A World of Solutions
After a competition of problems and solutions, 10 pilot projects that use innovation to improve the economic and social inclusion of people with disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean were implemented.
Competition of Problems and Solutions
The initiative of A World of Solutions: Innovations for people with disabilities was launched in 2009. We wanted to know more about the problems that people with disabilities (PWD) face in Latin America. In our inteactive website, people with disabilities, Disabled People’s Organizations (DPO), and anyone interested in the topic shared, voted, and prioritized the most important barriers to social and economic inclusion; this was the competition of problems. The voting process was active until July, 2009. The five most voted problems where then made into categories for a second competition: the competition of solutions. Over one hundred projects were received, and a jury of disability experts, technical people, and academics selected the best projects.
You can learn more about the projects by visiting A World of Solutions at the Innovation Lab website.
About the Call for Innovative Projects
The call for solutions closed on June 30, 2009. We received a total of 152 project proposals from 23 countries! Some examples of the projects that were implemented:
Brazil: Project F123org
Botelho & Paula Consultoria is a private company located in Curitiba that has created a low-cost software solution, converting any computer into an accessible computer. Visit F123.org project >>
Guatemala: Leverage Freedom Chair MIT developed a low-cost wheelchair out of bicycle parts that allows users to move freely in unpaved terrain. Visit LFC project >>
The CEDETI Center of the Pontificia Universidad de Chile has developed a software package that helps deaf children learn to read and write; download the software here and Visit Sueñaletras project >>
Colombia: Pilot implementation of IRIS in Pereira
DUTO SA is a private business founded by young engineers in Pereira, Colombia. The company has invented a technological device that allows blind children to access shapes and colors through touch and points that pulsate at different speeds. Visit IRIS project >>
Argentina: Accessible Navigation System for Independent Mobility (ANSIMUE)
The Faculty of Arquitecture, Design and Urbanism of the University of Buenos Aires has developed a mobile phone-based navigation system for public transport, designed to give the visually impaired and those with learning difficulties appropriate directions based on predefined routes.
A World of Solutions
Watch the video to meet the winners!