This fast-paced, hands-on workshop will focus on how to use design thinking to help design public spaces that support greater independence for people with a disability. Participants will “sprint” from starting with a real or perceived barrier to developing an idea to address it in just 90 minutes. Each participant will walk away with a new understanding of the design process and how it might support different development paradigms in the public realm — plus a real idea of their own to put this into action.
This workshop will be facilitated by the civic design nonprofit Our City in partnership with the Assistive Tech Challenge. The Assistive Tech Challengeis a business pitch competition hosted by DMC Discovery Square to facilitate greater independence for individuals with disabilities and the daily challenges they face. Ideas that emerge from the workshop will be well-prepared to submit to the Challenge.
About the Assistive Tech Challenge
The Assistive Tech Challenge is a pitch competition presented by Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square in collaboration with The Arc Minnesota Southeast Region, and the disABILITY Mayo Clinic Employee Resource Group to facilitate greater independence for individuals with disabilities and the daily challenges they face. The Assistive Tech Challenge seeks solutions to:
Alleviating barriers to employement
Reducing the need for and/or easing the demands of direct support on care providers
Developing social skills that better enable people with and without disabilities to interact and cultivate meaningful relationships; and
Improving access to the community through public infrastructure