Despite the potential of smartphones, usage of the Internet is particularly low amongst people with learning disabilities (PWLD). Indeed, 30% of disabled adults are non-users (ONS, 2014). This research aims to embed the experiential knowledge of PWLD in the specification of smartphone interfaces, from understanding the role of the device and end-user need, to optimising user focused solutions, encouraging long term adoption and minimising technology barriers.It is argued, and demonstrated through the poster, that co-development results in innovation that benefits all by exposing typically hidden experiences. Interface Design in Assistive Technology (AT) tends to be developer and engineering led. In contrast, socially inclusive co-creation methods support embedding real experience in the development process. Co-creation promotes user impact and shared leadership of the output to avoid the stigma associated with traditional AT; identifying not only what is needed but, importantly, aspirational. This research seeks to: Co-create smartphone interfaces for PWLD Implement a methodology with PWLD to work together as co-researchers Validate the creative approach with developers and designersThe implementation of the methodology involved working with co-researchers at Communicate2u, a Social Enterprise working with PWLD to: Understand research processes e.g. informed consent, confidentiality Develop shared ways of working and adapt to group dynamics To vocalise ideas on technology Explore the role of the smartphone for PWLD Challenge preconceptions about smartphone users To co-develop the presented posterExperiential design stemming from the voice of PWLD, when applied to a responsive, digital interface should enable all users to communicate with ease.
|Title of host publication
|Subtitle of host publication
|Book of Proceedings
|Richard Coles, Sandra Costa, Sharon Watson
|Place of Publication
|Birmingham City University
|Published - 6 Sept 2016
|Wellbeing Conference 2016: Co-creating pathways to well-being - Birmingham City University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Sept 2016 → 6 Sept 2016
|Wellbeing Conference 2016
|5/09/16 → 6/09/16
Bibliographical notePublished in conference proceedings book. This book is available to download on the conference website.