A short while ago I was researching for a project where I was designing an inclusive saucepan. After observing my mum, who is a wheelchair user, struggling to use saucepans at home and seeing her anxiety from a fear of dropping hot food I decided I would tackle design exclusion.
Make Gainesville the best place to live and work, courtesy of human-centered design.
From next-gen mobility scooters to bloodstream nanobots, this pop-up exhibition explores how technology can better help an ageing population.
When landscape architect Steve Saling was diagnosed with ALS in 2006, he was determined to live as well as he could. “Our society treats prisoners with more dignity and respect than the chronically disabled,” Saling told CNN. “[They’re] kept alive but with no life.”
Canada’s Man in Motion Rick Hansen says creating a program for celebrating and certifying accessible buildings — patterned on one that certifies buildings for environmental design — could encourage building designers to create more inclusive spaces.
Back in September of 2015, I called my old friend Steve Mahan to invite him on a drive unlike any we’d done before. Steve, who is legally blind, was no stranger to the Google self-driving car project. He had ridden in the driver’s seat of our Prius vehicle in 2012, accompanied by a trained test driver (me) and police escort, and then again in 2014 in a quiet closed parking lot.
Natalie McCarthy was able to get a feel for rowing the Charles River without sight. But the construction-filled streets of Seattle? Those pose a challenge for her and her service dog, Vidal.
Wouter Corvers envisions street infrastructure created for people of all shapes and sizes.
In midsummer, I learned of the death of Laurie Hoirup, a prominent 60-year-old disability rights advocate in California. Laurie drowned in the Sacramento River after a July 4 celebration. She was well-loved and accomplished. She’d served as a chief deputy director of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities for five years and wrote books about living with a disability.
For a long time accessibility and hospitality were worlds apart. Sometimes, that one room for wheelchair users at the end of the hall way, with a terrible view, had only 1 bed.