USAID gives $2.2M to UCP for wheelchairs
UCP Wheels for Humanity (UCP Wheels), a subsidiary of UCP of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, has received a $2.2 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development and JSI Research & Training Institute to support a project that will improve and streamline the supply chain for wheelchairs worldwide and supply over 15,000 wheelchairs to those in need around the world. In collaboration with 10 international partners in Indonesia, Philippines, Romania, Nicaragua and several other nations, UCP will improve the quality, selection and volume of wheelchairs provided in each country by consolidating inventory from five international manufacturers in a single hub, so that a variety of locally appropriate wheelchairs can be acquired from a single location.
Design-athon draws innovators
Enabled by Design-athon: DC Edition drew a diverse crowd of creative innovators excited by the potential to solve everyday challenges faced by people with disabilities. More than 160 people from as far away as India, Boston, Atlanta and San Francisco registered to attend the three-day event in Washington, D.C. Ten teams competed to brainstorm and then rapidly prototype new technology for people with disabilities. The winning ideas included an app for people on the autism spectrum, a device to help with hand stability and a device to make it easier to latch public bathroom doors. Design-athon is an initiative of UCP's Life Labs, which fosters innovation in design and technology. Find out more about UCP, Life Labs and Design-athon online.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services to
ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Together
with nearly 100 affiliates, UCP has a mission to advance the independence,
productivity and full citizenship of people disabilities by supporting more than
176,000 children and adults every day—one person at a time, one family at a time.
UCP works to enact real change—to revolutionize care, raise standards of living
and create opportunities—impacting the lives of millions living with disabilities.
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disabilities in every facet of society. Together, with parents and caregivers,
UCP will continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that
increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to
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