Start With One
Start with One, Invent for Many is a collection of experiments that started by working with one person to make something impactful for them and their community.
If you’re working on a project that starts with one, you can share it here. What starts small can grow with exposure and impact many more people.
Look to Speak
Start with Sarah Ezekiel
Sarah Ezekiel is an artist, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2000. She is one of millions of people worldwide living with speech and motor impairments.
In 2020, together with her Speech and Language Therapist Richard Cave, she met with a small group from Google exploring how machine learning on smaller devices could make eye-gaze communication technology more accessible to more people.
LEARN HOW TO USE LOOK TO SPEAK
Morse Code Hackathon
Start with The Adaptive Design Association
The Adaptive Design Association builds custom adaptations for people with disabilities. In September 2018, a group of game designers, coders and kids came together for a hackathon to build games with Morse Code, an input system for people with limited mobility.
This simple yet efficient method was pioneered by Tania Finlayson, who also uses it daily to communicate.
Start with Jay Alan Zimmerman
Musician Jay Alan Zimmerman has developed a way of experiencing sounds and music for himself and others who are hard of hearing. His Seeing Music tool is now being used by music teachers – students with hearing disabilities, and by vocal teachers.
If you’d like to build your own accessible web projects, we’ve assembled a set of accessible web components for you to get started.
What is a Start with One project?
Any project where a maker has worked together with one person to make something impactful for them and/or their community. Impact here is not only about the practical. Joy, discovery, and play can also make a difference in people’s lives.
What do these projects have in common?
Many of the projects built in this spirit share a few common threads:
-They provide real impact for at least one person
-They start small and scrappy
-They result from deep collaborations
Is this only about accessibility?
Not at all. While some Start with One projects are related to accessibility, other ones have involved dancers and older adults in Japan, amongst other communities.
Does my project have to scale to qualify?
No. Even if your project is impactful for only one person, we’d love to see it featured on this site - perhaps the exposure will help it scale 🌱.
How do I find my one to collaborate with?
All around you! There are probably dozens of people or communities around you (your neighbors, your school, your family, your co-workers etc.) who you can work with to spark innovation.
Who are you starting with?
If you’re building something together with one person or community, we would love to hear your own Start with ______ project.