All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
There is a powerful case for investing in the lives of children with disability. Children with disability are valued less than their peers, are seen as being less capable of, or needing love, affection, humour, friendship, play, cultural and artistic expression or intellectual stimulus. They are commonly segregated, marginalised, and not registered for critical public services. While progress has been made, critical issues of access and inclusion remain.
We believe that these barriers present exciting opportunities for new problem-solvers – product and service designers, technologists, frontline workers, health and education experts and business leaders - to positively impact the lives of vulnerable children.
UNICEF Malaysia is looking to invest in innovative, open-source assistive devices and technologies that improve the lives of children with disabilities – enabling them to play, learn, and independently navigate and participate in public life and spaces. We seek to support second-stage solutions that have been designed and tested directly with end users, to support independence and participation in the following areas:
- Mobility: Manipulation of utensils that require fine motor skills; navigation of public spaces
- Hygiene and sanitation: Personal grooming, use of public facilities
- Education: in-person and remote classroom participation