2022 Teens Dream - Inclusive Mobility for Children
I have co-founded a 501(c)(3) organization, Magical Motors, which provides assistive technologies to children with developmental disorders (such as cerebral palsy). I was inspired to do so by discerning the lack of alternatives to pediatric electric wheelchairs, which cost thousands of dollars and take years to receive, thus discouraging a child from realizing their full potential as independent individuals; I strive to target the UN SDG of Reduced Inequality, specifically within the field of independent mobility I create these assistive technologies by modifying ride-on toy cars such that they are hand-controlled, not foot-powered. This allows a child to nurture their social, motor, and developmental skills, and also allow car-builders gain an interest in the STEM field, and cultivate leadership and collaboration skills. In fact, I am introducing this program, which is self-curated by Magical Motors, in high schools, STEM organizations, medical centers and schools, and therapy clinics across the country. I am also implementing Magical Motors cars in pediatric surgery centers and palliative care and rehabilitation facilities, in an effort to create a more inclusive environment and ensure that every child has the right to move on their own!