Friday 14

How to include blind and visually impaired people in innovation

Posted by RRI Tools - Eva Zuazua Schücker on 14 May 2021

(*) Post last updated the 27th of May 2021 - link to the recording of the webinar has been added


The LIVING INNOVATION project brings together 14 partners from all over Europe, including major industry leaders, civil society and research organizations to co-develop more responsible, inclusive and sustainable approaches to innovation in the areas of smart homes and smart health. The participation of "la Caixa" Foundation in the project guarantees the link and efficient transfer of learnings between LIV_IN and RRI Tools

LIV_IN has created a virtual community platform and launched different joint actions meant to serve as an interactive space for discussion, knowledge exchange and collaboration, open to experts and practitioners.

In this context Dialogik has launched an online working group on inclusive innovation and is organizing a series of workshops. The fisrt one was focused on co-creation with families. The second one will be taking place on May 25th and will be focused on co-creation with blind and visually impaired people.

Two cases will be presented, the experience by the Siemens Accessibility Competence Center conducting several co-creation workshops with blind and visually impaired people in the context of LIV_IN, and the "Sensory Assistive Technologies for Impaired Persons" project, an initiative by the IIT, which is part of the RRI Tools collection of inspiring practices

How to include blind & visually impaired people in innovation | webinar on May 25th 2021 (16:00 – 17:30 CEST)

(*) Recording of the webinar is now online - see here

Presenting two cases of involving blind and visually impaired people, you can explore how co-creation with experts and citizens works and why inclusive innovation is worth considering

In this webinar you will learn:
  • How to set up & facilitate workshops with blind & visually impaired people
  • Co-Creation & Design Thinking Methods for this target group
  • How to implement future innovation processes & the advantages of this approach


  • Klaus-Peter Wegge is the head of the Siemens Accessibility Competence Center. He has conducted several workshops with blind and visually impaired people in the context of the LIV_IN project. Using exciting innovative methods, he aimed to include blind and people with low vision that are ICT affine to discuss their experiences and assessments openly. Additionally, he addressed the question of how smart applications could help improve public transportation for people with reduced mobility.
  • Anja Grüll is researcher at the Institute for Managing Sustainability (Vienna University of Economics and Business). In the framework of the LIV_IN project, 7 moderation tools for workshops involving blind, visually impaired and sighted people have been developed and tested. Anja Grüll will be presenting these useful resources.
  • Luca Brayda is Founder and CEO at Acoesis. He coordinated the project “Sensory Assistive Technologies for Impaired Persons" [Empowerment of disabled people by non-invasive rehabilitation technologies that enhance the senses] at the Italian Institute of Technology. A great example of “inclusive innovation” – with people affected by sensory disabilities (with a special focus on visual & hearing impairments), where they worked together with technology makers & researchers, policy makers, end user associations, clinical validators, and industrial partners.

Scheduled after the presentations, an open discussion will be facilitated by Rainer Kuhn and Sarah-Kristina Wist from Dialogik.


(*) Recording of the webinar is now online - see here

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