[n.blog has some nice comments on the lab’s presentation at the Subtle Technologies conference this month. Great work Alison and Noah!]
I should probably not separate what I consider “manual” from “craft”. however, there was something very ingenuous, concrete and…well evoking the “working with hands” in the projects presented by the EDGE laboratoryI was very impressed by the material being produced at the EDGE adaptive lab at Ryerson university. Led by artist /pappetteer and early child education student Noah kenneally, and early child educatiion professor Alison Gaston , the lab is committed to adaptive design, that is to fornitures, toys and chairs that can be used by children with disability. in fact, the problem with these children is not just the inability to do certain activities that other “normal” kids can participate in, but it also lies on the forced isolation and invisibility these kids are condamned to. By building ad hoc tools that will allow these kids to actually participate in the same activities as the other children, the EGDE lab noted an increased awareness and acceptance of chldren with disabilities by the rest of the children. having the right tool then means also facilitating interaction between differently able children as well as acceptance and inclusiveness, which would be otherwise denied.