My interest in disability design most likely started around 1978 when I was Chair of the Education and Promotions Committee of the Industrial Design Council of A. I remember receiving a letter from the Victorian Independent Living Centre asking a very fundamental question – “why do technical aids for people with a disability have to be so ugly?”

We identified a voluntary group called Technical Aid to the Disabled in Sydney and Melbourne which had been started around 1974 so I contacted the Founder in Sydney – George Winston. This was a personal interest from the start as I felt at the time that my design background and my particular interest in industrial design were uniquely combined for action in Canberra. (more…)