Community led co-design of a social networking platform with adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Zhu, Randy, Hardy, Dianna, and Myers, Trina (2022) Community led co-design of a social networking platform with adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 52. pp. 38-51.

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Adolescents with ASD face challenges in forming positive friendships due to their ASD condition. This study developed a social networking platform based on the needs of a small group of ASD adolescents and their parents/carers and examined what potential benefits such a system could provide. We conducted seven co-design workshops with six adolescents with ASD over eight months. The team exchanged ideas and communicated through group discussions and drawings. The findings suggest that: (1) participants demonstrated self-advocacy skills through an iterative co-design process; (2) a safe and familiar environment encourages active participation from adolescents with ASD as co-designers; and (3) parents, community group and fellow participants play a pivotal role in engaging adolescents with ASD on a social-network.

Item ID: 66821
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-3432
Keywords: Co-design; Autism; Participatory design; Social networking; Participatory action research
Copyright Information: © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC part of Springer Nature 2021
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2021 22:49
FoR Codes: 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4608 Human-centred computing > 460806 Human-computer interaction @ 50%
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4609 Information systems > 460910 Information systems user experience design and development @ 50%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280115 Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences @ 100%
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