Bringing visibility to disability with filmpossible 2013

Photo credit: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

This week marks the first week of submissions for filmpossible 2013, a unique online video and photo contest launched by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto to bring visibility to disability.

Launched in 2010, the contest challenges people from all walks of life to capture moments of possibility, and depict childhood disability through the perspective of children, their parents and families, and the community.

As this is an intriguing way to raise awareness, I decided to speak with Lauren Muir, filmpossible Project Manager, about filmpossible.

“In terms of the origins, it was to bring awareness to childhood disability, as well as to the hospital,” Muir says. “It’s a way to normalize disability, and to give kids the opportunity to share their stories and teach the world about disability. It’s a fun way for kids to have a voice.”

Photo credit: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

According to Muir, Holland Bloorview, Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital serving children up to 19 years old with disabilities and ongoing complex health needs, receives 600 inpatient admissions and 58,000 outpatient visits each year from across the province, Canada and around the world. The hospital’s vision is for children with disabilities to see the world – and be seen by the world – in a new way.

And filmpossible is a great way to make that happen. As Muir says, it’s an opportunity for children, their families and anyone faced with childhood disability to creatively tell their stories and their achievements through videos and photos.

The contest, which officially launched yesterday, consists of two rounds:

  • In the first round, contestants make video or photo submissions and people vote on them. For those interested in submitting an entry, you can submit anything depicting childhood disability, whether it’s dispelling myths, showcasing achievements, demonstrating inclusion or accessibility, or telling a child’s story. The more votes you get for your submission, the more likely you are to win. Simple as that.
  • Then, using a list of criteria, judges select the top six videos and top six photos to move onto the second round, where votes are once again cast among the finalists.

Anyone is invited to make a video or photo submission until the deadline on March 17. To submit an entry, vote for an entry, view submission guidelines and view last year’s winning entries, feel free to visit the contest website at

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  1. Cristina

    This contest is really giving me more insight about childhood disability like mine. I decided to enter the contest because I want to show people that I can do something really amazing despite of my injury.

    • Thanks for your comment, Cristina! That’s awesome that you entered the contest! It really is a great way for people to use creativity to both raise awareness of childhood disability and showcase some of the amazing things that you and others are doing.

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