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AM: The Future event at Loughborough University on 6 July 2011

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    • Assistive Technology: The FutureAdditive Manufacturing: The Future – 6th July 2011 www.enabledbydesign.org




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    • Hello!My name’s Denise…• 
Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis(MS) diagnosed in 2003•  Neurological condition –unpredictable, variable & different ineach case•  Symptoms: fatigue, weakness,numbness, visual disturbance, poorbalance & vertigo•  Use wide range of assistivetechnology to make day-to-day tasksmore manageable www.enabledbydesign.org




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    • AT
But what is AssistiveTechnology?• 
Assistive Technology (AT) is any productor service designed to enableindependence for disabled & older people(Source: user group consultation at the King’s Fund in 2001)•  Term useful for those in know, butunfortunately not everyone understandswhat it means•  Technology doesn’t have to be complex www.enabledbydesign.org




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    • Plastic not sofantastic… www.enabledbydesign.org




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    • Maggie Winchcombe OBE, FCOT“When I was looking back OTover old OT journals fromthe 1970s, I was shocked tosee adverts for products thathaven’t changed in nearly 40years”•  One of UK’s leading occupationaltherapists (OTs), qualified in 1973•  Fellow of College of OT (2006) &awarded OBE (2007) www.enabledbydesign.org




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    • IkeaThe battle of the bland…• 
Ugly, clinical looking assistive equipment= DEPRESSING•  Grateful helped to keep independence•  Frustrated as home looked more likehospital•  Surely this CAN’T be the way it has to be…•  Looked for alternative mainstreamproducts that did same/similar job•  Aware people can benefit from learning &support of others with similar experiences www.enabledbydesign.org




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




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    • Definition of Enabled by Design… EbDEnabled by Design:A community of peoplepassionate about well designedeveryday products and services.We believe that good design cansupport people to live asindependently as possible byhelping to make day-to-day tasksthat little bit easier. 
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    • Design for All (DfA) Design philosophy targeting use of products, services & systems by as many people as possible without need for adaptation. •  Design for human diversity, social inclusion & equality. •  Closely related to Inclusive & Universal Design •  Result: Products & services suitable for general public including older people & people with disabilities •  Important note: One design can never truly be accessible to all, so important to know audience & needswww.enabledbydesign.org




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    • Accessibility for the Masses Mainstreaming accessibility: •  Remove stigma attached to independent living products •  Make peoples lives bit easier & more manageable Mainstreaming accessibilitywww.enabledbydesign.org




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    • Opportunities & Challenges Zimmer•  Total UK market estimated £1.46 framebillion in 2008 & growing each year•  Sales in UK increased by 92.6% overlast 10 years•  AT market stagnant after years ofstate provision•  Little/no innovation, current serviceprovision gives no impetus for change•  Stigma of “traditional” AT www.enabledbydesign.org




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    • Opportunities & Challenges cont’d•  Ageing population Baby•  Baby boomer generation boomersunwilling to accept current offering•  Mainstreaming accessibility•  Customising products toindividual tastes & need•  Important considerations: form,function, quality, reliability,perception & value for money www.enabledbydesign.org




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    • The Future of AT… Design•  Always a need for specialist AT for All•  Move away from one-size-fits-all•  Products made easier to use throughDesign for All & customisation•  Mainstreamed accessibility•  Retail rather than state provision•  Greater choice & availability•  Affordable, quality & desirable productsthat support independent living www.enabledbydesign.org




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    • The Role of Technology•  Exciting potential for additive AMmanufacturing in this field•  Huge scope for customisation ofmainstream products to improve accessibility•  Ability to customise more “traditional” AT,helping to improve functionality & removestigma•  Channel to produce niche products or ones that don’t currently exist•  Don’t forget role of technology based resources: onlinecommunities, social media, crowdsourcing, hacking etc www.enabledbydesign.org




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    • Volaris S7 Rollator Road Test•  Product review added by Volarisretailer to EbD website S7•  Prefer community to reviewproducts/services featured onour site•  Contacted retailer who agreedto supply one for test drive &review•  Find out what our test driverthought here:http://vimeo.com/7327090 www.enabledbydesign.org




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    • Questions ? Thank you for listening!www.enabledbydesign.org




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    • Where to find us:Website: http://enabledbydesign.org/Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/enabledbydesignTwitter: @enabledbyorEmail: denise@enabledbydesign.org www.enabledbydesign.org




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