Ilianna Ginnis

Creating design systems for non-verbal communicators and cognitive diversity

PhD candidate

  • Ilianna Ginnis


Just because someone can’t speak, doesn’t mean they have nothing to say. These individuals have a unique perspective of the world and this needs to be recognised and represented within our community.

Ilianna Ginnis

Design has the potential to create rich encounters between neurological diversity, communication access and the environment. By including non-verbal communicators as the narrator of their own experience we can create systems where the is a potential for inclusion and neurological agency.

If the space does not provide access and accommodate for a individual needs, the space is held accountable for not allowing inclusion. The same applies to communication, if a space, system, or process has been designed without the consideration of communication access, it limits participation and inclusion. This silences some of the most important voices within our community.