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

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Francis, Peter S, 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

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.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4290
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10400430902945561
Official URL http://www.resna.org/dotAsset/12192.pdf
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
Current > FOR Classification > 1702 Cognitive Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > SEO Classification > 9202 Health and Support Services
Keywords ResPubID17002, assistive technology, autism, design process
Citations in Scopus 4 - View on Scopus
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