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Inclusive design

Campaign for Inclusive Design (International day of people living with disabilities 2015)

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2 Nigerian population

Inclusive design

Inclusive design

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The following two slides contains a range of statistics, both global and Nigeria centric.

Why are these figures important? They are a very quick way of making you realise that we are all part of a very diverse society, individuals involved in designing products or services need to recognise that they are only representative of a small segment of the potential market. Designing for diversity is a challenge, but also very important if organisations are to succeed in an increasingly competitive environment.

If designers do not consider the capabilities of older users when designing products, users experience difficulty in using the design causing;

  •  frustration
  •  accidents
  •  rendering the design unused or misused
  •  users will not buy the design
  •  loss of revenue from sales
  •  damage to reputation
  •  and a possible lawsuit

By 2050 there will be 2+ billion people aged 65+ years…

                        …….. now, that’s a BIG market!

4 Billion $4 a day or less – UN Figures
6.6 Billion – UN Figures
Gender 49.6 to 50.4 – calculated from UN figures
6912 languages – www.ethnologue.com
600 Million disabled – http://siteresources.worldbank.org/DISABILITY/Resources/280658-1172608138489/PovertyDisabElwan.pdf
1 in 3 GSM mobiles – GSMA
2007 Urbanisation – UN (Prof David Bloom, Harvard)
1 Billion in slums – UN (Prof David Bloom, Harvard)
1 in 4 Literacy (literacy levels difficult to quantify based on Source: Basic Skills Agency report, May 2000 )
174+ Billion on $2 a day or less – www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nigeria-rich-country-poor-people/96703/
25+Million living disabilities – http://books2africa.org/visible-but-invisible-people-living-with-disability-in-nigeria/
3.5+ Million with significant difficulties – http://books2africa.org/visible-but-invisible-people-living-with-disability-in-nigeria/
Gender 90 to 87 – calculated from CIA figures https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2018.html
521 languages – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Nigeria167,4+ GSM mobiles – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_number_of_mobile_phones_in_use
4.25million age 40years and above have Visual impairment – http://iovs.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2126742
24+ Million (13% of Nigerians with hearing impairments) http://www.hear-it.org/Nigeria-One-in-seven-children-suffers-from-hearing-loss


The Field

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