Enabled by design

Aesthetic assistive equipment


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GB United Kingdom
Web http://enabledbydesign.org/


About the project Edit

Enabled by Design is a community of people passionate about well-designed everyday products. By sharing their loves, hates and ideas, Enabled by Design-ers challenge the one-size-fits-all approach to assistive equipment through the use of clever modern design. Enabled by Design was inspired by co-founder Denise Stephens' experiences following her diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2003. Having suffered a series of disabling relapses and hospital admissions, Denise was assessed by an Occupational Therapist (OT) and given a range of assistive equipment to help her to be as independent as possible. Although this equipment made a huge difference to her life, she became frustrated as her home started to look more and more like a hospital.

In April 2008, Enabled by Design was chosen to take part in the first ever Social Innovation Camp. A weekend long competition, Social Innovation Camp brings together people with ideas of how to solve specific social issues, with web developers, designers and those with business expertise to develop online solutions to real world challenges. Enabled by Design won the first prize.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

It is a creative way to use the power of crowdsourcing to discuss solutions to independent living that are not just practical but stylish too.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The idea for Enabled by Design is to make assistive equipped more accessible to people but also to make it more aesthetically pleasing and to actually meet individual’s needs.

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