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      MEDIATE – a responsive environment designed for children with autism

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      Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference 2005 (AD)

      Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference

      23-25 August 2005

      Multi-sensory, responsive, environment, autism, expression, digital, non-invasive, interface, psychology, interaction, pattern detection

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          MEDIATE is a multi-sensory environment design for an interface between autistic and typical expression. It was designed as a space for creative expression and exploration via three sensory interfaces: visual, aural and tactile. The interaction with this digitally augmented world is under the child’s control allowing them a sensory dialogue. It is as much a space for the user with autism to enjoy as an interface for relatives and carers to observe interactions and expressions.

          MEDIATE is the outcome of a collaboration between Designers, Programmers and Psychologists from Spain, the Netherlands and the UK and was funded by the European Community. The expert psychology team on child development and autism informed the design process, which was essentially user-centred. The resulting outcome is successful for other user groups, but has benefited, in usability and innovation, from being constrained to a specific and challenging user group.

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          Conference
          August 2005
          August 2005
          : 1-8
          Affiliations
          Centre for Responsive Environments, School of Art, Design & Media, University of Portsmouth, UK
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/AD2005.14
          © Simone Gumtau et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference 2005, Dundee, Scotland

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference 2005
          AD
          Dundee, Scotland
          23-25 August 2005
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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