Tomorrow’s low vision devices for young people

Post date: 
Monday, 14 September 2015

Many young people in the UK are reluctant to use low vision aids, and as a result are often less able to learn as independently. Now a group of researchers are inviting young people with vision impairment to help them design low vision devices that would offer non-stigmatising, desirable and functional alternatives. 

The researchers Simon Kinneir and Elizabeth Roberts from The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design are keen to collaborate with 12-18 year olds who are vision impaired with and without additional special educational needs and/or disabilities. This creative design-research project joint collaboration with VISION 2020 UK supported by Thomas Pocklington Trust and VICTA. The project aims to better understand young people’s functional needs, perspectives and aspirations around low vision devices, both digital and low-tech.
The design research will take over the next six months and may include interviews, shadowing and group co-design workshops.
If you’d like to offer your professional insight or recommend participants who are interested in taking part please get in touch at [email protected] or 020 7590 4242. 
The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art undertakes design research and projects with industry that will contribute to improving people's lives.
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