Making design inclusive – disability awareness for architects
The challenges of designing a building easily accessible to people with a disability was the focus of an event held in Dubai.
Dom Smith, 29, is the founder of the UK-based group Disabled Entrepreneurs and has first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced as he has cerebral palsy
He visited the city to talk at the premises of OFIS – a company championing inclusive design products.
Smith said: “It is our job to raise that awareness, so what we do is ask architects to consider things such as a ramp for wheelchair users and a working space that is flexible enough to accommodate individual needs. We want to inspire designers to get creative within their budgets.
“But I am never going to go to an architect and say ‘you are doing your job wrong’. Also I feel that everyone, whoever they are, has desire to help people, especially those with a disability. Our work is about unlocking that feeling.”