A group of second year students have recently visited Cornwall Mobility Centre in Truro as part of their studies in inclusive design strategies.
The students are currently designing products and services in response to the RSA Mobility City student award brief. The design challenge asks them to design or re-design a mode of public transport to improve the experience of people with disabilities that will, in turn, improve the experience for all. The visit to the centre gave the students some first-hand experience of a range of innovative products designed to assist people with physical disabilities. In addition, the students were able to get expert opinion on their projects from staff at the centre, including Independent Living Manager, Melanie Brown.
SPD student, Jess Morgan said:
‘I would like to thank Melanie Brown for welcoming us to Cornwall Mobility Centre. It was a great opportunity to experience some of the mobility aids they provide, from wheelchairs to scooters and sticks to walkers. Being able to use the equipment gave us a real first-hand experience of the user and allowed us to visualise the difficulties they may face day-to-day. Melanie escorted us with a variety of aids around the car park, up the incline and down again, pavements, through the rough terrain, grass and carpet. We learnt very quickly that some aids cope with certain terrain better than others. Inside we looked at how the equipment can be adapted for vehicle use and the pros and cons the current products they provide have. The whole visit provided to be very useful and allowed us all to progress forward in our project.’