At first glance, a high-tech stair climbing wheelchair might seem like a cool innovation. But for Liz Jackson, it’s another example of what she refers to as “disability dongle.”
In our profiles on the winners of the Universal Design Awards 2019, we focus on Prashant Gade, a young innovator, who has developed a low cost prosthetic arm that is changing the lives of upper limb amputees.
What would the world look like if there was more diversity and inclusion in inventing? Over the past few years, academic research has identified significant disparities in the rate at which people obtain patents.
Since the 1950s, Barbie has come a long way in terms of inclusivity, diversity, and dismantling traditional gender roles. And most recently, the company behind the iconic dolls, Mattel, unveiled its first black barbie to use a wheelchair and it’s garnering tons of support for its inclusive design.
Earlier this month, four current and former players from the U.S. national women’s soccer team launched a lifestyle brand. The brand isn’t about their names, but about their philosophy as players and people who embrace inclusivity and gender-neutral design.
IKEA debuted Omtänksam, which means “thoughtful” in Swedish, in 2017 to bring together comfort, functional assistance and IKEA’s design aesthetic in a series of household goods. At the latest event, the company committed to expanding its accessible products to include items for people with disabilities and illnesses.
With this year’s Pride Month in full swing, we’ve rounded up eight products that you can truly use and wear with pride, from rainbow-printed Nikes to a multicoloured Ercol loveseat.
It’s not just the poorly designed website or stores, or lack of awareness or training that’s problematic for disabled people – it’s also the absence of stylish, professionally-designed quality clothes for disabled bodies.
IKEA is partnering with medical wearables company UNYQ to release a line of gaming accessibility product.
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.