A group of EU-funded researchers, whose work relates to the field of assistive technology, have recently launched the Neurodiversity in Design European Working Group, a new initiative promoting inclusion in design for those on the autism spectrum
Yurgos Politis, Nigel Robb (both from University College Dublin) and Bryan Boyle (Trinity College Dublin) are all interested in increasing the involvement of neurodiverse individuals, such as people with autism, in the design of new services and technologies.
There is a growing field of research investigating ways in which people with autism and/or intellectual disabilities can play an important role in the design process, and thus have a say in the creation of the services and products in order for them to better meet their needs and preferences.
The aim of the working group is to provide a point of focus to increase collaboration and idea-sharing in this exciting field.
The group will be formally launched in January of 2018 and for their first major event, they plan to hold a workshop in the summer of 2018.