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Eoghan O Shea
I am passionate about:
People focused design
MCOS Architects/University of Limerick
I'm an architect with a research interest in people-centred and sustainable design approaches. I completed a PhD in universal design at Trinity College Dublin, and PGDip in sustainable design from the centre of Alternative Technology and I try bring this into my everyday architectural practice. When I can't I think and write about it.
Terms such as "accessibility" are increasing dropped in favour of "inclusive" and "universal", with a corresponding effect on how we view the ethos of "accessibility". What effect can this have on the experience of elections and politics?
Hadn't heard of Ushahidi before, Nat (which, having checked it out a bit more, might sound a bit crazy, and is to my eternal shame!). Thanks for posting this. It could be a great tool for seeing how different places and districts feel toward specific policies, and become a sort of map of "ideas".
Absolutely, like this idea, Paul. At the very least, using the know-how of people with various disabilities in planning the run up to election day would ensure that a wide range of concerns can be met. And having trained representatives from various disability groups present on election day would allow voters with particualar needs to be dealt with in a discreet and unstigmatising manner. In Ireland elections take place on school days and generally in schools that are closed for that day, so the campaign staff are often, unsurprisingly, teachers, who are essentially being paid twice for that day - I think many here would appreciate if the temporary jobs went to some people for whom, as you say (a) the job would be more meaningful and (b) a few extra dollars/euros would go a long way.