When we design for disability, we all benefit - TEDx

"When we design for disability first, you often stumble upon solutions that are better than those when we design for the norm." —Elise Roy, lawyer, artist, human rights advocate


The process of Universal Design has benefited the greater public for decades. Innovations that have come from design thinking are structured to benefit the maximum number of people. This thinking-for-all approach has brought forth the creation of ramps, escalators, and automatic doors.


In this TEDx talk, Elise Roy shares more about design thinking and its positive effects on the disabilities community. After progressively losing her hearing and being classified as profoundly deaf by the age 15, Roy experienced a gradual shift in the ways she interacted with her surrounding environment. Her increasing awareness of accommodation and adjustment, because of her hearing, opened her eyes to the power of design thinking.

As a speaker and human rights advocate, Roy expresses the significant need for this type of innovation, as it expands our creativity as inventors, demonstrates inclusivity for those with differing abilities, and provides opportunities for those with disabilities to be the innovators of future designs—designs that will benefit everyone.

Learn more about Universal Design and watch her talk, below:

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