A new course teaches undergraduates how to design for people with physical disabilities. Each week, students learn about a different disability, then brainstorm design ideas to address issues and present their work to the class.
Students in a new undergraduate course have this question to ponder: How would it feel to be a bright person with big goals and ideas, but live in a world that’s not designed for you?
The new course, called Dare to Care: Compassionate Design, spurs students to consider how to engage and address the needs of a diverse community of people with physical disabilities, and it’s not just for the engineering-minded – freshmen and sophomores from all majors can apply for one of the 16 slots.
The idea for the course has been brewing for some time. John Moalli, a lecturer in chemical engineering, teaches a course called Masters of Disaster, in which student teams analyze disasters and design new products with lessons learned in mind.