17 Sep 2018

In this post, we’re introducing the second speaker who will attend the Neurodiversity in Design Discussion Forum on 4th October 2018 at University College Dublin (see here for more info.).

Dr Laura Malinverni is a postdoctoral researcher at Universitat de Barcelona at the Department of Visual Arts and Design (grant Juan de La Cierva). Her research focuses on creative methods to research and design with and for children. She holds a PhD in Information and Communication Technologies, a MSc in Cognitive Science and Interactive Media and a BS in Fine Arts. She has worked as a researcher in both EU and national-funded projects, focusing on investigating participatory design methods to co-design interactive technologies with and for children with special needs. She also has worked for more than 7 years as an educator in several art projects with at-risk youth. Her research has been published in international journals and conferences.

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12 Sep 2018

In this post, we’re introducing one of the speakers who will attend the Neurodiversity in Design Discussion Forum on 4th October 2018 at University College Dublin (see here for more info.).

Katta Spiel has a background in Cultural Studies and Computer Science from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Katta’s PhD centers around experiences of autistic children with technologies and including their first-hand perspectives. Katta was part of the successful OutsideTheBox project in which the research team co-designed technologies with individual autistic children and is now part of Social Play Technologies, where we design technologies supporting social play between autistic and allistic children together with them. Other research interests include Games and Play, Critical Computer Science, Gender Studies and Philosophy of Science.

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07 Sep 2018

The Neurodiversity in Design group will be hosting a discussion forum at University College Dublin on 4th October, 2018. We are thrilled to be joined by guest speakers Dr Laura Malinverni and Katta Spiel, who will both be sharing their expertise and knowledge in the field of participatory design (PD) for people with autism and/or intellectual disabilities. In addition, an example of some recent PD work in Ireland will be showcased and discussed, with the participants sharing their views on the process. There will also be time for open discussion about the current state and future directions of participatory design. More updates to follow.

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15 Mar 2018

Last night we were very grateful to be able to give a presentation on our work at Learning Tech Labs Neuroscience in Education event in Dublin. Nigel Robb presented an overview of the challenges faced in the field of participatory design with neurodiverse populations, and outlined our plans to increase collaboration in this field and advance the state of the art, all with the aim of making software, products, and services more inclusive for people with autism and/or intellectual disabilities. The audience had some really insightful questions and comments, and the whole event was really enjoyable. You can see a copy of Nigel’s slides here. Thanks to David Pollard and everyone at Learning Tech Labs for giving us the opportunity to speak to such a great audience!

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13 Mar 2018

We’re pleased to announce that we have been awarded a small grant through the Seed Funding Scheme at University College Dublin. The purpose of the grant is to contribute to costs associated with organising a workshop on Neurodiversity in Design. Stay tuned for updates; we expect to hold the event in summer 2018. Thanks to University College Dublin for their support!

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01 Oct 2017

We’re pleased to be able to release a draft version of our Founding Document, which is freely available to download and read. The document primarily serves to position the Working Group, and introduce the founding members. Most of this content is also freely available on this site. In addition, the document contains a timeline of our planned activities for the first 12 months of operation, from September 2017 to August 2018.

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23 Sep 2017

Today the first version of our website goes live. We’re still working on some content, so you may see quite frequent updates over the next few weeks. As a short-term aim (i.e. by the end of 2017), we plan to transition to a fully accessible website, based on the infusion framework. For now, though, we have used large text and a high-contrast colour scheme throughout. We’re also on Twitter, so why not follow us for updates on our activities. Finally, we hope to launch a mailing list by the end of 2017.

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