Inspiration

Testimony

Just in the US, it is estimated that about 20% of the population suffers from an invisible disease. These people avoid asking for accommodations in fear of backlash from the rest of society.

What it does

We decided to build a web application where people with invisible disabilities can order government-approved badges. They can first find the badge of their choice from the 'Your Order' page. They can then fill in the necessary shipment details and additional documents for verification. After submitting the form, the documents are reviewed and the shipment is sent out. The badge will signal to the rest of society that the badge holder's disease is legitimate and he/she shouldn't receive the scorn of others when they use services for the disabled. This is a campaign we would want the government to implement so the badges are considered legitimate.

How we built it

We designed this project using Figma. We built the frontend using HTML, CSS, Javascript, React. For the backend, we used Firebase Cloud Firestore to store the individual badges.

Challenges we ran into

We faced many challenges while building this project. Not all of us were familiar with React, so it took quite some time to come up to speed with this framework. The order page consisted of many input tags which made making this page responsive a challenging task. We were not familiar with firebase, so it took some time to get the database working. All of us are from different time zones so coordinating all these tasks was difficult.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud of building a solution for a community that is mostly neglected by society. While doing research on problems people with disabilities face, we learned a lot. We aim to not only think about more solutions to benefit them but also be mindful of our interactions as we move through life.

What we learned

We learned extensively working with React, Figma and Firebase and also about communicating with people from various time zones and getting tasks done in an efficient manner.

What's next for You Matter

We hope to raise awareness of issues that people with invisible disabilities face. We also hope to talk to local government officials and request them to print these badges.

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