Enabled by Design: a dot org start up!

<>

<>

**STOP PRESS: EXCITING NEWS FOR ENABLED BY DESIGN**

As of today, we are officially a ‘dot org’ social start up!

Marking an important new chapter in the Enabled by Design story, today sees the launch of the Innovation Exchange’s Next Practice programme. EbD and 13 other third sector innovation projects have been chosen to work with the Innovation Exchange and develop our work, taking them on to the next level. Sat within the Independent Living half of the programme, Innovation Exchange will provide us with business coaching and access to related networks, some tailored support around our needs as a business, and also a helping hand with some seed investment through NESTA‘s Innovation Exchange Fund.

We’re extremely excited to be given a helping hand to move things on to the next level. Its hard to believe its only just over 7 months now since we took part in (and won!) the first ever Social Innovation Camp – but equally amazing is how much you can fit into a short space of time. Since the Camp, we’ve been awarded level 1 funding from UnLtd which has allowed us to work with cutting edge organisations such as Headshift (social software) and ThinkPublic (user involvement) to really focus on getting users to engage with the project. We’ve also spent a lot of time building relationships with key organisations as well as individuals, developed our branding, and more recently even formally established EbD as a company.

We’re really excited about the opportunity the Next Practice programme gives us to focus on some priorities over the next 12-18 months. Most importantly of all we will be working hard to build a strong, interested and engaged community of users and designers around our new site, which is being developed as we speak. Other priorities include continuing to promote the project to a wide and diverse audience of individuals and organisations, champion the notion of universal design and personalisation within the health sector, and forge strong partnerships across a number of organisations that will sustain EbD well beyond the end of the programme.

And finally

We just wanted to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who have helped us on our journey so far. From the place it all began at the Social Innovation Camp, to our funders UnLtd and Innovation Exchange and our partners Headshift, ThinkPublic and Brightone, you and a whole host of other amazing people have given so much support and encouragement we couldn’t have got here without you.

Photographs

We thought what better way to celebrate our start up status than to arrange a photo shoot to capture the essence of Enabled by Design. We’re really pleased with how they’ve turned out and the way they highlight the contrast between assistive equipment and modern stylish homes.

To get the full wow factor, please visit our Flickr site and take a look.

Enabled by Design is grateful to and would like to say a big thank you to:

The Disabled Living Foundation in its assistance with this shoot.

Kitchen show room: P&T Kitchens

Photographers:Emma Wright and Stephanie Smith