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From 2012 to 2014, World CP Day focused on an innovation campaign called Change My World in 1 Minute. We sought ideas for products and services that needed to be invented for people with cerebral palsy, and then challenged designers and engineers to invent them.

2015: World CP Day Invent It Competition – ‘Sponge House’

In 2015, architects and designers from around the world competed to create a ‘Sponge House’ – a bump-proof house for people with cerebral palsy (CP) who have unsteady balance and movement.


Congratulations to the winners:

  • Highly Commended (Team): Annabel Sawyer and Laura Berg from Melbourne Australia for Bubble House
  • Highly Commended (Team): 0 to 1 – Garner Oh, Tamara Petrovic, Colleen & Eric Whiteley, Kasra Sadeghian, Jim Domalewski, Solomon Siegel, ras+e, Yan Grinshtein from New York City – for Super Special Living
  • Highly Commended (Individual): Stephanie Wiebe from Saskatoon Canada for Felt at Home

Download the World CP Day Sponge House Media Release: 30 July 2015 [PDF]

Why a ‘Sponge House’?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a physical disability that affects movement. People with CP can have unsteady balance, difficulty controlling fine motor movements, and often suffer bruises and other injuries when they accidentally bump furniture, walls and or fall onto the floor.

The competition was designed to challenge architects and designers to think beyond wheelchair accessibility standards and design a living space, furniture and furnishings, fixtures and fittings, appliances and or lighting to accommodate the needs of the large number of people with CP who are ambulatory, as well as those who may use a mobility aid.

The idea came from Sally Garster, a 6 year old with CP who lives in England. Well done Sally and thank you! Your idea sparked an unprecedented level of interest in this World CP Day competition.

Charisse Hogan from Charisse Living With CP, gave competitors an insight to some of the hazards around the home for people with CP who have unsteady balance and movement.