Research for the Disabled: Action, Participatory and Inclusive Approaches

By Kin Wai Michael Siu.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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While an inclusive society and equal opportunity for all have been more recognised and promoted in society in recent years, disabled people still face a lot of difficulties and some certain degree of exclusion in their daily lives. Thus, the need of research for disabled people should be more urged in academic and professional fields. Borrowing a case study in Chinese chess, a team of researchers and designers in Hong Kong adopted action, participatory and inclusive approaches in an applied research project. The project aimed to explore how to facilitate visually impaired people to have a better quality of leisure, social and cultural life. This paper first introduces the aims and objectives of the project. Borrowing the research findings and experience of the project, this paper discusses how the action, participatory and inclusive approaches should be considered together in the research for disabled. This paper aims at not only a report of a particular case study, but more to arouse the awareness of researchers a new and important trend in research that disabled people (i.e., users) must be not only considered, but also invited to participate in research actively in order to bring real benefit to the disabled people, and in turn also to bring an inclusive and harmonious society overall.

Keywords: Disabled, User, Design Research, Action Approach, Participatory Approach, Inclusive Approach

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.81-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.044MB).

Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu

Professor & Leader of the Public Design Lab, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Kin Wai Michael Siu is Professor and Leader of the Public Design Lab of the School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been a visiting professor at universities in Chinese mainland and South Korea. He was Visiting Scholar of the University of Cambridge, Fulbright Scholar of the MIT, AISA Fellow of the University of Singapore, and Visiting Scholar of the UC Berkeley. He has served the Hong Kong Government’s advisory committees and professional bodies as members. He owns more than 40 design patents in the United States, Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and other Asian countries. His research interests include design culture and theory, public design, universal and inclusive design, and user-reception. His articles have been published in leading journals and research outlets including Design Issues, International Journal of Design, Journal of Popular Culture, Critical Planning, Harvard Asia Pacific Review, Journal of Engineering Design, International of Technology and Design Education.


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