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How inclusive design became big business

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In 2012, MIT’s Mobility Lab partnered with the design firm Continuum to develop a conceptual wheelchair that could navigate all terrains—sand, mud, potholes, you name it. With simple levers the rider pushes to catapult themself forward, the design won one of Fast Company’s inaugural Innovation by Design Awards, and today, the concept has evolved into a commercially available chair that users praise as the “mountain bike of wheelchairs.”

It was the competition’s first example of accessible design, the idea that design can’t just serve some mythical average........

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