Let's fund a project that aims to improve the quality of life of disabled children from an early age!


The project

The story


There are encounters that can suddenly change the vision of life.


"Sarah is 5 years old. She suffers from a genetic disease. She does not speak well, she can't stay up right, she has just started to catch the objects but with great difficulty. She can’t manage without being assisted. Every day after school, she is welcomed in a specialized center where she participates in physical therapy sessions and psychological support.” Her mother tells us.


Here is the daily life of a young deeply disabled child, her care occupies her daily life. This child is not like the others, but ultimately she is still a child.




The problems associated with motor disabilities are a major public health concern since the establishment of rehabilitation activities are so complex and specific that there are no real solutions on the market.


The project began in 2007. Mauricio Ortiz, a young Colombian designer and engineer, leads a research project in the field of biomechanics in cerebral palsy, supported by the Roosevelt Institute and the University of Los Andes in Bogotá. In 2008, he came to the INSA Toulouse as part of an academic exchange and pursued his research project to allow young children with motor disabilities to better succeed when undertaking rehabilitation activities.


Through his research, he observed that the most common problems were focused on upper limb rehabilitation (gripping abilities). Acknowledging the importance of the upper limb movements in daily life activities, Mauricio considered them fundamental for children early childhood development. 



Innovation for social change


This ambition became reality with the development of a patented medical device, focused on wrist rehabilitation, dedicated to young children with motor disability from cerebral origin.


Based on biomechanical and social sciences studies, by using animal figures and colors, the wrist device became an original solution for the first time that turned a tedious therapeutic procedure into a fun activity. 



If tests have been conducted in medical environment and mobilized the support of the communities concerned, attesting to the soundness of the product and its ability to generate positive effects on the rehabilitation program, the idea was materialized in the first time with a precarious feature presentation model.




A new optimized version was developed in 2014 to highlight the therapeutic value of the concept and to address progressively marketing. Extensions of industrial property rights were conducted in the USA, China and the 28 countries of the European Union.


Compared to the accompanying, consulting and travel fees associated with conventional therapies, the product is intended to be accessible to the greatest number of patients because of its price and its "almost intuitive" use.


This original approach has already attracted significant interest from the scientific community and worldwide media. 






In 2014, a cooperation agreement was signed with a specialized center based in Frankfurt, Germany, to make the wrist device available to 150 disabled children and their families. The feedback was amazing and the children experienced improvements from the first use. Several specialized centers were equipped and some letters of intent were signed.


Building on the success of this experience, we have launched a first crowdfunding campaign in the beginning of 2015, entitled Phase 1, to fund the creation of educational workshops for testing the product, to fund the medical personnel and the clinical research technician, and to fund our participation in fairs and other handicap awareness events in Europe.




A second crowdfunding campaign, launched in the beginning of 2016 and entitled Phase 2, allowed us to fund an audio-visual team to capture the intense moments with the children during the rehabilitation sessions, put them at ease and integrate them better into hospitals and schools.



Why fund it?

Why the crowdfunding?


Finding funding for a project in the field of disability is a difficult task. The idea of this campaign is to enable you to be an actor and concretely participate in an action dedicated to improving the autonomy of disabled children. Therefore, we appeal to your solidarity and your generosity to continue our work.



The budget


Concretely, we need you to fund the Phase 3 of the project, that is to say, to equip 4 French specialized institutes with the WRIHA device for free :


- Le Centre Paul Dottin

- Le Cabinet Cabex

- La Maison Médicale Oinville sur Montcient

- Le Centre Picolo


Indeed, faced with the financial difficulties of the French health system, some specialized institutes need to ensure the financing of new therapeutic education programs. WRIHA provides the tools to build a powerful therapeutic care. The wrist rehabilitation device is designed to support educators and optimize the likelihood of progression of disabled children.





They help us and already trust in us


Since our humble beginnings, we have established a dense network of decision-makers, institutions, European organizations and youth. Added to this are several awards in France and abroad that show the potential of our project.





And if the goal is exceeded?


Exceeding the target of €2,500 would allow us to equip other specialized centers, schools and families for free! 


We expect you to share our campaign, join our community and follow us via our Facebook Page.


Thank you very much in advance for your contribution, your support and interest in the project!



WRIHA designs and develops innovative medical devices for upper extremity rehabilitation that empower disabled children to a better quality of life. Technology designed to make therapy more like fun than work and that can be used at home.