7 UK organisations receive accessibility innovation awards from the The Zero Project.
The Zero Project funds and shares solutions that improve the daily lives and legal rights of persons with disabilities.
The Zero Project is a global network of partners, experts, decision-makers, opinion leaders, and other changemakers. The Zero Project works to create a world with zero barriers and to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Every year the Zero Project focuses on a particular disability subject, and this year it was Accessibility. They have a four year cycle where they will focus on the subject again within the next four years.
This year’s Zero Project research on Accessibility looked at solutions in these categories:
- Built environment
- Public transport and public infrastructure
- Products and services
- ICT-based approaches working in such areas as orientation systems, communication platforms, learning tools
- Workplace adaptations
- Sign language and easy-language applications, • Urban development and ‘smart cities’
- Culture and arts, sports, and leisure
Emphasis was also given to responses to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to disasters and emergency situations.
The UK gained 7 out of the 31 awards from the Zero Project this year. These were:
Picture galleries providing comprehensive insight into a venue’s accessibility.
Global Symbols – CIC
An online toolbox of symbols enabling communication for all, without the use of language.
Hassell Inclusion – Scorecard for accessibility self-assessment
Digital Accessibility Maturity Scorecard for companies.
Transport for London – Disability Advisory Group
Advisory board supporting the London Transport Authority in accessibility matters.
Waymap – Orientation app
Accurate navigation system for the blind and visually impaired to improve public services.
Audio-descriptive commentary for blind and partially sighted people in football stadiums.
Sightsavers – Accessibility Standards and Audit Pack
Toolkit and training to make health facilities in low-income countries more accessible.
These organisations have created some innovative solutions for improving the lives of the disabled community. You can learn more about the Zero Project here:Learn more about The Zero Project Read the full Zero Project Report 2022