Developing functional prototypes that respond to real needs and support the autonomy of people with disabilities


As part of the DDMP project, OpenDot organizes a Summer School to learn how to co-design careables, or Design for Care objects for people with disabilities.


A highly formative path, which alternates moments of theory with sessions of co-planning and agile prototyping, to understand and experiment the methodology of co-planning in the field of assistance and health. The program includes lectures, vertical training courses on technologies and digital manufacturing and sessions with the aim of developing functional prototypes that respond to real needs and support the autonomy of people with disabilities, “planning with, not for”.

Soon available open source: The co-design toolkit for healthcare


how to efficiently organise, document, communicate and realise work

Following Call for Needs, launched in collaboration with the Tog Foundation, 3 real needs, 3 challenges for Summer School participants, aspiring health managers were selected. Of the more than 50 applications of manufacturers and designers from all over Europe, 3 work groups have been formed to find specific solutions in the areas of learning, sports and music. Meet the teams here

OpenDot, in continuity with the research and definition of a co-design methodology for healthcare, has developed a co-design toolkit, or a series of models that suggest: how to define the concept in the most precise way in relation to the need how to establish a positive dialogue with the people for whom they design how to navigate between numerically controlled machines, technologies and the world of sensors and actuators how to efficiently organize work through simple and intuitive tools how to best communicate your project how to document the process and the final project so that it is understandable, can be shared online and can be replicated by everyone The toolkit will soon be available open source on our site based on the CC BY-NC-SA license.