World Cerebral Palsy Day: An Overview
October 1, 2014 was World Cerebral Palsy Day, which its official website describes as "a global innovation project to change the world for people living with cerebral palsy and their families" that is "designed to gather ideas from people around the world and make the best of those ideas a reality." The World Cerebral Palsy Alliance, which has gathered support from over 45 countries, invited people with cerebral palsy, as well as their friends and families, to submit ideas through a one-minute video or text (i.e., it takes the reader less than one minute to read the text in full) presentation of something that would "change the worlds" of those with cerebral palsy.
The organization has named the event "Change My World in 1 Minute," offering $500 to the top-voted idea and has collected hundreds of ideas before allowing the IdeaScale community associated with the World Cerebral Palsy Alliance to vote on the best idea. Although the event's ultimate goal is to promote awareness of cerebral palsy, the website also asks, "If everyone could donate just [one] minute, how much change could we see?"
Although submissions were due by the end of October, the event is considered year-long, as it takes place through several stages. First, voting prizes (the aforementioned $500 and iPads as well) are doled out and voting commences. Then, in a separate stage, "innovation specialists, individuals with [cerebral palsy,] and family members" who make up a panel will judge all submissions and decide on a short list by January of 2015. Finally, the organization invites inventors and researchers to design and create prototypes of the shortlisted ideas. From these, the winners are selected in July and given part of a prize pool of $30,000.
This is the event's third year, and it appears to have elicited some great inventions focused on those with cerebral palsy: past years have elicited a "designer strider walker" and a spill proof cup, among other things.
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Read more about World Cerebral Palsy Day here.