You can make the argument that scientists and engineers have removed magic from our lives by explaining everything with science and hard facts, but Magic Wheelchair proves that there is still an abundance of wonder in this world.
For the past three years, SOLIDWORKS has supported Magic Wheelchair, empowering them to create epic costumes for amazing kiddos in wheelchairs and giving these special children their own day to be superstars. Accelerated by the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab and proudly supported by La Fondation Dassault Systèmes, Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that builds larger-than-life costumes for kiddos in wheelchairs — at no cost to families. The organization’s programs promote the inclusion and self-expression of children with disabilities by transforming their wheelchairs into fantastical creations from their imaginations and brought to life by our hands.
Many of you may remember the incredible costume reveals from 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020, where international build teams came together and made two costumes for local Nashville children, one based on Star Wars and the other on Beauty and the Beast. The Magic Wheelchair booth was one of the most popular at the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground, raising awareness and money for the program. And, although we cannot physically be together in 2021, SOLIDWORKS is still hoping to virtually bring magic to your day by sharing stories of inclusion and of Magic Wheelchair’s super heroes.
This year at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021, you can get in on the magic too. Annie Cheung, Product Definition Senior Manager of Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS, and Christine Getman, Executive Director of Magic Wheelchair, will talk about the journey of balancing the momentum from 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 going into the pandemic; how Magic Wheelchair builders pivoted; what virtual and socially distanced magic making looks like; and highlights from Halloween 2020. They will also showcase the Magic Wheelchair build process from within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, which removes the barriers to collaboration and allows the community of passionate builders to reach new heights and create what can only be described as magical.
“One of the greatest honors of my life has been supporting Magic Wheelchair and its goal of inclusion,” says Annie, who is also the Project Manager of the SOLIDWORKS Magic Wheelchair Team. “There is no greater feeling than to bring some light and love to a person’s life. It’s our hope to help Magic Wheelchair bring inclusion to the lives of every kiddo in a wheelchair.”
One of the ways Magic Wheelchair is trying to spread its message is with its Inclusion Quest. The goal is to reach 10,000 followers on Instagram so account features can be unlocked to help them reach more people and engage with the larger builder community. More eyes on these important projects means more builders building, which means more happy children and their families.
Want to learn more and get involved? Be sure to register for 3DEXPERIENCE World so you can attend this breakout session. You can also check out the Magic Wheelchair community on 3DSwym, where you can learn about projects that SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab have worked on or supported. You’ll see firsthand that there is definitely still magic left in this world: the magic we create together.