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Techniques and recommendations for the inclusion of users with autism in the design of assistive technologies.

Authors
  • Francis, Peter
  • Mellor, David
  • Firth, Lucy
Type
Published Article
Journal
Assistive technology : the official journal of RESNA
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2009
Volume
21
Issue
2
Pages
57–68
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/10400430902945561
PMID: 19715250
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

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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