Inclusive Design

Single handed use for primary school children

Design Intend

  • To make the product/segment accessible for a bigger set of user groups, making it inclusive.

  • The design is should not be specific for any user group. But should by widely accessible.

  • Inclusive Design of Stationery. Making tools accessible to differently abled children 

The Problem

  • Components in a geometry box such as ruler, rubber, sharpener, divider, compass, set square and protractor are not inclusive stationery in many scenarios.

  • Every year 23,500 amputees are added to the amputee population in India.

Defining Barriers

  • Assuming the young student can use his or her thumb properly

  • Being only be able to use a single hand for geometric constructions.

  • We are dealing with a small young hand, it is relatively new to the use of complex/technical tools, to begin with.

  • The kid single-handedly won't be able to draw a line segment with a pencil while managing to keep the ruler firm on the paper. 

Need Prioritization

  • Geometric constructions exercises require both the hands.

  • Primary school children should be able to use these tools regardless of their disability.

  • With a geometry box, a primary school student should be able to learn the basic geometric shapes.


  • Getting rid of not the most important thing and still incorporating the attributes of the same in the other most necessary tools

  • The sharpener doesn’t need to be there in this scenario (Where accuracy is not given the most importance)

  • But learning the basics of geometry is given the most importance,

  • The divider can be avoided/eliminated due to safety concerns (too pointy and sharp)

Lateral thinking