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How my Cerebral Palsy inspired my business idea.

Susan_elSusan_el Member Posts: 2
edited September 2014 in News and opportunities
My name is Susan, and I have had Cerebral Palsy since birth. It was through my struggles trying to fashionable shoes I could wear, with my disability, that I was inspired to try and set up an online shoe company, that will sell fashionable shoes that are accessible to people with disabilities, as well as the general market. (To learn more please follow link to my article ).
Currently I am at the research stage of my business. In order to progress to the next stage, and to refine my unique selling points for the disabled market, I need a minimum of 52 responses for my market questionnaire in order for the business to be feasible.
I need people to complete the questionnaire and to forward it on to as many people as possible please. I need people with disabilities to fill it out. However I also need people without disabilities but who suffer problems finding shoes in the mainstream market i.e maybe your feet are extra wide, small, or large and you find it hard to find shoes. Or maybe you can't wear high heels for some reason. I need to hear from everyone who struggle to find their needs met. I need to hear from people over the age of 16 plus, as starting I will only be able to cater for adults but hope to expand to children. Please can you help me get a minimum of 52 responses? Here is the link to the survey on Survey Monkey
Thank you for taking the time to read this!


  • nicebootsniceboots Member Posts: 196 Pioneering
    what a fantastic idea!!!
    I find getting shoes a nightmare!!! I am a man that loves fashion, and would love to be able to have more of a choice of footwear to finish off outfits, as a good pair of shoes can make all the difference!!
    I have always been limited to piedro boots, or skate type trainers with my splints. I can't imagine what it must be like for ladies!! best of luck with your business
  • Susan_elSusan_el Member Posts: 2
    Thank you for your response to my post, it is very encouraging!
    I plan to launch a Men's range too. So I would love your feedback by completing the questionnaire, if you haven't done so already. And please also don't forget to forward my questionnaire to all your friends.

    Many thanks,
  • rcwallace22rcwallace22 Member Posts: 19 Listener
    This is cool! I run a website called Living positively with Cerebral Palsy!
    See : It's for Adults with CP
    I'lll post your link . Would you mind writing a blog for me because this sounds great.
  • Hannah_RosyandBoHannah_RosyandBo Member Posts: 11 Listener
    Hi Susan - that's an amazing idea! My business was also inspired by my daughter's disabilities. Rosy has autism and leaning disabilities.

    I'd love to chat to you about your business and would be very happy to help any way I can..

    Have a look at


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