All posts by Alex Dobaño

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Ben Acornley, Creative Director of Applied Wayfinding

“Inclusive design and accessibility are at the heart of everything we do… It needs to be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible: that’s our starting point.” With a background in editorial design, Ben Acornley is Partner and Creative Director at Applied, one of the world’s largest information design firms whose specialities include … Continue reading Ben Acornley, Creative Director of Applied Wayfinding

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Laura Castro and Miquel Madrigal, Dincat (Catalunya Intellectual Disability Federation)

“Work needs to be done so that children experience diversity in their own lives and accept differences naturally” Laura Castro. Communication Manager Miquel Madrigal. Head of Area for the Rights of Adults with Intellectual Disability of Dincat The management team of Catalonia’s leading federation for intellectual disability – with over 300 non-profit organisations defending the … Continue reading Laura Castro and Miquel Madrigal, Dincat (Catalunya Intellectual Disability Federation)

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Manel Martí, director of the Association Discapacitat Visual Catalunya B1+B2+B3

“Education in respect for and knowledge of disabilities is necessary for everyone, starting with children” After close to two decades fighting to improve the quality of life of people with disability, Manel Martí recognises the major advances of recent years but is reluctant to let down his guard. “If every child knew what disability means … Continue reading Manel Martí, director of the Association Discapacitat Visual Catalunya B1+B2+B3

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Cassie Herschel-Shorland, independent expert in inclusive exhibition design.

 Accessibility as an afterthought is less inclusive. Cassie Herschel-Shorland set up Access and Museum Design as an independent expert in inclusive exhibition design and interpretation. She works directly for museums, galleries, exhibition designers, architects and with consultants in complementary fields.   Q.– How do you relate your work to inclusive design and accessibility? A.–I’m a … Continue reading Cassie Herschel-Shorland, independent expert in inclusive exhibition design.

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Fernando Alonso, Director of Acceplan

“Studies on accessibility have concentrated on the costs of improvements but have forgotten their benefits, which are reaped by everyone” An economist by training, the main author of documents such as the Spanish “National Accessibility Plan 2004-2012’ and accessibility studies with close to twenty years of experience, Fernando Alonso is promoting the new diversity model … Continue reading Fernando Alonso, Director of Acceplan

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Tony Heaton. Sculptor and General Director of Shape Arts (London)

“There is an economic imperative to think about inclusive design; it is not merely a question of ethics” Promoting inclusive design and accessibility is the “second skin” of the gallery he directs, created specifically to give support to and develop the work of artists with disability. Collaboration with other organisations is natural in some cases … Continue reading Tony Heaton. Sculptor and General Director of Shape Arts (London)

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Gemma Pifarré, Head of the Catalan Government’s Department for the Promotion of Accessibility and Removal of Barriers

“The Accessibility Act is the legal framework based on which we must be able to cater for the inclusion of all people” The head of accessibility policies in Catalonia is currently working on the implementation of a law that establishes minimum conditions so that public spaces, services, transport and communications are adapted for people with … Continue reading Gemma Pifarré, Head of the Catalan Government’s Department for the Promotion of Accessibility and Removal of Barriers

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Francesc Aragall, president of the Design for All Foundation

“Diversity is always a source of creativity, growth and community relations” After directing the public consortium that developed the “Design for All” concept in Barcelona, Francesc Aragall currently splits his work in the private sphere between the company ProSolutions and the Design for All Foundation. Recognising the learning curve represented by having someone with a … Continue reading Francesc Aragall, president of the Design for All Foundation

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Rama Gheerawo, director of The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Reader in Inclusive Design

“Designing inclusively, far from clipping people’s wings, makes them grow. It provides inspiration and creative imagination” A member of the team that manages the research centre specialising in inclusive design par excellence and a reader in the subject at the Royal College of Art, Rama Gheerawo’s work revolves around the transfer of knowledge to the … Continue reading Rama Gheerawo, director of The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Reader in Inclusive Design

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Javier Torrescasana, co-founder of Barcelona Special Traveler

“Companies need to see the business potential in inclusion, which is beneficial for everyone” The ideologist of the “first incoming tour operator in Barcelona to specialise in accessible tourism” asserts that having a child with a disability himself has forced him to “be creative, keep an open mind, convert barriers into satisfactions and seek alternatives”. … Continue reading Javier Torrescasana, co-founder of Barcelona Special Traveler

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Paulina Ballbè. Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Active Ageing at the UPF

“It would be intelligent to consider how we would like to live when we get older, and to work to design an inclusive and accessible society” A lawyer specialising in Community Law in EU, through her experience in the international sphere and in the academic world Paulina Ballbè has acquired a broad view of the … Continue reading Paulina Ballbè. Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Active Ageing at the UPF

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Barry Ginley. Disability and Access Officer at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London

“If you remove a section of society, you are limiting your offer and underperforming” The incorporation of an inclusive focus and cooperation with other organisations that are committed to and proactive in the accessibility sphere are two distinctive traits of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the world’s largest decorative arts museum. Apart from the percentage … Continue reading Barry Ginley. Disability and Access Officer at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London