Sunday, September 23, 2007

Taking the "Dis" out of Disabled

I love this! I was tooling around the web, (I have given up my Sunday Times), in favor of searching my favorite blogs when I found this at KitchAnn Style.
As designers, Universal Design, is something we all need to incorporate into our daily vocabulary. This unique toilet is revolutionary in concept and design. It would be nice to see this become available.

The Universal Toilet, designed by Changduk Kim and Youngki Hong Changduk Kim and Youngki Hong, is a flexible toilet design usable by both individuals with disabilities and the general population that removes the social stigma of handicapped facilities. For users with disabilities, even a dedicated handicapped toilet requires maneuvering, especially when in a wheelchair. With the Universal Toilet users don’t need to turn or twist but can simply slide forward off the wheelchair directly onto the toilet. There is even a chest board to lean against for added stability and comfort. Handles on the chest board can also be of use when standing or transferring between the wheelchair. For other users, the chest board becomes a backboard to lean against. The Universal Toilet is also very space efficient,requiring only a quarter of the space of existing handicapped toilets. And since the toilet’s sleek, curving forms are like nothing seen before, users with disabilities need no longer feel self-conscious.