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A New Outlook on Nature

With the help of my community I will create a safe place for disabled children to explore the outdoors and learn more about the environment.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

My goal for this project is to ensure that disabled children are given the same opportunities that non disabled children are given. The ability to walk outside and play on a play structure is a privilege that not all people are given. Disabled kids should also be treated the same way as someone without a disability. Prior to starting this project I’ll need to build a community amongst the participants and the leaders to make everyone feel welcomed. After creating a sense of community between everyone the outdoor adventures will start. A few things that the kids will be doing is taking walks, bird watching, inspecting insects, all while learning about the environment. Below I have attached a picture of what my advertisement will look like.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

The beneficiaries of my project are disabled children both physically and mentally. More specifically, I will be targeting kids ages 7-16. I think most people see the importance of children playing outside and having time to connect with nature, but they tend to forget that not all kids are able to play on play structures or are able to go on walks. Disabled children should be given the same opportunities that non disabled children are given.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

There are so many companies that already exist that are tackling the same issue I am. In order to make myself stand out I’m going to go straight to the people who need help, the disabled children. I’m going to ask them what they want to do outside and what about the environment they want to learn more about.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

I am a senior at Notre Dame High School located in Belmont, California.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Other

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

My 21 year old cousin who suffers from severe autism inspired me to start this project. All her life she has been treated like lesser of a person and like a child even though she is not. I want to give her the same opportunities that I was given and still am given today to explore the outdoors safely.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Planet is in influenced by the younger and older generations not knowing how to take care of it. With children being the next faces of our Earth it is important to teach them how to properly take care of the planet. Prosperity has been impacted by technology. As advancements are being made less people are in need of jobs because of the technology. When it comes to prosperity within my project, children will not prosper without the sunshine and time outdoors. It necessary for all.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

There are two groups that I am targeting to work alongside my organization in the project idea. I would appreciate getting feedback from Notre Dame students because they are all very passionate about help the community and service in general. Parents will all help with my organization and will also bring authoritativeness to my group which I sure will be necessary.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

The group of people that I will target to help me are Notre Dame High School students and parents of children that are disabled. I believe that they will be the most eager to find a solution to the problem and will consider all logistics.

Geographic Focus

I would like to start in the San Mateo County district and work my way up to helping more people out

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

I believe that it will take a year to get my project up and running fully, but we will never stop improving and making changes. One of the more important things a business can do is always try and strive to be better. There is always room for improvement no matter how good something is.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

If Yes, how has project idea changed, grown, or evolved since last year? (2,000 characters)


Attachments (1)

A new outlook on nature.pdf

The image I have attached was created by me and is how I will advertise to people to join my organization.


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Photo of Azra Ismail

Hi Lizzi,

Love this idea and that you are engaging with an overlooked community! Play and outdoor exploration are so important to social and cognitive development, but so often overlooked. Have you thought about how these activities will be structured and what kinds of activities might be most suitable for disabled children, considering that there are a range of disabilities (and abilities!)?

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