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  • 1. Enabled by Design: the who, what and whyCollege of Occupational Therapy: 8th February 2011 www.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 2. Hello!This is Denise…• 
Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS)diagnosed in 2003•  MS is a neurological condition that’s each caseunpredictable, variable and different in•  Symptoms include: fatigue, weakness, andnumbness, visual disturbance, poor balancevertigo•  Use wide tasks more manageableday-to-day range of assistive equipment to make www.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 3. Plastic not sofantastic… www.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 4. IkeaThe battle of the bland…• 
Ugly, clinical looking assistive equipment =DEPRESSING•  Grateful for fact helped me to keep independence•  Frustrated as home looked more and more like ahospital•  Surely this CAN’T be the way it has to be…•  Looked for alternative mainstream products that didsame job•  Very aware ofof others with similar experiences aswell as support fact people benefit from learning, www.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 5. TwitterDoing our bit…•  From experiences and learning, decided toset up online community•  Platform to share experiences and views onassistive equipment•  Raising awareness of need to improve bothfunctionality and aesthetics•  Result was Enabled by Design www.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 6. Definition of Enabled by Design… EbDA community of peoplepassionate about those welldesigned everyday productsthat help to make day-to-daytasks that little bit easier. Bysharing their loves, hates andideas, Enabled by Design-erschallenge the one-size-fits-allapproach to assistiveequipment through the use of Source:
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clever modern design.
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  • 7. www.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 8. www.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 9. What we’re proud of… EbD
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Featured in following publications/Enabled by Design in websites: Society Guardian, Guardian Society Guardianthe media: supplement - Social pioneers, MS Society’s MS Matters, Disability Now,Society Guardian: Style counsel (front page) – Disability Product News, Community 18th March 2009 Care, Arthritis Care’s No Limits, BBCGuardian supplement – Social pioneers: Technology and Design WeekPlaytime for ideas – 18th March 2009 •  Awards and nominationsDisability Now: Designs for living (web watch feature) – May 2009 •  Speaking at events/conferences about our workDisability Product News: Looking good (double page spread) – May 2009Community Care: Website Focus – Enabled by Design – July 2009 •  Case study on Enabled by DesignArthritis Care’s NCVO produced by No Limits: Design for life – August/September 2009 •  “We are Enabled by Design” eventBBC Technology: Social media ‘could transform public services’ – November 2009 • www.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 10. Add
bringing
online
and
offline
 Bringing on and offline together
slide!!!
 together… We are EbDWe are Enabled by Design event held atDesign Museum, London in Junewww.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 11. Enabled by Design-erCommunity memberDenise Walbrugh says…“Enabled by Design hasbeen a real beacon of howthings should be, kit-wiseand attitude-wise too, andhas helped me a lot, asI’m sure it has others”. www.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 12. Enabled by Design’s ethosIt’s time we start recognising people forbeing just that, people Stereo- typesandmove away from ill-informed stereotypesoften applied to ageing and disabilityOur ethos:“We believe the world is made up of peoplewho have a range of abilities, each personhaving their own personal strengths andqualities. We’re passionate aboutharnessing these strengths to empowerpeople to live as independently aspossible.” www.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 13. Design for All (DfA) Design
for
All
(DfA)
is
a
design
philosophy
 targeIng
the
use
of
products,
services
and
 systems
by
as
many
people
as
possible
without
 the
need
for
adaptaIon.
Design
for
All
is
design
 for
human
diversity,
social
inclusion
and
equality.
 Closely
related
to
Inclusive
Design
and
Universal
 Design
 Result:

 Products
and
services
suitable
for
general
public
 including
older
people
and
people
with
 disabiliIes
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  • 14. Accessibility for the Masses By mainstreaming accessibility, this can help to remove any stigma attached to independent living products, while making peoples lives that bit easier and in turn more manageable. For us, Design for All means accessibility for the masses. Mainstreaming accessibilitywww.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 15. Innovative Products?Questions? Folding plug•  What are they?•  Where can I find them?•  How much do they cost?•  Are they any good?Answers?•  Lying if said knew all theanswersSo?• Advice would be… www.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 16. Inspiration is all around you…Not just OT catalogue, but also: Where’s•  Friends, family and colleagues yours?•  Websites including blogs, socialmedia sites and ecommerce•  Shops•  Catalogues•  Newspapers and magazines•  Television•  List is endless www.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 17. What the future holds for Enabled by Design…•  New website – four sections: OurStuff, Hacks, Shop and Blog future plans•  Improved accessibility•  Improved user experience•  Social media integration•  Affiliate marketplace with reviews•  Lowering barriers to getting community involved www.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 18. Enabled by DesignGet involved by: needs•  Helping to spread the YOU!!!word by telling peopleabout us OTsand•  Sharing your ownLoves, Hates & Ideason Enabled by Designwebsite www.enabledbydesign.org




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  • 19. Any questions ? Thank you for listening!www.enabledbydesign.org




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