Team Up with Students!
The SourceAmerica Design Challenge is a national competition which teams high school and college teams with nonprofit agencies that employ individuals with significant disabilities. The goal of the Design Challenge is to support people with disabilities by creating assistive technology to increase worker productivity.
Over the years, the SourceAmerica Design Challenge has had tremendous outcomes and benefits for all of those involved—nonprofit agencies, employees, students and local schools.
Once the nonprofit agency identifies and explains their workplace problem or opportunity, the students and coaches get to work. Employees with disabilities then reap the benefits. It all starts with a small commitment from you to provide a supportive environment.
It's clearly a win-win for all who participate, but don't take our word for it. Previously participating nonprofit agencies have experienced an array of benefits that may include:
- Improved worker productivity
- Reduced material waste by increasing efficiency
- Ability to perform a new line of business
- Increased visibility in their community via local media coverage
- New relationships with local schools
- An all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to participate in the Design Challenge finals event with their team
- Cash awards and SourceAmerica training vouchers
How to get started
- Contact the Design Challenge coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below to let us know you are interested in participating
- Find a school to team with by contacting the school directly or by reaching out to the Design Challenge coordinator at email@example.com
- Schedule a site visit and tour for the students at your agency
- Introduce the students to your agency's team
- Provide a contact person so that students can ask questions and arrange for testing of their device
There are cash prizes, a trip to Washington, DC and additional training voucher awards for the nonprofit agencies teamed with the top five high school teams and the top three college level teams.