At the 2012 Mobility Roadshow – National Young Disabled Persons’ Day, Mobility Choice announced this year’s Ready, Willing and Mobile competition that is designed to encourage young people to think about disability and inclusivity from an early age.
After seven successful years, attracting hundreds of entries from schools right across the UK, the 2012 competition has a refreshed brief, inviting young people aged 7 to 16 to tell tales to win great prizes for themselves as well as their school or club.
Fiction literature rarely features people with disabilities and the charity aims to turn that around, inviting short stories of no more than 500 words featuring a young disabled person as the central character.
“Each year we receive glowing reports from teachers who have found the competition an excellent class project, and from schools that have included it in their Ofsted reporting, with excellent response,” said Jacqui Jones, Executive Director, Mobility Choice. “We hope that moving the competition into the literature arena will inspire creative writing talent, in the same way that our previous quest for helpful gadgets to aid mobility and independence has done – with great success.”
There are three age categories – 7-9, 10-12 and 13-16 years, with a winner and runner-up in each group.
Each winner will receive for their school, club or nominated charity £500 cash towards equipment or projects and £150-worth of STAEDTLER art and crafts materials.
Category winners bag for themselves a set of eight Puffin Classics hardback folio editions and a Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter Studio tour for four people. Runners up each receive a £25 book token.
The competition is open to both non-disabled children as well as those with disabilities. Closing date for entries is 30th September 2012, making this an ideal project for the summer holidays.
Visit www.mobilitychoice.org.uk/competitions for full entry and prize details, as well as terms and conditions.