ASCIP Innovation Competition Submit Application

Are you a clinician who goes the extra mile to maximize your clients’ independence with adaptive equipment or unique modifications? Show us your skills!

The 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 below.

Submission Categories:

-Assistive Technology: equipment for accessing communication devices, computers, smart phones, and tablets

-Environmental Modifications: 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 shopping)

-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 activities 

Judging Process:

All 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 breaking down?

In 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.

After 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:

-Submissions cannot change the structure or integrity of any currently manufactured piece of DME or equipment.  

-Equipment that has already been commercialized cannot be submitted.

-All 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.

-Submissions 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.

-Multiple 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.

-The top five winners chosen by the TLC Board must attend conference with their device. All applicants will be notified by the end of May.

Submission Instructions:

Applications are due April 7, 2017.

The 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.

Questions? Contact TLC Board Member, Katie Powell at

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