The increasing awareness of social diversity has attracted the interest and attention of designers who more than ever before have started to design solutions aimed at enabling everyone to obtain increased independence for performing everyday tasks. The inclusive design approach has been largely applied in adaptive sports, to improve levels of functioning in daily living activities, increase physical capability, physiological capacity, levels of employment, social status and sense of belonging. Designing for inclusiveness is a complex and challenging activity that requires the adoption of a specific inclusive design process to create human-centred solutions based on user desire and needs. The paper shows the inclusive design process adopted to support a design team to identify the inclusive requirements for designing a climbing wall for rehabilitation that considers children’s diversity. This process is presented through a project whose aim is to use the climbing sport as a tool for recreational rehabilitation for children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). The inclusive design approach enables to involve in the design process the CP children and all the relevant actors that deals with their rehabilitation and the climbing sport: the children family, physiotherapists, climbing instructors, professional climbers, and the project researchers. This allowed to identify the design requirement by broadly and deeply considering their needs, desires, knowledge, experience and expertise.

An Inclusive Design Approach for Designing an Adaptive Climbing Wall for Children with CP

Canina M. R.;Parise C.;Bruno C.
2021

Abstract

The increasing awareness of social diversity has attracted the interest and attention of designers who more than ever before have started to design solutions aimed at enabling everyone to obtain increased independence for performing everyday tasks. The inclusive design approach has been largely applied in adaptive sports, to improve levels of functioning in daily living activities, increase physical capability, physiological capacity, levels of employment, social status and sense of belonging. Designing for inclusiveness is a complex and challenging activity that requires the adoption of a specific inclusive design process to create human-centred solutions based on user desire and needs. The paper shows the inclusive design process adopted to support a design team to identify the inclusive requirements for designing a climbing wall for rehabilitation that considers children’s diversity. This process is presented through a project whose aim is to use the climbing sport as a tool for recreational rehabilitation for children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). The inclusive design approach enables to involve in the design process the CP children and all the relevant actors that deals with their rehabilitation and the climbing sport: the children family, physiotherapists, climbing instructors, professional climbers, and the project researchers. This allowed to identify the design requirement by broadly and deeply considering their needs, desires, knowledge, experience and expertise.
Proceedings of the 21st Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2021). Volume II: Inclusive Design
978-3-030-74604-9
Adaptive sports
Co-design approach
Inclusive design process
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