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Interactive Sensory Objects Developed for and by People with Learning Disabilities

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The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

Human Computer Interaction

12 - 14 September 2012

Interactive art sensory objects, learning disabilities, museums, heritage sites, participant researchers

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      This paper describes a project that aims to help improve the accessibility of museums and heritage sites by creating a series of interactive, multisensory objects. The objects will be developed collaboratively by artists, technologists, people with an interest in heritage sites, and people with disabilities and their carers in a series of sensory art and electronics workshops. The workshops and the sensory objects will explore aspects of physicality and how to appeal to the entire range of senses for both control and feedback. In addition to creating new interactive objects, the project aims to learn more about how to engage people with disabilities as participant researchers in designing art objects, and how to make heritage sites more accessible generally.

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      University of Reading

      Reading, RG6 6AY

      +44 (0) 118 378 6261
      University of East London

      London, E16 2RD

      +44 (0) 20 8223 7561
      Co-ordinator Access to Heritage

      project Liverpool Mencap
      September 2012
      September 2012
      : 1-3
      © Nic Hollinworth et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Birmingham, UK

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      The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction
      Birmingham, UK
      12 - 14 September 2012
      Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
      Human Computer Interaction
      Product Information: 1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development
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      Electronic Workshops in Computing


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