The Zero Project is a worldwide cross-sectoral network of innovators, decision-makers and opinion leaders aims to research and share Innovative Practice and Policies worldwide for a world with zero barriers. The Zero Project Conference, an annual event, is held in the premises of the United Nations in Vienna.
The Zero Project has announced the Shortlist for the 2022 Zero Project awards in the field of accessibility.
YPSA has been shortlisted for its initiative “Accessible E-resource Center in the University of Chittagong”. To ensure equal access in higher education for the students with disabilities, in 2019, YPSA with the support of A K Khan Foundation and in collaboration with the a2i of Bangladesh Government established an Accessible E-resource Centre at the University of Chittagong for the students with disabilities and provided them with the opportunity of adequate ICT based professional development training, accessible reading materials and information, and other necessary facilitation. Most importantly, the establishment of the Accessible E-resource Centre at the University of Chittagong in 2019 was one of the key initiatives to make the universities inclusive in Bangladesh and the University of Chittagong has been declared as the first Inclusive University in Bangladesh.
The nomination process spanned from May 2021 to June 2021 and sought to identify Innovative Practices and Policies from civil society, the public sector, the business sector and the ICT sector. Overall, the Zero Project had received 381 nominations from 86 countries.
Starting from August 6, 2021, the Zero Project’s ecosystem and network will be given the opportunity to engage with – and vote – on the Shortlist of Innovative Practices and Policies. Based on these votes, the Zero Project team will select the Awardees in September 2021. The overall aim is to select up to 75 Innovative Practices and Policies, to be published in the 2022 Zero Project Report on Accessibility and to award these during the annual 2022 Zero Project Conference – #ZeroCon22.