About

As you can probably tell from the title of my site, I am passionate about inclusive design!

I started writing my blog primarily to document our own house alterations project, following our journey as we design and carry out the adaptations needed to make our house accessible for our little girl, and inclusive for our whole family.

little boy and girl dressed as Penfold and Dangermouse

my little superheros

I’m also interested in exploring other areas of inclusive and accessible design (places & spaces, products & tips), sustainable design and sometimes I’ll just be sharing some aspects (and challenges) of our everyday family life that may (or may not!) be of interest to anyone else!

In my work as an architect I’ve always been aware of how important it is to consider accessibility in the design process.  However, becoming a mum to a daughter with limited mobility and sensory processing issues, has given me a new perspective on the need for more thoughtful inclusive design, and the need for greater awareness about the choices we have available to us to enable flexibility for our future needs. I’ve become far more aware of gaps in the current offering, particularly in home design, and areas where I think there’s potential for the design & building industry to make a real difference and hopefully stimulate some positive accessible change!

Inclusive design is design for everyone, it’s not only about wheelchair turning circles, grab rails or stair lifts.  It’s also about making life easier for parents with babies in prams, for crawlers, bum shufflers, toddlers, kids with bikes and scooters, people with visual or hearing impairments, people carrying cases, bringing in the weekly shop or moving furniture…..

 

4 Comments

  1. Kyla
    October 6, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    Hi ! All the way from Canada. Read a blog post on Firefly friends which lead me to your blog…Beautiful family! My son has a rare genetic condition and when I saw your daughter I couldn’t help but think that they resemble each other! My son has Mowat Wilson Syndrome. This could be a total long shot…but I couldn’t help but mention it. There are Facebook groups for the syndrome that you could check out. I’m sorry if I have overstepped. Just couldn’t shake the feeling that I should mention it. If you have any questions, please let me know!

    • vaila
      October 8, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      Hi Kyla, Thank you so much for your comment! That’s really interesting! Mowat-Wilson isn’t one we’ve discussed with EJ’s doctors, I’ll definitely check it out!

  2. March 14, 2017 / 8:01 am

    Hi. I’ve just come across your blog. I’m a newbie blogger writing about interior design and disability, and how I want to have lovely house that doesn’t feel like a hospital! I also write a little bit about wheelchair travel. I’m going to read through your blog with interest as I think there will be some great ideas for me to think about.

    • Vaila Morrison
      March 17, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Hi Vicki! Thank you so much for your message. Your blog looks fantastic, I’ll be reading through yours with much interest too!
      I’d love it if you could link up some of your posts to my monthly ‘accessibility stories’ linky to share ideas and try to spread the access word (and that access doesn’t have to turn spaces and products institutional!)!

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