Habinteg, a provider of accessible homes and support services, is running a competition for its 50th anniversary asking the public for ideas of how to innovate in the access and mobility industry.
The essay competition will run from January 13 to April 27, 2020, while the winner will be announced at a reception in Parliament next summer.
Entrants must either have experience of a disability or have an academic interest in disabilities.
They are asked to register for a competition pack at www.habinteg.org.uk/prize.
The winner will receive £2,500 and a week-long placement with the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE).
The CAE – also 50 years old – has joined Habinteg as its technical consultancy team. Its focus is to provide consultancy, training, research and publications on building design and management around issues of access and mobility.
The competition is also sponsored by the Borwick Charitable Trust. The Trust’s chair Lord Jamie Borwick will lead the judging panel. He commented: “We’ve seen a lot of positive change over the last 50 years that has broken down some of the disabling barriers that restrict so many people’s lives.
“Yet there are still many places that are inhospitable to large numbers of disabled people, not least the majority of our homes which were built before accessible design was thought about.
“We need to keep up the pressure to improve and it’s vital that we keep an eye to the future. We’re facing significant demographic change as well as changes in the nature and severity of individual impairments. This competition is a great opportunity to uncover some truly visionary ideas for the accessible homes and communities of the future.”