YPSA has been awarded the Zero Project Award 2020 with “Capacity Building Activities for the Production of Books in Accessible Formats”. 9th Zero Project Conference which took place from 19th to 21st February 2020. More than 800 people from over 80 countries took part at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria, to discuss, exhibit and present models that support inclusive Education. Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee, team leader of YPSA-IRCD has attended the conference.
The Zero Project, an initiative of the Essl Foundation, focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities globally. It provides a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions to problems that persons with disabilities face, are shared. Its sole objective is to assist in creating a world without barriers.
YPSA has been working for the rights and empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. YPSA established ICT Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities (IRCD) which has been keeping a unique, tangible and significant role in education and ICT for persons with disabilities in Bangladesh since 2005, and implementing various development programs like ICT training for the Professionals with Disabilities, empowering youths with disabilities through market driven ICT skills, creating accessible multimedia talking books for the students with visual disabilities, creating accessible dictionary, accessible e-learning lab etc. As a result, many people with disabilities have been empowered and are becoming empowered and getting access to education, employment, receiving ICT related training, and working at government and non-government organizations, corporate sectors, banks and educational institutions.