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Inclusive Design: A Change in Perspective

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A presentation given at the York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee Forum

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Inclusive Design: A Change in Perspective

  1. 1. Jess Mitchell Inclusive Design Research Centre OCAD University, Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee Forum York Regional Municipality May, 2017 Inclusive Design: A Change in Perspective
  2. 2. What is Inclusive Design
  3. 3. 3 Principles of Inclusive Design 1. Recognize diversity and uniqueness 2. Use an inclusive process & inclusive tools 3. Have a broader beneficial impact
  4. 4. Sitting at the Table
  5. 5. About this Table… • Who isn’t here? • Is the table welcoming to all? • Have they been at the table before? • Do they know the culture of the table? • Is the environment the table is in safe, welcoming, open? • How is listening and capturing going to happen at the table? • Do those at the table have real ways to have an impact? Are they empowered to act on what is discussed?
  6. 6. What is Disability?
  7. 7. Mismatch
  8. 8. Inclusive Design/Thinking can solve mismatch Mismatch is solvable Disability is a mismatch All experience mismatch
  9. 9. How can we do inclusive design and inclusive thinking? 1. Recognize diversity and uniqueness 2. Use an inclusive process & inclusive tools 3. Have a broader beneficial impact
  10. 10. Challenge your own implicit biases Empathy | Listening | Curiosity | Learn | Make Mistakes A. Recognize diversity and uniqueness a. Of people b. Of places c. Of contexts d. Of comfort e. Of discomfort Principle 1 + Action
  11. 11. Challenge your own implicit biases Awareness | Perspective | Question Assumptions A. Use an inclusive process & inclusive tools a. Interactions b. Building, room, table, chairs c. Form and Function d. Co-design Principle 2 + Action
  12. 12. Challenge your own implicit biases Awareness | Perspective | Question Assumptions A. Have a broader beneficial impact a. Begin to address biases in ourselves and others b. See beyond the minimum c. Recognize all the DESIGN decisions you make a. Ask: who did you just exclude? Principle 3 + Action
  13. 13. *This* is innovation 1. Recognize diversity and uniqueness 2. Use an inclusive process & inclusive tools 3. Have a broader beneficial impact
  14. 14. Trampoline
  15. 15. Path
  16. 16. Chair
  17. 17. StopGap
  18. 18. Learning
  19. 19. • Twitter: @jesshmitchell • Email: jmitchell@ocadu.ca Contacting Me:
  20. 20. Images used: • Welcome Mat • Flickr Link • Picnic Table • Wikipedia Link • Accessibility images • Wikipedia image link • Wikipedia image link • Wikipedia image link • Wikipedia image link • Square Peg – Round Hole • Flickr Link • Trampoline • Image Link • Path in park • Image Link • Desk Chair Combo • Flickr Image • StopGap Wedge • Image Link
  21. 21. Discussion Questions 1. how are you “accomplishing” or solving for inclusion now? 2. What are practical ways you can approach inclusion differently after today? 3. What are particular areas of inclusion and accessibility you’d like to address that are not changing?

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