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$25,000 Offered for Inventions to Help the Disabled


Posted on Jan 24, 2013

What do you need to make your life better? Last August and September, hundreds of disabled individuals were given an opportunity to present their ideas for inventions or projects that would change their world. It was all part of World Cerebral Palsy Day, which took place on September 4, 2012.

This year’s theme was “Change My World in 1 Minute.” During August and September, people with cerebral palsy were invited to send in ideas that would improve “mobility, independence, accessibility, communication, or social connections” for individuals living with cerebral palsy. Almost 500 ideas, presented as one minute of text or video, were posted on the World Cerebral Palsy Day website. The public was invited to vote for the best ideas. At the end of September, the three ideas with the most votes were chosen to become reality.

The winning ideas were:

  1. A folding motorized wheelchair that would easily fit into an SUV or minivan
  2. A documentary, Cerebral Palsy in the 21st Century, which would focus on positive role models living with the disease
  3. A solar-powered wheelchair that could be used anywhere in the world

The project is now in Stage 2.  Inventors, researchers, filmmakers, and activists are invited to turn the top three ideas into reality. The finished projects must be submitted by March 31, 2013. The World Cerebral Palsy Day panel will announce a winner for each idea on Friday, April 19. A total of $25,000 will be awarded for the projects.

Worldwide, 17 million people suffer from cerebral palsy. These ideas have the potential to increase independence and quality of life for those with many types of disabilities.

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