Reducing the risk of abandonment of assistive technologies for people with autism

Francis, Peter, Firth, Lucy and Mellor, David 2005, Reducing the risk of abandonment of assistive technologies for people with autism, in Human-Computer Interaction-INTERACT 2005, IFIP TC13 International Conference Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp. 1104-1107.

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Title Reducing the risk of abandonment of assistive technologies for people with autism
Author(s) Francis, Peter
Firth, Lucy
Mellor, David
Conference name International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (International Federation for Information Processing) (2005 : Rome, Italy)
Conference location Rome, Italy
Conference dates September 12th - 16th 2005
Title of proceedings Human-Computer Interaction-INTERACT 2005, IFIP TC13 International Conference Proceedings
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2005
Conference series International Federation for Information Processing Working Conference
Start page 1104
End page 1107
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Summary This paper reports on an investigation that found that conventional techniques for including users in technology design are likely to fail if the user has autism. The heterogeneity of autistic symptomatology across cognitive, social, behavioural and communication domains suggests a 'single user' environment, while rendering typical design interaction techniques meaningless, making the need for assistive technologies great, and the risk of abandonment high. This complex problem of urgency and constraint was addressed through a Delphi study with a panel of psychologists critiquing design activities for people with autism. The major finding is that while each of the activities may work if modified, all require that the designer is well acquainted with autism in general and has a close working relationship based on trust with the individual user. If these requirements are met, there is no reason that the abandonment rate cannot be reduced.
ISBN 3540289437
9783540289432
Language eng
Field of Research 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2005, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30014546

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Psychology
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