The Zero Project is a worldwide network, started by the Essl Foundation, its aim is to work for a world without barriers for people with disabilities. To achieve this it looks for Innovative Practices and Policies around the world and then communicates their work worldwide, so that other towns, cities and countries can follow their good practice. Every year the Zero Project holds a conference at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, where over 400 participants from over 50 countries are invited. The focus for the Zero Project 2014 and this years conference is ‘Accessibility’
PAMIS is delighted that their work through the Changing Places Consortium was shortlisted as an ‘Innovative practice’ and the Consortium was invited to the conference in February 2014 in Vienna to present their work. Joyce Burns, a Clinical Specialist OT from NHS Tayside and advisor to PAMIS on the specifications of these facilities, represented the Changing Places Consortium at the conference. This was a wonderful opportunity for the Consortium to spread the word on the importance to people with complex disabilities and their families of fully accessible toilets. A great deal of interest was shown by the other delegates and we are looking forward to seeing Changing Places toilets becoming commonplace across the world.