Megan Tompkins has designed a campaign to raise awareness of people living with hidden disabilities.
Invisible disabilities include psychiatric disabilities (anxiety disorders, major depression, bipolar and schizophrenia etc.) traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, cystic fibrosis, ADHD/ADD and learning disabilities, all of which are normally not apparent when looking at a person. Society often ranks disabilities, comparing physical to non-physical, with it commonly assumed that someone wheelchair bound has more of a right to use disabled public access over someone who has a hidden disability. Individuals who have a disability need a space that can help them and make their day-to-day life that bit easier – disabled toilets, parking, seats on public transport or accessible doors. Tompkins campaign has multiple outcomes to maximise public awareness: a logo, posters, infographics, mini animation, website, badges and identity cards.
Tompkins designs for healthcare specialising in designing help for people who have a mental or physical disability.
“I am particularly interested in helping and designing for people who suffer with disabilities; seeing people who I am close too in life struggle everyday with an illness, has increased this drive to make a difference and use design for as much positivity as possible. My passion is to help people who live their lives with some sort of disadvantage. It is a challenging, yet rewarding path and exciting to work in so many different mediums to discover the best response”.