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UK Accessibility Innovation: Have you heard of the Zero Project?

Published 24th June 2022, in Blog, News, News & Updates

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.

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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’ 
  • Tourism 
  • 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:

Blue Badge Style Access Gallery – App

Picture galleries providing comprehensive insight into a venue’s accessibility. 

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Global Symbols – CIC

An online toolbox of symbols enabling communication for all, without the use of language.  

Image of a grid of symbols

Hassell Inclusion – Scorecard for accessibility self-assessment

Digital Accessibility Maturity Scorecard for companies.  

Hassell Inclusion

Transport for London – Disability Advisory Group

Advisory board supporting the London Transport Authority in accessibility matters.  

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Waymap – Orientation app

Accurate navigation system for the blind and visually impaired to improve public services. 

Waymap logo

Centre for Access to Football in Europe – ADC

Audio-descriptive commentary for blind and partially sighted people in football stadiums. 

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Sightsavers – Accessibility Standards and Audit Pack

Toolkit and training to make health facilities in low-income countries more accessible.

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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