‘Whose agenda? Who knows best? Whose voice?’ Co-creating a technology research roadmap with autism stakeholders

Parsons, Sarah, Yuill, Nicola, Good, Judith and Brosnan, Mark (2019) ‘Whose agenda? Who knows best? Whose voice?’ Co-creating a technology research roadmap with autism stakeholders. Disability and Society. ISSN 0968-7599

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Abstract

Technologies play vital roles in the learning and participation of autistic people and yet have mostly been conceptualised according to a medical model of disability. In this stakeholder review, the comments of 240 participants from a two-year seminar series focusing on autism and technology were analysed to co-construct an understanding of how research could develop more inclusively. Our socio-cultural analysis shows that stakeholders were very positive about the roles that technologies can play in many areas of life, but that these technologies need to be developed and evaluated according to the needs and preferences of autistic people and their families. We propose an inclusive common social framework for research based on the core themes of social inclusion, perspectives, and participation and agency. Such a framework requires the field to recognise that some current practices are exclusionary and that a commitment to action is needed in order to make positive changes.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: autism technology participatory
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Nicola Yuill
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 11:02
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 12:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/84408

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