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Forus Health - 3nethra

Forus Health as the name stands for means Affordable health "For us". Our vision is to provide affordable technology solutions including new products that address India's unique health care delivery needs. Forus products and solutions are centered on the premise of enabling preventive screening even in remote villages and serviced by minimally trained field worker.

Our flagship innovation is 3nethra- An intelligent pre-screening ophthalmic solution that can identify common eye problems that is reason for 90% avoidable blindness in India.

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Charity Shop & Internet-shop "Dobroslon"

Charity shops are Social Entrepreneurship projects aimed to resolve employment problems of people with special needs. It can develop kind of charity able to cope with social challenges.
This business will be a tool to improve lives of people with disability, help them live with more dignity.

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Charity Shop & Internet-shop "Dobroslon"

Project Subtitle

Business, which aim is to develop an employment for people with special needs.

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Ukraine, Kyiv

Country where this project is creating social impact

Ukraine, Kyiv

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Charity shops are Social Entrepreneurship projects aimed to resolve employment problems of people with special needs. It can develop kind of charity able to cope with social challenges.
This business will be a tool to improve lives of people with disability, help them live with more dignity.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if charity shops start to work, and first three, than more people will have better life, filled with sense. Not like before when they have been just recipients of services.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

• In our country there is no guarantee that people with special needs will be employed, especially those, who have profound disability.
• One-time donation is not an effective expedient. More efficient for needy people is to give them rod and they will go fishing by themselves.
• Benefactors not always understand in what exactly they are investing.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

• We guarantee an employment first of three people with different kinds of disabilities with gradual increase of their number.
• A liability lies not just on donors but also on people with special needs – they learn to take responsibility for their own earnings.
• We show to benefactors how they can donate (money or applicable for selling things) with understanding a problem they are solving.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

People have been interested in the project of charity shops from the very beginning. First it was a small group of enthusiast, later information expended among friends and colleagues.
How does it work? Everyone can donate goods applicable for sale. Our stores are selling the good stuff, not junk. The assortment of products is the most various: household goods, hand-made, furniture, real estate!
We understand that for successful business is not enough just donations, so we will buy popular products for sale.
Our special workers, who do not have permanent employment, are involved in the shops’ work at all stages: from receiving to delivery of goods to buyers.
The public is briskly interested in the new product and is ready to participate.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

To date we have achievements and confidently move forward.
- Work of people with disabilities: we started a workshop for young people with special needs. These people who until recently were sitting at home without work and contact with the outside world are socialized now, want to have a job and live like all of us. In the future each of them, and other interested people (first three persons then 70% of all employees) will have a field of work in the shop (later in the Centre) that feet their skills and desires.
- We have developed a strategy, mission and know our values. Therefore, systematically we achieve our goals. We have a team providing Internet - shop, working on branding. We have bought a website that is filling.
- Benefactors and donors can support us greatly by having an alternative. We offer a contribution to our cause as social responsibility of their business.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Within 5 years we plan to create 2 stationary shops and a training center for learning professions: sorter of goods, courier, laundry worker etc. In 10 years we plan a network of 5 such stores situated in Kiev in different districts, and an occupations full-time center for people with profound disabilities.
The long-term aim is to create a network all over Ukraine, such as national network «GOOD WILL» in the USA. It is not just huge stores, employing socially vulnerable groups of people; it is a way of changing minds, policies and rules of life in society where we all are different but equal.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The first step is setting up an Internet shop.
According to our calculations, it is profitable.
Due to the turnover of goods - the operation of the real store.
Proceeds from the store will be spent on salaries, purchase of goods, network development.
Thus, will be provided and implemented such points:
- establishing of training center for people
- step by step creation of a network of shops
- establishing of the Centre of daily employment.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, NGOs.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Very small number of people with special needs have meaningful life after they are18 years. We want to create a market of services for people with disabilities because we believe that it is a tremendous resource, not involved in the business yet.
There are only 4 charity shops in our country: in Kyiv, Odesa, Zaporizhia and Lviv. However, none of them offers employment for disabled people.
Very few disable people are working in field of service, being not only their recipients but providers as well.
The competitors are also clothes «Second hand», which, however, has no social component.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The story began in 2012 when the Chairman went to USA to participate in program and visited the store «Good Will». It was surprising that the whole community knew about the network, moreover, they were buying everything they need with the feeling of making a noble deed. Principal factors were such:
- «Good Will» is a successful business that is lead by NGO itself.
- The seriousness of developments, sequence from training of people with special needs to their employment.
After returning, we started to think how it would be possible to make start-up putting it into Ukrainian legislation, which is not ready for such kind of business?
These thoughts and educational programs led us to the decision to start with a Charity shop business.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Today we have assembled a team with the following parameters:
Chairman of NGO, project idea / full time
the founder / full time
the social pedagogue / full time
3 persons with disabilities
Accountant / part-time
2 brand makers / part-time
IT technician / part-time
We are planning to include marketers, coaches and accompanying persons for the employees and working on the creation of the Board, a deliberative and governing body.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Direct users are primarily people with disabilities who are full of desire to be in society having a good work and living a full life.
A wide range of people who buy these products that we offer. They need to understand that are buying not only a good product at low prices, but also buying value.
Benefactors and donors - this can be anybody who just bring something good to sell, or some businessman providing support in the framework of corporate social responsibility.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

It is very important to realize our intentions, but without help, this process will be delayed in time. Winning money will greatly help us to start a real store, to pay rent for it, to buy equipment and popular products, to order advertising, to cover shipping costs.
The publicity is an essential attribute of success. We do not want to be known only in our neighborhood or city; we need to disseminate information to make a difference in a country. People can unite the efforts.
Due to the financial support and work with the proliferation of information, we hope to term of 10 years to achieve our goals: operating Charity stores in different parts of Ukraine and Kyiv, training centers and Centers where people with disabilities could work.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Among our successfully implemented initiatives:
- A day care Centre for children with severe disabilities. 35 children receive professional help here, paying 1/3 of the cost of services.
- A workshop for people with disabilities. It deals with 10 young people who make hand-made products and sale it at fairs, events, thus developing their activities.

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?

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Healthy Bakery Products

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Ramallah
Palestinian Territory

Project goal: A high quality life in Palestine.Project statement: It will be the first project in Palestine that concern about serving mainly a healthy cereal products to the community.Mission: Raise community health by taking care of their food habits to become more healthy.Vision: Mena region will improve their health and awareness through their life cycle.Problem: Our community is not concerned about their food habits and lack of awareness is a major issue to focus on.

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Sexability

Sexability is an organization committed to empowering people with disabilities to expand sexuality and create intimate loving relationships. We provide sexual health education and support to people living with disabilities, sex educators, youth organizations and healthcare professionals.

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Haitham

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DIS IS ABILITY

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Until every disabled is abled

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2012

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Egypt, Cairo

Country where this project is creating social impact

Egypt, Cairo

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Disability should never be the obstacle to fulfil dreams & create a change. The disabled have been labeled as incompetent enough. DIS IS ABILITY reveals the true hidden potentials of such sector promoting social equity in education, employment, health care and environmental services for better life.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if the disabled could guide us into curable measures and increase our economy and sense of belonging?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The project is addressing social exclusion of the disabled sector in education, employment and healthcare. The disabled in Egypt live in quandaries having their rights precluded. Erroneous medical interventions, left lots of victims behind. Poor allocation of resources left lots of disabled with no jobs despite their hidden potentials and capabilities. Bad education conditions left lots of disabled children with no proper education.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Strong Health Education national awareness campaigns will tackle the preventable diseases that lead to certain preventable disabilities.
Via series of creative events, hidden potentials will be revealed showcased to the public like our flagship event 'Concert in the Dark'. Our new SHOMZ social enterprise will create a new sustainable source of income for artisan. A strong national Egyptian Coalition for the differently abled is to be founded to include a national network of all organizations tackling a certain disability with activities in employment, education and health care to help allocate the public on how to deal with their beloved disabled. We thought of working with the current resources and unite all forces together tackling toots

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

DIS IS ABILITY is a project that reveals the hidden potentials of the disabled community and promotes for social equity eliminating their social exclusion. This is done in several fields of eduction, healthcare, employment and social services. We showcase hidden abilities via series of creative events that simulate the life of a certain disability to the public for them to live such an experience. Our first event was a dinner in the dark where celebrities dine in dark with blind children and media focuses on our cause spreading our message to policy makers. Next is our Concert in the Dark where our first blind orchestra will play in dark live infront of high profile figures to inspire other disabled and show how they are differently abled.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Since 2010, the project secured medical partnerships with eye centers offering medical consultations free of charge plus huge media awareness on how such sector is neglected and their rights. Every year we introduce a new service. In 2011, we developed a new SIM in partnership with a telecommunication company to be installed in mobiles for easier user interface for the blind. We also trained the first blind waiter in the arab world who served the entire dinner in the dark fully sponsored restaurant. We won Arab Innovation Award for his new skills and the idea. Lots of blind people were inspired by the event and we showcased other young children musical skills too. Media exposure was great that we got agencies and NGOs working aong to offer better education and employ some disabled with them. Now we are developing SHOMZ social enterprise employing disabled & a national coalition network

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The project developed a replicate model and it was distributed to Kuwait, Lebanon, Vietnam in IFMSA GA. In World Economic Forum, we potentially agreed to replicate the concert in Jordan, Tunisia. Later, a creative health education awareness campaign will start preventing diseases causing disability through toys, kids interactive games and role plays. This will spread nation wide and the curriculum will be shipped to developing African states to educate children. SHOMZ will operate for 2 years here and expand to neighbouring countries. Each year we target a sector until we develop a foundation.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

