Making the ordinary extraordinary - Inventors honoured for unique inventions

    TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - Unassuming GTA inventors are being honoured at
the 2008 Gizmo Awards, Friday (Feb. 22), for designing devices that remove
some of the barriers faced by people with disabilities.
    Launched in 1987, the Tetra Society of North America introduced the Gizmo
Awards to recognize the inventors of devices that significantly improve
everyday life for those with disabilities. These unique "gizmos" provide a
design solution to allow greater independence.
    Toronto journalist and research activist Barbara Turnbull will be a
member of the Gizmo Awards panel to determine this year's winners. Projects
being highlighted include ingenious adaptations to a bookstand, a dog leash
and a crib gate.
    With over 300 volunteers including engineers, health professionals and
other skilled individuals, Tetra has completed more than 5,000 projects for
people in need of simple solutions not available commercially.
    Awards featured this year include:

    -   Gizmo of the Year Award
    -   Debbie Donald Quality of Life Award
    -   Community Impact Award
    -   Technology Award
    -   Innovation Award
    -   Tools for Tykes Award

    "These inventors are invaluable to people with disabilities in the
Greater Toronto Area," said Tetra's Ontario Coordinator Glenn Barnes. "In
addition to designing devices that positively change the lives of disabled
individuals, these professionals volunteer their time to work one to one with
clients so that greater independence can be achieved."
    The Gizmo Awards will be held at the Mississauga Convention Centre
(75 Derry Road West, Mississauga) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22.
Tickets are still available by contacting Glenn Barnes at 905-274-8584.

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For further information: Media contact: Glenn Barnes, Tetra Ontario
Coordinator, (905) 274-8584; Ticket and sponsorship information: Michelle
Coetzee, Real Communications, (416) 233-7325

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