Design for Extreme Poverty and Disability

Author:
Bjarki Hallgrimsson, Carmen Liu, Ruby Hadley
Company/School:
School of Industrial Design, Carleton University

DESIGN FOR EXTREME POVERTY AND DISABILITY:
A SOCIAL INNOVATION PROJECT CASE STUDY IN RURAL UGANDA

Bjarki Hallgrimsson / Carmen Liu / Ruby Hadley
School of Industrial Design, Carleton University

In terms of extreme poverty, perhaps no plight is higher than for people with disabilities (PWDs). This paper outlines and discusses the motivations, methods, outcomes and conclusions of a yearlong project teaming design faculty and students with disability advocates and an NGO to provide more innovative and useful products and services for people with disabilities in one of the poorest regions of Uganda. The focus of the project is to use a collaborative co-design process that involves a multitude of international stakeholders and supporters including universities, advocacy groups, NGO’s and manufacturers. Another key aspect is the focus on local manufacturing and prototyping so that ideas can be explored locally and with end user input, while building capacity.

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