1. From the products handmade by the disabled artisans (part of revenue will be reinvested in developing the enterprise and training more prospects 20% - 20% is allocated to purchase more new products to employ others - 20% profit for the artisan working - 20 % for education enrolment and health care solution - 20% reimbursement)
2. grants and donations.
3. The coalition memberships for companies as sponsors / partners of the coalition.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Our social enterprise that is developed as a tribute to the project exists to put an end to employments sufferings for the disabled artisans. Other existing competitors include Tom's, Bob's, Kedz. They all sell shoes and the generated income buys new shoes for poor people. But in SHOMZ we employ the disabled as our manufacturers and shareholders that produce the products and make use of the income and profit. We teach them how to fish rather than offer them the fish. The range of products are household products as chairs, baskets, tables and rugs. They are all hand made & environment friendly.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

In a school for the visually impaired children, children were learning subjects as regularly sighted people. A normal place we went to to invite 8 children to join our event. It was all until I met a 7 years old blind child. We started talking and she shared her experience at school. She told me that she lost her sight due to a wrong medical intervention. When she started talking about her school accomplishments and what she aspires in being, I was surprised. Then was the great moment when she wanted to educate hospitals on how is it to not be able to see what other kids do and how she overcomes this. She described how she copes with her condition and how we should look at them. She is talented and needs the chance to excel and prove it.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Haitham Shoman- Founder. Full time and new surgeon. Ahmed Alaa- Vice Coordinator and medical student, Part time. Heba Adel- Head of PR, Journalist, full time. Duaa Metwaly- Head of Operations, medical student, part time. The entire board is being exposed to project management sessions to further rise with their standards. Our volunteers are given training opportunities too. Our mentorships are being shared with the entire board & some volunteers.

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Health and Hygiene, Opportunities for Women, Inclusive Business.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

The producers of the hand made products are disabled people where we are re-labeling the as differently abled artisans. The produce hand made household products as baskets, closets, chairs, tables and lots more. Our current customers are the Egyptian Community. The public that wants to buy household, environmental friendly products and recyclable, yet cheaper than similar regular household products. People are engaged by being able to customise their own products and leave a feedback online and on spot.s

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

- Our objective is being a leading project and NGO disseminating health education and promoting for the rights of the disabled. The financial aspect will help spread our awareness innovation all over the nation and offer more employment, education and health care for the disabled. It will help create sustainable lives for those who have potentials to work and develop.
- Publicity is a critical constructing factor aiding int he success of our project as this huge network have a great reputation for supporting project making our work more visible to potential investors building a credible outreach. This public attention urges national policy makers to introduce our HESA (Health education and social awareness) subject into schools curriculum.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Volunteering:
1. Dinner in the Dark project Coordinator
2. Splashes of hope volunteer
3. Former President (Egyptian Medical Students' Association)
4. Volunteer in Abu Dhabi
5. Co Founder ITAMEN Project
6. Founder of SHOMZ Social Enterprise
7. DIS IS ABILITY Project Founder
Awards:
1. King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovations achievements-fellow
2. UN HABITAT
3. Peace Agent Fellow
*I travelled & got many project management trainings

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

yes

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

no

DIS IS ABILITY

Disability should never be the obstacle to fulfil dreams & create a change. The disabled have been labeled as incompetent enough. DIS IS ABILITY reveals the true hidden potentials of such sector promoting social equity in education, employment, health care and environmental services for better life.

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Increment

We create toys for inclusive play, to encourage independence and exploration among all children, regardless of ability, age, or gender. We collaborate with therapists, educators, parents, and kids, to ensure that our products are accessible and attractive to all. Our first toy is called the O-Rings.

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Increment

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Sensory Playthings for Inclusion

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

United States, RI, Providence

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We create toys for inclusive play, to encourage independence and exploration among all children, regardless of ability, age, or gender. We collaborate with therapists, educators, parents, and kids, to ensure that our products are accessible and attractive to all. Our first toy is called the O-Rings.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if toy design focused on inclusion and promoted accessibility for kids of all abilities? What if there was a toy that all kids could play with together, regardless of ability, age, or gender?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Of the 2.8M kids in the US who have special needs (vision, hearing, cognitive, & motor impairments), 89% of them have a sibling, and 67% regularly attend school. They are spending most of their time with other kids and they should be able to play together. But there is a divide in the toy market: many toys today lack accessibility for kids with special needs, and toys on the special needs market are stigmatizing and often highlight disabilities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

As supporters of inclusion, we work with educators, specialists, parents, and kids to ensure that our toys are truly designed for all children. We have designed the O-Rings to be accessible and engaging for every kid to play together, regardless of ability, age, or gender.

Our first toy: The O-Rings are 4 stackable rings of incremental sizes. Each ring is a different texture, color, density, and filling, allowing for open-ended, sensory play. Varied sensory feedback allows for stimulation particularly for kids with vision and motor impairments, and it is also beneficial for basic childhood development for kids ages 0-12. Using universal design, we aim to create a line of sensory playthings to promote inclusion for kids of all abilities.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Developing the O-Rings, we worked with a little girl named Megan who is blind and has motor impairments. Her teachers expressed that it was difficult to find toys that she could use with her friends, so we set out to make a great looking toy that could be used at home, at school, or in therapy, by any kid, regardless of ability.

Interacting with the O-Rings, Megan develops her orientation and mobility skills, which are important for her to gain balance and learn to walk with a cane. The varying densities and textures, improve her texture sensitivity, which is important to learn braille. The ability to rearrange the rings, provides a seating solution with variable support, enabling her to independently sit with her friends and family.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The O-Rings have been in use in the Middle School Sensory Gym at Meeting Street School in Providence for about 9 months. Between 20-25 children, with various, impairments use the gym regularly. The O-Rings are used for both open-ended play and guided therapy to build strength, tactile awareness, spatial awareness, color and shape recognition, and provide personal space barriers. We receive feedback from teachers, therapists, assistants, and kids through interviews and surveys.

Many teachers simply don’t have the time to develop games or prompts. We are currently planning programs with other organizations to gather more data, and to collaboratively develop play, learning, and therapy prompts for specific age groups, types of therapy, and developmental needs. Our goal is not only to create toys, but also resources that will allow them to be used most effectively and creatively.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Within 1 year our goal is to have 500+ sets of O-Rings in use throughout the US. By building relationships with organizations, we will have a continuous dialogue on how our toys can be improved and used most effectively. Within 5 years, our goal is to have 5+ inclusive toys in production. With the groundwork set from our first product, our development process will become more streamlined, allowing us to decrease production time and cost, while maintaining quality and customer relationships. Ultimately, we aim to make inclusive play a more vital part of the $22 billion toy market.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

As a for-profit social enterprise, our plan is to operate as a product company. Revenue will be dedicated to developing a line of high quality, innovative, accessible platform toys, allowing for interdependent products, and thus, new and returning customers. For strategic support, we are also building relationships with schools and organizations such as Meeting Street School, National Federation of the Blind, and the Providence Children's Museum.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are companies that focus only on children with special needs and there are toy companies such as Bobles and WePlay that focus on gross motor play, but only some toys are suitable for inclusive play and they are limited in terms of sensory feedback. We differentiate ourselves by focusing on inclusion for both kids with and without disabilities and combining gross motor and sensory play. In contrast to giants like Hasbro, we are mission-driven as opposed to profit-driven, and work directly with users to develop high-quality toys as well as our vision for our company.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Our collaborative degree project at RISD, was a research intensive journey to understand accessibility in play and education. We founded Increment to turn our degree project into something bigger, to continue our efforts and relationships with the kids, parents, teachers, and specialists we’ve met along the way. We wanted to bring our creations into the real world, and we wanted to be able to address the need for inclusion in the toy market directly.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

We stand out among entrepreneurs, as women, social innovators, and designers. We are Maeve and Cynthia, the co-founders of Increment. We are recent graduates from the Rhode Island School of Design with backgrounds in industrial design, and we have been working together making accessible playthings for two years.

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Core77 Design Awards - Strategy & Research Student Runner Up - 2013
Social Enterprise Bootcamp Pitch Contest Winner - 2013
Betaspring Maker Fellows - Fall 2013
The Awesome Foundation - Boston Chapter - Fellow - 2014
Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change Finalist - 2014
The Grommet Product Pitch - Ready for Crowdfunding Category Winner - 2014
TiE Challenge Finalist - 2014
Core77 Design Awards - Soft Goods Student Runner Up - 2014

Primary Target Age Group

0 - 1.5, 1.5 - 3, 3 - 5, 6 - 12.

Your role in Education

Other.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

Other.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Public (tuition-free), Private (tuition-based), Home-School, Other.

Intervention Focus

Products or Services.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Putting Children in Charge: Giving children a voice and cultivating agency via experiential learning, project-based learning, and civic engagement.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Whole child development is undervalued: Essential parts of development get left behind as children get older, such as healthy habits, executive function, and social and emotional learning.

Need

Experts in early childhood development, accessbility, benefit corporations, schools and programs outreach

Offer

Expertise in design, including design thinking, universal design, user-centric design and research, inclusive design, toy design

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

We seek to improve:
- the ability for teachers, parents, and specialists to critique current solutions for inclusive toys and tools for children that can benefit from improved design.
- the ability to analyze existing toys and identify features to be changed or added for better accessibility and inclusion for children with special needs.
- the implementation of the human-centered and universal design process in the realm of accessible, open-ended play and toy design.
- the presence of toys that promote accessibility and inclusive play in the toy market for kids of all abilities.

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Get ready to warm up and stretch in a revolutionzed way!

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2009

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

Canada, ON, Windsor

Country where this project is creating social impact

Canada, ON, Windsor

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The flexkor is a resistance training device that has been tested and proven to enhance flexibility and strength. Also the Flexkor has been proven to be beneficial for elite athletes and for rehabilitation purposes! Athletes and everyday people have gained a better healthy lifestyle from the Flexkor!

