Zero Project Conference 2021 – Channel 3 Detailed schedule Wednesday 10th Febraury

Start Date Format Start Time  Title Description Accesibility Features
2/10 Keynote 09:00 – 10:00 Opening Ceremony: Martin Essl; Ghada Fathi Waly (UNODC); Caroline Casey (Valuable 500) Join us as we open #ZeroCon21! Caroline Casey, Founder of Valuable 500 will be the guide in the energizing opening hour, which will feature Essl Fpundation founder Martin Essl,  Ghada Fathi Waly, head of UNODC), and a lot more. International Sign Language
2/10 Partner Channel 10:00 – 11:00 Hilfsgemeinschaft: Employment of people with
disabilities in times of Covid19
The COVID-19 pandemic and crises showed us, how important accessibility and inclusion is–not only but especially for persons with disabilities. Access to workplace, communication and information has to be accessible to include all parts of societies. In these times persons without disabilities can imagine, how it is to be excluded when. The focus of the session, organized by Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen of Austria jointly with Access Israel, will be on practical issues, tools and programmes, snippets and knowledge.
2/10 Partner Channel 11:00 – 12:00 EASPD: Overcoming the impact of Covid19 on Employment The Covid19 pandemic has worsened the employment context for all, but perhaps none more than for persons with disabilities. Thus, the issue of employment  of persons with disabilities is as important as ever and should remain high up on the agenda of policy-makers across the continent. Action at all levels is required.
2/10 Partner Channel 12:00 – 13:00 YPSA: Use of accessible ICTs for overcoming workplace barriers YPSA – Young Power in Social Action of Bangla Desh organizes this podium-style discussion that will tackle national and international commitments on disability-inclusive accessible ICTs and employment. Moreover, it will analyze innovative practices for creating employment through ICT based interventions.
2/10 Partner Channel 13:00 – 14:00 LUPD: ICT Inclusion as a strategy for socio-economic recovery Unemployment and other forms of drastic loss of primary economic resources have been among the most critical outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic for persons with disabilities and their families in the Arab Region and across the globe. As ICT has been the primary socio-economic reintegration platform for many, the majority of persons with disabilities remain disadvantaged by lacking sufficient support to retain opportunities of employment during this pandemic. In this Session, organized by the Lebanese Union of Persons with Physical Disabilities (LUPd) of Lebanon, representatives of disabled people organizations and private sector companies will come together to share their perspective and discuss possible cooperation strategies.
2/10 Partner Channel 14:00 – 15:00 USAID: Employing and Empowering Youth with Disabilities This USAID-moderated session focuses on specific interventions for increasing employability skills, empowerment, and equity for youth with disabilities. It draws on experiences of global actors working with youth-led and youth-serving organizations, particularly organizations of persons with disabilities, to foster employment for youth with disabilities in low resource settings. The session will feature Youth Excel, a global program that empowers youth to use implementation research to strengthen development solutions, and USAID partners from Indonesia, Nicaragua, and Rwanda. Themes will address positive youth development, fostering intentional learning culture, surfacing power differentials, work readiness, entrepreneurship, peer leadership, and connecting youth to work-based learning experiences. There will be ample Q&A.
2/10 Partner Channel 15:00 – 16:00 JDC: Smart Homes – The tech
independence challenge
JDC-Israel – Unlimited Smart Homes program was created to help Israelis with disabilities find, procure, and integrate assistive technology into their daily life. It is a unique, multi-sectoral endeavor that brings in the Israeli tech scene to help people with disabilities gain independence, and uses the public sector to develop a large-scale national solution for people with disabilities.
2/10 Partner Channel 16:00 – 17:00 Special Olympics Austria through the ages This interactive session will highlight how Special Olympics Austria deals with the subject of sport, employment, and ICT.
2/10 Partner Channel 17:00 -18:00  ITU special session on Fostering Digital Innovation Ecosystem for an Accessible Europe ICTs have a vital role for ALL people’s empowerment and represent an enabler for inclusion in society. For persons with disabilities (PwDs), accessible, innovative digital solutions are essential barrier removers which help them live an independent life, participate in cultural events or political processes, benefit from education or entertainment, or obtain a job. In this session, ITU has invited 6 European innovators who compete in the “Regional Competition for Innovative Digital Solutions for an Accessible Europe 2021” to build a session and present their innovative solutions to the community. This interactive panel discussion explores what is needed to build an ecosystem supporting innovative ICT Accessibility solutions, shares experiences, and provide a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced in developing Accessible ICT solutions.