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No stigma!

How to design accessible products without carrying any estigma about disabilities?

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What problem does your idea solve?

Pay attention for products and services serve a market segment without make users feel stigmatized/excluded

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Basically, every human being likes to feel good, included, belonging, right? And what if a product/service with all good intentions to be accessible reinforces stigma towards its users? Would the potential clients feel comfortable dealing with such stigma? An insight I had while reading some months ago the book Universal Design- The HUMBLES Method for User-Centered Business , written by Francesc Aragall. Is your product universally designed to pay attention for all the needs that may appear along its using? Or does it make the potential users feeling awkward? Is adaptable according to users' needs? Is it possible to change according to what the user wants? Such a trick challenge when designing for special needs. Strategies for satisfy users bring up different approaches. People have more dimensions (socially, phisically, mentally, economically, cultural, etc.) than what we usually imagine.

Who benefits?

Users feeling not stigmatized amd designers being oriented when developing products/services

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You are walking on the right path as many decision makers and planner as well designers of public  and non public building and other service delivery system do not priority the need of disabled society. Therefore to advocacy for the society demanding their right from stigma is the right approach.  We need to keep our efforts to raise the awareness of stakeholders to face these challenges. 

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