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

you could reduce chance of injury? better your health? and feel better before and after a workout or doing any type of Physical activity?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

We have recieved a very positive response from the people that have had a chance to use the Flexkor. However we are unable to supply the demand for orders because of lack of funding to mass produce this product. Currently we are only able to provide a low volume production.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We have been in contact with distributors who are interested in the Flexkor and would like to offer consignment stock. We would use the money to streamline our production proccess and add employees to train and help manufacture at a higher volume. Also extra cashflow would help to get better priceing on component parts used in the assenbly of the Flexkor.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The Flexkor has helped many athletes perform better. The Flexkor has also aided individuals with rehabilitation. The Flexkor has helped young individuals to become more active and feel more confident about themselves to try other activities. Activities include proper warm up, Strecthing and increase blood flow. The Flexkor assists you as if a personal trainer was helping you.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Jamie Adjety-Nelson Commonwealth Gold medalist used the Flexkor to better his performance as a track athlete. Jeanine Garside, World boxing Champion also used the Flexkor to better her performance. Individuals with lower back or lack of blood blow have benefited from the Flexkor. Future impact would include less injuries to atheletes and the everyday person doing any type of physical activity! The Flexkor is a simple product that can easily be produced here in Canada.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We would like to come to terms with the shopping channel in canada.We also want to fullfill the other distributors needs to have stock available to put on store shelves. Flexkor is trade marked and also holds patents in Canada and The United States. Moving forward our plan is to hire interns and employees to enahance future production and marketing and advertising. The first two years we will target our distrubutors and door to door athletic teams and training facilities. By year five we would like to get a deal with a major supplier such as Candian Tire, Target or Wal Mart.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Currently we are selling to individuals by word of mouth and our website. We are using the cash from these sales to fund future production and advertising. Currentley the Flexkor is in it's early stages of availabilty. Trade marks and Patents are in place and have been paid for. The costs associated with building the Flexkor are minimal, therefore any additional funding will be used to futher assist prodcution needs.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

New invention. No one else has it.

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Paul Mancini a tool and die shop owner was training at Border City Boxing Club in Windsor. He wanted to develop a Fitness machine to warm up and stretch our before excerise. With the help of Boxer/Trainer Josh Cameron and the University of Windsor, they developed a Resistance training machine. This machine can take the place of a costly personal trainer or physiotherapist. Studies from the University of WIndsor have found that the Flexkor provides stretching just as god or better then if a personal trainer was aiding an individual.

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Paul Mancini and Josh Cameron
Paul Mancini is a business owner for over 10 years and in the industry for over 25 years.
Josh Cameron is a Nationally ranked boxer and certified trainer with over 14 years of experience.
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Lifestyle Athletics Village

Surrey Gymnastics Society would like to establish a facility called Lifestyle Athletics Village. This village would serve the entire community and include opportunities for those with physical and mental challenges in partnership with the city, other sports groups & health professionals.

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Canada, BC, Surrey

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Canada, BC, Surrey

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Surrey Gymnastics Society would like to establish a facility called Lifestyle Athletics Village. This village would serve the entire community and include opportunities for those with physical and mental challenges in partnership with the city, other sports groups & health professionals.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

there was a facility where everyone could participate in sport regardless of age or ability

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Surrey Gymnastics Society is currently run out of a building over 30 years old owned by the School District. The City of Surrey, pop 500,000, is a large sprawling suburb predominantly a car driven environment: one cannot simply walk to facilitate access to amenities. SGS recognizes the problem of involving more people in sport and is faced with the fact that we are in an aging facility that no longer meets our needs.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The solution is “Lifestyle Athletics Village” – an athletic hub, with Surrey Gymnastics as the anchor tenant and service provider, and established spokes for general fitness facilities, physical therapy, occupational therapy facilities, the provision of nutritional, health and wellness instruction, and facilities to serve both the mentally and physically disabled.Gymnastics is a foundational sport and is the perfect first activity to enroll young children to increase their physical literacy. The concept of physical literacy is fundamental: individuals who are physically literate move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities, in multiple environments, which benefit the healthy development of the whole person.

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A day at Lifestyle Athletics
During the day: A group of seniors is playing pickle ball. A Special Olympics group is working out in the gymnastics facility to give them strength, confidence & a better sense of balance.There is a home school group working on their volleyball skills.A preschool group is in the gymnastics facility having fun with their coach who is teaching them tumbling and balance exercises while their Moms are listening to a lecture from a nutritionist so she can to make better food choices. In the evening there is a lecture on aging parents while children participate in sports including basketball & volleyball and a Dad is running on the rooftop track. The physical therapist is meeting with a patient.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

In our busy everyday lives most of us lose focus on how to remain healthy. The cumulative effect of poor lifestyle choices potentially has lifelong implications.
The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (World Health Organization, 1948). With this in mind, the focus of this proposal is to demonstrate how a facility incorporating structured and unstructured activities for the physical, mental and social wellbeing of children, youth, adults and older adults is both beneficial and necessary for our community.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Most individuals know that there is benefit to being physically active and yet many do not participate in the recommended amount of physical activity. There are many reasons Canadians do not participate in physical activities including: amount of time, making it a priority, cost, fear, do not know where to start, embarrassed, pain, social-cultural constraints, lack of information, and access to facilities. An facility that is multi sport and appeals to all age groups and abilities would encourage greater participation & the outcome would be a healthier population.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Managing a multi sport complex would require a board of directors made up of representatives of each of the athletic clubs, the city and any other major stake holders. Each sport would be responsible for setting and collecting their own fees to offset the costs of the maintenance of the facility. Rent would be charged to any users of office space or groups not part of the athletic partners in the complex.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Businesses, Regional government, National government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Our community lacks access to a facility that incorporates activity & education to our citizens with the purpose to improve their overall health & well-being.This facility is different from a traditional community centre as the focus is on community integration & health wellness through access to physical activities for individuals with varied abilities and education.The type of facility proposed in this application would serve a wide population of athletes, children, youth, adults & older adults.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Surrey Gymnastics Society is a not-for-profit registered society of BC. SGS was formed in 1978. The current facility we have is no longer state of the art & needs to be replaced but single use facilities are a thing of the past. To move into the future we must work with all the members of our community to create a vibrant athletic and health village for the whole community.

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Our coaching staff is composed of 20+ coaches some of whom are regularly asked to judge both national & international competitions as well as administrative staff with more than 35 years experience in managing facilities and personnel. We are governed by a board of directors composed of a variety of people with complimentary & broad skills & experiences. This proposal was made possible with the help of our members and medical professionals.

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To date we the support of the local Special Olympics chapter and various medical professionals.
We have also engaged in preliminary talks with the City of Surrey and some local MLAs.

You Can Ride 2

You Can Ride 2 gets children with disabilities outside riding bicycles with their families and friends. Each summer, YCR2 runs "learn to ride" courses specifically for kids with disabilities aged 8 and above. Kids with greater needs can borrow an adapted bike for the summer from our loan pool.

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2002

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Canada, Edmonton

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Canada, Edmonton

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You Can Ride 2 gets children with disabilities outside riding bicycles with their families and friends. Each summer, YCR2 runs "learn to ride" courses specifically for kids with disabilities aged 8 and above. Kids with greater needs can borrow an adapted bike for the summer from our loan pool.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if every child could experience the joy and freedom of riding a bike?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Too many children with disabilities are prevented from riding bicycles. They may face cognitive and coordination challenges, and parents often don't have the strategies or resources to teach them to ride. For children with physical disabilities, the cost of an adapted bicycle is often prohibitive. Kids without access or ability to ride a bike can't get outside to ride with their friends and miss out on an important physical activity.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

You Can Ride 2 has two solutions to get kids riding.
We began by offering free "Learn to Ride" classes for kids who needed extra support learning to ride a two-wheeled bike. Participants with Down syndrome, coordination disorders, and other challenges are paired one-on-one with experienced volunteers who support them as they learn to ride. These courses are offered in several communities across Alberta each summer.
Kids who are unable to ride a two-wheeler can borrow from our pool of adapted bikes. A volunteer physiotherapist specially fits each child to an adapted bike, which they can ride for the summer at no cost. Additional resources are available on our websites for families and therapists in communities without YCR2 programs.

