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The Assistive Technology Design Prize 2017: DLF catches up with winner Lucy Fidgett

Lucy Fidgett, winner of Designability Assistive Technology Design Prize 2017

Ed Mylles and Keren Worsley of the Disabled LIving Foundation (DLF) were delighted to visit Designability last Thursday to catch up with Lucy Fidgett, the winner of inaugural The Assistive Technology Design Prize 2017. The Award was announced at a reception for Alf Morris at Speaker’s House in on 28 June.

Our design prize partners, Designability, provided a three month placement at their fully equipped work space in the Royal United Hospital, Bath.

Lucy’s design was for an interactive play mat which encourages social play between a child who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their parent. The play mat lights up and vibrates in respond to touch, providing a sensory environment for child and parent to explore together. This was a final year project on her industrial design course at Loughborough University.

With the excellent support and technical facilities available during her placement at Designability, Lucy has been able to bring her prototype through to a fully working design. She will be testing the design with children with autism early in November to get their response.

We’ll update you with her progress later this year...

Image: Lucy Fidgett, winner of Designability Assistive Technology Design Prize 2017, working on her interactive play mat

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