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Wanted: Pupils' ideas to help disabled children
YOUNG people aged between 7 and 16 are being encouraged to come up with bright ideas to help disabled children – and have the chance of winning a variety of prizes for themselves and their school.
Children with special needs are also being urged to enter the competition – with prizes from the Mouth and Foot Painters Association.
Now in its fifth year, the Ready Willing and Mobile competition aims to stimulate and reward thinking about disability, accessibility and inclusivity from a young age.
It is open to all young people – either as individual entries or groups of up to four, from schools or clubs.
The competition seeks innovative ideas to help less able children to achieve greater independence, be more mobile and able to join in doing things we all enjoy.
It could be an idea for a brand new product or service that everyone can use, but is especially good for disabled children, or an idea for developing an existing item or facility.
Previous entries have included accessible play and sports equipment, communication and shopping aids, accessories and tools, funky lifestyle wheelchairs and mobility aids.
The top entry from a disabled person wins £1,000 art and craft materials for their school or club and £250 art and craft materials for themselves.
They will also be entered into the final judging for the outright winner, who bags £1,000 cash and £250 Staedtler art and craft materials for their school or club.
The winner also wins a digital camera and personal printer, £100 worth of HarperCollins books of choice, a weekend break for four in London with a trip on the London Eye and a VIP visit to the Mobility Roadshow 2009, on National Young Disabled Person's Day, Saturday 6 June.
There are runners-up prizes too.
Jacqui Jones, executive director of Mobility Choice, who organise the competition, said: "We're delighted that the MFPA is supporting the competition with this additional prize for budding young disabled artists.
"This extra category is open to young people across the whole disability spectrum, whether they have a learning, physical or sensory impairment."
Closing date: March 31.
To enter call 0845 241 0390 or visit