Design Assignment – Evaluating Accessibility

 

A facility can be considered accessible when it is utilised to its utmost, and desired extent. From the sleekest products, to the most massive of spaces, all can have accessibility concerns that must be dealt with to retain an important aspect of design; Inclusiveness.

While making spaces accessible to the specially-abled is essential, it must be given due importance that accessibility is a part of the process, and not the process as a whole. Accesibility, in design should be a primary and subconscious effort, not a secondary effort made to meet established guidelines by the legislation.

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The first design task in this semester, the group assignment focused on conducting an evaluation of the college campus, with each group assigned a specific zone/ building to cover. What was asked for was to conduct an audit without a checklist; through simulation, and roleplaying exercises, a unique approach that would yield better results, and give one an empathic, not sympathetic understanding of what it is like to be specially-abled, and how design should evolve around it.

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Through the exercise methodology the group reached consensus to categorise first – the specially abled, then evaluate so as to how they might face accessibility problems in the area. The categories discussed are:

  • Motor Impairment
  • Appendage Impairment
  • Vissual Impairment

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