The Neurodiversity in Design Group held its first formal meeting on October 4th, 2018. The Discussion Forum aimed at showcasing work that has been carried out on the involvement of neurodiverse populations in the design of products and services.
The first session comprised of presentations by Laura Malinverni, whose research focuses on creative methods to research and design with and for children and Katta Spiel, whose research centres around experiences of autistic children with technologies and including their first-hand perspectives.
The second session presented participatory design work carried out for the creation of training on a daily living task, by Yurgos Politis and a group of learners with intellectual disabilities, who are attending a 2-year programme at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown in partnership with the Daughters of Charity (DoC – Service Provider for people with IDs). Stephanie Lynch (DOCTRID Liaison Officer) showcased the work that the DoC is involved with, followed by an elaboration on the elements of the programme by Siobhan Cleary (Programme facilitator). Yurgos then described the project, detailing the methodological approach, highlighting the obstacles faced and gave a reflective account of the whole process and developing a list of recommendations for best practice.
The last session was an open discussion. A need to approach designing with neurodiverse populations with a new mindset was the consensus, to develop products that better meet individual needs and preferences. The conversation culminated with identifying how to maximise the potential of the Neurodiversity in Design Group.
Find the full account of the event and the presentations on Neurodiversity In Design website.