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In 2012, 5 year old Michael wanted to ride a bike with his sister. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 13 months, Michael has significant balance and coordination issues. Unable to ride a two-wheeler, Michael couldn’t participate in You Can Ride 2’s “Learn to Ride” course. Janine, the pediatric physiotherapist behind YCR2 came up with another solution: a three-wheeled bike with special adaptations just for Michael. Since getting his trike, Michael and his family have been able to go for bike rides and outings. Riding his bike lets him do the physiotherapy and exercise required for his cerebral palsy without it ever seeming like work. His trike has given him freedom from his wheelchair, and allows him to have fun doing regular kid stuff.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Our "Learn to Ride" course began in 2003. Each year, skilled volunteers work together to find solutions for each child, bringing together different perspectives for amazing results. 80% of kids are successful in the program.
We offer a "Train the Trainer" course as a one-day in-service program for physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and others interested in improving their ability to teach children to ride a bike. More than 30 therapists have taken this course and YCR2 "Learn to Ride" courses are now offered in 11 different communities across Alberta.
Michael's success with his adapted trike sparked the development of our adapted bike loan pool. In 2013, the loan pool's inaugural year, 44 children borrowed bikes. This year, 80 children are borrowing bikes. Most of the families who borrowed adapted bikes would not have been able to access a bike without You Can Ride 2.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Our goal moving forward is to expand our resources so we can support more children as they learn to ride. We're offering more "Train the Trainer" courses so YCR2 can expand into communities across Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan. We're responding to feedback from families who borrowed bikes, and are working with students at the University of Alberta and NAIT to design a remote controlled braking system for our bikes, as well as folding adapted bikes that are apartment friendly. Next year, we're piloting a project that adapts battery powered kids' cars for kids who are unable to pedal.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Our incredible volunteer team ensures that all programs remain free for families. Our "Learn to Ride" courses require few resources and are self-sustaining. Developing the adapted bike pool has been costly as adapted bikes typically cost between $2000-$5000 each. We have relied on generous donations from the community to get the program started. Going forward, we are planning fundraising events and income generating projects to fund our work.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

You Can Ride 2's programming is unique in Edmonton. We were the first to offer a learn to ride course designed specifically for children with other needs and we're the only organization with an adapted bike pool.
We network and share resources with other organizations across Alberta. We have worked with the Cerebral Palsy Kids and Families organization in Calgary, which has an extensive adapted bike loan pool, as well as the Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta, the Canadian Paraplegic Association, and other groups in our effort to reach as many kids and families as possible.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Janine Halayko, a pediatric physiotherapist, had the idea for You Can Ride 2 when a 9 year-old client was upset that she was the only one in her class who couldn't ride a bike. There were no cycling groups available for children with coordination issues, so Janine drew on her physiotherapy background and decided to begin a group herself. She looked at motor learning research and drew on insights from occupational therapists and education behaviour specialists to develop a curriculum for the course. She partnered with a local cycling organization, and the first course was held in 2003. Fast forward to 2014: Janine continues to research and develop the curriculum and YCR2 has taught hundreds of children across Alberta to ride.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

You Can Ride 2 is powered by enthusiastic, committed, and experienced volunteers. Our volunteer-in-chief Janine works with rehabilitation science experts to ensure that kids are learning and riding safely and their physical and emotional needs are met. We have many students involved in engineering, social media, and website development projects. Community organizations have partnered with us to hold events, donate resources, and support our work.

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Our primary partnership is with the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society. We also partner with the Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta and the Alberta Association for Community Living.

Power To Be

Power To Be provides adventure-based programs designed for youth and families in need of support. The programs serve to inspire participants to connect with nature, break down barriers and discover their abilities, while promoting physical heath and emotional well-being.

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1998

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Canada, BC, Victoria

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Canada, BC, Victoria and Vancouver

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Power To Be provides adventure-based programs designed for youth and families in need of support. The programs serve to inspire participants to connect with nature, break down barriers and discover their abilities, while promoting physical heath and emotional well-being.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if we made nature accessible to everyone?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Access is everything. The participants we serve are often faced with limited means to access even basic life necessities. For someone living with a disability or significant economic barrier, access to inclusive outdoor recreation programs is simply not realistic given the complexities surrounding their lives.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

At Power To Be we believe access to recreation is not is a privilege, it’s a right. We directly facilitate access to the outdoors by providing qualified staff, transportation, adaptive equipment and major financial program subsidies. We provide an accessible and inclusive year-round outdoor education curriculum that promotes physical heath and emotional well-being, develops interpersonal and leadership skills, teaches environmental and social stewardship, offers peer mentorship, and supports community engagement and family connectedness.

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Adaptive Recreation offers inclusive nature-based recreation activities for people living with a barrier or disability. Our growing Adaptive Recreation offering currently reaches youth with autism, families living with an acquired brain injury, teens living with type-one diabetes, oncology patients and a broad spectrum people living with a variety of other developmental, cognitive and physical disabilities. The Wilderness School fosters positive social development and life skills through outdoor adventure and education. We offer adventurous overnight weekend programs every month and multi-day expeditions each summer. As a multi-year co-ed program, starting in grade eight, the Wilderness School is designed to work with a wide range of youth.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Since 1998, Power To Be has been inspiring youth and families in need of support to discover their limitless abilities through nature-based programs. In partnership with more than 50 community partners and over 800 volunteers, Power To Be has helped more than 7,800 participants living in Victoria and Greater Vancouver. Our unique collaborative approach helps fill gaps in the health and education services resulting from constrained family and government resources.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Lifelong patterns of inclusion are established in early childhood education programs, preschools, in the classroom and on the playgrounds of neighborhood schools. Research reveals that children who are included in their early years enjoy more inclusive outcomes as adults. When children and youth with disabilities grow and learn alongside their peers, they are more likely to continue in education, get a job and be included in and valued by their communities.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Our charitable work depends almost entirely on donations from the generous private sector, individuals and organizations that believe in our mission. While fundraising events take significant time and effort to
organize, they play a crucial role in both building our donor base and connecting people to our story. This diverse funding model allows us to be innovative and deliver a broad spectrum of programming.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Although other organizations offer adaptive recreation opportunities, few offer such an array as Power To Be. Power To Be fills a unique niche providing participants of all ages and abilities, year-round access to numerous outdoor activities. We directly facilitate access to the outdoors by providing qualified staff, transportation, adaptive equipment and major financial program subsidies.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Tim Cormode is the founder and executive director of Power To Be. The idea for Power To Be first struck Cormode while he was on a mountaintop. In his twenties, he took a leave from his job as a counselor at a brain injury recovery center and joined a three-month mountaineering course in Canmore, British Columbia. It was then, while admiring the surroundings of a beautiful glacier valley, that it struck him, how phenomenal it would be to provide access to individuals, particularly youth with disabilities with such an opportunity.

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Presently, the Power To Be team consists of 20 full-time equivalent staff including four full-time staff in Vancouver. Several casual staff are also available when needed. We also have a board of directors, consisting of 13 members, as well as an advisory board, consisting of 23 members.

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Our charitable work depends almost entirely on donations from the generous private sector, individuals and organizations that believe in our mission. In 2013, our $1.58 million revenue represented donations from
approximately 42% foundations, 31% fundraising events, 16% corporations, 8% individuals and the remaining 3% program fees, government and other revenue.

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Canada, Toronto

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Canada

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Each year, over 11 million Canadians suffer from at least one musculoskeletal condition. The Straighten Up Canada app is a public service program specifically designed to improve posture and spine health. It is an easy to use stretching program comprised of 12 exercises that promote better posture.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Each year, over 11 million Canadians suffer from at least one musculoskeletal condition. This epidemic is now impacting our economy; lower back pain and other MSK conditions account for one-third of missed work in Canada, second only to the common cold. As well, it remains the second leading reason for physician visits, the number one cause of disability, and rivals cardiovascular disease in overall health burden.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The Straighten Up Canada app is poised to address the growing back pain epidemic by providing the public with a simple tool that they can take on the go to maintain or improve their posture. This app is self-controlled and is the only posture specific app available for free in Canada. The Straighten Up Canada app will provide the public with 12 short exercise videos to follow, as well as a tracking feature to monitor progress, which can be shared through social media to spread the word and post your progress. The app will also include continuously updated blog content from the Canadian Chiropractic Association blog, and a Find a Chiropractor search function for individuals looking to connect with a musculoskeletal expert.

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The Straighten Up Canada app offers the public information they need to improve their posture and promote better spinal health. With a tracking feature, the public can set reminders to complete the exercises and track their progress over time. Other healthcare professionals can also use this app as a free tool to share with patients or prospective patients to promote good posture and spinal health. The app is youth and adult friendly and can be incorporated into everyday life. For example, an elementary school teacher (Ms. Smith) could download the app on her iPad and set reminders to lead her class through the 12 exercises twice per day to encourage the students to stretch and get them moving and excited about better posture and activity.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Excellent posture is integral to musculoskeletal health and the Straighten Up Canada app was created to address this issue. This program has the potential to impact every Canadian who is interested in improving their posture and therefore their health. Geared towards people of all ages, this app will be of benefit to adults who are stationary at their desk all day and want to improve their posture, youth who are experiencing the global epidemic of text neck from using their cell phones and want to relieve the strain on their neck, or seniors who want to engage in safe, effective stretches. These are just a few examples of those who will be impacted by this program. At a financial level, lower back pain and other MSK conditions account for one-third of missed work in Canada, second only to the common cold. This app has the potential to impact our economy through better MSK health.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

This app was created for Canadians by the Canadian Chiropractic Association, but is poised for global impact. Originating in the USA, the Straighten Up program has spread throughout the world; however the soon to launch Straighten Up Canada app is the first app promoting the Straighten Up program and is the first free posture app available in Canada. Lower back pain and musculoskeletal conditions are the second leading cause of disability worldwide according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and this app is a unique opportunity to address this growing epidemic.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Currently the Straighten Up Canada app is funded by the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA), with additional financial support from our provincial divisions. The CCA may consider other partnerships moving forward as the app moves into maintenance and updating mode. Following the initial investment to create the app, the costs for updating moving forward will be minimal.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

NGOs.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Our research has shown that the Straighten Up Canada app is the only free app available in Canada with posture exercises and a tracking function. Our unique competitive advantage is that we are an accessible tool and appeal to both children and adults. Moving forward we would like to explore the opportunity to share this app by partnering with other fitness or activity related programs for example, such as Active at School.

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Each year, over 11 million Canadians suffer from at least one musculoskeletal condition. The Straighten Up Canada app is a public service program specifically designed to improve posture and spine health. It is an easy to use stretching program comprised of 12 exercises that promote better posture.

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Replay

People with intellectual disabilities face many barriers in achieving a healthy lifestyle that other Canadians do not face. Replay is a uniquely designed health and fitness program to give people with intellectual disabilities a chance to eat better, get fit, and feel good everyday of their lives.

