Australia Presenter (joint)
Jeremy Way Community Connections Australia Australia Presenter (joint)
Lucia Csabai Helpific Hungary Presenter
Brittany Dejean AbleThrive United States Presenter
Zero Project Impact Transfer Forum M2 12:20 to 14:20 This joint initiative from the Zero Project and Ashoka aims to support the most innovative practices to replicate their impact globally. Hear from the 11 participating projects about their ambitious plans to replicate, and discover how you can work with them to bring these exciting innovations to your local context. Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Loic Van Cutsem Ashoka Austria Austria Chair
Martin Essl Essl Foundation Austria Panellist
Georg Schön Ashoka Austria Austria Panellist
Doris Rothauer Bureau for Transfer & Ashoka Austria Austria Panellist
Walburga Fröhlich Atempo Austria Panellist
Seneit Debese Greta & Starks Germany Presenter
Pedro Prata Escola de Gente Brazil Presenter
Sara Minkara Empowerment through Integration Lebanon Presenter
Barbara Schuster kinderhände Austria Presenter (joint)
Leigh Ann Davis National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability, The Arc United States Presenter
Mariana Lopez Unidos Somos Iguales Mexico Presenter
Modesta Nyirenda Solar Ear Botswana Presenter
Monica Cortes Asdown Colombia Colombia Presenter (joint)
Marta Royo Profamilia Colombia Presenter (joint)
Alito Alessi DanceAbility International United States Presenter
Sally Ross-Bihari Enosh Israel Presenter
Francesca Fedeli Fight the Stroke Italy Presenter
Parallel Session: Being independent at home M3 13:20 to 14:10 From smart homes promoting Universal Design principles to a home and vehicle modification programme, these innovations are supporting people to live independently and to make decisions about their own living arrangements. Captioning in English, Audio description of videos Luk Zelderloo EASPD – European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities Belgium Chair
Sonia Garcia-Fraile Camara Fundación ONCE Spain Presenter
Gail Mores March of Dimes Canada Canada Presenter (video)
Errol Cocks Curtin University Australia Presenter
Parallel Session: Supported decision making and personal budget models M1 13:50 to 15:10 This session introduces innovative models supporting persons with disabilities to exercise control and choice in making key decisions, both about their care and support and how this is funded. Models include training in supported decision-making, user-centred personal assistance models, and personal ombudsmen. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos, Graphic Facilitation, Presentations and captioned videos of presentations available beforehand Karin Astegger Lebenshilfe Salzburg Austria Chair
Avital Sandler-Loeff JDC Israel Unlimited Israel Presenter
Maths Jesperson PO Skåne Sweden Presenter
Yotam Tolub Bizchut – The Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities Israel Presenter
Linda Perry Vela Microboards Canada Expert
Cher Nicholson ASSET SA Australia Expert
Parallel Session: Making everyday life more inclusive M3 14:20 to 15:40 This session introduces a range of initiatives – including apps, disability cards, and sports programmes – all of which increase access to such everyday activities as leisure, entertainment, and banking for persons with disabilities. Captioning in English, Audio description of videos David Banes AIS United Kingdom Chair
Petra Rantamäki KVPS Finland Presenter (joint)
Katri Malte-Colliard KVPS Finland Presenter (joint)
Timothy Ames Plan Institute Canada Expert
Seneit Debese Greta & Starks Germany Presenter
Thomas Gruber Move on to Inclusion Austria Expert (joint)
Anna Doppelhofer Move on to Inclusion Austria Expert (joint)
Yossef Elimelech Hevel Modiin Region Council Israel Expert
Manisha Malhotra Mphasis India Expert
Forum on Data and Reporting M2 14:50 to 16:20 Experts will take an in-depth look at the many challenges of collecting, analysing, and reporting disability-related data and will present diverse models from around the world with suggested practices. Captioning in English, Audio description of videos Christian Schober Vienna University of Business and Economics Austria Chair
Daphne Ahrendt EuroFound Ireland Expert
Christine Hemphill Open Inclusion United Kingdom Expert
Teresa Royo Disability Hub Spain Expert
Francesca Cesa Bianchi G3ict United States Expert
Sumita Kunashakaran Disabled People’s Association (DPA) Singapore Singapore Expert
