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International award for improving the daily lives and legal rights of all persons with disabilities

The Zero Project focuses on the rights of people with disabilities, globally. It provides a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions to problems that people with disabilities face, are shared. Its sole objective is to assist in creating a world without barriers.

Catherine Elliott, Chair of Allied Health (Child and Adolescent Health Services and Curtin University, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work) has been nominated by the Zero Project for her work in the area of childhood participation.  Catherine has lead an international team developing ‘Picture My Participation’. A participation measurement tool for use in low and middle income countries. Participation is regarded an essential aspect of child health, development and well-being. Yet, there is limited knowledge regarding the participation outcomes of children and youth with disabilities living in low and middle income countries.  The conceptualisation of ‘Picture my Participation’ was developed following the completion of an international  UNICEF project that aimed to provide a comprehensive manual to aid in the identification and monitoring of children with disabilities in low and middle income countries, to ensure their current needs and challenges are understood but also ultimately addressed.

Catherine has been invited to the United Nations in Vienna in February to share solutions to her peers involved in the world of disabilities, including stakeholders, government ministers and other key influencers. She will also receive an award for the incredible work they have done, helping them to raise their profile, network and to inspire others.