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Who do we Design for and with? - Reflections on IDC Special Needs Research

Conference contribution
Authors Peter Börjesson
Olof Torgersson
Eva Eriksson
Published in 16th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children. Stanford, USA. Accepted Position paper for the workshop: Equity & Inclusivity at IDC
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Computer Science and Engineering (GU)
Language en
Subject categories Human Computer Interaction

Abstract

This paper is based in our experiences from the last three years where we have been working in a project aiming to first identify needs for different touch based technologies for social and emotional development, and then design those technologies together with children and teachers in compulsory school for children with learning disabilities. We will briefly present one example of a technology developed in the project that raises questions regarding equity and inclusivity. WellSEQ is an interactive touch based questionnaire aiming to support self-reporting of the psychological health among children with intellectual disabilities (ID) aged 12-15, a target group usually left out of surveys measuring psychological health. Secondly, we involved mixed groups of children in participatory design activities, which is usually not very common. In this workshop we would like to discuss: 1. Why many technologies are only designed for and with children with a particular diagnosis 2. Why there is a lack of research with mixed groups of children 3. How do we explicitly define the target group

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