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BIENESTAR - Functional Diversity

Project: Well-being and Disability
Principal Investigator: Aiur Retegi Uria
Main external stakeholder: FEKOOR - Federación Coordinadora de Personas con Discapacidad Física y Orgánica de Bizkaia
Start date: 01/01/2019
End date: 31/12/2019
Interdisciplinary Platform/ Area: Social Justice and Inclusion

Social ImpactIndustry, innovation and infrastructureReduced inequalities

BIENESTAR aims to solve the challenge of autonomy for people with functional diversity by designing and building inclusive solutions. The project responds to Sustainable Development Goals 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and 10 (Reduced Inequalities).

The Project has enabled:

  • on the scientific level, to detect problems and needs in a qualitative way via User Research techniques (dialogues, personal interviews, focus groups and creative sessions) with the community of residents in Etxegoki (Bilbao), and to define 8 lines of work to address the needs that people showed interest in and where no alternatives had been found on the market.
  • to launch industrial design projects, providing specific solutions for the identified problems and developing prototypes that have been tested by several users.
    • Several proposals have been validated at the prototype stage and routes are being considered with a view to their commercial exploitation.
    • One of the solutions proposed is already being used by the Etxegoki community of residents. It is a specifically designed clamp for gripping small objects for people with difficulties related to fine motor skills.
  • to establish a co-creation process between the Etxegoki community of residents, the FEKOOR association support team and Deusto Design Research Group, at a pioneering facility at European level (Design for All Foundation Award in 2015 for Best International Practices and “Quality Innovation Award” in the Social Innovation category, received in 2017).
  • the dissemination of the results at the exhibition “3D: inclusive technology and design for all” , held in Etxegoki (June 2019).

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