A high school competition in the United States helps make workplaces more accessible through design.

CASE STUDY: The Ability One design challenge

A high school competition in the United States helps make workplaces more accessible through design. An annual event, the AbilityOne Design Challenge encourages students to develop assistive technology inventions and enter them in the competition.

The technology’s purpose needs to be to empower people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment. Every year, five finalists go to Washington D.C. to present their prototype and the winners take $5,000 back to their school. A non-profit organisation sponsors the event.

As well as coming up with innovative designs, it exposes high school students to the needs of people with disabilities.

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