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Inclusive Design means designing a product or service to be usable by as many people as possible.
15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability.
At ResMed we want everyone to be able to use our products. However we know that not everyone is the same. The people who use our products have different face and nose shapes, are of different genders and ages and may also have different levels of abilities. Therefore we need to make sure that our products are able to be used by everyone.
By recognising the diversity of our users, and working with them in the design process, we can make products that truly reflect our user population, and therefore work better for more people.
Did you know that Kerb cuts were first introduced by activists, who in the 1970’s went around at night and broke apart sidewalks with jackhammers to create ramps. This was just after WWI when Veterans had returned from the war and many were in wheelchairs.
Kerb cuts are now required in all public spaces and the benefits are enjoyed by everyone! Not only those with mobility issues but parents with strollers, bike riders, skateboarders and travelers with suitcases.
Explanation: 250 million. That is approximately 3.2% of the world’s population and 10 times the population of Australia!
Explanation: Ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely to outperform their respective national industry medians. Diversity of backgrounds create diversity of thought and different ways to problem solve!
Explanation: All of the above are examples of bias. We make snap judgments about others all the time and unfortunately these can have negative effects. Bias can be based off age or gender; it can also be confirmation bias where we only seek out feedback from people that we know who will agree. Bias can also affect data and research, for example if you only ask a small percentage of people that are all very similar this will not be representative of the entire population, this is called statistical bias.
Explanation: There are over 6,000 languages spoken in the world today, many of which are spoken by fewer than a few hundred people. The top 10 or 12 languages however make up the vast majority of all of the speakers in the world.