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Assistive Technology and Design

  1. 1. Enabled by Design: the who, what and why www blog: twitter: College of Occupational Therapists: 8 th February 2011
  2. 2. My name’s Denise… www blog: twitter: Hello! <ul><li>Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosed in 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>MS is a neurological condition that’s </li></ul><ul><li>unpredictable, variable and different in each case </li></ul><ul><li>Symptoms include: fatigue, weakness, numbness, visual disturbance, poor balance and vertigo </li></ul><ul><li>Use wide range of assistive equipment to make day-to-day tasks more manageable </li></ul>
  3. 3. Plastic not so fantastic… www blog: twitter:
  4. 4. www blog: twitter: 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/similar 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 blog: twitter: Twitter <ul><li>From experiences and learning, decided to </li></ul><ul><li>set up online community </li></ul><ul><li>Platform to share experiences and views on </li></ul><ul><li>assistive equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Raising awareness of need to improve both </li></ul><ul><li>functionality and aesthetics </li></ul><ul><li>Result was Enabled by Design </li></ul>
  6. 6. A community of people passionate about those well designed everyday products that help to 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. Definition of Enabled by Design… www blog: twitter: EbD
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  9. 9. Society Guardian: Style counsel (front page) – 18 th March 2009 Guardian supplement – Social pioneers: Playtime for ideas – 18 th March 2009 Disability Now: Designs for living (web watch feature) – May 2009 Disability Product News: Looking good (double page spread) – May 2009 Community Care: Website Focus – Enabled by Design – July 2009 Arthritis Care’s No Limits: Design for life – August/September 2009 BBC Technology: Social media ‘could transform public services’ – November 2009 Enabled by Design in the media: <ul><li>www blog: twitter: </li></ul>EbD What we’re proud of… <ul><li>www blog: twitter: </li></ul>Society Guardian <ul><li>Featured in following publications/websites: Society Guardian, Guardian supplement - Social pioneers, MS Society’s MS Matters, Disability Now, Disability Product News, Community Care, Arthritis Care’s No Limits, BBC Technology and Design Week </li></ul><ul><li>Awards and nominations </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking at events/conferences about our work </li></ul><ul><li>Case study on Enabled by Design produced by NCVO </li></ul><ul><li>“ We are Enabled by Design” event </li></ul>
  10. 10. Add bringing online and offline together slide!!! Bringing on and offline together… www blog: twitter: We are EbD We are Enabled by Design event held at Design Museum, London in June 2010
  11. 11. Community member Denise Walbrugh says… www blog: twitter: Enabled by Design-er “ Enabled by Design has been a real beacon of how things should be, kit-wise and attitude-wise too, and has helped me a lot, as I’m sure it has others”.
  12. 12. Enabled by Design’s ethos www blog: twitter: It’s time we start recognising people for being just that, people and move away from ill-informed stereotypes often applied to ageing and disability Our ethos: “ We believe the world is made up of people who have a range of abilities, each person having their own personal strengths and qualities. We’re passionate about harnessing these strengths to empower people to live as independently as possible.” Stereo- types
  13. 13. Design for All (DfA) www blog: twitter: Design for All (DfA) is a design philosophy targeting the use of products, services and systems by as many people as possible without the need for adaptation. 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 disabilities
  14. 14. Accessibility for the Masses www blog: twitter: By mainstreaming accessibility, this can help to remove any stigma attached to independent living products, while making people's lives that bit easier and in turn more manageable. For us, Design for All means accessibility for the masses. Mainstreaming accessibility
  15. 15. Innovative Products? www blog: twitter: Folding plug <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>What are they? </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I find them? </li></ul><ul><li>How much do they cost? </li></ul><ul><li>Are they any good? </li></ul><ul><li>Answers? </li></ul><ul><li>Lying if said knew all the answers </li></ul><ul><li>So? </li></ul><ul><li>Advice would be… </li></ul>
  16. 16. Inspiration is all around you… www blog: twitter: Where’s yours? <ul><li>Not just OT catalogue, but also: </li></ul><ul><li>Friends, family, colleagues and clients </li></ul><ul><li>Websites including blogs, social media sites and ecommerce </li></ul><ul><li>Shops </li></ul><ul><li>Catalogues </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers and magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Television </li></ul><ul><li>List is endless </li></ul>
  17. 17. What the future holds for Enabled by Design… www blog: twitter: Our future plans <ul><li>New website – four sections: </li></ul><ul><li>Share, Hack, Shop and Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Improved accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Improved user experience </li></ul><ul><li>Social media integration </li></ul><ul><li>Affiliate marketplace with product reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Lowering barriers to getting community involved </li></ul>
  18. 18. Enabled by Design needs YOU!!! www blog: twitter: OTs <ul><li>Get involved by: </li></ul><ul><li>Helping to spread the word by telling people about us </li></ul><ul><li>Joining us on Facebook and Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing your own Loves, Hates & Ideas on Enabled by Design website </li></ul>
  19. 19. www blog: twitter: Any questions ? Thank you for listening!
  20. 20. Where to find us: www blog: twitter: Website: Facebook: Twitter: @enabledby or Email: [email_address]