Pop-up Empathy Lab


An Empathy Lab is the chance to start discussions on accessibility kickstarted by a collection of materials that encourage users to consider how users with a range of disabilities and impairments may interact with the world using assistive technologies and what kind of barriers they may face. Empathy Labs are also sometimes called ‘simulation labs’ or 'accessibility labs' because users are simulating disabilities and looking at accessibility tools.

This is can be a sensitive subject as some people believe that the users’ ability to quite literally ‘take off’ their disability does not allow them to properly understand the effect to which a disability truly affects a person.

At All Able we agree that an afternoon spent in an Empathy Lab will not make users experts on the effects of disability, but it is an important step in raising awareness. Time spent in an Empathy Lab can help users to realise effects of their work that they have not thought about before. Or give users more questions that they can then follow up by asking their disabled user base to better tailor services to their customers.

Attendees engaging with empathy lab kit learning about where Braille seamlessly appears in everyday situations

Our Kit

All Able has a selection of Empathy Lab kit and are happy to provide it as part of training courses we run or as a standalone 'Pop-up' Empathy Lab at events. If you are interested in booking the All Able Empathy Lab to come along to an event we are happy to run the lab, supporting users in trying out our simulation gear and assistive tech.

The All Able Empathy Lab includes a host of physical devices that help to either simulate the effects of certain barriers or tools used to help overcome those barriers. We have a full set of simulation glasses that simulate the effects of a number of visual impairment barriers, 3D printed tactile map examples, a range of assistive technology and many other tools all supported by training and guidance from the All Able team to ensure users understand where an Empathy Lab experience fits into training and the focus on barrier removal.

Some of our kit:

  • Cane for blind and visually impaired users

  • Visual impairment simulation glasses set (x10 pairs)

  • BSL guidance sheets and books

  • Lip reading exercises

  • Braille writing slate and alphabet guide

  • Dyslexia and visual stress colour overlays

  • Colour blindness tests

  • Signature guides for blind and visually impaired users

  • Large print keyboard

  • Magnifiers

  • Dexterity aides

  • Noise cancelling headphones

  • Cambridge style simulation gloves

  • Two laptops (1x Mac, 1x Windows 10) for using assistive tech (AT)

  • Mobile device to show range of assistive tech or other supportive disability apps

  • Tactile Map examples (traditional, multi-material and 3D printed)

  • A range of accessibility and disability related books including good starts about accessible and inclusive web design, some famous disability journeys, and content building.

Some of our empathy lab kit laid out as listed above.

Getting a Quote

To get a quote please contact us at info@allable.co.uk and provide us with as much of the suggested information listed below to help us quickly provide you with an accurate response.

Suggested Information

Below is suggested information that you can include in your request to help us provide you with an accurate quote more quickly.

  • Your name

  • Organisation

  • Details of time and place you would like to book the empathy lab for