Crowdsourcing of Disability Challenges for Enable Makeathon 2 Begins

06 - Jul - 2017
ICRC/Ashish Bhatia

The Enable Makeathon Movement kicks off the Enable Makeathon 2 (EM2) with the “Idea Box” – a crowdsourcing form that aims to pull together challenges on disabilities and potential solutions from persons with disabilities, care –givers and those working in the field of disability. These challenges will determine the direction of solutions and the quality of impact we hope to achieve from EM2.

The aim of this first phase of EM2 is to identify 12 key challenges that focus on persons with disabilities who are hearing impaired, sight impaired or have a locomotor/physical disability.

The Movement is going through several channels. First, through Idea Box, we hope to reach as many people as possible to learn about the wide range of challenges related to accessibility and employability, pinpoint the priorities and concerns and identify efficient and cost-effective solutions.

ICRC/Ashish Bhatia

The second channel through which the Movement is crowdsourcing challenges is participatory research. This research is being conducted in rural and urban areas by collaborating teams from V-shesh and ICRC’s Physical Rehabilitation Programme (PRP) in Delhi, Raipur, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru. The combined methodology of this research is observation of real life situations and using participatory rural appraisal (PRA) tools and workshops.

Following consultations with the World Health Organization (WHO), several products were suggested from the Priority Assistive Products Lists (APL) –a list that includes 50 priority assistive products selected on the basis of widespread needs and its impact on people’s lives. These products will be taken into consideration when selecting the challenges for EM2.

Last but not the least, the Movement is crowdsourcing challenges through questionnaire specifically targeting disability institutions.

All three methods take into consideration socio-economic background, gender, age, rural-urban settings and different types of disabilities.

The outcome of the crowdsourcing phase will be the identification of several challenges, which will then be narrowed down to 12 through a selection phase carried out by a jury comprised of members from Artilab, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), persons with disability identified by the Association of People with Disability (APD), and partners from the UK.