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Can mainstream inclusive design reach the needs of people who are not eligible for provision of assistive technology?

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Speaker: Dana Demin is currently researching for a Masters degree in the spell the EDC , following several years as an occupational therapist.

Objective: The presentation will cover the plan for the project as a whole, and work done to date. The primary objective of the seminar is to provide feedback for Dana. Everyone is welcome to come for the whole evening, but attendance is particularly encouraged for all those in the inclusive design and healthcare groups.

Times: 1625 for a 1630 start of talk (attendees are encouraged to bring along a drink of their own choosing) 1700–1710 Short break, with refreshments 1710-1740 Group discussion 1800- If there is sufficient interest, we will have an EDC social dinner at the University Centre.

Abstract: The increasing and aging population demands more inclusive design of mainstream products. This demographic trend has impacted heavily on the ability of health care services to provide the same level of assistive technology equipment as it has done historically.

The Disability Follow up Survey data will be used to predict the number of people in the country whose eligibility for assistive devices is borderline under Fair Access to Care Service guidance. Cluster analysis has generated a set of approximately 30 representative characters from 2500 people with mild to moderate capability loss, as measured by the disability follow up survey database. The cluster analysis will also provide the number of people in the UK represented by each character. Each character will be judged according to their eligibility for care, and the likelihood that this character’s needs could be met through inclusively designed mainstream products.

These characters could also be used to help people’s understanding of the types of capability loss evident within our society, and what types of capability loss often occur together. The characters may also be used to assess the suitability of particular products, or concepts.

This talk is part of the Engineering Design Centre series.

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