People with autism or other chronic diseases generally are prone to sensory physical and disorders. They are particularly sensitive or insensitive to light, colour, sound, touch, etc. and hence, their daily lives are greatly affected. Realising that good designs help improve lives, Hong Kong Design Institute students join hands with special needs members and occupational therapists from St James’ Settlement to co-design and co-create several innovative and appealing furniture and healthcare equipment to bring positive life changes.
Physical practices not only strengthen one’s muscles, but also improve mental health. Through this co-create project, upcycling fabric stuffed bags and fit ball covers are made by HKDI students and special needs individuals. The fabric stuffed bags are handy and squeezable which help lessen emotional stresses and boost feelings of joy and serenity. Together with the supplementary fabric-patched book, the fabric stuffed bags can be used as 3D puzzles for recognition and muscle training.