Inclusive Futures co-designer Rajah has been thinking about places that could be changed and made better for disabled people – and one of those places is THE BUS.
To get about, Rajah uses the bus. Most of the time it works out well but sometimes it doesn’t. Rajah’s wheelchair isn’t the issue, it’s a great machine but it does need space. Some people don’t realise this. So, how do we solve that? With a positive solution?
How about a campaign to educate people about wheelchairs? A poster campaign would help people learn. Could we change the way bus drivers are trained, to include a section on the emotional wellbeing of disabled people, not just the physical practicalities?
It’s not just people who use wheelchairs who experience challenges on public transport. Some people have impairments or health conditions that aren’t visible, so people can be unaware of their access requirements.
That is why we’ve been thinking about positive ways to reveal that you’ve got a condition. Is it lanyards? Is it signage? Let’s talk!
This is what ‘Inclusive Futures’ is all about – designing a future that’s inclusive. As residents of The Hub at Wellcome Collection we have been putting people with learning disabilities and autistic people in the driving seat, so our voices can be heard.