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How to include people with blindness or low vision in innovation

How to include people with blindness or low vision in innovation

Written by Barbara Hofleitner | Reviewed by Heike Christiane Vogel-Pöschl

Created on: 05 May 2021 | Updated on: 26 May 2021

News category: "News on Living Innovation"

On May 25th a Webinar on "How blind and visually impaired people can co-create innovations" was held by Dialogik in collaboration with Siemens

Watch this webinar on May 25th 2021

Gain insights into two cases of involving blind and visually impaired people and explore how co-creation of experts and citizens works and learn why inclusive innovation is worth considering. In this Webinar we also present “7 practical points for facilitating workshops with blind and visually impaired people”.

We invite you to learn:

  • How to set up and facilitate workshops for blind and visually impaired people;
  • Co-Creation and Design Thinking Methods for this specific target group; and
  • How future innovation processes can be implemented and what the advantages are of doing just that.

Meet the experts 

  • Klaus-Peter Wegge is the head of the Siemens Accessibility Competence Center. In the LIV_IN project, he has conducted several workshops with blind and visually impaired people. Using exciting innovative methods, he aimed to include blind and people with low vision that are ICT affine to discuss their experiences and assessments openly. Additionally, he addressed the question of how smart applications could help improve public transportation for people with reduced mobility.
  • Anja Grüll is a researcher at the Institute for Managing Sustainability (Vienna University of Economics and Business). In the framework of the LIV_IN project, 7 moderation tools for workshops involving blind, visually impaired and sighted people have been developed and tested. Anja Grüll is going to present these successful outcomes within this webinar.
  • Luca Brayda is Founder and CEO at Acoesis. He supervised the project “Sensory Assistive Technologies for Impaired Persons - Empowerment of disabled people by non-invasive rehabilitation technologies that enhance the senses” at IIT. The aim was to provide assistive aids that can become complementary tools for rehabilitation practices and for everyday use, increasing social inclusion of blind, visually and hearing-impaired people.

After the presentations, an open discussion was facilitated by Rainer Kuhn and Sarah-Kristina Wist from Dialogik.

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