Anava is the MD and clinical lead for Design for Independence Ltd (DfI).
She has a BA degree in Occupational Therapy, an MSc in Ergonomics and over 15 years’ experience in housing, sensory integration and inclusive design. Anava is also a Bond Solon/Cardiff University accredited expert witness in accommodation and equipment.
As an occupational therapist, Anava has vast knowledge and experience of observing people functioning at home. She also has an in-depth understanding of how medical conditions and old age affect individuals.
Her background enables her to support product designers and developers in creating inclusive design solutions for those who are less able. Manual handling assessments and training are also services on offer, as this is an essential part of creating a safe home environment.
Design for Independence Ltd work on both new-build planning and the adaptation of existing property. They are experienced at working directly with partners, such as case management companies, solicitors, architects, project managers and interior designers.
Anava is passionate about helping to increase the quality of life for everyone and to empower those who are less able.
Anava will focus of the effect visual impairment has on a person’s ability to function at home. She will give an overview of relevant statistics, discuss elements of the physical fabric of the property, and look considerations around interior design and technology.
The session will help you understand how visual impairment affects our ability to use vision for functional tasks, and will examine high risk areas, such as the stairs, bathrooms and kitchens. It will conclude by looking at the ways we can help to resolve or minimise difficulties in order to enhance independence and reduce risks at home.