All people desire independence in their everyday life, but this goal can be particularly challenging for individuals with developmental disabilities. We want to fill this gap by facilitating autonomy in one of the most fundamental and intimate areas: personal hygiene. We interviewed over 40 individuals with autism, caretakers, educators, therapists, doctors, and more and learned that hygiene is one of the greatest barriers to independence. We further noticed that every individual we worked with used visual schedules in their bathrooms to help guide them through various tasks, such as hand washing, but often needed additional engagement and verbal stimulation to truly follow the instructions.

We are team Designable, a group of three students from Stanford University working towards a solution for this problem. For our senior capstone project, we built an app that allows users to create customizable visual and audio aids for hand washing, tooth brushing, and showering. Everyone deserves a chance to feel clean and self-sufficient, and we are extremely excited to help make that happen. ​We believe that with the right set of tools and the proper guidance, anything is possible, washable, doable, and Designable.  


Click here for more information. 



Our first "proof of concept" version of our app will be available in the app store by the end of June! We have been hard at work with our amazing developers at Cubet and cannot wait to share with you.


Click here to donate to our GoFundMe Page to help support our project!


We are proud to announce that we were recently named semi-finalists in the 2017 RESNA Student Design Competition for assistive technology!  We have been invited to present our project at the RESNA annual conference in June.

Photo Gallery

Take a look at our journey and some of the amazing people we have met along way! 

Showing our Prototype
Showing our Prototype

Getting some feedback on our current prototype.

Tish hand washing
Tish hand washing

Visit to MAC

Shower Talk
Shower Talk

Testing prototypes at Morgan Autism Center (MAC)

Prototyping at Stanford's d. School
Prototyping at Stanford's d. School

Keeping things light!

Visual Schedule
Visual Schedule

Visual aids in one of our users' bathrooms...Most of our users have visual schedules to help with daily tasks

Final Trade Show!
Final Trade Show!

Team Designable at our booth for our final trade show at Stanford's Design School

Sue On John's Shower Process
Sue On John's Shower Process

Sue describes what John could use more help with when showering.

Morgan Autism Center Visit
Morgan Autism Center Visit

Talking hygiene with our friend Tish. Thanks for the great input!

thank you for YOUR continued
support and guidance  

Dennis Storz

Addison Nuding

Morgan Autism Center

Brad Boardman

Flo Fuller

Sue Taylor

Cubet Techno Lab

The Zuegel Family 

The Voiss Family


GoFundMe Supporters

Kids With Dreams

Open Mind School

Marina Vaserman

Stanford Product Design Class of 2017

Anne Hare

Stanford Design Department


Kathy Davies

Bill Burnett

Elijah Woolery

Friends and Family