Winners - Ideas Happen

Winners - Ideas Happen

Inspiring new beginnings

Visa is proud to support the creative spirit and boundless energy of our Ideas Happen winners. We believe that building a better community starts by helping people build their dreams. Our twelve outstanding innovators each received $25,000 from Visa to help them launch their ideas. We can hardly wait to see what they’ll do next.


Brandy F., CO
Developmentally Delayed Kids/Community

My son is developmentally delayed and attends a special education class at a public elementary school. Since most of these kids can't walk independently, they are required to have wheelchairs to ride the school bus. We are fortunate to have insurance that paid for ours but a lot of kids don't. These kids usually miss a lot of days of school because their parents can't get them there. The school has 1 extra wheelchair that they can use as a loaner. Also, many of these kids can walk only with the assistance of a walker, like an elderly person would use. Most of their parents don't have insurance and can't afford them. So, the school as one extra walker it can lend out. Without the walkers, these kids can't walk, so they have to take turns. The wheelchairs cost $2,400 and the walkers cost $300. If I had this money, I would set up a program so the school had enough walkers and wheelchairs so the kids didn’t have to take turns going to school and walking. A child’s family income should not keep them from being able to go to school or walk.