In 2015, the Orange Spain Foundation is implementing the Solidarity FabLabs programme. These digital manufacturing workshops are a part of our international digital education programme. The goal: to create objects for people with disabilities.
The Solidarity FabLabs programme gives disadvantaged young people the opportunity to experiment, learn and create digital objects. A great way to develop new skills through training and skill sharing. The programme already exists in several countries, and is expanding into Spain this year with two new initiatives.
Digital creations and disabilities
One of these initiatives is the Young Aspies Makers programme, a series of workshops where young people with high-functioning autism (Asperger Syndrome) train and work together. They use 3D printing to create objects to help people with physical disabilities. The workshops are run by BJ-Adaptaciones and Fundacion Friends, and are held at the Barcelona Manufacturing Circle site. The first session, which included a presentation of the FabLab and the participants’ first projects, took place in July.
Digital training and manufacturing
The other initiative is Young Social Makers, a professional reintegration programme based on digital technology. A group of young vocational or design school graduates, ages 15-25, will receive hands-on training in 3D industrial design techniques. They will use the standard FabLab tools, including laser cutters, 3D printers and digital milling machines, to create a wheelchair, an orthopaedic chair and a stand-up chair. They will work with occupational therapists to create bespoke objects for people with disabilities, who will test and assess the prototypes. The workshops will be held in September 2015 at the MediaLab Prado de Madrid, in partnership with Fundacion Tecnologia Social.