The da Vinci Awards®, an international awards program presented by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Michigan chapter, is seeking nominations for the most innovative developments and research in adaptive and assistive technology. Nominations are being accepted on the award’s website through January 31, 2014; they must be accompanied by a written application, an application fee, and a video submission. The 2014 winners in each of five categories will be announced at a charity event on April 10 in Dearborn, Michigan.
The five categories of nominations are:
- Prosthetics, orthotics, and controls.
- Communication and educational aids.
- Environmental adaptation and daily living or work aids.
- Transportation and mobility.
- Recreation, leisure, rehabilitation, and fitness.
“People around the world are creating remarkable products and services to help individuals overcome physical limitations brought on by multiple sclerosis [MS] and other disabilities,” said Elana Sullivan, president of the National MS Society’s Michigan Chapter. “[The] da Vinci Awards help build awareness of the importance of assistive technology to all of us and, ultimately, we hope, will bring even more life-improving technologies to the masses.”