Design and disability: Developing new opportunities for the design curriculum

Emma Gieben-Gamal, Sonia Matos

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Design for Disability has been flourishing as designers and visual communicators attempt to address questions of awareness and accessibility. Despite this achievement, most design courses that address the theme of disability will focus almost exclusively on the functional or medical model of disability, one that locates in the individual a disability that needs to be cured or corrected. In this scenario, less explored is the social model of disability, a model that presupposes an understanding of the factors that contribute toward the disabling of individuals. In response to this challenge, in this paper we will reflect on a course that we have developed in the School of Design at Edinburgh College of Art.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2022-2032
JournalThe Design Journal
Issue numbersup1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2017
EventDesign for Next: 12th European Academy of Design Conference - Sapienza University of Rome, Roma, Italy
Duration: 12 Apr 201714 Apr 2017


  • Disability Studies
  • design
  • Higher Education curriculum


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    Gieben-Gamal, E. & Matos, S.


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