Piloted in 2012, the campaign sought ideas from people with cerebral palsy and their families for something that would “change their world”.
Three ideas were shortlisted and the final prize was awarded to a team from the University of Virginia for a prototype solar powered wheelchair – a clever idea that was posted by Alper Sirvan, a man with cerebral palsy in Bursa, Turkey.
This year, the campaign is even bigger, with participation from more than 150 organisations in 35 countries.
The website is available in English, French, Spanish, German, Turkish and Chinese and people can post their ideas in any of those languages. A large social media campaign is running alongside the project and everyone is encouraged to tweet #worldcpday.
Through the generosity of The Allergan Foundation, the prize pool in 2013 is $US 50,000; awarded to the team that develops the best design or prototype for one of the three shortlisted ideas.
World Cerebral Palsy Day is a unique initiative because it recognises that the best ideas come from people living the experience. It is much more than an awareness day, because it gives people with cerebral palsy, their families and supporters a voice, and amplifies those messages to a global audience.
In St.Lucia, The Cerebral Palsy Association commences its week of activities with a church service at 10 am at the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception on Sunday, September 29, 2013.
On Wednesday, October 2, World CP Day our activities begin with a Presentation at the Castries Central Library from 11 am and culminates with an Observance March around the Derek Walcott Square. Our final event will be our Family Day on Sunday, October 6, 2013, a day of fun, therapy and relaxation.
As part of our mandate to encourage early stimulation for affected children, the Cerebral Palsy Association would like to thank the Unity of UK St. Lucian Associations for their contribution to the Sure Start Early Learning & Development Centre.
Their contribution of a tactile wall surface, bubble mirror, motor skills developer and indoor trampoline will assist in providing the nurturing and simulation needed by these children and further enhance the scope for development within the indoor Sensory Room.
Stimulation does not only happen on the indoors but the majority of it takes place in the outdoors, unfortunately, more often than not, these children are restricted by their outdoor experience because of their physical limitations.
As a result, The Association has embarked on a Horseback Riding Program to ensure the children get the opportunity to learn and explore in a different setting to compliment the traditional therapy that they receive at home or at the centre.
New learning environments, helps the brain develop new connections and pathways. Variation in a child’s activity is key. The first session kicked off on September 14 2013 at Hoof Prints Horse Riding Ranch in Roseau.
The Association would like to thank their sponsors; Sea Island Cotton Shop, KFC St.Lucia, Tiles Plus, LnS/Just Leathers and All Weld Inc. for their support towards this initiative.