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Zero Project releases 2018 report on Accessibility

The Zero Project analysed more than 105 countries to produce a detailed state of the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in regard to Accessibility.

The report is gives an overview in several steps:

  • 22 Social Indicators – The indicators including comparable information on the accessibility of the built environment, accessibility of information and political participation.
  • 68 Innovative practices - Examples include the “Itinerary and Walking maps for visitors with disabilities” project undertaken by the tourism administration of Flanders (Visit Flanders) and a nationwide video-sign language service in Colombia. These practices include not only a description of the practice, its story and its benefits, but testimonials and contact persons for more information.
  • 15 Innovative Policies – Including the EU Directive on the accessibility of websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies and the ongoing creation of a global standard “Accessible Tourism for Everyone”, a project by Fundación ONCE, the UN World Tourism Organisation and the International Standards Authority


  • 37 life stories – the actual impact of these practices and policies presented through the eyes of 37 persons, such as Matthew Chaffee, a wheelchair athlete that is able to practice in a community center (YMCA) built around Universal Design and Kevin, which benefits a from Wayfindr, standard to make audio navigation systems accessible for persons with visual impairments

The report has many more stories and innovative practices and policies that you can read here


About Zero Project

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.

Visit the Zero Project Website