Mind Mapping & Creative Thinking

November 30, 2007

Designing to enable access for all.

Filed under: Design Technology — Editor @ 9:10 am

Since the recent legislation about access for all (Disability and Discrimination Act) all organisations have had to take great care to ensure that everything that they offer is accessible by everyone.

Imagine you are a furniture company who specialises in office furniture, what are the kinds of things that you are going to have to take into consideration?

Are the needs of a wheelchair bound user different from others?

·         Height

·         Width

·         Depth

·         Anything that might restrict access under the workstation surface

Cables, leads, equipment etc.

·         Any equipment mounted under or above the desk surface must be accessible

Do you know anyone who uses a wheelchair? Maybe you could ask them about access issues. Maybe you have had to be a wheelchair because you hurt yourself or became injured, do you remember any problems that you faced?

What changes to the designs might need to be included?

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