Aimed at wheelchair users aged up to 25 in the UK, the #DreamWheelchair competition encourages entrants to draw or write about their dream wheelchair.
Whizz-Kidz has teamed up with Samantha Renke, actress and disability campaigner, Jacqui Adeniji-Williams, a spoken word artist, and Conor O’Donovan, a member of the Whizz-Kidz Kidz Board, to launch the seven-week competition. The trio will judge entries in three categories: aged 12 and under, 13 to 17-year olds, and 18 to 25-year olds. .
The competition is run by Whizz-Kidz, Duchenne UK, a charity funding research into treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, The University of Edinburgh, and People’s Postcode Lottery. The competition’s winning design will be made into a 3D printed model and other prizes include a £500 Amazon voucher and a smart speaker.
The competition is part of Wheels of Change, a £1m project funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery through its Dream Fund initiative. The project is a partnership between Whizz-Kidz, Duchenne UK and The University of Edinburgh to research and develop new technology, design and innovation to integrate with and enhance mobility equipment.
Samantha Renke said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing entries with inventive design solutions to the everyday obstacles young wheelchair users encounter. My dream wheelchair would turn into a car at the touch of a button so I can travel whenever I want.
“The possibilities for a dream wheelchair are endless so we want to encourage young people to push the boundaries of what a wheelchair can be and dream big!”
Jacqui Adeniji-Williams said: “How your wheelchair looks and what it does are so important when you’re a wheelchair user. My dream wheelchair would transform into a stage complete with everything I need to perform anywhere.”
Conor O’Donovan said: “This competition is a brilliant idea for young wheelchair users to share their wild and wacky ideas. My dream wheelchair would have a rotisserie chicken attachment so I can eat roasted chicken whenever.”