About this Workshop
We’re all disabled at some point in our lives - whether it’s permanently, temporarily or situationally. And we’ve all benefited from solutions that were originally designed for someone with different abilities, from electric toothbrushes to wheelchair ramps.
Inclusive design is about designing to include others who aren’t in your environment or situation. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how we can explore diversity to create solutions that remove barriers and work well for as many people as possible.
With this workshop, which includes practical exercises, you will:
- understand principles of inclusive design
- understand and experience methods for inclusive design
- identify how you can incorporate inclusive design principles within your work
We will explain how our design decisions affect everyone cognitively, for better or worse. We will then give some practical design tips for making products better for everyone, and particularly people with cognitive impairments.
About the Speakers
I work for AbilityNet as an accessibility and usability consultant and have worked on a wide variety of projects (with services including strategy, research, training and testing) for clients including Barclays, Lego, HSBC and BT.
In teams I’ve worked with - from SMEs to global corporates - I emphasise the importance of inclusive design and why it is essential to integrate it from the inception of a project. This includes best research and design practice, using guidelines, standards and pattern libraries; and considering inclusive design as integral to effective UX.
I have a keen interest in emerging technology and trends and delivered some talks on inclusive VR last year. Outside of work, I love attending concerts and am quite a serious inline hockey player.
Dr. Madeleine Pritchard is a speech and language therapist and research fellow at City University of London. She works primarily with adults with aphasia, a language disability following stroke, and is particularly interested in how we use language and cognitive skills to carry out everyday activities, such as sharing stories. Madeleine has published work on how speakers with and without language disabilities use everyday language, communication and reading.
In her spare time, Madeleine is a keen runner and competes at county level. She also loves reading and music.