Sirinart Tongsiri Mahasarakham University Thailand Expert
Parallel Session: High-tech solutions M1 15:20 to 16:20 Learn about exciting technological innovations, including solar-powered hearing aids that significantly reduce costs and Artificial Intelligence technology supporting the rehabilitation of young persons with cerebral palsy. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Christopher Lee International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) United States Chair
Alvin Tan SG Enable Singapore Presenter
Shigeta Kazuki Organization for Broadcasting and Communications for People with Disabilities Japan Presenter
Modesta Nyirenda Solar Ear Botswana Presenter
Francesca Fedeli Fight the Stroke Italy Presenter
Keynote Speech: James Thurston M1 16:30 to 16:40 “ICT accessibility and inclusion” Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign James Thurston G3ict United States Keynote
Exhibitors presentation and Q&A: Part 1 M1 16:40 to 17:00 An opportunity to hear from our exhibitors at the 2019 Zero Project Conference, who will introduce their products and services ahead of tonight’s exhibition programme. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign
Keynote Speech: Joachim Schoss M1 17:00 to 17:10 “The myHandicap Foundation”  Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign Joachim Schoss MyHandicap Switzerland Keynote
Exhibitors presentation and Q&A: Part 2 M1 17:10 to 17:30 An opportunity to hear from our exhibitors at the 2019 Zero Project Conference, who will introduce their products and services ahead of tonight’s exhibition programme. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign
Keynote Speech: Kalyani Khona M1 17:30 to 17:40 “90 Years in the Rat Park” Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Kalyani Khona Inclov India Keynote
Exhibition and Dinner Foyer 17:45 to 20:00 Opportunity to explore the Zero Project Conference exhibition, including a demonstration of inclusive dance and movement from Danceability International  
    Thursday – February 21, 2019            
Session Room Time Description Accessibility features First Name Surname Organisation Country Role
Coffee Foyer 8:30 to 9:45            
Short film screening: Guest Room M1 9:30 to 9:45 A young woman with Down Syndrome grapples with her identity and her potential as a mother after an unplanned pregnancy with her boyfriend. Starring Lauren Potter (Glee). Directed by Joshua Tate (2014). Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos ReelAbilities Film Festival United States Film screening
Welcome by Caroline Casey M1 9:45 to 10:00 Conference moderator Caroline Casey will provide a warm welcome to day 2 of the Zero Project Conference 2019. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign Caroline Casey The Valuable 500 Ireland Conference moderator
Keynote Speech: Lisa Trygg and Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi M1 10:00 to 10:20 How Hollywood and the Media Can Help Promote Independent Living for People with Disabilities Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Lisa Trygg  May and Stanley Smith Trust United States Keynote
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi RespectAbility United States Keynote
Keynote Speech: Georgette Mulheir and Pavel M1 10:20 to 10:30 Lumos Foundation’s deinstitutionalization strategy Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign Georgette Mulheir Lumos Foundation United Kingdom Keynote
Pavel Lumos Foundation Czech Republic Keynote
Parallel Session: Inclusive voter information M1 10:45 to 12:05 This session showcases ways in which information about politics and voting is communicated to meet the particular needs of persons with intellectual disabilities, including easy-read voting guides, study groups, and inclusive communication campaigns, among others. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos, Graphic Facilitation, Easy Language Summaries available, Presentations and captioned videos of presentations available beforehand Milan Sverepa Inclusion Europe Belgium Chair
Kjell Stjernholm Studieforbundet Vuxenskolan Sweden Presenter (joint)
Ulla Bohman Boarve konsult Sweden Presenter (joint)
Ylva Bjelle Bjelle Media Sweden Presenter (joint)
Kayleigh Thorpe ENABLE Scotland United Kingdom Presenter
Nathan Despott Inclusion Melbourne Australia Presenter (video)
Enrique Galván Plena inclusión España Spain Presenter (joint)
