‘indriya’ - Participatory design of a multi-sensory learning aid for children with communication disorder

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nad
Author: Venkatesh, Kavyashree; Acharya, Shakuntala
Series: ICED
Institution: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 0009-0018
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2023.2


Designing for disability is a very specialised area as it requires interdisciplinary expertise, and designing assistive devices for children with communication disorder, is especially a challenge as these users are incapable of providing adequate and coherent feedback. With the adoption of participatory design approach, in collaboration with experts/professionals/educators, as pivotal stakeholders and a proxy for the end-users; a game-based, multi-sensory learning aid has been developed to train children on the concept of sense organs.Several concepts were generated and evaluated through special educator participation and based on a preliminary survey of external special educators as evaluators, the prototype was found to be suitable for the target user to enhance their communication skills. This paper captures a research through design perspective on the design of customisable solutions for beneficiary user groups, who are unable to offer feedback.

Keywords: Participatory design, Collaborative design, Design for X (DfX), User centred design, Design for Children with disability

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