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What is Accessible Design ?

Kyoyohin products and services are designed to be used by as many people as possible, including older persons and persons with disabilities.

Kyoyohin Products and Services
  1. Specialized assistive technology
  2. Mainstream assistive technology
  3. Kyoyohin goods
  4. Barrier-reducing goods
  5. Goods for the nondisabled

Five principles of Kyoyohin Products and Services

  1. Meets the needs of various physical and intellectual needs.
  2. Easily communicable using plural means (e.g. visual, aural, and tactile aids)
  3. Operation methods can be intuitively understood and require little psychologica strain
  4. Easy use with little physical burden (e.g., can be handled with little effort, easy accommodation of motion, approach and etc.)
  5. All aspects of a product, including materials, structure, function, procedure, and environmental features are considered from the viewpoint of safety.

Features of Kyoyohin Products

Kyoyohin products have specific features or adaptation to make products more usable for all people including older persons and persons with disabilities.

Here are examples of features for packaging, labeling and instruction, handling and catalog and specification.

Packaging

  • Clear product distinction
  • Easy to open
  • Easy to take out the contents
  • Good transportability
  • Easy to repack
  • Easy to measure
  • Disposable
  • No sharp surface/edges
  • Low weight

Tactile identification of the contents
Tactile identification of the contents
The top of canned alcoholic beverages bears braille.

Labeling and instruction

  • Instruction by flashing light
  • Instruction by voice
  • Instruction by illustration
  • Braille/tactile marking
  • Large print
  • High contrast

Instruction by voice
Instruction by voice
 

Instruction by Illustrations
Instruction by Illustrations  

Large print and high contrast
Large print and high contrast A dot on #5.

Handling

  • Easy to handle
  • Can be handled with a single hand
  • Requires less strength
  • Offers alternative formats of instruction
  • Requires easy technique
  • Provides automation

Easy handled with a single hand
Easy handled with a single hand  
This plug can be easily pulled out of sockets by pinching the levers on both sides.

Easy handling with less strength
Easy handling with less strength With this bottle cap opener, users can open the bottle easily.

Catalogs and specification

  • Large print
  • High contrast
  • Alternative formats of instructions
  • Braille and/or raised markings

Large print
Large print helps older persons and persons with weak vision read easily. Over 22 point text size is appropriate.


Converted into Braille or voice
For persons with visual impairment, the instruction by voice in cassette tape or CD format is very useful. Meantime, text data can be also converted into Braille or voice.


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