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Techniques and Recommendations for the Inclusion of Users with Autism in the Design of Assistive Technologies

Francis, Peter S and Firth, Lucy and Mellor, David (2009) Techniques and Recommendations for the Inclusion of Users with Autism in the Design of Assistive Technologies. Assistive Technology, 21 (2). pp. 57-68. ISSN 1040-0435

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Abstract

The increasing numbers of technology platforms offer opportunities to develop new visual assistive aids for people with autism. However, their involvement in the design of such aids is critical to their short-term uptake and longer term use. Using a three-round Delphi study involving seven Australian psychologists specializing in treating people with autism, the authors explored the utility of four techniques that might be implemented to involve users with autism in the design process. The authors found that individual users from the target group would be likely to respond differently to the techniques and that no technique was clearly better than any other. Recommendations for using these techniques to involve individuals with autism in the design of assistive technologies are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID17002, assistive technology, autism, design process
Subjects: FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
FOR Classification > 1702 Cognitive Science
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
SEO Classification > 9202 Health and Support Services
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2011 02:21
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2011 02:21
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4290
DOI: 10.1080/10400430902945561
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