Antonio Hinojosa Plena inclusión España Spain Presenter (joint)
Walburga Fröhlich Atempo Austria Expert
Parallel Session: Youth and volunteering M3 10:45 to 11:55 This session features organizations supporting young persons with disabilities. Through workshops, social programmes, and school activities, young persons with disabilities develop independent life skills and participate in sports, social activities, and volunteer opportunities both at home and abroad. Captioning in English, Audio description of videos Ramez Maher Helm Egypt Egypt Chair
Liliana Perez Unidos Somos Iguales Mexico Presenter (joint)
Mayté Cardenas Ortiz Unidos Somos Iguales Mexico Presenter (joint)
Sara Minkara Empowerment through Integration Lebanon Presenter (joint)
Heather Fuentes Empowerment through Integration Lebanon Presenter (joint)
Heinz Tippl Basic Initiative of Sports and Inclusion (BISI) Austria Presenter
Yifat Klein JDC Ashalim Israel Presenter (joint)
Mimi Palatchi Ministry of Education Israel Presenter (joint)
Kristofer Lengert WeltWegWeiser Austria Presenter (joint)
Erwin Buchberger WeltWegWeiser Austria Presenter (joint)
Start-up and Social Business Forum M2 10:45 to 12:15 In this fast-paced session, entrepreneurs pitch their technological solutions to a panel of experts from the corporate and philanthropic worlds, who will then provide incisive questioning and constructive feedback. Captioning in English, Audio description of videos Stephan Dertnig FUTURESPACE GmbH Austria Chair
Helena Rosandic 1MillionStartups Austria Expert
Roos Van Kleef Kahane Foundation Switzerland Expert
Mohamed Ba International Telecommunications Union Belgium Expert
Christopher Lee International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) United States Expert
Christian Vogelauer Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreichs Austria Presenter
Gavin Neate Neatebox United Kingdom Presenter
Adam Ikar Equalweb Israel Presenter
Ricardo Garcia Bahamonde AccessibilityOz Australia Presenter
Aleksandar Nikitovic Social Skills Animation Serbia Presenter
Parallel Session: Independence in public spaces M3 12:20 to 13:30 There are often numerous barriers that prevent independent navigation of public places by persons with disabilities. These innovations address such barriers with the use of beacon technology-based phone apps for improved orientation, airport simulations, and fully accessible mobile toilets, thus allowing persons with disabilities to fully enjoy all public spaces. Captioning in English, Audio description of videos Holger Dieterich Sozialhelden Germany Chair
Klaus Höckner Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreichs Austria Expert
Lior Haviv Step-Hear Israel Presenter
Gavin Neate NeateBox United Kingdom Presenter
Michael Holden Mobiloo Ireland Presenter
Kerry Mauger The Arc United States Presenter
Parallel Session: Participating in politics in low and middle income countries M1 12:35 to 13:25 NGOs and DPOs will present their programmes to increase political participation of persons with disabilities in low- and middle- income countries. The successes of these programmes include increased voter registration, more inclusive policies, and greater representation of persons with disabilities in government. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Joseph Jones The Harkin Institute United States Chair
Action Amos FEDOMA Malawi Presenter
Devidetta Acharya Disable Empowerment and Communication Center-Nepal
(DEC-N)
Nepal Presenter (joint)
Birendra Raj Pokharel Disable Empowerment and Communication Center-Nepal
(DEC-N)
Nepal Presenter (joint)
Tracy Vaughan Gough Sightsavers United Kingdom Expert
Policy-Maker Forum M2 12:35 to 14:35 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, International Sign, Audio description of videos Sen. Tom Harkin The Harkin Institute United States Chair
HRH Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HCD) Jordan Expert
Helga Stevens MEP European Parliament Belgium Expert
Max Rubisch Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Soziales, Gesundheit und Konsumentenschutz Austria Expert
Klaus Lachwitz International Disability Alliance and European Disability Forum Germany Expert
Michal Rimon Access Israel Israel Expert
Tara Doheny Genio Ireland Expert
Klaus Höckner Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreichs Austria Expert
