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

Benton, L; Vasalou, A; Khaled, R; Johnson, H; Gooch, D; (2014) Diversity for design: A framework for involving neurodiverse children in the technology design process. In: Jones, M and Palanque, P and Schmidt, A and Grossman, T, (eds.) CHI '14: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. pp. 3747-3756). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, United States. Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Diversity for design: A framework for involving neurodiverse children in the technology design process
Event: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
ISBN-13: 9781450324731
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/2556288.2557244
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2556288.2557244
Language: English
Additional information: ACM New York, NY, USA © 2014.
Keywords: Participatory design; children; neurodiversity; autism; dyslexia
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474922
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