Industrial Design juniors have begun the 13th year of a collaborative project with Milwaukee Public Schools to create products to make life and school a little easier and more enjoyable for students with disabilities and their teachers. The MIAD students’ individual work on design solutions for individual MPS students, this year at Hamilton High School, exemplifies MIAD’s commitment to service, civic engagement and curricular excellence.
"The project sensitizes students to consider all members of society as future design clients — the young and the old, the able-bodied and disabled — within an intensive, iterative process of needs assessment, research, concept and model development, and evaluation," said Pascal Malassigné, FISDA, MIAD Professor of Industrial Design.
The project was conceived and is carried out by Sue Loesl, MPS Adaptive Art Therapist and Malassigné.
New this year are additional adaptive projects in the leisure and recreation areas "to help meet students’ sensory yet age-appropriate needs, and need to be independent and have fun," said Jackie Capstran, MPS teacher. Final projects will be presented to the MPS students on April 29.