Calgary, December 19, 2012: What began as a simple plea from an American mother whose daughter has cerebral palsy could well be the catalyst for changing the lives of 17 million people across the globe. Cindy McCombe Spindler submitted the idea for a documentary titled “Cerebral Palsy in the 21st Century” as part of the World Cerebral Palsy Day “Change My World In 1 Minute” campaign. People with cerebral palsy, or those close to someone with the condition, were asked to submit ideas for things that could be created or developed to make their lives easier.
In her online submission, which included a one minute video, Cindy said, “A full-length documentary needs to be made to firmly establish role models for this disability—injecting hope and inspiration. Numerous audiences would benefit from this compilation of success stories. However, it is my aim to get this video in the hands of those giving the cerebral palsy diagnosis—the doctors. If doctors could give this documentary to parents at the point of diagnosis, the maximum benefit will be realized.”
The idea was one of three shortlisted for development by the World Cerebral Palsy Day Panel. The other two ideas—for a solar powered wheelchair, and collapsible motorized wheelchair—came from adults living with cerebral palsy.
Marcus Blease from Australia’s Cerebral Palsy Alliance, who is also on the World CP Day Panel, said the world’s inventors are now being asked to turn these three ideas into reality. “Of the many worthy ideas submitted online, we thought these three had the greatest potential to change the lives of the 17 million people around the globe living with cerebral palsy, and importantly, also be commercially viable products on the open market,” said Marcus. “The idea for the documentary is certainly piquing the interest of the world’s film makers and we are hoping they can bring this fantastic idea to life. It’s quite an amazing concept that the passionate plea of a mother, who everyday watches her daughter with cerebral palsy face numerous challenges, can spur the world’s film industry into action. This campaign really is people power at its best, and represents a unique opportunity for creative minds from across the globe to come together and be a part of something truly life changing.”
People with the expertise and resources to create any of the three shortlisted ideas are asked to register online at http://www.worldcpday.org. A working prototype or a draft documentary must be ready to be judged by the World CP Day Panel in April 2013. A prize pool of $25,000 will be shared amongst the winning submissions (with a maximum of one prize per category).
For more information about the shortlisted ideas, or to register to create a working prototype, go to http://www.worldcpday.org. The video submissions for the solar-powered wheelchair and the Cerebral Palsy in the 21st Century documentary can also be viewed at http://www.worldcpday.org.
About the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta:
The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (CPAA) is a registered non-profit organization and makes a difference in the community by enriching the lives of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Through our programs and services, we promote awareness, acceptance and understanding for persons with disabilities to live Life Without Limits. For more information about the organization and to learn about ways you can support Life Without Limits, please visit http://www.cpalberta.com.
Executive Director, Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
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