In recent years, the fashion industry has made attempts to address the lack of fashionable and functional products for disabled people, a traditionally under-served community, with adaptive designs such as magnetic closures and easy-to-zip pieces.
Wegmans is rolling out new carts that better support children with certain special needs. The Firefly GoTo Shop cart is designed for children ages 2 to 8 or up to 77 pounds who need extra head and upper-body support.
Aaron Philip’s life has been transformed by becoming the first black, trans, disabled model to sign for a major agency. Since joining the renowned Elite Model Management last September, the 17-year-old has shot editorial for i-D magazine and been named in Teen Vogue’s “21 Under 21,” among much else.
Whether you’re creating services, physical products, or software, inclusive design is essential. Inclusive design means making products accessible to, and usable by, as many people as possible. Voice user interfaces (VUIs) are a terrific tool for accomplishing this goal.
On Wednesday, the Oregon Zoo announced that it is now a certified sensory-inclusive facility. That means it will be a more welcoming place for families who have kids with autism or other sensory-sensitive conditions.
Tracey Proudlock from Proudlock Associates – the award-winning disability and inclusive design consultants – talks to us about inclusive design, how it is letting down disabled people and what can be done better.
Universal design has been part of Norway’s national policies and strategies for more than 15 years and is preferred to the traditional approach of accessibility for people with disabilities in public environments.
Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.