you a clinician who goes the extra mile to maximize your clients’ independence
with adaptive equipment or unique modifications? Show us your skills!
Therapy Leadership Counsel (TLC) is sponsoring the Inaugural ASCIP Innovation
Competition at the 2017 ASCIP Conference! Spinal Cord Injury practitioners
frequently create innovative adaptations to solve everyday problems for their
clients, so we invite you to submit a piece of adaptive equipment or a
modification that you’ve made that’s positively impacted your clients. An
explanation of the scope and categories of adaptive equipment, the judging
process, submission instructions, and other important information is described
-Assistive Technology: equipment for
accessing communication devices, computers, smart phones, and tablets
environmental equipment for improving independence and safety in the home,
community, or work environment
-ADL & IADL:
equipment for increasing independence in ADLs (bathing, toileting, dressing,
eating, grooming, sleep, and sexual activity), IADLs (caregiving, community
mobility, financial management, health management, meal preparation, and
-Mobility & Seating: equipment and
modifications for assistive devices and/or facilitating mobility (includes
ambulation and wheelchair mobility)
-Sports & Recreation: equipment for use in sports/recreational
submissions will be reviewed by the TLC Board based on the following judging
criteria, on a 1-5 point scale:
Practicality: How easy is it for the client to
learn to utilize the equipment and use it successfully?
Cost: How does it compare to commercially
available options in the same category?
Innovation: How novel is the device?
Replication: How easy would it be for most SCI
clinicians to re-create the device, even those with limited resources?
Durability: Can it be used regularly without
the event of a numerical tie, the TLC board will be responsible for
deliberating and selecting winners. The top five rated submissions will be
invited to present their device at the 2017 ASCIP Conference during a scheduled
presentation time and in the Expo Hall.
the presentation, conference attendees will vote for their favorite piece of
equipment to select a “People’s Choice” Winner. A panel of clinician peers will
also select a winner. The winners of “People’s Choice” and the peer panel will
each receive 1 waived conference fee for the 2018 ASCIP Conference.
Other Important Information:
cannot change the structure or integrity of any currently manufactured piece of
DME or equipment.
that has already been commercialized cannot be submitted.
submissions will be available for ASCIP members to view to help share knowledge
that can improve the lives of individuals with SCI. The purpose of this
competition is not for commercialization.
must include a <2 minute video of the client using the device; teams are
responsible for obtaining permission from clients based on their organization’s
standards and policies.
people can be listed on one submission if a team approach was utilized to
create the device; however, each team member is only allowed to submit one
application for one device.
top five winners chosen by the TLC Board must attend conference with their
device. All applicants will be notified by the end of May.
Applications are due April 7,
application includes: contact info of inventor team (identify the lead person),
category of submission, youtube link of device being used by client,
instructions on how to make the device, list of materials & costs, and
consent to share instructions/materials/video to public so device can be
replicated by others.
Contact TLC Board Member, Katie Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org