‘It wasn’t too long ago that spectacles were considered a disability aid. Now, 70 years on, they are practically invisible because they’ve been allowed to shed the tinge of disability and be part of the larger discourse. So for my first project ‘invisible visible stick’, I redesigned the walking stick […] drawing inspiration from the ascent of spectacles as a fashion statement and indigenous craft culture.
Another point of tension for young people with musculoskeletal conditions is their inability to explain their experience or to negotiate their experience with their families and friends.
For my second project, I proposed a novel appendage – the use of an emoji that helps codify a simple means for young people to express how their day is going and for their inner circle to offer support.
I wanted to co-opt this as an opportunity to propose a visual code […] based on a popular account on the internet of a patient who used spoons on a table to explain to her friend how much energy it took for her to do something that others would take for granted.’
You can read Christine Miserandino’s Spoon Theory here.
These products were designed by Adnan Arif and are owned by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Any enquiries should be directed to Manchester Health Ventures.