The impact of design on disability

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Accidents, trauma and the on-set of old age cause disabilities that change everything in your life.  Many things become a compromise; the clothes you can wear, the places that you can visit, the way you design your home and the impression you make as you enter a room.  These all have a profound impact on how you feel about yourself and subsequently how you are perceived by others. is a new company set up by two people who know first-hand the realities of living with disability. Wheelchair user Katherine Pyne and her husband John wanted to start a business that would enhance the lives of people living with disability, and make every day tasks and chores into a pleasure.

designed2enable recently became the UK  sales agent for the THRIVE range of pill boxes and organisers made by US company Sabi.

Thrive Sabi Family Shot“The design philosophy behind Sabi is very similar to our own,” says Katherine. “They believe that people’s imperfections are what make them beautiful.”

Katherine and John believe that intelligently designed products can help people embrace their vulnerabilities and enjoy doing daily tasks that may have grown challenging or mundane.

The Sabi pill boxes and organisers are designed with just that in mind – they make keeping track of and taking your daily vitamins and pills a pleasure, not a chore,” says Katherine.

Sabi pill boxes are useful, functional but most of all they are stylish in design. There’s a FOLIO pill organiser that could easily be a wallet or notebook. The DAYBOX with eight individual daily pill boxes that clip together to form a great looking weekly pill box and detach easily so you can take one daily pill box with you wherever you go.  The pill cutters and splitters are ergonomically designed and accurate, as well as being pleasant to look at.

The response to the Sabi range has been huge,” says John. “People enjoy using them, and they take away the stigma of having to pop a pill at lunch time or keeping a pill dispenser around the home”.


Katherine says the Sabi range does exactly what it should – makes a chore into a pleasure, and enhances people’s environment and their lives.

“That’s’ what our business is all about. We are very pleased that manufacturers like Sabi are answering the needs of so many people.”
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The Really Useful Stuff team would like to thank Katherine Pyne for writing the fantastic blog for us.