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Design of Customized Independent Living Environment for Individuals with Mobility Issues




Zhang, Yuxuan

Type of Degree

Master's Thesis


Industrial and Graphic Design


Since ancient times, the groups of people with disabilities cannot be ignored, and wars around the world resulting in many amputations in army veterans and civilians have brought disability issues to the world consciousness. Up to now, through the efforts of the people with disabilities and relevant organizations, the rights and interests of the disabled group have been well protected and developed, but even so, the inconvenience of the people with disability in daily life has not been solved. However, while ADA standards for accessible design in 2010 set requirements for public environments and facilities, there are no standard requirements for private living space and furniture. Therefore, the lack of disability-focused rational design of interior and furniture prevents disabled individuals from living barrier-free and independently even at home. Thus, the purpose of this thesis is to develop a design tool through learning, understanding, and analyzing ergonomics, furniture design, and interior design for users and designers to design independent living environments that can accommodate both the physical and psychological needs of those with mobility issues.