Student, Kansas State University
Lizeth is a 4th-year industrial design student at Kansas State University. With a passion for playful and inclusive design, Lizeth is driven to improve the user experience through design thinking and research. Lizeth has experience in both general product design and furniture and is always looking for new opportunities to learn and grow in the field of industrial design. In her free time, Lizeth enjoys exploring antique shops and thrifting clothes and knick-knacks.
Study of the Experience of Children's Toys for Low-Vision and Blindness
August 25, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Breakout - Majestic
This study examines ways to design better experiences for children's toys for those with low vision or blindness in an educational setting. Children with visual impairments often have difficulty interacting with traditional toys, which can impede their early learning and development. By designing toys that are accessible and engaging for children with visual impairments, industrial designers have the potential to greatly aid these children's early development and aspects of their general well-being. Strategies to make toys more accessible for children with visual impairments include incorporating tactile features, utilizing audio cues, and providing braille labeling. Previous studies have emphasized the importance of considering a child's input when choosing a toy, and the role of adults in selecting toys that align with their values and promote learning. Additionally, designers can investigate new technologies like haptic feedback and voice recognition to create a more immersive and interactive experience. Sound augmentation is another avenue that can be explored for designing educational toys for children who are blind or have low vision. In addition to the results of literature review, the data from user interviews will be presented in this paper to address the needs of the target users. This study highlights the importance of considering the needs of children with visual impairments and the opportunities for industrial designers to create innovative, fun, and educational solutions.