World Cerebral Palsy Day is a global innovation project to change the world for people living with cerebral palsy and their families. It is designed to gather ideas from people around the world and make the best of those ideas a reality. The Cerebral Palsy Alliance (and other affiliated nonprofits) use IdeaScale to allow people from all over the world to suggest ideas, vote on ideas, and then volunteer to make them a reality.
Last year, World Cerebral Palsy Day launched the “Change My World In 1 Minute” campaign which gathered 866 ideas and more than 14K votes from 4,696 users. And although those numbers alone are remarkable, one of the amazing stories from that campaign was the invention of a solar-powered wheelchair.
Last year, Alper Sirvan participated in the Change My World in 1 Minute competition by pitching the idea of a solar powered wheelchair, explaining that electric power wasn’t always accessible where he lived. From there, the contest opened up to inventors and innovators who volunteered to make the dream of a solar-powered wheelchair possible. Sirvan has never met the students from UVA who ended up constructing the wheelchair, but they still used their award winnings to ship the wheelchair to him.
Because of the success of the program, World Cerebral Palsy Day is aiming to collect 1,000 ideas this year to see what else they can make possible. There are just a few days left, so join the conversation and see what truly life-changing innovations are possible.
You can read the full story about the solar-powered wheelchair on NBC.