World CP Day is on 6 October!
The cerebral palsy community comes together to spark the next breakthrough in accessible technology
The organisers of World Cerebral Palsy Day on 6 October 2022 have launched a campaign, ‘Millions of Reasons’, calling on people with cerebral palsy (CP) all over the world to submit their ideas for accessible tech solutions.
There are more than 17 million people with cerebral palsy worldwide. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the unique experience of cerebral palsy and demonstrate the demand for accessible technologies.
“There is a growing demand for accessible technology all over the world, but product designers and technology companies are mostly still fixated on seeing disability as a charitable cause. Instead, companies need to shift to attract and delight customers and talent in disability markets” says Bronya Metherall, General Manager of Influence & Social Impact at Cerebral Palsy Alliance in Australia, which coordinates World CP Day on behalf of the global CP community.
Cerebral palsy is a physical disability that affects movement and posture. With each individual’s disability unique and different, there are millions of reasons for more accessible technology solutions.
You can now vote for the shortlisted ideas on the website https://ideas.worldcpday.org.
Voting closes on World Cerebral Palsy Day - 6th October 2022.
“No one is better equipped to spark the next breakthrough in accessible technology than those living with cerebral palsy. With creativity, expertise, and lived experiences, we can design a brighter future for every person living with a disability”, says Metherall, who is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Cerebral Palsy Society (ICPS).
ICPS is an official partner of World Cerebral Palsy Day, which was created by Cerebral Palsy Alliance in 2012 and now brings together people with cerebral palsy, their families, allies, supporters and organisations across more than 100 countries. All with the aim to ensure a future in which children and adults with cerebral palsy have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society.