A contribuição do designer no projeto de recursos de tecnologia assistiva : proposta de intervenção colaborativa


IBICT - Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia




The development of the social inclusion process, which is built from policies, laws, projects and services, configures a new scenario that demands collective actions from society as a whole. Universities, companies, associations and professionals must think, research and act to create opportunities to effectively enable all individuals to use the built environment, and all products and services integrated within it, with safety and comfort. These collective actions require the participation of several professionals at the places attended by the users, where real demands can be identified and where strategies can be operationalized. The key to achieve this is an integrated and collaborative development process for Assistive technology (AT) products, reinforced through an interdisciplinary work in which the user - a disabled child - is the protagonist of the whole process. Therefore, this study presents a proposal for a collaborative designer s intervention in the Assistive Technology development process. The proposal intends to suggest a form of integrated and collaborative action, which considers the user as the protagonist of the whole process, and also to contribute with other professionals that currently work on the development of new AT products. Additionally, the proposal seeks to favor the creation of products that are more appropriate for the user s social and daily reality, and that because that, are able to potentiate the disabled people on their daily activities in order to accomplish social and educational inclusion. To fulfill this research s main objective, the chosen strategy was to do an exploratory field research through case analysis: disabled child, seven years old, who was starting his treatment at the rehabilitation center and that was at the same time going to regular school. This study considers that the specific demands of disabled people, especially children, deserve a fair amount of attention because they can indicate attributes that should be taken into consideration on the development of assistive technology products.


tecnologia assistiva social inclusion desenvolvimento de produto design social design participation social design inclusão social assistive technology

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