Knowing me, knowing you: perspectives on awareness in autism

Yuill, Nicola, Parsons, Sarah, Good, Judith and Brosnan, Mark (2015) Knowing me, knowing you: perspectives on awareness in autism. Journal of Assistive Technologies, 9 (4). pp. 233-238. ISSN 1754-9450

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper raises important questions from the different perspectives on autism research that arose from a seminar on autism and technology, held as part of an ESRC-funded series on innovative technologies for autism.
Design/methodology/approach: The paper focuses on the roles of technology in understanding questions about different perspectives on autism: how do people on the spectrum see neurotypicals (people without autism) and vice versa?; how do we use eye-gaze differently from each other?; how might technology influence what is looked at and how we measure this?; what differences might there be in how people use imitation of others?; and finally, how should we study and treat any differences?
Findings: We synthesise common themes from invited talks and responses. The audience discussions highlighted the ways in which we take account of human variation, how we can understand the perspective of another, particularly across third-person and second-person approaches in research, and how researchers and stakeholders engage with each other.
Originality/value: We argue that the question of perspectives is important for considering how people with autism and neurotypical people interact in everyday contexts, and how researchers frame their research questions and methods. We propose that stakeholders and researchers can fruitfully engage directly in discussions of research, in ways that benefit both research and practice.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: Q Science > QZ Psychology
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T0173.2 Technological change
Depositing User: Nicola Yuill
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2015 11:41
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 04:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58041

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