IkeaThisAbles, is a project dedicated to making Ikea
furniture available for everybody, including people with disabilities.
The ThisAbles project was conceived to allow people with
special needs to enjoy the quality of life provided by IKEA products.
As part of IKEA’s vision to “create a better everyday life
for as many people as possible”, they joined forces with the non-profit
organizations Milbat and Access Israel, that specialize in creating special
solutions for populations with special needs and disabilities, and developed a
new line of products that bridge some of the gaps between existing IKEA
products and the special needs of people belonging to these populations.
The project allows anyone to 3D print a range of add-ons
that simply and easily convert Ikea furniture and accessories into
disability-friendly products. Now
people with disabilities from any corner of the world can print add-ons in
their nearest 3D printing shop.
Enable Ireland’s Garden, ‘Beyond Boundaries’ was an award winner at Bloom in the Park this year. With a focus very much on Access for All, we wanted to see how we could make the garden more easily accessible to Bloom visitors with vision impairment. So we decided to make a tactile book with a small selection of the plants featured in the garden, printed using a 3 D Printer. Here are the results. We got a lot of really good feedback from visitors, and now the book is located in our Garden Centre in Sandymount, where customers can check it out for themselves.
What do you think of this idea? Have you used 3 D printing to enhance access to other services/facilities? We’d love to learn from your experience!
Tactile book cover with map of Enable Ireland Bloom Garden