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Canada, MB, Winnipeg

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People with intellectual disabilities face many barriers in achieving a healthy lifestyle that other Canadians do not face. Replay is a uniquely designed health and fitness program to give people with intellectual disabilities a chance to eat better, get fit, and feel good everyday of their lives.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if people with intellectual disabilies had access to the same opportunites to get healthy as other Canadians would this result in less disesase obesity rates and more health cost savings for provincial governments in the future?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

People with intellectual disabilities have higher rates of obesity and lower levels of physical activity than people in general and are more vulnerable to many of the associated health risks. At the same time, they are often ignored by health systems in Canada, by the multi-million dollar diet and fitness industries, and by society overall. We need to stop ignoring this forgotten population and give them full access to fitness andhealthy living.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Replay is a uniquely designed health and fitness challenge program where people with intellectual disabilities can participate in a series of transformative fun-filled activities that have been adapted to address their specific needs and abilities-a first in Manitoba! Replay offers people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in a six-week Fitness Challenge contest where they compete individually or in teams to eat better, get fit, meet peers and feel good about themselves in a safe and supported environment. Replay will offer fitness training, nutritional guidance, education and mentorship for participants and their families and caregivers. Prizes will be awarded for team effort and to celebrate goals and success.

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Participant A ("A") is a 25 year old obese woman who is living with Downs Syndrome in a group home in Winnipeg and wants to better manage her weight. She lives with her friends Participant B and Participant C who are also overweight. Replay will help "A" and her friends learn more about the benefits of healthy eating, how to plan a menu and control portion sizes so all of them can manage their weight together while supporting each other. "A" and her friends will also participate in a regular exercise routine 3X a week that is specifically designed to meet their specific mobility needs. These programs will be delivered by a team of volunteers including "A's" favourite morning time radio host. They will track their progress on a daily basis and lean on each other for support.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

After a 6 week period "A" and her friends have lost 50lbs combined and feel so good they want to continue on their journey to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle. They want to continue exercising 3X a week and learn new dance routines and movements. "A" and her friends are also proud of themselves for wining Relay's top prize of an annual gym membership and free sessions with a personal trainer.
Going to their day program every day, "A" and her friends no longer stop to buy a donut and "double-double" for breakfast and instead treat themselves to a healthier alternative of granola and fruit. Most exciting of all is how they feel about themselves on the inside as well as the outside. They have better confidence and no longer feel part of the forgotten generation that are often-ignored by society. Reply was just the beginning of the new journey for "A" and her friends!!!

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

This is a cost-neutral initiative and financially sustainable because most of the coordination and implementation of the Replay Fitness Challenge Contest will be done by a team of enthuastic volunteers. Local fitness instructors, bodybuilders, coaches, students and a qualified dietician have all agreed to donate their time to teach regular exercise classes, weight-lifting routines, provide mentorship and deliver workshops on healthy eating and nutrition. Several local gyms have agreed in principle to donate space and allow contest participants the use of equipment. Local corporate sponsors and agencies that support people with intellectual disabilities in Winnipeg have also agreed to donate things like yoga mats, dumbbells, protein supplements, water bottles, tee-shirts gym bags and other merchandize for prizes. The intent of Replay is to engage as many community stakeholders as possible to bring this idea to life!

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Corporate Sponsors have agreed to provide mechanise donations for equipment and prizes.
Local gyms and community centers will donate free space
University and High School Students will participate in the Program as part of their practicum
Local celebrities (radio hosts) and business leaders have volunteered to instruct fitness classes and provide nutritional guidance
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Special Needs Skating Program

Within the Durham region and Whitby, over the last couple years we have seen a huge increase in programs available to people with special needs. One program that has not yet been established is a Special Needs Skating Program. This program could one day send skaters to the Special Olympics.

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Special Needs Skating Program

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Providing All Individuals with the Opportunity

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Not registered

Organization Country

Canada, ON, Whitby

Country where this project is creating social impact

Canada, ON, Durham Region

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Within the Durham region and Whitby, over the last couple years we have seen a huge increase in programs available to people with special needs. One program that has not yet been established is a Special Needs Skating Program. This program could one day send skaters to the Special Olympics.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if you could be involved in making a child's dream of going to the Olympics come true?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Addressing the lack of skating programs for individuals with Special Needs in the Eastern Ontario Skating Section.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Developing a strong and well organized program for individuals from all over Eastern Ontario. This program will include professionally trained Special Olympic Coaches and state of the art adaptive technology for the athletes.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

3 years ago Ice Fyre was on the verge of folding the organization due low enrollment. This not-for-profit synchronized skating club was resurrected and among the first 4 skaters to show interest was one very special skater, Ana. Ana is on the Autism Spectrum and loves to skate. At this time we are struggling to find the funding to provide her with the extra support. Through this we have realized that there really aren't many programs available for her and to allow her to shine as a skater. We want to be able to provide all skaters with special needs, that otherwise may not have been given the opportunity to shine in the sport of Skating, the abilitity to have the training and support to allow them to develop as skaters.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

To date this is merely an idea we have yet to put into action. But the impact could be huge for any individual with special needs that is wanting feel the ice beneath them, breath the cool air and feel the joy of flying around the ice. The program can also develop Special Olympics Athletes of the future and provide training for current Athletes.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We are looking to spread the word in regards to this program.
We want to provide coaches with the training required to work with skaters with Special Needs, as well as Special Olympics training.
We know how financially straining raising children with special needs is and we would like to provide financial support for our athletes and their families to receive training and to be a part of our program.
We would really like to see this program grow and become the standard for Special Needs Skating Programs all of the Country and the World.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The majority of our expense would be up front (buying equipment and marketing). Afterwards, as long as we have clients we will hopefully be able to sustain our program. Because we would like to be able to provide financial assistance and be able to assist with sending out Athletes to competitions we would require future donations to do so as we run as a non-for-profit organization.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

I (Jackie Dervent) had been working at Abilities Centre (www.abilitiescentre.org) for a year and a half, since its opening, working as the Supervisor of Sports and Child/Youth Programming. I had also been assisting with coaching the Ice Fyre Synchronized Skating Teams. I had been searching for a way to put my disabilities studies and adaptive sport knowledge to good use in the skating world.
When I saw Ana's struggles with getting the support she needed to keep up with her fellow skaters and wondered what other skaters were in the same boat or even what individuals never thought they had the resources to get into skating in the first place, I thought that this is something the community needs.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Ice Fyre Board Members
Whitby Figure Skating Club Board Members
Coaches

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Whitby Figure Skating and Ice Fyre have a long history of Skating excellence.
In recent years we have had special needs skaters integrated into our mainstream figure skating and synchronized skating programs. However, both organizations are looking to expand into providing a special needs skating program.

Accessible Playground for Meadowfields

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CENTER FOR HEALTH SERVICES

Center for Health Services believes everyone deserves a better health care and education. Our commitment is to improve lives with providing education, health care support, fund research, increasing awareness, advocating for children and young adults with social, learning, developmental disabilities.

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Le Tour de ICU: Biking on Life Support

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Shane's Inspiration

Together, We Are Able is a powerful, play-driven education program that inspires empathy, compassion, and social interaction between children with and without disabilities. Using a holistic approach, we educate the entire school community, creating sustainable social inclusion through play.

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Marnie

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Together, We Are Able: Inspiring Empathy Through Play!

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Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

Year founded

1998

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, Multiple

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Together, We Are Able is a powerful, play-driven education program that inspires empathy, compassion, and social interaction between children with and without disabilities. Using a holistic approach, we educate the entire school community, creating sustainable social inclusion through play.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if play had the power to transform bias and isolation into empathy and sustainable inclusion for children with disabilities?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

An estimated 93 million children have disabilities, often living in their communities’ shadows due to the barrier of bias. This denies them access to critical physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills that establish success as adults, provided by play and interaction. Together, We Are Able equips teachers, administrators, and students with the tools they need to establish sustainable social inclusion on their campuses through play.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Together, We Are Able provides an innovative combination of student workshops, inclusive play days, professional development, and a curriculum to teach empathy in children and adults of all abilities. Since its 2004 inception, the program has proven impact in over 30,000 students in the Los Angeles region. In 2012, Shane’s Inspiration developed the online guide that empowers educators to utilize these tools on their school campuses. The combined guide and training, which we intend to launch throughout the United States, address the root problem of bias by walking educators through these steps. The end goal is sustainable social inclusion through a holistic approach that provides training to all school stakeholders, including parents.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Until last year, students with disabilities at Grand View Elementary in Los Angeles had never met their peers. In 2013, the school district decided to integrate. To support social inclusion, we brought our program on to their campus, delivering:
• Social Inclusion Workshops for parents, teachers, principals, and support staff on how/why to integrate through play
• Student Workshops for typical students that help them understand disability myth vs. fact and prepare for interaction
• Integrated Play Events at our inclusive community playgrounds and on campus that gave students the chance to play beyond their fears
• Integrated Recess Support, training staff to facilitate socialization
• an Academic Curriculum tied to national standards

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The impact on Grand View’s campus is tangible. Weekly integrated recess continues to connect children with and without disabilities, sharing different ways of communicating, learning, moving, and thinking. Principals, parents, and staff support the interaction, creating ongoing opportunities to connect socially. In the words of Hannah, 10: “I don’t really feel bad for kids with disabilities anymore because I know they are people just like us.” Beyond that campus, Together, We Are Able has achieved the following since 2004:
• Reached over 30,000 students in over 150 schools regionally
• Trained 20 school district employees to deliver the program regionally
• Delivered Social Inclusion Workshops to more than 350 teachers and parents
• Created the online program guide that shipped to 35+ countries
• Replicated the program in Cuenca, Ecuador after opening its first inclusive playground

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

In one year, online program content requests have increased by 75%. Our goal is to scale up the content via:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DVD: visual guide on facilitating social inclusion for educators focusing on program implementation and bridging social interactions among diverse populations.

