Empowering people with impairments: How participatory methods can inform the design of empowering artifacts

Jelle van Dijk, Niels Hendriks, Christopher Frauenberger, Fenne Verhoeven, Karin Slegers, Eva Brandt, Rita Maldonado Branco

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    Participatory Design has developed methods that empower people with impairments to actively take part in the design process. Many designed artifacts for this target group likewise aim to empower their users in daily life. In this workshop, we share and relate best practices of both empowering methods and empowering designs. Participants are therefore invited to bring along cases of designing for- and with people with sensory-, cognitive- or social impairments. Our workshop consists of three parts: (1) Foregrounding empowering elements in PD methods using method stories, containing the backstory of a method put into practice; (2) Reflecting on technological artifacts, exploring the empowering qualities of person-artifact-context interaction; (3) constructing a critical synopsis of the various relationships between empowering products and - methods.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPDC '16
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 14th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Interactive Exhibitions, Workshops
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4136-3
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2016
    Event14th Participatory Design Conference, PDC 2016 - Aarhus, Denmark
    Duration: 15 Aug 201619 Aug 2016
    Conference number: 14


    Conference14th Participatory Design Conference, PDC 2016
    Abbreviated titlePDC


    • Artifact
    • Assistive technology
    • Empowerment
    • Impairment
    • Method stories
    • Participatory methods
    • Product design


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