Parallel Session: Supporting the rights of women with disabilities M1 13:45 to 14:55 This session introduces innovations with a focus on strengthening and promoting the rights of women with disabilities. Examples include training on sexual and reproductive rights, trauma-informed housing models, and leadership programmes. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos, Graphic Facilitation, Presentations and captioned videos of presentations available beforehand Ashrafun Nahar Her Abilities Awardee Bangladesh Chair
Monica Cortes Asdown Colombia Colombia Presenter (joint)
Marta Royo Profamilia Colombia Presenter (joint)
Judith Baart Light for the World Cambodia Presenter (joint)
David Curtis Light for the World Cambodia Presenter (joint)
Arik Cohen Enosh – The Israeli Mental Health Association Israel Presenter (joint)
Liron David Enosh – The Israeli Mental Health Association Israel Presenter (joint)
Shalini Khanna NAB India Centre for Blind Women India Expert (joint)
Mandeep Malhotra NAB India Centre for Blind Women India Expert (joint)
Parallel Session: Early childhood support in low and middle income countries M3 13:55 to 14:45 This session highlights projects increasing access to support for children with disabilities, particularly those living in rural areas. A key element of these projects is empowering families and communities to play a greater role through training, home-based programmes, and targeted support. Captioning in English, Audio description of videos Hervé Bernard Humanity & Inclusion France Chair
Edy Supriyanto SEHATI Sukoharjo Indonesia Presenter
Annet Van Den Hoek Karuna Foundation Nepal Expert
Nitin Bindlish Mom’s Belief India Presenter
Forum in cooperation with Lumos Foundation M2 14:45 to 16:15 This forum will be an opportunity to see participatory approaches in action as self-advocates prepare for the Lumos Foundation’s creative performance on deinstitutionalization. Participants can learn about effective approaches to participation and help shape the performance. Captioning in English, Audio description of videos Aneta Teneva Lumos Foundation Bulgaria Expert
Eugenia Godoroja Lumos Foundation Moldova Expert
Ingrid Hanzlikova Lumos Foundation Czech Republic Expert
Victoria Lumos Foundation Moldova Expert
Vasile Lumos Foundation Moldova Expert
Mihaela Lumos Foundation Bulgaria Expert
Teodora Lumos Foundation Bulgaria Expert
Stefan Lumos Foundation Bulgaria Expert
Pavel Lumos Foundation Czech Republic Expert
Lukáš Lumos Foundation Czech Republic Expert
Parallel Session: Accessible elections M3 15:05 to 16:35 In this session, representatives from national and regional electoral bodies and NGO partners will outline their work to introduce wide-ranging measures to increase the accessibility of national and local elections. Peter Berns The Arc United States Chair
Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Virginia Atkinson International Foundation for Electoral Systems United States Presenter
Adriana Casati USAID Paraguay Presenter
Fernando Pessoa Da Silveira Mello Superior Electoral Court Brazil Presenter
Michael Boda Elections Saskatchewan Canada Presenter
Lorenzo Cordova INE – The National Electoral Institute Mexico Presenter
Revital Shurtz-Swirsky Access Israel Israel Expert
Antonio Martinez-Pujalte Lopez Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche Spain Expert
Parallel Session: Sign language solutions M1 15:15 to 16:25 This session introduces a range of initiatives promoting and supporting greater use of sign language in political, educational, and social contexts. Examples include phone apps, bilingual playgroups, and training programmes. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Michal Rimon Access Israel Israel Chair
Nick De La Hunt Wigital South Africa Presenter
Ambar Zobairi International Foundation for Electoral Systems Libya Presenter
Barbara Schuster kinderhände Austria Presenter
Amy Hebert Knopf St. Cloud University United States Expert (joint)
Xuan Zheng Chongqing Normal University China Expert (joint)
Kathryn Johnson SCSU Confucius Institute United States Expert (joint)
Monika Haider equalizent Schulungs- und Beratungs GmbH Austria Expert
Innovative Digital Solutions for Accessible Europe M2 16:25 to 17:55 This session explores what is needed to build an ecosystem supporting innovative ICT Accessibility solutions. It is both an interactive panel discussion and training session, sharing experiences and providing a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in developing Accessible ICT solutions, and the enabling innovation and entrepreneurial environment.  Captioning in English, Audio description of videos Mohamed Ba International Telecommunications Union Belgium Chair
