ASDtech is an independent hub of research and practice on technology for autism, offering a space to autistic people, families, researchers, practitioners and tech developers to bring their diverse perspectives to the table. This is a community for anyone invested in getting the most out of technology for autistic people.
Our community originated through a series of Special Interest Groups at the International Society for Autism Research annual conference. We now circulate an email digest of news in the field - you can subscribe at the bottom of this page - and use these pages to collect examples from research, practice and the commercial sector, as well as academic publications.
We aim for our work to have an educational, clinical and societal impact. Our general objective is to study the ways technology is being used in autism research and practice with a specific focus on understanding the needs of autistic users and their carers and raise awareness for more usable and efficient products.
ASDtech was fueled by a passion to make an impact in the world of autism, neurodiversity, and assistive technology. The research team has collaborated with volunteers to build an online presence, and to reach out to the autism tech companies, researchers and practitioners.
Briella Baer Chen is a second-year doctoral student in Special Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is passionate about using technology as an instructional tool to address gaps in transition services and support autistic students both inside and outside of the classroom. Briella’s research experience includes single-case experimental studies using video-based interventions to teach vocational, daily living, and academic skills to autistic students, qualitative studies of the human-computer interaction between autistic youth and teachable interfaces, and internet-mediated survey research of autistic adults and children and their families.
Sidrah Liaqat is a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. With a background in multimedia signal processing and machine learning, her research focus is on human behavior understanding. A strong believer in application of technology to improve the lives of autistic individuals, Sidrah applies her expertise in deep learning to identify clinically significant behaviors from videos of autistic children for early detection of ASD. She is motivated by her belief that self awareness about autism is the first step towards enabling autistic individuals to lead a fulfilling life and be their true self.
Sue Fletcher-Watson founded ASDTech in 2013 after chairing the first Autism & Technology Special Interest Group at INSAR. She is a developmental psychologist at the University of Edinburgh. She adopts a participatory approach to autism research and is interested in answering the questions that matter to autistic people and their allies, using robust psychological science.
The first Special Interest Group took place at IMFAR 2013 with the title Technology and Autism — Developing a Framework for Best Practice in Design, Development, Evaluation and Dissemination of Autism-Specific Technologies. It was designed to complement the existing IMFAR Tech Demo session by considering some of the theoretical, methodological and ethical issues around work in this field. We also held special interest group meetings in 2014 and 2015. The posts below provide more detail about each meeting, and you can also download meeting reports.