Posted on 08th April 2015

Designing with and for autistic users – Announcing a Workshop at British HCI Conference, July 2015

Marc Fabri and Penny Andrews will host a workshop to explore how best to design technology for users on the autism spectrum.

The focus is on human-centred design approaches where users become an active and integral part of the design team. The workshop will take place at the British Human-Computer Interaction conference on 14 July at the University of Lincoln, UK.

A key outcome from the Autism&Uni project will be an interactive toolkit that helps students navigate the transition from school to university, and cope with the challenges of the first few months of study. We use a human-centred ‘Design Thinking’ approach to involve autistic students in the conception, design and testing of this toolkit. We’re holding this workshop because we want to share our experiences from the Autism&Uni project whilst also learning from others’ experiences.

While our particular focus is on autism, we also welcome participants who work with other neuro-diverse users, e.g. those with ADHD, dyspraxia or dyslexia.

If you have an interest in this area then please consider taking part. We invite researchers (regardless of the stage of research), technology and interaction designers, professionals who work with autistic people and people who are on the autistic spectrum and have experiences – good or bad – of using technology.