Seven practical points for facilitating workshops with blind & visually impaired people✎
Last modified on January 24, 2022
The prominent workshop design is mostly focused on sighted people, leading to the exclusion of the low vision or blind users. Even though the goal might be to develop a product or service, which can be used by everybody, a significant group of stakeholders is unable to participate in the innovation process, leaving out their wishes and perspectives.
This is why within the LIVING INNOVATION1 project seven tools were developed and successfully tested, through which people with visual impairment as well as blind people can be included in the innovation process right from the start.
The first three chapters deal with topics, which are especially important to think about before conducting the workshop. Any successful workshop is a carefully prepared one. The following four sections describe hands on tools, which are created to enable the inclusion of low vision and blind people in the innovation process within the workshop. Finally this guide ends with some helpful tips of what to do and what to avoid when interacting with visually impaired or blind people.
Table of contents
I. What are these seven tools for? Information about the Guide
1. Groups: To split or not to split?
Before the workshop consider these questions
What does this mean in practice?
2. Accessibility of Information
Which techniques are there to create inclusive documents?
How could such a document look like in practice?
3. The Recorder
There are three main types of assistants
4. Orientation through 3D Models
5. Building Blocks
6. Creative Impulse: Touch
Adding Features to Cards
Sketching Ideas with Tactile Foils
7. Creative Impulse: Sound
Where should I put attention on?
II. Online Workshops for blind and visually impaired People .
- How to overcome technical challenges?
- How to overcome organizational challenges
III. Dos & Don’ts . What should I consider when meeting visually impaired or blind people?
See also this 10 minute video with André Martinuzzi and Svetlana Ivanova on <<Inclusive Innovation Workshops with blind and visually impaired people>> produced by LIV_IN