27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013) (HCI)
Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)
9 - 13 September 2013
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the UK’s leading cause of severe visual impairment amongst the elderly. It accounts for 16,000 blind/partial sight registrations per year and is the leading cause of blindness among people aged 55 years and older in western countries (Bressler, 2004). Our research aims to design and develop a self–monitoring, ability–reactive technology (SMART) for users with AMD to support their dietary–based AMD risk mitigation and progression retardation over time. In this paper, we reflect on our experience of adapting and applying a participatory design (PD) approach to support the effective design of our application with and for older adults with AMD. We introduce the outcome of a series of PD sessions with older adults with AMD – that is, a paper prototype of our proposed application which focuses on accessibility for our target users – and discuss implications for the eventual prototype development.