What products do you think should be modified for disabled?
February 4, 2007 6:57 PM Subscribe
What product or services (that haven't already been) should be modified for individuals with disabilities -- educational or augmentative toys, games?
posted by pallen123 to health & fitness (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This is a practical question I'm beginning to research for a client. The client is a large non-profit organization that is interested in 'investing' charitable dollars to re-market, or possibly modify and market existing product and services for individuals with disabilities. These may include anything from Web services to software applications to toys to gadgets to games, etc. The 'target market' can include anyone on the disability spectrum, meaning anyone from children with physical, psychiatric/neuro, and developmental all the way through to frail elderly adults, and everyone in between. Examples include: kids/adults with autism, kids/adults with mobility problems, credebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, kids/adults with emotional and psychiatric issues, individuals with vision and hearing problems, memory impairment, etc. etc. etc.
My client is ideally looking for 'opportunities' to serve an underserved niche -- where there is a need, but perhaps not a huge commercial opportunity that would attract a sizable company to address the need. They're interested in providing seed funds for development/modification of new or existing products, with the expectation that the product/service will find a market large enough to perpetuate the business.
The organization is particularly interested in opportunities that do not require starting from scratch, but rather working with existing product/service providers to make necessary modifications for disabled populations. Education games and toys that fit this niche are of particular interest.