Enabled by Design: turning frustration into action

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Enabled by Design: turning frustration into action

  1. 1. www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby Enabled by Design: turning frustration into action
  2. 2. My name’s Denise… www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby Hello! <ul><li>Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosed in 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>MS is a neurological condition that’s unpredictable, variable and different in each case </li></ul><ul><li>My symptoms include: fatigue, weakness, numbness, visual disturbance, poor balance and vertigo </li></ul><ul><li>Use a wide range of assistive equipment </li></ul><ul><li>to make day-to-day tasks more manageable </li></ul>
  3. 3. A few examples… www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby
  4. 4. www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby Ikea The battle of the bland… <ul><li>Ugly, clinical looking assistive equipment = DEPRESSING </li></ul><ul><li>Grateful for fact helped me to keep independence </li></ul><ul><li>Frustrated as home looked more and more like a hospital </li></ul><ul><li>Surely this CAN’T be the way it has to be… </li></ul><ul><li>Looked for alternative mainstream products that did same job </li></ul><ul><li>Very aware of fact people benefit from learning, as well as support of others with similar experiences </li></ul>
  5. 5. Doing my little bit… www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby <ul><li>From experiences and learning, decided to set up </li></ul><ul><li>online community </li></ul><ul><li>Platform to share experiences and views on </li></ul><ul><li>assistive equipment, as well as useful products that </li></ul><ul><li>make life easier </li></ul><ul><li>Raising awareness of need to improve both functionality and aesthetics </li></ul><ul><li>Result was Enabled by Design : </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>Twitter
  6. 6. www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby
  7. 7. Turning my idea into reality… www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby <ul><li>Having an idea is only the beginning </li></ul><ul><li>How do you transform idea into something more tangible? </li></ul><ul><li>Extremely lucky to have help and support of Social Innovation (SI) Camp team and community </li></ul><ul><li>Entered idea for Enabled by Design and was shortlisted to take part </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes: proof of concept, first prize, access to networks, building community, funding, increased profile and media coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Interested in finding out more about the Social Innovation Camp story? Pop into our session at 12pm to say hello : ) </li></ul>SI Camp
  8. 8. Any questions? Thank you for listening!  www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby
  9. 9. You can contact me here: [email_address] @enabledby www.enabledbydesign.org www .enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby

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