IDEAS: An interface design experience for the autistic spectrum

Laura Benton, Hilary Johnson, Mark Brosnan, Emma Ashwin, Beate Grawemeyer

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Designing products and services to meet the specific requirements of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be difficult due to their wide ranging and individual needs. Participatory Design (PD) is a design method that could be used to better meet these needs, by giving this population an opportunity to. directly contribute to software designed for their use. Researchers have begun to involve children with ASD in the design process, but there is not yet a design method specifically adapted to support the potential difficulties this group may experience during PD sessions. This paper presents a new design method, IDEAS, which attempts to fulfill this need. The development of this method is described along with an initial pilot undertaken to determine the feasibility of using this method with an ASD population. The results indicate that the majority of children with ASD were able to produce a successful final design using this method, and have the potential to be involved in PD sessions as part of a design team.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2011 - 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings and Extended Abstracts
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781450302289
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2011 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 7 May 201112 May 2011

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Conference29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2011
Abbreviated titleCHi 2011
Internet address


  • Autism
  • Children
  • Interface design
  • Participatory Design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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