WEBINAR SERIES: focus on program implementation, staff and parent training, supporting students with sensory/communication/cognitive/ mobility challenges, and creating integrated recess.

Target: 200 teachers, paraprofessionals, administrative/support staff per webinar throughout the US.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Shane’s Inspiration utilizes a diverse revenue stream to sustain and grow programs. We are seeking investments from foundations, corporations, and individual donors. Once the DVD, webinar series, and needed technology upgrades are complete, we will utilize partnerships to market and distribute the content. Those include organizations such as the National Association for Elementary School Principals, which has 20,000 members.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, Businesses.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

While many wonderful organizations exist, we feel that our approach is unique in that we utilize a powerful stakeholder process. We create inclusive playgrounds through community design workshops, which helps to market, fund, and sustain the inclusion work. Once the playgrounds open, we implement programs, such as Together, We Are Able, which advocates top-down, bottom-up training so that all the school stakeholders understand and are invested in social inclusion. Without that holistic approach, the chances of sustaining the social inclusion through play are greatly diminished.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

In 1997, two Los Angeles parents lost their newborn son. Had Shane lived, he would have spent his life in a wheelchair. Because of a physical disability, he would have been denied a fundamental right: the right to play, grow, and learn with his peers. Knowing that inclusion is critical to success, they founded Shane’s Inspiration to dissolve this barrier. In 1998, Shane’s Inspiration created the first fully-inclusive playground in the Western United States and the largest in the nation. Fifteen years later, we have opened more than 51 worldwide (including the first in Ecuador and Mexico and an Olympic Legacy playground in Russia) and launched programs that transform these playgrounds into classrooms where compassion is the core curriculum.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

We have 8 FT and 1 PT staff members. A 17-member board governs while over 100 volunteers support our mission. Our Landscape Architect has 15-years of inclusive playground design experience. Our Director of Project Development has opened 51 playgrounds that have generated 51+ million in mission revenue. Our Director of Programs has 18 years in program/resource development. Our talented film-maker developed our first two DVDs (Seesaw Studios).

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Member of the Clinton Global Initiative, Award for Outstanding Playgrounds from Los Angeles Parent Magazine, In partnership with the City of Los Angeles “The Most Playable City In The World”, “Best Playground” from Los Angeles Magazine’s “101 Things to Shout About,” The Architectural Landscape Design Award from the Los Angeles Business Council, The first “Heroes for Health Award” by Good Housekeeping Magazine and General Electric, The Community Enrichment Award for “Parque de los Suenos” from the Southern California Development Forum, The Nickelodeon Best Playground or Park Award.

Primary Target Age Group

1.5 - 3, 3 - 5, 6 - 12.

Your role in Education

Administrator, Teacher.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Public (tuition-free), Private (tuition-based), Home-School.

Intervention Focus

Curricular, Extracurricular, Professional Development, Community, Online Learning.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Equip Adults to Drive Change in Learning: Providing creative learning experiences for teachers, parents, working professions and others that empowers them to drive change in any part of the learning ecosystem.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Whole child development is undervalued: Essential parts of development get left behind as children get older, such as healthy habits, executive function, and social and emotional learning.

Need

Shane's Inspiration is seeking school/community partners to utilize our online education program and training services.

Offer

Shane's Inspiration offers full-spectrum, community based inclusive playground design/development and program support.

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

Shane's Inspiration's core outcome is to create sustainable social inclusion in communities worldwide through the design/development/programming of inclusive playgrounds. Together, We Are Able's goals are to inspire students, teachers, administrators, and school communities to:
- examine and dispel common misconceptions about disabilities;
- strengthen social/emotional learning in students with and without disabilities through integrated play and social interactions; and
- create compassionate school cultures through professional development, student ability awareness, and integrated play.

Manos que Hablan

Manos que Hablan: Desarrollo de aplicación en Android para el aprendizaje y la enseñanza del lenguaje dactilológico en Colombia.
Versión inicial de aplicación inclusiva se desarrollara con el fin de poder enseñar a través de dispositivos móviles el alfabeto dactilológico

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Prosthetics For Kids as a Creative & Learning Tool

La Fundación Cirec ha planteado una prótesis especializada para niños en la cual estos tienen la capacidad de crear su propia prótesis con fichas de Lego. Esta herramienta es una forma potente de desarrollar habilidades de aprendizaje a través del juego y así integrar los círculos sociales del niño

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HealthyKids Sports Programme

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Fiifi

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Oduro-Nyarkoh

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HealthyKids Sports Programme

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Play, Learn and Grow!

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Year founded

2014

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Ghana, Accra

Country where this project is creating social impact

Ghana, Accra

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The HealthyKids Sports Programme is an innovative sports play programme for children with both intellectual and physical disabilities in Ghana. The progamme has been designed to enhance their gross motor skills, social and communicating abilities as well as to improve their overall health.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if all children were healthy and happy?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Kids with special needs can benefit from a sports programme just as mainstream kids yet most special schools in Ghana do not include sports or physical education in their curriculum mainly due to lack of facilities, lack of funding and unavailability of sporting equipment. Learning is very uninspiring and most special kids are plagued with low self-esteem and lack of confidence.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

HealthyKids Sport Programme is an innovative sports play programme for children with intellectual and physical disabilities in Ghana designed to give them a sense of mastery and competence by engaging them through developmentally appropriate activities to foster physical, cognitive and social development. The activities consist of basic football techniques such as ball striking, throwing and kicking and basic athletics such as walking, running and jumping. The programme focuses on basic crucial to cognitive development i.e. physical activities that develop motor skills and hand-to-eye coordination and can open a world of learning to students who have trouble with traditional teaching methods.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

When John, an 8-year old physically challenged child started playing soccer last summer in our sports programme, he was very shy and withdrawn. He tended to not talk to anyone and he was content to stay off to the side by himself. Slowly, he learned to wait in the drill lines with his teammates and then he began to get to know everyone. From practice to practice, you could see his confidence grow as he became more comfortable with his surroundings, his teammates and the routine of practice.
Many special children do not mix as freely in the community as their more-able counterparts. Playing on a team requires kids like John to participate in weekly practices, getting them out of the house and into the community.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Special children are equally entitled to an exciting and brilliant future. Allowing them to have equal access to sports can enhance their gross motor skills, social and communicating abilities as well as improve their overall health and well-being. Children with special needs will mature physically, socially and emotionally when participating in a recreational activity . It is also invaluable in developing appropriate behavior and helps to teach children with special needs how to socialize and interact with each other in a positive manner. Practice also offers the chance to exercise, learn new skills and make friends.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The ability to perform controlled movements that require large muscles is known as gross motor skills. Movements that involve using the large muscles include walking, running, crawling or jumping. Often children with special needs lack the ability to perform physical movements properly. When disabled children participate in regular physical activity, it enhances their motor skills by increasing their strength, coordination, flexibility and balance. Also participating in extracurricular activities can provide them with the ability to engage in social interactions and develop friendships.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

This Project targets children from poor households who would otherwise not have been able to afford such a program. We hope to make the project sustainable by investing into creative profit-making fund-raising initiatives such as using mobile marketing strategies to encourage sustained mobile donating via text, By securing sponsorship deals with corporate organizations, applying for grants and partnering with Organizations with similar passion.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

No one.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

After 2 years working with children with special needs in Ghana as a volunteer ABA ( Allied Behavior Analysis) Therapist, I realized most of the children I worked with had low self-esteems and lacked confidence. Whilst researching for an idea to help them, I came up with the sports programme which was very essential because most of the schools I worked with did not have sports or physical education in their curriculum.

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6 - 12, 13 - 17.

Your role in Education

After-School Provider, Social Worker.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Public (tuition-free), Private (tuition-based).

Intervention Focus

Childcare, Extracurricular, Community, Parenting, Products or Services.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Putting Children in Charge: Giving children a voice and cultivating agency via experiential learning, project-based learning, and civic engagement.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Whole child development is undervalued: Essential parts of development get left behind as children get older, such as healthy habits, executive function, and social and emotional learning.

Need

Offer

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

Enhancing gross motor skills, social and communicating abilities of children with special needs.

Cheer Special Sports Programme

The Cheer Sports Programme is an innovative sports play programme for children with both intellectual and physical disabilities in Ghana. The progamme has been designed to enhance their gross motor skills, social and communicating abilities as well as to improve their overall health.

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Growing up...our own garden

The Therapeutic Garden will be a new green space in the center of Athens, where older people will meet, socialize, interact with each other, and learn from each other.
The importance of therapeutic gardens in wellness and rehabilitation has been described multiply in the scientific literature.

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Remind me my checkup!

