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Diversity for design: a framework for involving neurodiverse children in the technology design process

Benton, Laura; Vasalou, Asimina; Khaled, Rilla; Johnson, Hilary and Gooch, Daniel (2014). Diversity for design: a framework for involving neurodiverse children in the technology design process. In: Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems - CHI '14, pp. 3747–3756.

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The neurodiversity movement seeks to positively reframe certain neurological conditions, such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and dyslexia, by concentrating on their strengths. In recent years, neurodiverse children have increasingly been involved in the technology design process, but the design approaches adopted have focused mostly on overcoming difficulties of working with these children, leaving their strengths untapped. We present a new participatory design (PD) framework, Diversity for Design (D4D), which provides guidance for technology designers working with neurodiverse children in establishing PD methods that capitalize on children’s strengths and also support potential difficulties. We present two case studies of use of the D4D framework, involving children with ASD and dyslexia, showing how it informed the development and refinement of PD methods tailored to these populations. In addition, we show how to apply the D4D framework to other neurodiverse populations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
ISBN: 1-4503-2473-8, 978-1-4503-2473-1
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
ICT project iLearnRW318803European Union FP7
Keywords: Participatory design; children; neurodiversity; autism; dyslexia
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 59121
Depositing User: Daniel Gooch
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2019 15:41
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 19:45
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