In this exhibition, OCAD U Industrial Design students explore investigative, people-first, ground-up ways to better design our world, and consider how those approaches recognize and facilitate our personal, physical and mental diversity. We use design to destigmatize, rethink and reframe health less in terms of addressing medical deficits and more in terms of supporting cultural and social models of support, care, well-being and aging.
The exhibition presents student work in relation to three different health challenges. The first student project showcases a collaboration with Baycrest Health Sciences in response to supporting people living with dementia and their care providers. The second student project, in collaboration with Beverley School is a response to the challenge of how to support the learning of Elementary school age children with special needs. The third student project is done in collaboration with the Safe Haven Project for Community Living and presents a response to the needs of young adults with complex disabilities for social inclusion.