Field Trip: Accessibility of Objects (Grade 6-12)

15% of the global population has some form of disability. What makes something accessible? When industrial designers are designing products they are always thinking about usability or how easy the product is to use. But often times the accessibility in product design may be overlooked. During this workshop students will take an everyday object and redesign it to make it more accessible. They will work in groups to brainstorm different ideas, sketch their ideas and implement them. 

Students will: 

  • Learn about the difference between usability and accessibility 

  • Think about different types of disabilities and how product design can meet their needs.  (Low vision or blind, motor or dexterity challenges, deaf or hard of hearing, neroloicitaclly diverse - intelletcutal dissability, dyslexia, autism spectrum.)

  • Develop collaborative skills by working in small groups

  • Solve problems using the design process

  • Practice skills of brainstorming

  • Use empathy to understand the problems that others face

  • Test their designs with other people and learn from the feedback they receive

Learning Standards: 

  • VA6.CR.2c; VA6.CR.3a,b,c; VA6.CN.2a; VA7.CR.2c 

  • VA7.CR.3 

  • VA8.CR.2c; VA8.CR.3a,b,c

  • 9th - 12th Grade: 50.04310 Applied Design I, 50.04320 Applied Design II, 50.04330 Applied Design III, HSAD.CR.1, 50.04340 Applied Design IV 

Logistics

  • Duration: 1.5 hours

  • Price: $15 per student and participating chaperone / non participating chaperones are free

  • Registrations that are cancelled 2 weeks prior to the workshop, class or school program will result in a refund of 50%. No refunds will be available for cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to the date of the workshop, class or school program.

  • Group size: 30 max

  • Times: 10-11:30am or 10:30-12noon

  • Parking: MODA does not have a reserved parking area. Buses are able to park on 16th Street NE, between the High Museum of Art and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Please note that parking is on a first come, first serve basis. For smaller groups, with passenger vehicles, parking is available along Peachtree St. NE and in the Lanier Parking Deck located at 1337 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Have any questions? Contact Alice Vogler at avogler@museumofdesign.org to explore the possibilities of bringing your group to MODA.