Designing for Embodied Empowerment of people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Authors Fenne Verhoeven, Jelle van Dijk
Publication date 7 May 2015
Research groups Co-design
Type Lecture


Workshop paper Taking an embodied perspective, we report on the design of two interactive products aimed at empowering people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder in coping with challenges of everyday life. Our Research-through-Design study combined theory with hands-on co-design work and in situ user observation, in close collaboration with clients and their professional caretakers, constructing experienceable prototypes as tangible anchors for reflection. Reflection resulted in guiding principles addressing the design potential of designing for Embodied Empowerment, centering on the client’s embodied-being-in-the-world.

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Language English
Key words Embodiment, Situatedness, Autism, Empowerment, Assistive Technology, Research-through-Design

Fenne Verhoeven