Lorenzo Di Ciaccio Pedius Italy Panellist
Natalia Amelina UNESCO IITE Russia Panellist
Željko Khermayer Feelif Slovenia Panellist
Masahito Kawamori ITU-T Japan Panellist
Parallel Session: Supported housing models in Eastern Europe and Central Asia   16.35 to 17:55 Innovative supported housing models play a critical role in supporting persons with disabilities to live in the community, rather than in institutions. This session showcases a number of innovative approaches of independent and supervised housing, shared apartments, the use of technology, and person-centred designs. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos, Graphic Facilitation Carmen Arroyo De Sande EASPD Belgium Chair
  Cerasela Nicoleta Predescu Pro Act Romania Presenter
  Mirjana Lazor Elementary and Secondary Boarding School “Milan Petrovic” Serbia Presenter
M1 Anna Kudiyarova Psychoanalytic Association Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Presenter
  Nermin Cocalic Union SUMERO Bosnia & Herzegovina Presenter
  Davud Rehimli Union of Disabled People Organizations (UDPO) of the Republic of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Expert
  Mariann Mandics Equal Chances! Foundation Hungary Expert (joint)
  Erszebet Szekeres Equal Chances! Foundation Hungary Expert (joint)
Parallel Session: Ballot tools M3 16:45 to 17:35 This sessions explores two different approaches to ensuring people have access to tools that enable them to vote independently – tactile ballot guides and online voting systems. Captioning in English, Audio description of videos Sue Swenson Inclusion International United Kingdom Chair
Sam Campbell Scytl Australia Presenter
Engin Yilmaz Boğaziçi University Turkey Presenter
Tamar Zhvania Central Election Commission of Georgia Georgia Presenter
The Award Ceremony M1 18:30 to 20:30 Celebrating the Zero Project Innovative Practices and Policies Awardees. With keynote speeches from:

Martin Essl, Essl Foundation
Senator Tom Harkin, The Harkin Institute
Anastasia Somoza, Disability Rights Advocate
Richard Kessler, Kessler Foundation

Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Martin Essl Essl Foundation Austria Keynote
Sen. Tom Harkin The Harkin Institute United States Keynote
Anastasia Somoza Disability Rights Advocate United States Keynote
Richard Kessler Kessler Foundation United States Keynote
Dinner Foyer 20:30 to 22:00            
    Friday – February 22, 2019            
Session Room Time Description Accessibility features First Name Surname Organisation Country Role
Coffee Foyer 9:00 to 9:45            
Inclusive Pilates with Anastasiya Gerets M1 9:00 to 9:30 The Zero Project Conference welcomes you to a Pilates workout designed by Anastasiya Gerets, with a short set of exercises accessible for everyone. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign Anastasiya Gerets Pilates Cafe Germany Activity session
Welcome by Caroline Casey M1 9:30 to 9:35 Conference moderator Caroline Casey will provide a warm welcome to day 3 of the Zero Project Conference 2019. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign Caroline Casey The Valuable 500 Ireland Conference moderator
Lumos Foundation performance M1 9:35 to 9:50 Self-advocates from the Lumos Foundation present a creative performance piece on the topic of deinstitutionalization. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign Victoria Lumos Foundation Moldova Performer
Vasile Lumos Foundation Moldova Performer
Mihaela Lumos Foundation Bulgaria Performer
Teodora Lumos Foundation Bulgaria Performer
Stefan Lumos Foundation Bulgaria Performer
Pavel Lumos Foundation Czech Republic Performer
Lukáš Lumos Foundation Czech Republic Performer
Couch session: Personal assistance and budgets M1 10:00 to 10:50 Experts will discuss different models and approaches of personal assistance and budget management for persons with disabilities in an off-stage conversational-style session.  Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Tom Butcher Zero Project United States Moderator
Tom Shakespeare London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Light for the World United Kingdom Expert
Germain Weber University of Vienna / Lebenshilfe Österreich Austria Expert
Joris Van Puyenbroeck Odisee University College Belgium Expert
