A new website called Hatch has been launched to provide a platform between parents of children with additional needs and professional product designers.
Hatch was created in conjunction between Leckey and Firefly who have previously worked with Cerebra to manufacture our GoTo Seat.
The idea of the site is to allow people to submit their ideas for special needs products like the GoTo seat that could be life changing for children around the world.
The platform is quick and easy and allows the public to vote on their favourite submissions. The most popular ideas then go through a review process by a panel of experts including Design Engineers, Therapists and Parents working with Leckey and Firefly.
James Leckey, CEO said, “We’ve learnt from experience that we’re better together. We receive ideas for new products on a daily basis from a wide range of people including therapists, parents and designers.
These ideas show remarkable creativity and skill. Hatch will give us the structure needed to properly review these product ideas, but more importantly find out from the special needs community which of them will change lives.
Hatch is where creativity meets the real life challenges of special needs families. If the right idea comes along – we will try to make it a reality.”
Hatch will make sure that the new products and equipment, most needed by children with special needs will be available for sale as soon as possible.
Claire Smyth, whose 6 year old son Daniel is profoundly disabled, is excited about the arrival of Hatch.
Claire said, “As parents we’re already modifying existing products to suit our own child’s needs, when in fact many other families might also benefit from these adaptions. Finally we have a voice and an opportunity to influence the type of equipment available to our children. I know many parents will be excited by Hatch and will have many life changing ideas that can make a real difference to kids with special needs across the world.”
The Hatch website is online and now accepting registrations and ideas from all over the world.
To get involved or learn more, visit www.hatchthatidea.com