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Disability, design thinking and microlearning


What is Design Thinking?

 Design Thinking is a methodology that provides a solution based approach and that’s why it is worth considering when thinking about inclusion and accessibility. Disability culture is more than simply a medical diagnosis, including disabled people in all aspects of the design process will inevitably lead to the creation of accessible products, technology and public spaces. Lived experience informs the creative process and can be a vital aspect of Design Thinking when promoting ideas around best practice in accessibility.


What is Microlearning?

 The clue is in the name when it comes to Microlearning as a concept to acquire and understand new concepts and theories. As organisations and businesses become more inclusive and diverse, they are seeking new ways to deliver training and on boarding. Microlearning offers an alternative to workshops and lengthy mandatory training courses by promoting short sharp bursts of content and interactive small group learning. This allows organisations and businesses to teach and deliver relevant content that can be easily understood without overwhelming the learner.



How Do I? practices what it preaches by operating a supportive and inclusive workplace and recognising that people have different learning styles. This enables How Do I? to get the best out of its employees by adapting to different  learning techniques and flexible working hours.  By creating this accessible workplace culture, it only helps to inform the development of How Do I?’s app which aims to make workspaces more accessible.  Find out more by visiting our website or keep up to date with new developments by follow us at @WeAreHowDoI.


How Are These Concepts Relevant to Accessibility?

 The Social Model of Disability is school of thought which focuses on breaking down physical and attitudinal barriers that society enforces onto disabled people. Design Thinking and Micro Learning are the latest concepts which aim to create less disabling spaces, systems and attitudes in societies. The Social Model places responsibility on governments, organisations, businesses and individuals across all sectors of society to identify and implement constructive changes to remove barriers and increase access.

 There is a step change in the way we think about Accessibility, it is no longer an after thought but instead a vital part of the design thinking process. A key part of the disability movement and development of The Social Model has been the phrase ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’. By scoping out any potential environmental and attitudinal barriers for disabled people and rethinking the design process to design ‘with’ rather than ‘for’ disabled people, Accessibility can only then become truly universal.

What Next?

(GDI) Global Disability Innovation Hub’s ‘Disability, Design and Innovation’ course is newly developed Masters Programme led by University College London (UCL), Loughborough University London (LinLDN) and the London College of Fashion (LCF). A product of the 2012 London Paralympic Games, the GDI Hub brings together academia, technology and innovation to improve the lives of disabled people all over the world.

This multidisciplinary programme will train a new generation of graduates to lead the way in inclusive and accessible design, applying Design Thinking and Micro Learning to provide solutions to the physical and attitudinal barriers that disabled people encounter. The course will teach students how to develop marketing and business strategies to create products, services and technology that delivers a sustainable, positive difference to disabled peoples’ lives.



The GDI Hub recognises that Accessibility and Inclusive Design are global issues and by providing this innovative learning opportunity, they will harness the talent and determination of individuals who wish to succeed and become leaders in the field of Disability and Design.

Find out more about the course here:


Mel Barber – Digital Marketing and Project Assistant at How Do I?

Taryl Law