The Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders (RASD) journal with Mark Brosnan, Nicola Yuill, Judith Good, Sarah Parsons as guest editors invite papers on digital technologies for autistic people.
Focus. This special issue will focus on digital technologies that encourage autistic people to look up from the screen and out into the real world. It has long been argued that autistic people have an affinity with and for digital technologies, but digitally mediated interactions can represent a distancing from real world interactions and can be viewed as ‘colluding’ with the social difficulties associated with autism. However, advances in mobile technologies offer opportunities for exploiting a wider range of perceptual and sensory-based experiences in real world environments that can foster new forms of interaction and thinking by encouraging more embodied forms of experience. Concepts of embodiment have been viewed as particularly relevant for understanding autism. This special issue will have a focus on tangible, mobile, augmented and mixed reality technologies that enable autistic people to navigate and negotiate the real world, as well as how the environment can be enhanced with these technologies to support autistic people.
This special issue seeks papers that address how digital technologies use context, interaction, and embodiment to support the autistic community to negotiate the real world. It is, by its nature, an interdisciplinary issue and papers are invited from all relevant disciplines.
Paper format. All papers should conform to the usual RASD standards and can be in the form of regular research papers, review articles, short communications or commentaries. The Guest Editors have recently collaborated on an ESRC-funded seminar series on the topic (see digitalbubbles.org.uk).
EES open for manuscript submissions: 1st March – 31st July 2017
Final manuscript submissions to publisher: 30th November 2017
The expected publication date: 2018
with thanks to Nicola Yuill