I’m not just a girl in a wheelchair – why invention is for everyone

I'm not just a girl in a wheelchair - why invention is for everyone
Posted on Wed 16 Jan 2019

Written by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber and originally published in Ever Widening Circles. 


The amazing inventor Sadie McCallum is no stranger to facing obstacles and inventing her way to revolutionary solutions. Sadie shows us why invention is for everyone. The beauty of innovation is that there is no standard “DNA” of an innovator. In fact, the more unique your experiences, the more poised you are to innovate in remarkable ways.


At 11 years old, Sadie is innovating her way through the unique challenges she faces as she navigates the world with Cerebral Palsy; a condition the impacts her motor skills.

In her words,

“I’m not just the girl in the wheelchair… it’s not going to stop me from having fun.”

As an advocate and inventor, Sadie shines a spotlight on why we need to encourage and invite innovators from every background. So, let’s get to know her a

little better with this phenomenal video.

Inviting all voices to the table!

“By inventing things for myself, I know there are other people who can benefit from it too.” —Sadie McCallum

Being a great inventor or innovator doesn’t mean having the best Ph.D. or most accolades. It doesn’t even require state of the art laboratories. Great innovators take the unique problems they face and the experiences in their lives and fix them the way only they know how.

This is why we need to empower all kinds of voices in a room. Why it’s important that we think about who sits around every brainstorming session. Because the more diverse the range of experiences is that we include in the process of innovation, the more problems we solve.

Adding more unique voices to the room doesn’t shrink the pie for others, it makes the pie bigger for us all.

The Amazing Curb Climber on The Tonight Show

To leave you on another high note, here is Sadie and her sister Claire on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon demonstrating the Amazing Curb Climber!


CPA offers a range of services to help you participate in something new and innovative - from intensive therapy programs to CPA Youth programs, we can customise programs to suit individual needs. Check out Remarkable, our start up accelerator, focusing on disability tech. Contact us to discuss which options are right for you. 

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