Innovation for Diversity and Fairness: Inclusive Design of Recycling Facilities for Visually Impaired People

By Kin Wai Michael Siu.

Published by The International Journal of Community Diversity

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Today people with disabilities face numerous restrictions and difficulties if they want to participate in recycling. Among all people with disabilities, visually impaired people (VIP) probably receive the least assistance in recycling. For example, there are no provisions for helping VIP to identify and use recycling bins in the public environment. The bins have no particular assistive design to tell VIP how to use them. To explore possibilities for assisting VIP to actively and independently participate in recycling, an applied research project was conducted in Hong Kong. The project’s focus was confined to recycling bins and related public facilities. This paper introduces the project and discusses the significance of participation in recycling by VIP. The paper then reviews the difficulties VIP face if they wish to carry out recycling in public environment. Using the research findings and experience of participants, this paper proposes several directions for the design of public recycling bins and related facilities, which can cater to diversity and maintain fairness for all.

Keywords: Diversity, Fairness, Inclusive Design, Recycling Facilities, Social Innovation, Visually Impaired People (VIP)

The International Journal of Community Diversity, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp.51-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 779.154KB).

Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu

Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Kin Wai Michael Siu is Lab Leader and Professor of the Public Design Lab, School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests are in design and society, public design, universal and inclusive design, social innovation, and user-reception. He advocates FlexiDesign and d*hk.