Somability: Explorations with digital media, movement and space within adult disability services
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This paper describes an exploratory digital interaction project developed at a day centre for adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). Severe cuts in funding for disability services has resulted in increased pressure on support workers to provide leisure and arts activities in addition to personal care. The introduction of new technologies, whilst offering many possibilities for augmenting creativity, also need to avoid creating unnecessary demands on carers. For this reason, our project – Somability - focused on bodily interaction as a celebration of the way we live, whereby every individual is valued for their unique relationship with the social and physical environment. Using camera and projection technologies to graphically draw attention to the moving body, the project targeted awareness of self and environment, which attuned to the organisation’s objective of supporting service users toward an independent and fulfilled life.
Keay-Bright, W. (2018) 'Somability: Explorations with digital media, movement and space within adult disability services', In: M Jones, L Rice, F & Meraz (ed.s), AMPS Proceedings Series 11. Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live. University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. 25 – 26 January (2018). pp. 64-72
Conference paper published in AMPS Proceedings Series 11. Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live, available open access at http://architecturemps.com/proceedings/
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))