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His name is Chisom Orogwo.
He went to link his NIN to his mobile number and was denied attendance because the machine was designed to capture 2 blinking eyes.
He had never felt terrible about his condition until that day.
Product design must be inclusive.
All-inclusive design is a design strategy used to create finished product or buildings that accommodate and can be utilized by people of all types.
How can you buy or design a product that only people with 2 eyes can use?
How do you include persons with mobility, visual and audio impairment into facilities meant for the public?
Our buildings are not left out, especially public buildings.
Tiny toilets and bathrooms, no ramps or lifts, no care to handrails and positions, no attention to door colours, door dual swing and handle position or type.
You will not bother now until you have a family member who needs a wheelchair.
And he or she cannot use the bathroom or move from one floor to another.
They are confined to ground floor which you have to carry them across, if only you put that ramp and they can easily wheel themselves up when you are not around.
If only your toilet space is big enough with toilet railing for wheelchair users.
If only that bathroom was designed to allow them wheel in, use the railing and transfer to a bath stool.
They can easily move around without bothering you.
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For people with audio impairment, you fix special alarm lights to warn them of danger.
Note that inclusive design is expensive and cannot be achieved at a 100% rate, but the relief it gives knowing that they have access to facilities just like every other person is the goal.
This is why you need an Architect to design your building.
You may be whole today and have need for these facilities tomorrow.
It may be your friend, it may be your visitor.
Every home/building design must be an inclusive design.
Yours in building design solutions.