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    Design for disability

    Hi everyone!

    I am a first year university student at Leeds studying product design and I am looking to design a product that will help make living with a disability easier.

    Would anyone living with a disability or anyone that knows someone with a disability be able to tell me some of the day to day problems that are encountered (it can be as simple as opening a jar or as complex as driving a car)? Any help would be much appreciated, thank you!

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    Senior Member nukecad's Avatar
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    I'm sure that you can use your imagination to see what is needed.
    That's a big part of product design, imagining for yourself a solution to a problem that no one else may have noticed is a problem.

    To give you a good start take a look at the questions and answers in the 'Ask About Equipment Section' on this forum.

    You'll find lots of problems and proposed solutions, from how to lift a wheelie bin lid if you are in a wheelchair, to how to open and pour a bottle of wine if you cant grip it properly.
    http://www.youreable.com/forums/foru...bout-equipment

    If you can come up with a better solution than what's already on the market, or something new altogether, then you're on a winner.
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    I think the way forward for small things that make5 a difference stem from 'customised design' via 3D-printing.

    If a disabled person finds themselves in a darkened walkway perhaps a LED miniture torch attached to a crutch shaft might be the answer.

    Perhaps a 3D-printed pliable plastic pill box you can keep in your trousers. Or a 3D-Printed coffee cup holder that can attach to a wheelchair frame.

    Perhaps a 3D-printed rubberised grip you can slide onto an existing spoon to give a disabled person a better grip.

    It could be that you design something as a digital template that disabled people can print off at home on a 3D-printer.
    https://manchesterfablab.manufacturi...e/3d-printing/

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