|Politecnico di Torino|
|Academic Year 2015/16|
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Technologies and disability
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Biomedical Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Automotive Engineering - Torino
Starting from the fundamental right of inclusion, namely the equal participation of everyone in every aspect of society, who
should be guaranteed to all human beings, the course aims to highlight the design approach based concepts to achieve such
inclusion, with the aim of conceiving environments, systems, products and services which are usable independently from people
with different needs and abilities. It is of importance to involve human diversity in the design process.
In addition, the course lets students to meet with various stakeholders, including end users, voluntary associations, specialists,
operators, service providers, technicians and researchers.
Some students, chosen on voluntary basis, are offered with the opportunity to develop concrete activities of analysis, design and
implementation of tools and solutions thought for subjects with various disabilities.
Expected learning outcomes
The course aims to:
• Sensitize the students about:
• The living conditions of people with disabilities
• Communication, mobility, socialization, and working issues they daily met
• Frame the specific problem of disability in the broader context of education in diversity
• Highlight the role that engineers must play in this field
• Spread among students the concept of motor disabilities and the tools commonly used by people suffering from them
• Present the basic concepts of Design for All, highlighting its importance and necessity
• Learn to apply the Design for All concepts in different contexts and application domains, crossing various fields of
Engineering and Architecture
• Introduce the concepts of OpenSource and OpenHardware
• Present practical and direct testimonies from the world of disability, by letting students to meet several stakeholders,
including end-user, voluntary associations, specialists, operators, service providers, caregivers, technicians, and
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
• Presentation of the course
• Motor disabilities:
• Human mobility
• Posture and gait analysis
• Mobility Aids
• Mechatronic and robotic technologies
• Tools for sports
• Design for All:
• The project cycle
• Some basic concepts
• Implications in the field of Architecture
• How to prepare a technical presentation
• OpenSource and OpenHardware Concepts
• Basic principles of 3D printing
• Meetings with various stakeholders.
The course is organized in:
• Presentation of experiences / testimonies
• Additional Activities (optional):
To some teams of students, selected on a voluntary basis and based on their motivations and experiences in the field of Making,
the course offers the opportunity to:
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• develop tools for disability, co-designed with the target end-user
• access specialized laboratories and equipment for rapid prototyping
• work in team to solve the problem identified
• present their results to classmates
• release the developed solutions according to the OpenSource approach.
To other teams of students, selected on a voluntary basis and based on motivations and possible experiences, the course offers the
• address problems associated with specific disabilities
• deal with various stakeholders
• analyze issues from different view points
• identify and list specific requirements
• present their results to classmates.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
All materials used in the classroom is made available on the Portale della Didattica.
Assessment and grading criteria
For the students involved in the activities of Hackability@Polito and Homework, the exam consists of the presentation of the work
done in the classroom and in a detailed report on the same.
For the remaining students, the exam consists of a written test aimed at ascertaining, through various kinds of questions, the
knowledge gained during the course.
Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18