MapSense: multi-sensory interactive maps for children living with visual impairments

Brule, Emeline, Bailly, Gilles, Brock, Anke, Valentin, Frédéric, Denis, Grégoire and Jouffrais, Christophe (2016) MapSense: multi-sensory interactive maps for children living with visual impairments. CHI'16 - 34th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, San Jose, California, USA, May 07-12, 2016. Published in: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 445-457. ACM, New York, NY, United States. ISBN 9781450333627

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We report on the design process leading to the creation of MapSense, a multi-sensory interactive map for visually impaired children. We conducted a formative study in a specialized institute to understand children’s educational needs, their context of care and their preferences regarding interactive technologies. The findings (1) outline the needs for tools and methods to help children to acquire spatial skills and (2) provide four design guidelines for educational assistive technologies. Based on these findings and an iterative process, we designed and deployed MapSense in the institute during two days. It enables collaborations between children with a broad range of impairments, proposes reflective and ludic scenarios and allows caretakers to customize it as they wish. A field experiment reveals that both children and caretakers considered the system successful and empowering.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC1390 Education of special classes of persons > LC3950 Exceptional children and youth. Special education > LC4015 Children and youth with disabilities
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Depositing User: Emeline Brule
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2019 15:40
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2021 15:57

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