Design for disability comes in to focus -

Design for disability comes in to focus

LONDON — Disability organisation, Scope, has bought together a range of members to develop a Centre for Inclusive Technology and Design (CITD) which will help major companies put inclusion at the center of their product and service design processes.

The Department of Trade and Industry has awarded funding for the CITD to undertake a two month pilot to work with 8 companies, auditing their key products and developing training packages for senior management. CITD will then go on to raise awareness and skills amongst corporations throughout the UK through consultation, research and training.

David Alcock, the business project manager, at Scope said, “We believe that good design includes as many people as possible, and that this needs to be part of the design process. The aim of the ‘Centre for Inclusive Technology and Design’ is to work with partners from the design world and to act as a catalyst for major change in the way products and services are designed. We welcome the new British Standard, and thank the DTI for their support in helping make our vision a reality.”

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has also launched a ‘Inclusive design’ standard to provide a benchmark of accessibility for the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 which has come in to full force and which means that products and services need to become accessible to disabled people.

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