By : wadeindia | 28 Aug 2018 | WADe DISCUSSION TOPICS 0 0
TOPIC : OPENING MINDS TO UNIVERSAL DESIGN THINKING– IN THE SHOES OF A DIFFERENTLY ABLED
Universal Design is an inclusive concept and design approach that caters to the needs of diverse kinds of user groups in the society irrespective of their differences and abilities to maximize usability of products, services and the built environment to the broader spectrum of users.
The workshop aims to sensitize and introduce to the participants the concept of ‘Universal Design’ or ‘Design-for-All’, a relatively new design paradigm that extends far beyond the bias on the able-bodied or a hypothetical “average / normal” user by giving a first-hand experience of disability through a simulation/role play exercise.
The participants of the workshop are placed in the role of a person with disability (physical and sensory) by moving around the premises using assistive aids and tools, such as wheelchairs, blindfolds, white canes, partial vision glasses etc. They observe and register barriers, obstacles, enabling features, degree of ease of use as well as their experiences which are eye-opening in nature and insightful. The experience will then be represented by creating a Cognitive Map, depicting one’s emotions, impressions, observations and realizations.
Going through such a simulation will immensely add to the understanding of the importance and nuances of Designing for needs of People with Disabilities.It will also increase the participants’ self-awareness w.r.t. senses other than vision and the merits of designing amultisensory environment.
Workshop conceptualized and conducted by :
Prof. Kavita Murugkar
Universal Design Proponent, Activist, Researcher and Consultant
Head, Universal Design Research and Training Centre @ BNCA
Email id : firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile : 09767439947
Date : 31st Aug 2018; Time : 3:00 PM (Post Lunch)
Venue: Hotel Pullman, Aerocity, New Delhi
Last date of Registration: 29th Aug 2018, 5 pm
While filling the form, select ‘Interested in: UNIVERSAL DESIGN WORKSHOP’
Note: Delegates who have already registered for WADe Asia and are interested in this workshop please send us your confirmation ticket number ( e.g. UNIVERSAL DESIGN WORKSHOP [ Your Registration ID ] ) at email@example.com or +91-9650149801. You will be added to the workshop attendees list.
At the same time, Workshop Registration also allows one to attend Two days of WADe Asia Conference on the 31st Aug & 1st Sept.