An electronic platform which will schedule appointments for medical and paramedical exams. The Diagnostic centers/clinics will use the platform to register appointments for exams.Customers will receive automatic notifications regularly before the appointment in order to be on time for their check up

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iFactorTech

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Greece, Athens

Country where this project is creating social impact

Greece

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

An electronic platform which will schedule appointments for medical and paramedical exams. The Diagnostic centers/clinics will use the platform to register appointments for exams.Customers will receive automatic notifications regularly before the appointment in order to be on time for their check up

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

we could be more healthy by following our regular medical checkups?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Many people forget their scheduled medical exams. As result they can't detect early significant diseases, thereby creating health hazards and often endangering even their lives.
Many do not remember to visit their dentist for dental care.
Many do not remember to visit the oculist.
Many do not remember to check their diavetes and cholesterol.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

An electronic platform which will schedule appointments for medical
and paramedical exams.
The platform will have 3 basic sections:
1. Diagnostic centers/clinics will use the platform and register appointments for exams.
Customers will receive automatic notifications regularly few days before the exact date of the scheduled appointment. After accepting the notification the
appointment will be confirmed. There will be also the possibility of rescheduling the appointment both sides(customer/medical center)
2. Customer will be informed via notifications through mobile application, SMS and email for the receiving date and the cost of the exams results.
3. The diagnostic center will have the possibility to send the results to the doctor.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Maria works for a multinational company. She works very hard. She has to visit the gynaecologist for her regular PAP test. Her doctor said that she should go for this someday on November. She forgot to schedule an appointment. Problem here. She might be in danger.
She discovers the "Remind me my checkup!". After that, she has not to worry for the exams. The platform will send her regular reminders in order to carry out with her exam.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

"Preventive medicine saves lives" This is our guide for this platform.
Many people will be helped using our platform. Surveys say that people forget to carry out medical exams. The "Remind me my checkup!" platform will set the reminder for a healthier life. Today, people are responsible to remember their regular checkups. By using the platform they have not to worry any more.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We plan to set the platform in every medical centre, every clinic and every hospital. We also will increase the competitiveness for better health services. The platform will be built, based in two modern problems. The lack of time and better health. The next years we plan to establish a modern way of communication between the doctor, the medical center and the citizen. To make the platform a necessary tool in their hands. Especially for the user, our goal is "to have a better health, better quality of life"

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Our revenue stream will be from
• Direct sales – We will get in touch with medical centres and individual doctors in order to let them know about the platform advantages.
• Online sales – Every medical centre or individual doctor, will be able to make an online subscription.
• Corporate Sales - Through “health packages” of banks and insurance companies.
• Advertisement – All the above and many others, will have the option to be
promoted

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Businesses, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are websites, mobile applications and call centers, through them people can search for doctors and medical centers in order to carry out their exams. But our basic advantage is that the patient has not to worry to remember the regular appointment and search for medical center and doctors. The platform is responsible to send the reminder, inform for the cost and send the examination results to the doctor. This saves the customer from unnecessary movements and a waste of time

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Been involved in many medical projects, Vassilis and Fotini founded that many patients are not following the doctors advice to carry out scheduled exams. So, they thought that they could build a platform to remind to the people their exams.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Mazarakis Vassilis - Software Architect.
Fotini Bogdanou - Database Engineer.
Paul Kotzabougioukas - Content Manager

We plan to hire salesmen in order to promote our services to the clients.

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Polulation and phenology of WNV vectors

Monitoring, sampling and identification of mosquitoes vectors is of great importance in setting up a general surveillance system. I propose to work towards understanding the population dynamics of mosquitoes in the urban area of Larissa by using adult mosquito traps.

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Abriendo Caminos a través de las Artes

El proyecto ACArtes “Abriendo caminos a través del arte”, es un proyecto socia-cultural que desde 2011 propone una metodología específica basada en el arte y el proceso creativo para asegurar crecimiento personal y una mejor calidad de vida a personas vulnerables de la población.

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IncludAbility - Perpato

IncludAbility has the mission to facilitate and enable the inclusion of people with disabilities into the business and social environment, so that all involved parties will benefit, serve their interests and increase their profits. by providing customized services to public and private sector.

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theBIKEproject

The BIKE (Believing in Kinesthetic Education) Project addresses ways to encourage kinesthetic movement in the lower extremities while sitting at a desk.

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Alli Opsi Training Camp. An educational program that brings together people with disabilities and trains them on how to start their new life on a wheelchair.

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Thessaloniki
Greece
40° 38' 10.2984" N, 22° 57' 4.7088" E

Alli Opsi Training camp brings together people with disabilities and trains them on how to start their new life on a wheelchair. 

Psy-Diktyo

Psy-Diktyo is a growing network of highly qualified & experienced psychologists in private practice, who are located all around Attiki and offer low cost counselling and psychotherapy to financially disadvantaged adults, children and adolescents, couples and families at their nearest location.

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2013

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Not registered

Organization Country

Greece, Athens

Country where this project is creating social impact

Greece

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Psy-Diktyo is a growing network of highly qualified & experienced psychologists in private practice, who are located all around Attiki and offer low cost counselling and psychotherapy to financially disadvantaged adults, children and adolescents, couples and families at their nearest location.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if we could change our external reality by changing our internal world?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Since 2008 and as a result of the financial crisis, there has been a dramatic increase in the need for counselling especially for people who have experienced significant reductions in their salaries and/or have lost their jobs. Although these people and their families need support, access to counselling services has been restricted either due to their high cost in the private sector, or due to lack of sufficient services in the NHS

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

By emphasising social values and solidarity contrary to common profit making oriented attitudes, Psy-Diktyo combinines the flexibility and quality of the private sector with the low cost of the public sector in order to make counselling accessible to all.
Psy-Diktyo seeks to create a network of professionals in private practice which: - will include psychologists of various specialisations in order to cover the needs of different age and client groups,- will be broad enough to cover all areas of Greece, - will ensure the cooperation of highly qualified and experienced professionals- so that its services would not only be low cost but also of high quality

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Manos is 45 year old man, father of 2 young boys. Two years ago he lost his wife from cancer, and a year later he lost his job. Since then he has been unemployed, deeply depressed and struggles to raise his children with the help of his mother in law. He was in desperate need for counselling and Psy-Diktyo was the only available source of support. Considering the major losses the family has undergone within the last few years, we offered individual and family counselling to all members so as to support them in this mourning and adjustment process. Manos is gradually becoming more motivated and empowered to start looking for a job and he spends more quality time with his children.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Psy-Diktyo has been officially operating since February 2013. With mininmum advertising due to lack of financial resources our network:
-Has offered its services to 75 clients , 71% of them being female and 29% male, with an age range between 8 to 76 years old.
-Is continously expanding and currently consists of 27 mental health professionals located in 22 different areas of Attiki.
-Offers skype sessions to clients living in the province.
On the basis of the current growth rate and financial means, Psy-Diktyo could triple the number of clients who could receive services within a period of approximately one year.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Psy-Diktyo is an initiative with broad and multidimensional opportunities for development.Seen in its full impact potential Psy Diktyo will inolve:
-expansion to cover the rest of Attiki areas -establishment of our services in the province with Crete, being the next targeted area
-Organisation of low cost seminars and workshops addressed to professionals or lay persons. -Provision of placements to trainees and low cost supervision to mental health practinioners.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The first step towards Psy-Diktyo''s financial sustainability is its transformation from being a network of independent professionals in private practice to an organisation. Becoming an organisation Psy-Diktyo will charge associates a registration and yearly fee and will organise and charge for workshops and seminars open to the public and other professionals.Profits from these activities will be used to expand Psy-Diktyo services all over Greece

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Currently there is no other network of psychologists that offers low cost counselling for adults, children and adolescents, couples and families at several locations

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Having experienced the dramatic consequences of the financial crisis on the mental health condition of her own patients, and being sensitive to the devastating societal changes that took place, Dr. Papazoglou felt that us psychologists must find a way, through our own position and means to respond to this multidimensional crisis. As a result, in September 2012 she gathered a few trusted colleagues and the first meeting of what was later to become Psy-Diktyo took place. In that meeting, we envisioned a network of highly qualified and experienced mental health professionals, of various specialisations who would offer low cost counselling in their own consulting rooms at various locations all over Greece.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Founding Members:
-Vicky Koumpou, Ba : peer group co-ordinator
-Anna Kourti, PostMa, MSc, Ba :website manager,
-Foteini Mavromati, PostMa, MSc, Ba: online advertising
-Tania Bageri, PostMa, MSc, Ba: strategic planning
-Ioulia Papazoglou, Phd, MSc, Ba :associates' supervisor
-Margarita Peteinaki, DPsych, PostMa, MSc, Ba: social media
Associates: 27 mental health professionals.

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Smart Skull

Imagine you were on a motorbike and met with an accident. There is no help available. But still after some time you find yourself being treated in a hospital. Lucky One! But not Every time. Better wear Smart Skull, a helmet that provide location based Accident Alerts to relatives and hospitals.

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Smart Skull

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2013

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For‐profit

Organization Country

India, HR, Faridabad

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n/a

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Imagine you were on a motorbike and met with an accident. There is no help available. But still after some time you find yourself being treated in a hospital. Lucky One! But not Every time. Better wear Smart Skull, a helmet that provide location based Accident Alerts to relatives and hospitals.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

in an accident, help reaches in a few minutes.AUTOMAT(G)ICALLY ?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Mortality rate and neurological disabilities due to RTA (Road Traffic Accidents) are increasing at drastic rate.
95% of trauma victims do not receive optimal care during ‘golden hours’ and 30% of those who currently died from head injuries could have been saved if quality care were available to them sooner.
40% Road Accidents and 60% Brain Injuries involve motorbikes.
All this is due to lack of a quick life support system for RTA victims.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Our Solution builds a simple, immediate and effective safety protocol for quick information flow between RTA victims, hospitals and emergency data centers.
Smart Skull is electronically modified motorbike helmet, connected to rider's Smart phone, that can sense the occurrence of accident and measure forces on the head.
In case of an accident the phone generates voice and sms alerts to the pre-specified emergency contacts giving location and other details of the incident.
India is one of the leading motorbike market and also has highest no. of motorbike accidents. So, Smart Skull has a big role to play as a life saver and make roads safer.

