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UKUPA May 2011 Event: Melanie Findlater - Accessible design - the possibilities of tablets to change the world

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A Geek for Social Good, Mel aims to show the world that if you make things right for people with learning difficulties, then it is likely user friendly for all! With 5 years of experience at the ...

A Geek for Social Good, Mel aims to show the world that if you make things right for people with learning difficulties, then it is likely user friendly for all! With 5 years of experience at the charity VoiceAbility working alongside adults with learning difficulties to develop accessible and interactive educational tools and activities, Mel's experience is very much front line. Now working with The You Can Hub, she is recruiting a team of experts with learning difficulties and over 60's to work alongside her and show the world that the mainstream accessibility of tablets really can change the world.

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  • 1. Changing the world [email_address] @melfindlater
  • 2. Service Users Active members of the community [email_address] @melfindlater
  • 3. Chris Communication is the building block for learning [email_address] @melfindlater
  • 4. Shouts 'I have a disability!' Usually requires a support worker Limited Segregates [email_address] @melfindlater Expensive Often only in special schools
  • 5. Specially designed Mainstream [email_address] @melfindlater
  • 6. [email_address] @melfindlater Mainstream 'Cool' Naturally accessible Endless app possibilities Communication Learning Independence Portable
  • 7. [email_address] @melfindlater Peter Great sense of satisfaction and achievement…having caught up, whereas before I felt left behind. I feel it’s keeping me younger and the grey cells working better... Keeping dementia at bay.
  • 8. Sit down if you would understand information better if it is... In plain english Supported with pictures and visuals Few words, straight to the point Interactive Tactile Easy to find Get it right for people with learning difficulties and you will get it right for most everyone! Activity Jargon free [email_address] @melfindlater
  • 9. Learning Difficulty Difficult Doesn't communicate Elderly [email_address] @melfindlater I can't...
  • 10. Chris [email_address] @melfindlater I can!
  • 11. The model... Social Good Recruitment of new Geeks from Social Good training iPad/tablet training To businesses, professionals and individuals £ Social Good training and promotion To people with disabilities and others accessing social care [email_address] @melfindlater
  • 12. The Social Good Steering Group Usability testing Become researchers Create an app Or they may have an even more innovative idea! Training We think... [email_address] @melfindlater
  • 13. Service Users Leaders [email_address] @melfindlater Active members of the community
  • 14. Tablets/mobile devices are my tool for change What's yours? [email_address] @melfindlater