The Enable Makeathon works with startups and innovators to design, prototype, test, and take their assistive technology product, process, and service for persons with disabilities to the market. By uniting an entire ecosystem of institutions committed to eradicating the exclusion of persons with disabilities, with unparalleled expertise from business, entrepreneurship, and design, we aim to stimulate new Assistive Technology (AT) innovation, primarily in developing countries.
After successfully conducting two iterations of EM1 and EM2, our focus with
EMx India is to help develop solutions for children with disabilities, particularly in
the areas of “Early Intervention and Inclusive Education”.
The lack of facilities, services, assistive technologies, and awareness have resulted in over 90%of all disabled children leaving school before grade 9!
The problem starts when children are not diagnosed in time or do not receive the appropriate mitigation therapies. Parents are not supported at home, and educational institutions do not have the means or technologies to integrate children with disabilities into regular educational programmes. A whole new generation of children with disabilities are being born who are condemned to face this future. These children will very rarely make it into employment and are unlikely to be able to live independent lives. Without a transformative change in the system, new services, new technologies and approaches and despite the best intentions in the world, the day to day practice of learning will not change. This is what EMx India hopes to catalyze through reaching out to all those who believe they can make a difference.
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