Giving a voice through design: adapting design methods to enhance the participation of people with communication difficulties

Roisin McNaney, Margot Brereton, Cara Wilson, Abi Roper, Miriam Sturdee, Jayne Wallace, Stephanie Wilson

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Many participatory design methods are heavily reliant on the presence of communication skills, with approaches often focusing on verbal or written outputs. For people with communication difficulties it can often be difficult to engage with such approaches. This workshop aims to bring together researchers, designers and practitioners to explore share both positive and challenging experiences of working with users with communication difficulties within participatory design. We will generate a description of a set of design methods which have been adapted and used with people communication difficulties, with a view to enhancing the knowledge and skills of workshop participants for the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference, Volume I1: Short Papers, Situated Actions, Workshops and Tutorial
EditorsLiesbeth Huybrechts, Maurizio Teli, Ann Light, Yanki Lee, Carl DiSalvo, Erik Grönvall, Niels Hendriks, Karin Slegers, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Jan Boelen, Chris Csikszentmihályi, Brendon Clark, Mela Zuljevic, Anne Marie Kanstrup, Keld Bødker
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450355742, 9781450364645
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Communication difficulties
  • Health
  • Methods
  • Participation
  • Participatory design

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