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Designing for People

Part One: General Questions
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This survey was set up to support an Open University project in March 2008. The project will run until September 2008 - please visit to learn more.
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Everyday life can impose restrictions and barriers on those with disabilities, meaning they are unable to participate fully in society, for example unsuitable equipment or inaccessible buildings.
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Individuals may impose their own restrictions, for example fear of going out, because of a tendency to fall or an allergy.
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Traditional design processes have tended to overlook disabled people, however these groups are not an insignificant minority and represent an important target market.
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Very few ‘disabled product’ manufacturers ever take design into consideration; they are normally ugly pieces of equipment too.
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Disabled people should be consulted in the design process, so that products that are designed specifically for them, are suitable for their needs.
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'Good design enables, bad design disables' - designers should therefore strive to develop desirable products for the widest possible audience, regardless of ability and consult all people when creating their designs.
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