Give the Body a Voice: Co-design with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities to Create Multisensory Wearables

Kristin Lynn Neidlinger*, Stephanie Koenderink, Khiet Phuong Truong

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Abstract

This study explores non-verbal co-design techniques with multisensory wearables to give the body a voice. Sessions were led with professional caregivers, parents, and clients with PIMD (profound intellectual and multiple disabilities) to find fundamental building blocks for a common language based on tangible technologies. To provide an agent for communication we employed the tools of extimacy - translating biodata to visual, auditory, or tactile interactive displays. The caregivers expressed the need for action – reaction “Actie Reactie” to keep attention, which was an update from the Multisensory Environment (MSE) rooms previously used to calm. In the co-design sessions, we found the on-the-body wearables held the most focus. The final discovery from the study became the outline for creating a modular, highly personalized kit for a Multisensory Wearable (MSW) to inspire surprise and wonder.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM SigCHI
Pages1
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2021 - Virtual Conference
Duration: 8 May 202113 May 2021

Conference

ConferenceConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2021
Abbreviated titleCHI 2021
CityVirtual Conference
Period8/05/2113/05/21

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