Keynote Speech: Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the Austrian Parliament M1 10:50 to 11:00 “Political participation of persons with disabilities: What can parliaments do?” Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign Wolfgang Sobotka President, Austrian Parliament Austria Keynote
Parallel Session: Strengthening access to legal and human rights M3 11:10 to 12:20 Experts will present a variety of approaches to improving access for persons with disabilities to legal and human rights around the world. Models include providing expertise and support to DPOs, and how governments and NGOs can work together to strengthen disability legislation. Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Joelson Dias Barbosa e Dias Advogados Associados Brazil Chair
Lydia Shula Mobility International USA (MIUSA) United States Presenter
Nipun Ompedathil Sugunan Mphasis India Presenter (joint)
Arman Ali NCPEDP India Presenter (joint)
Susan Mader Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Canada Presenter
Galia Granot Ruderman Family Foundation United States Expert
Gaby Admon-Rick Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Justice Israel Expert
Parallel Session: Promoting independent living and inclusion in low and middle income countries M1 11:10 to 12:10 Organizations from low- and middle-income countries will introduce their models that promote independence and inclusion. The models look at centres that provide services, advice, products, and support, such as assistive technologies, recreational opportunities, legal advice, and personal assistance. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Nevgül Bilsel Safkan Sabanci Foundation Turkey Chair
May Zeineldein Alhassan Foundation for Differently Abled Inclusion Egypt Presenter (joint)
Alaa Nadi Alhassan Foundation for Differently Abled Inclusion Egypt Presenter (joint)
Nawaf Kabbara Forum of the Handicapped Lebanon Presenter
Karola Suyapa Lopez Programa de Rehabilitación de Parálisis Cerebral (PREPACE) Honduras Presenter (joint)
Carola Rubia Fundación Descúbreme Chile Presenter (joint)
Samith Mey Phnom Penh Center for Independent Living Cambodia Presenter
TOPHOUSE Forum on integrated housing and support M2 11:10 to 13:20 This session will launch the TOPHOUSE report on integrated housing and support. There will be a presentation on the TOPHOUSE project, an introduction to the report and some of the featured practices, followed by a plenary discussion. Captioning in English, Audio description of videos Carmen Arroyo De Sande EASPD Belgium Chair
Seema Mundackal Essl Foundation Austria Presenter
Lucie Šišková Portus Praha Czech Republic Presenter (joint)
Jan Šiška Faculty of Education, Charles University Czech Republic Presenter (joint)
Joris Bracquené Zepowa Belgium Presenter
Robert Ritter Kalisch Diakoniewerk Gallneukirchen Austria Presenter
Kirsi Konola KVPS Finland Presenter
Edwin Luitzen De Vos Thomashuizen Netherlands Presenter
Maarit Aalto Aspa Foundation Finland Expert
Ferran Blanco Fundacio Tutelar Spain Expert
Parallel Session: Supporting people facing multiple disadvantages M1 12:30 to 13:20 Persons with disabilities may face additional challenges as a result of being from a particular ethnic group, gender, or age, or from other life circumstances. This session presents models supporting groups facing multiple disadvantages, including work to support indigenous populations with disabilities and persons with disabilities living in slums or who are homeless. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Johanna Mang Light for the World Austria Chair
Kelsey Finlay British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society Canada Presenter (joint)
Evelyn Huntjens British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society Canada Presenter (joint)
Claudia Werneck Escola de Gente Brazil Presenter
Josep Maria Sole Chavero Fundacio Tutelar de les Comarques Gironines Spain Expert
Parallel Session: Providing mental health services in low and middle income countries M3 12:40 to 13:40 Presenters in this session will introduce models that support persons with cognitive or psychosocial disabilities, as well as their caregivers and professional staff, to help find or deliver appropriate support and services in low- and middle-income countries. Captioning in English, Audio description of videos Josh Goldstein Global Development Consultant United States Chair
