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DESIGNING FOR AND WITH USERS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM
https://designingforautism.wordpress.com 

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline 20 November 2015

We invite you to take part in this parallel paper session at the Human-Computer Interaction International conference in Toronto, Canada, 17-22 July 2016 (http://2016.hci.international/). Share your research on how interactive systems, products, environments and experiences can be designed effectively for users on the autism spectrum, and how users can participate in the design process.

This population typically welcomes structure, both in their daily routines and their social interactions. It has been argued that interactive systems and other products should equally be designed in a clear and uncluttered way, reducing complexity. However, capabilities and individual preferences can vary widely across the autism spectrum, and what works for one group may not be universally applicable. 

Further, established design practices may prove difficult to apply as users may be unable to express their preferences clearly. People with autism may also struggle with the roles typically assumed in user-centred design approaches that rely on active user involvement, participation in co-creation sessions and prototype testing.

To advance research in this area, we invite original research papers covering the design of interactive systems, products, environments  and experiences for users on the autism spectrum. This may include (but is not limited to) the following topics:

- human-centred design approaches, e.g. participatory design or design thinking
- supporting important life transitions, e.g. from secondary to tertiary education
- technology support with everyday activities
- mainstream apps or services effectively appropriated for autism support
- eliciting user needs, preferences and creativity
- product, interior and architecture design solutions that help prevent injury or getting lost
- enabling effective self-advocacy
- designing for sensory needs
- facilitating social communication, e.g. between peers or within a family
- designing for varying capabilities
- significant empirical work that informs the design of new technology

We also welcome submission that touch on related cognitive disorders and developmental conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD. 

KEY DATES
Extended abstracts for blind peer review are due on 20 November 2015. Please ignore the 800-word limit in the submission system – we require extended abstracts of 3-4 pages. Authors will be notified of the reviewers' decision in early January 2016. Accepted camera-ready full papers (10-12 pages) are due 12 February 2016. The conference itself will take place 17-22 July, with the parallel session on either 20, 21 or 22 July.

HOW TO SUBMIT
Please contact Marc Fabri ([log in to unmask]) to receive a personal submission invite through the conference CMS. Please DO NOT submit your paper through the general HCII paper submission route as it may then not be part of this session.

WHAT WE ACCEPT
All papers must report completed work with results available at the time of final submission. Proposals for new frameworks, protocols, etc. must emerge from research or practice and cannot be simply position papers. Data from studies that have not been approved by an institutional ethics review board must meet criteria for being exempt from human participants research.

FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS
Extended abstracts of 3-4 pages must be formatted using the Springer Paper Template available from https://designingforautism.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/. Please include any references, tables and figures in the extended abstract.

PROCEEDINGS
HCI International 2016 Conference Proceedings will be published by Springer in a multi-volume set. Accepted papers will appear in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Delegates will have access to the full proceedings online for a limited period after the conference.

ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE
We are bound by the rules of the conference which state that for paper presentation and publication in the proceedings, at least one delegate registration per paper is required. However, individuals can appear as co-authors in several papers. Details of special deals are available at http://2016.hci.international/registration.

For full information please visit https://designingforautism.wordpress.com 

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto in July 2016!

Marc Fabri, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Debra Satterfield, California State University Long Beach, USA

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