Features Archive

  • Welcome to the all new, singing and dancing Enabled by Design website, metaphorically speaking that is! We’ve been working hard […]

    Enabled by Design gets itself a makeover!

    Welcome to the all new, singing and dancing Enabled by Design website, metaphorically speaking that is! We’ve been working hard […]

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  • The Mobility Roadshow, an annual three day event showcasing mobility and lifestyle products, kicks off on Thursday 30th June at […]

    The Mobility Roadshow Does Design…

    The Mobility Roadshow, an annual three day event showcasing mobility and lifestyle products, kicks off on Thursday 30th June at […]

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  • This is certainly the question on the lips of a country going through the biggest overhaul of its welfare system […]

    To be or not to be: “Fit for work”?

    This is certainly the question on the lips of a country going through the biggest overhaul of its welfare system […]

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  • I have to admit, I’ve been meaning to register with MedicAlert® (AKA @MedicAlertUK) for quite some time now. It’s no excuse (I […]

    MedicAlert®: Jewellery that can save lives…

    I have to admit, I’ve been meaning to register with MedicAlert® (AKA @MedicAlertUK) for quite some time now. It’s no excuse (I […]

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  • Last week I was avidly following cryptic 140 character messages on Twitter announcing that Tourism for All (AKA @tourismforalluk) would be holding a […]

    OpenBritain: A to Z of Accessible Britain Online & Off

    Last week I was avidly following cryptic 140 character messages on Twitter announcing that Tourism for All (AKA @tourismforalluk) would be holding a […]

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  • <p>Last week I had the rather lovely opportunity to speak at an event run by the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) looking at assistive technology and design. On arriving, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that I'd been billed on the agenda as the keynote opening, so no pressure there then! ; )<p/>
<p>But before I tell you all about the event, I thought a good starting point would be to explain what we mean when talking about assistive technology...<p/>

    Event: Assistive Technology and Design

    Last week I had the rather lovely opportunity to speak at an event run by the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) looking at assistive technology and design. On arriving, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that I'd been billed on the agenda as the keynote opening, so no pressure there then! ; )

    But before I tell you all about the event, I thought a good starting point would be to explain what we mean when talking about assistive technology...

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  • <p>Enabled by Design is proud to support the One Month Before Heartbreak campaign. The brainchild of The Broken of Britain (AKA @BrokenOfBritain), which describes itself as a "non-party political campaign providing advocacy for physically & mentally disabled people of Great Britain and carers." By sharing the stories of people whose lives are affected by disability, they aim to protest against the swingeing cuts to disability related benefits and services being proposed.<p/>
<p>We'd just like to say a very big WELL DONE to our team mate Kaliya Franklin (AKA @BendyGirl) and her Broken of Britain crew for putting in the time, energy and hard work to make this happen. We really do appreciate it!!!<p/>
<p>It's so important to make each and every person's voice heard, together we can make a difference!<p/>

    One Month Before Heartbreak: Disability cuts come to the crunch

    Enabled by Design is proud to support the One Month Before Heartbreak campaign. The brainchild of The Broken of Britain (AKA @BrokenOfBritain), which describes itself as a "non-party political campaign providing advocacy for physically & mentally disabled people of Great Britain and carers." By sharing the stories of people whose lives are affected by disability, they aim to protest against the swingeing cuts to disability related benefits and services being proposed.

    We'd just like to say a very big WELL DONE to our team mate Kaliya Franklin (AKA @BendyGirl) and her Broken of Britain crew for putting in the time, energy and hard work to make this happen. We really do appreciate it!!!

    It's so important to make each and every person's voice heard, together we can make a difference!

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  • <p>Do you use voice recognition software or keyboard navigation (ie. do not use a hand held mouse) or live with colour blindness  and live within one hour of London? Are you interested in giving feedback on your experiences of using websites? Are you available during August/September? If so, this opportunity might be right up your street.<p/>
<p>Our contact, her name's Kath by the way, is friendly, flexible and happy to meet somewhere that's mutually convenient for each feedback session. A session is likely to last an hour or so and you will receive £50 to thank you for your help and time. Interested? Then please read on...<p/>

    Experts Wanted (and yes, that does mean you)!

    Do you use voice recognition software or keyboard navigation (ie. do not use a hand held mouse) or live with colour blindness and live within one hour of London? Are you interested in giving feedback on your experiences of using websites? Are you available during August/September? If so, this opportunity might be right up your street.

    Our contact, her name's Kath by the way, is friendly, flexible and happy to meet somewhere that's mutually convenient for each feedback session. A session is likely to last an hour or so and you will receive £50 to thank you for your help and time. Interested? Then please read on...

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  • <p>Follow what happened on the ... " title="We are Enabled by Design – Design Museum, 17th June 2010" />

    We are Enabled by Design – Design Museum, 17th June 2010

    Follow what happened on the "We are Enabled by Design" event live blog here:

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  • <p>What happens when you already own a product that you either find uncomfortable or difficult to use? Rather than throwing it away or burying it in the cupboard under the stairs, why not have a go at "hacking" and see what you come up with...<p/>
<p>For those of you not already in the know, "hacking" is just another word for modifying an object in some way, be it to make it easier to use, look pretty, improve its functionality or make repairs. This is where sugru comes in...<p/>
<p>Sugru is a bit like modeling clay, but here's the clever bit, it cures overnight at room temperature to become a tough, flexible silicone and is perfect for "hacking".<p/>
<p>Here at Enabled by Design HQ we love the idea of sugru and are particularly interested in how it can be used to make things easier and safer for people to use.<p/>

    Enabled by Design introduces sugru…

    What happens when you already own a product that you either find uncomfortable or difficult to use? Rather than throwing it away or burying it in the cupboard under the stairs, why not have a go at "hacking" and see what you come up with...

    For those of you not already in the know, "hacking" is just another word for modifying an object in some way, be it to make it easier to use, look pretty, improve its functionality or make repairs. This is where sugru comes in...

    Sugru is a bit like modeling clay, but here's the clever bit, it cures overnight at room temperature to become a tough, flexible silicone and is perfect for "hacking".

    Here at Enabled by Design HQ we love the idea of sugru and are particularly interested in how it can be used to make things easier and safer for people to use.

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