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Friedman Place’s Designing A Better Chicago Project

Request for Proposal

Proposals Due July 30, 2020

Announced
June 26, 2020

CONTACT: Kathy Gregg, Kathy.gregg@friedmanplace.org

Background: Summary of the organization and grant

Friedman Place, a non-profit supportive living community for adults who are blind or visually impaired is located on the far north side of Chicago.  Residents have private studio apartments with full baths, kitchenettes, have access to nursing care around the clock, social services support and activities especially of interest to or designed for the blind.  Recently Friedman Place began two new programs that reach beyond its walls and into the community.  The Navigator Program provides social services to any legally blind adult living in Illinois.  Family and friends may inquire as well. The Rent Assistance Program provides rent subsidies to low income legally blind adults over 18 living in Cook County.

The Designing a Better Chicago grant awarded projects that were design-oriented and would leverage design or design principles in its approach. The projects could be anything from a physical project or digital tool that improves public life or public space and would make a lasting, positive impact on the community.

The Friedman Place project will achieve the above and help to advance Friedman Place’s mission to provide housing and supportive services to adults who are blind or visually impaired, emphasize resident self-determination, independence, and interaction within the community, and be a primary force among professional organizations serving adults with visual disabilities.

Description of Project

Friedman Place seeks to create a professional awareness campaign video or series of videos and still photographs of Friedman Place’s buildings which were not designed for people who are blind or visually impaired, but have been modified with their needs in mind, and the residents and staff that live and work there. Friedman Place’s hope is that through this campaign when designers think about design they naturally include elements that respect and value people of all ages and abilities. In a world that is almost exclusively designed for people with sight, we seek to foster the independence of people who are blind or visually impaired in all public spaces which will promote their inclusion in all aspects of life and then others will begin to see blind people as they see themselves.

The purpose of the video is to share design elements found at Friedman Place widely and freely with current design leaders, educators and trainers.  Another intention is to inspire and influence the next generation of design leaders to incorporate Friedman Place’s design elements and to find new ways to include people of all abilities in future designs.

The video will highlight building modifications that engage senses other than vision that aide in orientation and mobility of people who are blind and how this promotes their independence and unifies the community of people that live, work, and visit Friedman Place.  The videos, clips and photographs will also be incorporated into a college level multimedia presentation intended for use in the classroom.

Narrative content of the design elements, course material, descriptive movie narration, subtitles and the like will be provided Friedman Place.  Residents and staff will be available to film, narrate and interview and questions can be provided by Friedman Place based on the narrative. Blindness basics training for those involved in making the video can be made available by Friedman Place.

The campaign will be made available to design students, educators and current designers and will feature how incorporating senses other than vision into design can be low cost, simple to implement, and thoughtful ways to create more inclusive communities in Chicago and around the world.

The campaign will be hosted on Friedman Place’s website and widely shared, including with: Designing a Better Chicago’s collaborators—NeoConnect, theMart, the City of Chicago, and the Design Museum of Chicago and also with Chicago’s civic leaders, professional design organizations, national universities and colleges, accredited design schools, and professional design organizations free of charge.

Key Details:

Friedman Place, a non-profit supportive living community for adults who are blind or visually impaired is located on the far north side of Chicago.  Residents have private studio apartments with full baths, kitchenettes, have access to nursing care around the clock, social services support and activities especially of interest to or designed for the blind.  Recently Friedman Place began two new programs that reach beyond its walls and into the community.  The Navigator Program provides social services to any legally blind adult living in Illinois.  Family and friends may inquire as well. The Rent Assistance Program provides rent subsidies to low income legally blind adults over 18 living in Cook County.

The Designing a Better Chicago grant awarded projects that were design-oriented and would leverage design or design principles in its approach. The projects could be anything from a physical project or digital tool that improves public life or public space and would make a lasting, positive impact on the community.

The Friedman Place project will achieve the above and help to advance Friedman Place’s mission to provide housing and supportive services to adults who are blind or visually impaired, emphasize resident self-determination, independence, and interaction within the community, and be a primary force among professional organizations serving adults with visual disabilities.

Deliverables: number of videos / length

The campaign may be a video of 15 minutes in length, or a series of shorter videos of one to three minutes clips equaling the same time, and 20-30 still photographs of the elements, residents and staff.

Project Timeline: 

Deadline 1/10/2021

Budget:

$8,500

Example Links:

https://www.interiordesign.net/videos/17744-experience-the-breathtaking-views-of-edge-in-hudson-yards/

https://youtu.be/dE4wYfWeqlM

Pitch Requirements:

Due date: July 30, 2020

Include: Brief summary of professional experience doing similar projects and samples (e.g. where they can be found online), identification of and description of the key person leading the project, timeline, description of plans and execution and budget. Priority will be given to proposals that expend funds on production and editing, rather than on renting equipment

Links to the grant makers:

https://designingabetterchicago.org/

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Frequently Asked Questions
Between 10 – 15. Approximately one per month.
Guide dogs are welcome and encouraged and Friedman Place will help pay for the costs of food and grooming if needed. The only pets that are permitted are fish and birds.
Yes, as long as your spouse (or partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.) qualifies like any other applicant. Studio apartments are only for individuals; one bedroom apartments (when available) are for couples.
We go shopping weekly and typically (depending on the season) go on another 1-2 outing per week.
Yes, with a full bathroom and kitchenette.
Your one monthly payment includes the apartment, all utilities, meals, housekeeping, activities, phone service, cable tv, assistance from nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, etc.