Chencho Dorji Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan Bhutan Presenter
Tam Nguyen BasicNeeds Vietnam Vietnam Presenter
Peter Badimak Yaro BasicNeeds Ghana Ghana Presenter
Manoj Kumar Mental Health Action Trust India Expert
Parallel Session: Making deinstitutionalization work M1 13:30 to 14:40 This session presents national programmes designed to move persons with disabilities living in institutions into the community. Organizations will discuss their various models, which include support systems, housing, and training for living in the community. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Martha Stickings European Union Fundamental Rights Agency Austria Chair
Frank Sioen ENIL – European Network on Independent Living Belgium Expert
John Healy Genio Ireland Presenter
Parascovia Munteanu Keystone Moldova Moldova Presenter
Marija Borovec Center for Rehabilitation Zagreb Croatia Expert
Aneta Teneva Lumos Foundation Bulgaria Presenter
Self-representative forum on upcoming European Parliament elections (German language) M2 13:50 to 15:20 In this Forum, groups of self-representatives from Germany and Austria will co-create accessible information for the election of the European Parliament in May 2019. The Forum itself is also a showcase for co-creating participatory workgroups and seminars, and will be held in German. Captioning in German, Austrian Sign Language, Graphic Faciliation, Presentations and captioned videos of presentations available beforehand, English Translation Petra Plicka Arbeitsgemeinschaft SCHRITTE Austria Co-moderator
Iris Kopera SVZ Austria Co-moderator
Parallel Session: Using the arts to change perceptions M3 14:00 to 15:10 Organizations will present projects that use various forms of art to change the public’s perception of persons with disabilities and to reduce discrimination. Creative methods that will be discussed include using live theatre, dance, books, art galleries, and literary festivals. Captioning in English, Audio description of videos Albert Brandstätter Lebenshilfe Österreich Austria Chair
Alito Alessi DanceAbility International United States Presenter
Elisabeta Moldovan Asociatia Ceva de Spus Romania Presenter (joint)
Dan Ungureanu Dan Ungureanu Illustration Romania Presenter (joint)
Lina Malcoci Keystone Moldova Moldova Presenter
Claudia Blascik- Berchtold Verein Impulse Völs Austria Expert
Gerlinde Hofer Literaturpreis Ohrenschmaus Austria Expert
Parallel Session: Improving the response of the criminal justice system to people with disabilities M1 14:50 to 15:50 Persons with disabilities often face additional challenges when interacting with police, the complicated criminal court systems, and lawyers, as their needs are often poorly understood. This session presents projects that aim to improve these systems and to assist persons with disabilities to better navigate them. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Samantha Sanangurai Leonard Cheshire Disability Zambia Chair
Andrew Mackenzie International Bar Association United Kingdom Expert
Ariel Simms The National Centre on Criminal Justice and Disability United States Presenter
Peter McCabe Headway – The Brain Injury Association United Kingdom Presenter
Carlos Rios-Espinosa Human Rights Watch Mexico Expert
Final Session: Storytelling – good practice in social media, video and movies M1 16:00 to 16:45 This session explores the good and bad of telling disability-related stories via social media, videos, and movies. Good example video clips will be played on large screens, with a panel of experts providing analysis and insight following each clip. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign, Audio description of videos Zara Todd ProjectScotland United Kingdom Chair
Musola Cathrine Kaseketi Her Abilities Awardee Zambia Expert
Isaac Zablocki ReelAbilities United States Expert
Closing remarks and the look ahead M1 16:45 to 17:00 Closing of the Zero Project Conference 2019 by the organisers and a preview of the coming year for the Zero Project. Live Webstream, Captioning in English, International Sign Caroline Casey The Valuable 500 Ireland Conference moderator
Martin Essl Essl Foundation Austria Presenter
Michael Fembek Essl Foundation Austria Presenter
Evening dance event: “Dance With Me” External  18:00 to 21:00 Evening dance event in partnership with Light for the World, the HerAbilities Awards and Lilli’s Ballroom: Hosted by Bank Austria.

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