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    • www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby Assistive Technology: form, function and emotional response
    • My name’s Denise… www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby Hello!
      • Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosed in 2003
      • MS is a neurological condition that’s unpredictable, variable and different in each case
      • My symptoms include: fatigue, weakness, numbness, visual disturbance, poor balance and vertigo
      • Use a wide range of assistive technology to make day-to-day tasks more manageable
    • But what is Assistive Technology? www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby
      • Assistive Technology (AT) is any product or service designed to enable independence for disabled and older people
      • (Source: user group consultation at the King’s fund in 2001)
      • This term is useful for those in the know, but unfortunately not everyone understands what it means
      • Technology doesn’t have to be complex
      AT
    • A few examples… www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby
    • www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby Ikea The battle of the bland…
      • Ugly, clinical looking AT = DEPRESSING
      • Grateful for fact helped me to keep independence
      • Frustrated as home looked more and more like a hospital
      • Surely this CAN’T be the way it has to be…
      • Looked for alternative mainstream products that did same job
      • Very aware of fact people benefit from learning, as well as support of others with similar experiences
    • Doing my little bit… www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby
      • From experiences and learning, decided to set up
      • online community
      • Platform to share experiences and views on AT
      • Raising awareness of need to improve both functionality and aesthetics
      • Result was Enabled by Design:
      • A community of people passionate about those well designed products that make day-to-day tasks that little bit easier. By sharing their loves, hates and ideas, Enabled by Design-ers challenge the one-size-fits-all approach to assistive equipment through the use of clever modern design.
      Twitter
    • www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby
    • www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby And now for the psychology bit… How does AT make you feel?
    • And now for the psychology bit cont’d… www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby
      • Not everyone feels this way
      • Some people don’t care what it looks like, as long as it does the job
      • But for those that do, these feelings provide barrier to using AT
      • Not using AT when needed can resullt in lower standard of living/level of safety
      • Using AT but feeling this way can lower self-esteem and emotional well-being
      • Use of AT often marks change in circumstances
      • Being surrounded by AT can be a constant reminder of this
      • Change perceptions of AT by mainstreaming
      • products to “normalise” them through
      • universal/inclusive design
      • Emphasis on products/gadgets that help to
      • make life easier, rather than AT. Language is
      • important!
      • Although functionality is paramount, form and
      • aesthetics are important too!
      • Transforming AT into must-have desirable objects will help to remove stigma
      • Above points important, but mustn’t lose sight that choice, quality and value for money must be high on agenda
      www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby So what’s the answer? OXO
    • Any questions? Thank you for listening!  www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby
    • You can contact me here: [email_address] @enabledby www.enabledbydesign.org www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby