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Design and The Mind

Co-Creating with Neurodiverse People

How can we help neurodiverse people make the most of their engagement with the Wellcome Hub?

In 2013 the Wellcome Trust launched the Wellcome Hub – a dynamic transdisciplinary research space where people from different backgrounds and with a range of expertise collaborate on projects exploring medicine, life and art.

The central goal of Design and the Mind is to explore ways to address issues surrounding cognitive, physical and digital access to the Hub and its resources for a variety of users, by framing this as an integral and positive part of design and research processes.

Research Associate Natasha Trotman is looking at improving the ways in which the Hub engages and co-creates with neurodiverse audiences, focusing on collaboration, research and public engagement. Focusing on new methods of collaboration through interviews, workshops, drop-in sessions and experimental co-creation and engagement methods, this project has mapped out key user insights into the space and written inclusive briefs to improve visitor experiences.

Using the research gathered so far, Natasha is currently working on a ‘sensory vocabulary kit’ to encourage organisational change, internal and external co-creation, the fostering of relationships with neurodivergent and disabled visitors and a scaffolding for new offerings for broader audiences.

Research Associate:
Natasha Trotman

Age & Diversity Leader:
Dr Chris McGinley

Research Partner:
Wellcome Collection