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Inclusive Beauty: Making Cosmetics More Accessible for the Blind and for Visually Impaired Consumers

12 April 2021

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This article is written by student Akriti, who currently studies MSc Design, Disability and Innovation programme.

The Disability, Design and Innovation MSc programme is offered by the Global Disability Innovation Hub in collaboration with Loughborough University London, University College London and London College of Fashion. This article looks at making the beauty industry more accessible for blind and visually impaired customers.

Assistive technology refers to a field of technology that aids or assists individuals in a multitude of different ways: from the completion of daily chores to travel and education. Typically, assistive technology is designed for individuals with impairments or disabilities but if the technology is inclusive, it can be used by the wider population.

The World Health Organization reports that, as of 2020, there were approximately 2.2 billion visually impaired (VI) or blind individuals globally.1 Visual impairments can range from color blindness and presbyopia to glaucoma. In addition, vision deteriorates with age. Given the immense range of visual impairments, and that their degree of severity can vary from person to person, visual impairment and blindness is a niche issue that requires a diverse range of options and the personal­ization of assistive technologies.

There are two schools of thought in relation to disability management: medical and social models of disability. The medical model has focused primarily on the impairment and rehabili­tation of the disabled individual, rather than the improvement of their environment and the elimination of social barriers. The social model, on the other hand, aims to empower the individual by giving them the independence, equal accessibility and social benefits to seamlessly integrate into society.2

Read the full article here.

To find out more about the MSc Disability, Design and Innovation programme, please visit the Global Disability Innovation Hub page.

Please visit our website to read more about our partnership with the Global Disability and Innovation Hub.

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