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When a person is ready to ride and wears the helmet the system gets activated. The helmet now can be bluetooth connected to the phone which is GPS enabled. The phone has an application with pre-selected emergency contacts and rider details. Now the rider is ready to go.
Now if the rider encounters an accident, the phone prompts the rider and wait for the response. If not acknowledged, the phone generates voice calls and sms to the emergency contacts and to the nearest medical aid center giving exact location of the incident.
The nearest available ambulance or hospital can track the location and medical help can be immediately provided.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Currently, the project is successfully through with research and prototyping stage is under development and testing phase. India, one of the largest two wheeler market, sells 14 million two wheeler with a CAGR of 10%. Indian helmet market is worth 500 Crore and is fastest growing with 11% CAGR. India is the fastest growing Smart Phone market with 166% growth rate. All these factors that are integral part that promises a great potential and success for the product.
We see Changemakers Safer Roads as a great platform and opportunity to pilot the project and kickstart the business.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We are planning to launch a crowd funding campaign in parallel to legally structuring the business. Road Map of the project in India include bringing the scattered emergency system under one common automated emergency system. Collaboration with Helmet manufacturers to bring in quality in design and safety, Insurance Companies to propose special policies for our customers that will really help in boosting value proposition. After overtaking significant motorbike market, focus is to market similar devices integrated with established system for cars and household emergency applications.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Planning to pilot the project in Delhi-NCR or possible Bangalore from funds raised from Manav Rachna, crowd funding or possibly from changemakers.
The cost structure majorly includes Smart Skull manufacturing and cloud telephony server (AECC, Automated Emergency Call Center) setup. The revenue streams are from Smart Skull sales to riders and from registering ambulances and hospital emergency centers under AECC.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Businesses.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

The market of automated emergency calls in India and other major parts of the world is yet undiscovered. So there is great chance to become a pioneer in future.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

One day while riding to work, a car suddenly came my way. A moment later found myself on road with my bike, a distance apart, and that ruthless 'carwala' ran away. Somehow I managed to escape a drastic hit but the incident really shook my head. That night many "What If's" came to my mind like "What If Night", "What If No Help" and "What If ....". That incident seeded the idea in my mind. But was a bit doubtful the viability of the idea. Another day I started counting people who were under same danger. On that 30 Km two way road, in a 30 min ride from Faridabad to Gurgaon, 700 motorbikes commuted. Greatest part, all were wearing Helmets. Imagine of India and of the World, this idea can be a great hit. A huge market is discovered.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Mohit Bahl - B-tech in Electronics and Communication Engg. Looking after Market Research, Business Development and Implementation.
Manasvi Sihag - B-tech in Electronics and Communication Engg. Hardware Design and Development Lead.
Nikhil Dalmia - B-tech in Computer Science Engg. Application Development Lead.
Saurabh Kanwar - B-tech in IT Engg. Design Lead, Graphics and Animation.

Other Student volunteers are also involved in the project.

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Not really in any collaborations yet.
But in future planning to partner with Leading Helmet Manufacturers to bring in quality in helmet design and manufacturing.
Also with insurance companies to provide extra value to our customers in terms of insurance and health benefits.

How does your idea encourage citizens to participate in making roads safer?

The idea rather prevents the roads from becoming more deadly. The technology establishes an automated quick life support system that
provide immediate help to the Road Accident Victim. This makes people, seeking help during road emergency, independent even during unconscious situations.

Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Ratio of Helmet to Two Wheeler sales can be a figure of worry at one end. But can also be really inspiring if awareness among Indian Riders is boosted up. Since major helmet players are not focusing on marketing, We have a role to play to be an inspiring figure for Indian Riders to wear helmet. This can be done my projecting "Wearing Helmets"as a "Cool" phenomena. Of-course campaigns, road shows, marketing will be useful tools for doing the same.

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Is your project targeted at solving any of the following challenges?

Technology: Projects that leverage technology to promote road safety, Infrastructure: Projects that address road or administrative infrastructure, emergency care, or financial systems.

Would you like your project to be considered for the Bangalore People’s Choice Prize?

Yes

If yes, how is your project applicable to the Bangalore context?

Bangalore holds a major share of national motorcycle sales, second highest among all Indian cities. Growth in Bangalore will be a key to our success.

Smart Skull

Imagine you were on a motorbike and met with an accident. There is no help available. But still after some time you find yourself being treated in a hospital. Lucky One! But not Every time. Better wear Smart Skull, a helmet that provide location based Accident Alerts to relatives and hospitals.

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Extreme Kids and Crew, Inc.

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Making Spaces for Courage, Creativity and Play

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2010

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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United States, NY, Brooklyn

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, NY, New York City

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Extreme Kids & Crew uses the arts, movement, and play to connect and empower families raising children with disabilities. With NYC Parks, PS 15, BAM, Mark Morris Dance Co. and others, we design and maintain unstructured, creative play spaces and art events that are welcoming and accessible to all.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if children with disabilities could lead us to a more creative and integrated culture?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

1 in 20 school age children has a disability. Social factors associated with disability such as isolation, stress, and relative poverty affect the entire family and can lead to depression and unemployment among parents and disaffection and squandered potential among children. There are few programs that treat the whole family and barely any that focus on lessening stress and fostering growth though relaxation, creativity and play.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Extreme Kids has partnered with Parks and PS 15 to provide two sensory play and art centers that welcome all children, particularly those with physical, cognitive, learning and emotional disabilities. This free/low-cost space allows children with disabilities to play with their siblings and parents on specialized equipment, relax, express themselves through the arts, and simply experience the rare sense of acceptance. One parent likened our space to "oxygen we didn't even know we needed." Parents see their children in a new light, interact with them in novel ways, and trade stories and advice with other parents. Families feel less isolated, more connected, and more hopeful. Children gain the confidence needed for learning.

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Jamila does not take Bashir to the playground because he is autistic and prone to flight; also the other parents there do not understand autism and chastise Jamila on her parenting skills. Instead, Jamila and Bashir go to Extreme Kids, which is safe, enclosed, and free of judgement. Jamila swings Bashir and a non-verbal girl named Lucy on the platform swing. The children giggle together, a rare social moment in Bashir's life. She pushes the swing in big circles, a motion that calms Bashir enough that he can focus on making a collage at the art table. Jamila also makes a collage and chats with a father of a child with ADHD. As they compare notes on special ed. schools, Bashir proudly shows him mom his work. She is thrilled by its beauty.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

In three years, about 600 families have participated in our programs and 80% return multiple times. Families come from all 5 boroughs and deal with many disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, epilepsy, SPD and more. Staff and board members have children with disabilities and personally test and tweak programs, alongside systematic interviews and surveys with participants. Participating parents say that our spaces relax them, give them energy, hope, new ideas on ways to play with and help their children, as well as opportunities to befriend other parents. Parents credit the atmosphere and equipment at Extreme Kids for breakthroughs in their children's behavior--new words spoken, fears dissolved, laughter shared. Seeing these children happy and engaged inspires teachers, parents, and therapists, creating a loop of encouragement that benefits both children and adults.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The NYC Department of Education has indicated they would welcome our expansion into more public schools. The space sharing arrangement gives students access to therapeutic equipment, and gives families outside the school a welcoming communal space. Ultimately we want to design a large scale arts, movement and play center that would celebrate and foster disability culture, increase the public's awareness, acceptance, and understanding of disability, and provide new perspective and hope for people first entering the world of disability. The center would also raise revenue via rental income.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We have supported three years of operations with a mixture of grassroots fundraising, foundation support, individual donors, birthday parties and membership fees, extremely cool galas, in-kind support from city government, and an increasingly active board of directors. Each year our budget and fundraising has grown 50-90%. To continue expanding, we need to focus on developing our board of directors and foundation/corporate support.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Private nonprofits like the JCC and SNACK provide high quality after-school enrichment programs, but they are expensive, and aimed only at children with disabilities. As our program uses disability to bring people from all backgrounds together, we charge pay-what-you-can fees or rates for entry into our playspaces, classes, and concerts. By relying on parents, siblings, and volunteers to help children with disabilities play and express themselves, we cut down on staff costs. Integrating the family also helps create a robust and supportive community, bringing joy and relief to the whole family.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

My son Felix cannot walk or stand independently, nor can he process language, but he loves to explore and to experience new things. When he was five, one of the high points of our week was visiting his occupational therapist at the Smile Center, a cheerful sensory gym with lots of open space and equipment that delighted Felix--lycra hoops that hung from the ceiling, trampolines, waterbed mattresses half-filled. The equipment encouraged new ways to play and move that were fun and rejuvenating for both of us. I wished we could go all the time, but sessions were expensive and booked in advance. Then I realized we could make a sensory gym run by parents, not therapists, where families with children with disabilities could meet and play: aha!

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

President and Founder: Eliza Factor, writer, designer and mother of a child with multiple disabilities
ED: Caitlin Cassaro, MBA, mother of child with disabilities. Oversees programming, finances, legal, insurance, fundraising.
Communications: Kate Milford, part-time coordinator of ourSocial media, newsletter, concerts, workshops and events.
Program Manager: Emily Brooks, part-time Art and Play specialist, who is on the autism spectrum.

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I was honored as NY 1 New Yorker of the Week for having founded this project.
To see the clip: http://44pictures.com/video/NY1/NY1_NewYorkeroftheWeek.mp4

Primary Target Age Group

1.5 - 3, 3 - 5, 6 - 12.

Your role in Education

After-School Provider, Parent.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Other.

Intervention Focus

Extracurricular, Community, Parenting.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Actively Designing Space & Culture as Essential Elements for Learning: Creating cost-effective methods to infuse a school with habits, language, and materials needed for learning through play.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Whole child development is undervalued: Essential parts of development get left behind as children get older, such as healthy habits, executive function, and social and emotional learning.

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What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

Children with disabilities often have neurological irregularities that make their learning process different from neurotypical children and different from each other. They are a perfect example of why "one size fits all" does not work. However there are environmental and emotional conditions that all of us need met before we can take in new information, make sense of it, and engage with others. Through art and play, we aim to meet preconditions for learning such as body awareness, strategies for calming body and mind, ability to interact with others, a sense of self-worth and confidence.

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