The Zero Project Conference 2023 was a three-day event held at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria. The conference aimed to promote the inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities worldwide.
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On the first day of the Zero Project conference
On the first day, the youth delegation introduced itself, highlighting the importance of youth engagement in disability rights advocacy. They also presented the WHO-ITU Global Standard for Accessibility of Telehealth Services, emphasizing the need for accessible healthcare for persons with disabilities. In addition, the conference focused on inclusive design homes, political participation for persons with disabilities, and creating a global disability and age-inclusive insight community. Sessions on supporting persons with psychosocial disabilities and promoting accessible products for consumers were also held.
On the second day of the Zero Project conference
Moving on to the second day, keynote speaker Shirly Pinto, the first deaf member of the Israeli Knesset, shared her experiences in politics and advocated for the rights of persons with disabilities. Furthermore, the conference discussed innovations in assistive technology, global standards for the tourism industry, and empowering self-advocacy.
On the final day of the conference
On the third and final day of the conference, there was a highlight of good practices in empowering persons with disabilities in their entrepreneurial journeys, innovation in mental health, and early childhood intervention. Additionally, the conference focused on improving political participation in Africa and showcased the magnificent art of Jana Danilovic.
Throughout the conference, new technologies and pioneering models for independent living were presented. This emphasized the importance of stable support systems for persons with disabilities, their families, and caretakers. Moreover, awards were handed over to all 71 awardees from 42 countries, recognizing their efforts in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities.
Overall, the Zero Project Conference 2023 was a success in promoting the inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities. It showcased innovative solutions and highlighted the need for continued efforts to create a more accessible and inclusive world for all.