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Homemade with heart contest: Make life easier for people with disabilities

15:40 | 17/06/2020

Humanity & Inclusion has just launched a contest called “Homemade with Heart”. Through that contest, the organizers aim at stimulating sharing of simple ideas and inventions that people came up with to support autonomy of persons with disabilities during their daily life activities.

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The contest allows the sharing of the ingenious adaptations created with limited resources so that they can be replicated and reused by other people.

The contest rewards people who have created, found or adapted objects that improve the daily life of people with disabilities. From simple adaptations to innovations, all creations facilitating autonomy, participation during daily life activities, so that they are more accessible, usable, comfortable and/or pleasant to use for people with disabilities, are welcome.

Existing aids are often expensive or not sufficiently adapted to the specific needs and environment of the person. The ingenious adaptations created with limited resources deserve to be highlighted and better known. The contest allows the sharing of these innovations so that they can be replicated and reused by other people.

More particularly, this contest rewards inventions that aim at improving independence, inclusion and participation of people with disabilities or special needs and that were made by any individual or a group (members of the family, loved ones, helping professionals, educators, therapists, nurses, students, DIY enthusiasts, makers, individuals or groups united in an association, wanting to give others the benefit of their talents, know-how, etc.). Inventions that were made the intention of being sold are excluded.

Creation or adaptation of objects facilitating autonomy during daily life activities (washing, sleeping, moving, seeing, hearing, communicating…), so that they are more accessible, usable, comfortable and/or pleasant to use.

The purpose of this contest is the dissemination of the inventions to those interested in use in a private circle and for non-profit purpose.

For an example, when using a wheelchair, opening and closing doors might be challenging as the wheelchair tends to create an obstacle when pulling the door and people need to reach out far to grasp the door handle.

Simple solutions can be found to ease opening and closing doors – like the “door closer”: Elodie (from France) is 31 years old and uses a wheelchair because she has neuromuscular disorder (a condition that makes muscles very weak). As she was facing difficulties with closing bathroom or bedroom doors, together with her husband, Yann, they came up with a rather simple and cheap (less than 2 EUR – VND 50,000 ) solution allowing Elodie to close the door easily and making her more autonomous. Check the video and sketch attached…

homemade with heart contest make life easier for people with disabilities
“Door closer” solution allowing people in wheelchairs to close the door easily and making them more autonomous.

Anybody, but in particular, persons with disabilities, their relatives or members of the rehabilitation team and professionals who have made adjustment to improve daily life, enhance autonomy and participation of someone living with a disability.

The competition will have 2 categories: “professionals” for health professionals, members of rehabilitation teams and “non-professionals” for all other people whose profession is not related to health, disability.

To participate in this contest, you must register your application form on this website or send it to the email address dedicated: [email protected]; or send it by post to the following address: Room 101, E3 Trung Tu Diplomatic Compound, N6 Dang Van Ngu, Dong Da, Ha Noi, Viet Nam.

Whether you are a Vietnamese citizen or not, you can participate but you must have created your invention in Vietnam.

All applications forms must be registered before August 10.

Three winners will be selected by the jury for the “professional” category and other three winners for the “non-professional” category and one by the public.

The announcement of the 6 winners of the jury prize will take place on October 1 on the contest website and on the Facebook page, after informing the winners by email.

The winner of the public award will be announced on August 16 on the contest website and on the Facebook page, after informing the winners by email.

The Homemade with Heart contest is organized by Humanity & Inclusion Vietnam and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam (MCNV), ACDC and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)./.

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