Design driven treatment of Parkinson's Disease | Mileha Soneji | TEDxDelft by TEDx Talks   5 years ago

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Mileha decided she wanted to help her uncle. Her goal was not to cure Parkinson’s, but instead to make the everyday tasks of those living with Parkinson’s much easier.

She first looked at helping her uncle with his tremors and drinking. She designed a no-spill cup to aid in this process. One day, she questioned how her uncle walked up and down the stairs. Surprisingly, he was able to do this without any problem, but as soon as he stopped, he had trouble walking again. She decided to apply a “staircase illusion” to the floor by having the illusion of a staircase flowing throughout her uncle’s house. To her surprise, this simple solution was able to help her uncle move around the house faster and easier.

Still working on her goal of helping those with Parkinson’s live easier lives, she advocates the idea of “a humand-centered solution.” Technology might not always be the immediate answer, but perhaps a small, simple solutions can have a large impact.

“While studying product design in India, we had a course called Design For Special Needs. It was the first time I realized how challenging it is to design for people with special needs. Around that time an uncle that I was very close to was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. I really wanted to do something to help him,” said Soneji. Spending time with her uncle and observing the difficulties he faced in his daily tasks led to her idea. “At the end of the day, I believe that having empathy and being able to put yourself in another person’s shoes is what makes a great design.”

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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