Thursday, 3rd of December 2020 marks International Day for People with Disability. While international observances like this are great for celebration and acceptance, they are also important catalysts for thinking and questioning. What are our preconceived notions of disability? How can we be better designing for disability to reach inclusion? How can we think about disability differently?
Today we are launching our project Match/Mismatch to explore these questions. This idea of matching/mismatching is at the core of inclusive design. It rejects the idea disability as a trait, and instead looks at is as a mismatch between human needs and the design features of a product, built environment, system or service.
We spoke to Allan, Rae, Daniel, Coral and Jack to ask how great designs that match their needs have enhanced their lives, and how the mismatches have created unnecessary obstacles.
Take a listen below, get thinking and get questioning!
Happy International Day for People with Disability.
Allan explores the concept of match through his favourite apps, and discusses how ‘modernising’ design can strip access away and create mismatch.
Coral walks us through her technology matches – a purpose-made piece of assistive tech, and a customisable one that you probably have in your hand or pocket right now.
Dan explains how design adaptations to his vehicle have enhanced his community life, and how a simple mismatched design impacts his everyday life.
Rae shares the joy that a program centred around inclusion has brought her.
Jack explores how a simple measure of physical design has matched his needs, and how a flaw in digital design has caused mismatch