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December 3

Picture: Neil Squire Executive Director Gary Birch in a wheelchair. Text: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS official attempt, #ATWorldRecord on December 3rd, 2021, UN Day for People with Disabilities.

Neil Squire and Makers Making Change (new window) are aiming to set an #ATWorldRecord (new window) on the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities (new window) to raise awareness of the need for affordable assistive technology solutions for people with disabilities.

On December 3rd, we invite people around the world to take part in a virtual do it yourself (DIY) assistive technology lesson to attempt to claim the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ (new window) title for the most users to take an online DIY assistive technology lesson in 24 hours.

In Canada, approximately 80% of people with disabilities use assistive technology, while 27% need at least one more device. Cost is cited as the main barrier, according to Statistics Canada.

DIY assistive technology — community created devices that can easily be made by makers and volunteers — can help bridge this gap.

You can participate in the virtual lesson anytime between 12 am EST and 11:59 pm EST. The lesson will take just over half an hour, and must be fully completed to count for the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempt.

To learn more and register: ATWorldRecord.com (new window)

The #ATWorldRecord is part of our #PoweredToEnable campaign.