Pushing the boundaries of participatory design with children with special needs
Paper in proceedings, 2019

© 2019 Association for Computing Machinery. Despite its inherent challenges, participatory design (PD) has unique benefits when designing technology for children, especially children with special needs. Researchers have developed a multitude of PD approaches to accommodate specific populations. However, a lack of understanding of the appropriateness of existing approaches across contexts presents a challenge for PD researchers. This workshop will provide an opportunity for PD researchers to exchange and reflect on their experiences of designing with children with special needs. We aim to identify, synthesize and collate PD best practices across contexts and participant groups.


Participatory Design

Special needs




Best practice



Aurora Constantin

University of Edinburgh

Jessica Korte

University of Queensland

Jerry Alan Fails

Boise State University

Judith Good

University of Sussex

Cristina Adriana Alexandru

University of Edinburgh

Mihaela Dragomir

University of Edinburgh

Helen Pain

University of Edinburgh

Juan Pablo Hourcade

University of Iowa

Eva Eriksson

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Interaction Design (Chalmers)

Aarhus University

Annalu Waller

University of Dundee

Franca Garzotto

Polytechnic University of Milan

Proceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2019


18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2019
Boise, USA,

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Interaction Technologies

Human Aspects of ICT



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