Guest Post: The Barrier Free Mission

Design With the Future In Mind

Todd A. StullThis Guest Post is brought to you by Todd A. Stull, President of Alone Eagle Remodeling, LLC.  Alone Eagle Remodeling is a specialty Bathroom Remodeling Contractor in the Harrisburg, PA area.

With more than 15 years of experience in the bathroom remodeling business as an employee, installer and now a business owner, I have come to recognize and understand how specialized this type of remodeling can be. Handicap bathroom remodeling is very detailed and case sensitive that will vary from a handicapped individual to a senior citizen that is planning to age in place. Linear Drain Shower Design

These specialized aspects became personal when I met my wife, Erika, who has three daughters, one of whom is disabled. Alexis was born prematurely, diagnosed with a form of Cerebral Palsy, with developmental delays. Alexis has been truly blessed in life by beating the two-week life expectancy given by the doctors. My wife and I…

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PIONEERING DESIGN HELPS DEMENTIA SUFFERERS

…the latest thinking in dementia care.

Architecture, Design & Innovation

St Catherines View in Winchester opened in May 2012 – its design reflecting the latest thinking in dementia care.

The Colten Care home is set out in five house groups, each one catering for different levels of dementia and providing the right blend of calm and stimulation for each resident.

Thoughtful interior design is evident throughout, allowing the greatest possible independence for residents.  Colten Developments adopted the highest standards of building, fixtures and fittings throughout and Vicaima’s Classic Oak doors were integral to their design.  There are en-suite wet rooms in all bedrooms, and hydrotherapy spa baths in each of the five house groups.

A variety of themed rooms has also been carefully designed to inspire and stimulate residents.  They include a World Travel room where residents can reflect on where they have lived and travelled. There is also a Wildlife Hide room for viewing birds and other animals in…

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Human-Centered Design Thinking with IDEO.org

To gain insight into the struggles disabled persons face in their day-to-day, the audience divided into teams of three consisting of an observer, a guide, and a disabled person who was either blind or armless. Teams moved about the building to try simple tasks such as drinking water or navigating out of the auditorium. Discussion—and laughter—broke out as the pretend-blind bumped into other participants in the elevator and guides struggled to communicate how to operate the water fountain without hands.

Lifetime Homes

Living map of ageing innovators

lifetimeHomesLogoThe Lifetime Homes Standard was established in the mid-1990s by a group of housing experts to help older people and those with mobility difficulties to live well in any property.
 
Lifetime Homes are ordinary homes incorporating 16 design criteria that can be universally applied to new homes at minimal cost. Good design, in this context, is considered to be design that maximizes utility, independence and quality of life, while not compromising other design issues such as aesthetics or cost effectiveness.
 
Housing that is designed to the Lifetime Homes Standard is convenient for most occupants, including some (but not all) wheelchair users and disabled visitors, without the necessity for substantial alterations. Many local planning policies (e.g. London, Wales and Northern Ireland) already require the Lifetime Homes standard in new developments.
 
For more information: http://www.lifetimehomes.org.uk/pages/lifetime-homes.html

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Adeg 50+ supermarket

Living map of ageing innovators

ADEGLogoIn 2003 the Austrian supermarket chain Adeg opened Europe’s first supermarket specially designed for older people’s needs “Supermarket der Generationen”.
 
Inside the aisles are wider, the lighting is specially calibrated for the sensitive eyes of older people and the floor is non-skid to prevent any potential falls – especially in the rainy seasons. All products are easy to reach and prices easy to read. Magnifiers are mounted by the shelves for people who may have left their glasses at home. Seating areas are provided so that people can take a rest if need be and they can even test their blood pressure for free. Customers can test products to make sure they get what they really want to and staff are trained to respond to the needs of older people. In fact most staff are older people themselves.
 
Adeg’s older friendly store proved a hit with people of…

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GOV.UK Digital Service Design Principles

Build for inclusion one of top 10 principles for gov.uk Digital by Default strategy.

Service Delivery Scenarios

As part of the UK Governments ‘Digital by Default’ strategy for ensuring the delivery of world-class digital public services that meet UK citizens needs, the Government Digital Service (GDS) have created 10 Design principles for an alpha release. They detail how the GDS team are starting to approach building and improving public  gov.uk digital services:

gds service design principles

The following link (https://www.gov.uk/designprinciples) expand on these points in more detail, and it is clear from them that government public services are being designed for digital formats with a very explicit focus on users needs. And not just the needs of those who use the web already, but everyone in the country. These are obviously very positive principles for the design process of a national public service infrastructure that affects such a large audience.

The only downside to these guidelines, is that of principle six:build for inclusion. Building inclusive digital services is a…

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Ed Roberts Campus: Building Community

“Designing for a diverse community is an opportunity to be creative and to open the world for more people.”
–Susan Henderson, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

The Ed Roberts Campus is the first building of its kind in the nation—a non-profit community center serving and celebrating the Independent Living / Disabled Rights Movement. Located at a regional public transit hub in Berkeley, California and integrating advanced strategies of Universal Design and Sustainable Design, the project welcomes and supports people of all abilities.

It Belongs in a Museum

Today was SUNNY finally!!!  We started the day by presenting our lesson plan outline and it seemed to go well.  We’re nearing the end and it all of a sudden seems like it went so fast!

After class, I was privileged enough, to meet with the Director of Accessability. She answered so many questions and offered advice and support. She also inviteded me to another meeting for version 2.0 of the American Stories App. They all asked for my input and for my ideas. I actually got to collaborate with the Smithsonian! And they seem very keen to help the Science Center with our accessibility! I am on cloud nine right now. 😀 The entire seminar has been good, but this was just amazing!

Afterwards I made a quick stop at the NASA and NASM gift shops… and said hello to a few old friends.  I’ll head back to NASM…

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Playable

This is one of those short pieces that shows video-games can be amazing for some people.

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Design at SF State

The academic goals and objectives of the Design Center for Global Needs are to enhance the curriculum development in the Design and Industry Department at San Francisco State University, while stimulating the social awareness and responsibility of our students.

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