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Andrea Alessandrini <[log in to unmask]>
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CFP Special Issue on Designing with and for Children with Special
Needs for the International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction

We are happy to announce a special issue of the International Journal
of Child-Computer Interaction:

Children with special needs have been somewhat neglected or
marginalised by research, but mainly by practice, in the past.
Recently, software and hardware advances, as well as a shift in the
political mind-frame, have made it possible to start from scratch, and
build environments in which these children can reach their full
potential. Recent initial research results indicate that despite
various types of impairments, such as social, communication, vision,
hearing and autistic impairments, novel advances with digital
technology facilitates children with special needs in various tasks.
The central issue in generating tools to help these children is how to
find ways to design novel technical tools in a user-centred manner.

This special issue in Designing with and for Children with Special
Needs thus targets this exciting topic, which concerns designing
software and hardware systems for and with children with special
educational needs (SEN). The focus of the special issue is on methods
and implementations that aim to 1) improve interaction techniques for
children with difficulties related to vision, hearing, cognitive,
language or interaction and 2) develop participatory design
methodology for involving key stakeholders e.g., teachers,
rehabilitation instructors and pupils with SEN to the system’s
innovation, design, testing and prototyping phases. Moreover, the
special issue aims to 3) bring together research and other key
stakeholders in this important field, to exchange best practices and
foster discussions on follow-up developments. Our aim is to frame the
recent developments in the field by connecting scientific constructs
produced by recent research providing multidisciplinary views that
define clear concepts, methods and artifacts that serve the
development of technology for and with children with SEN.

We are inviting contributions in the following areas focusing on
children with SEN:
- methodology of participatory design
- social processes during participatory design
- interface design and implementation
- educational issues of technology-supported teaching
- user experience methods and design
- novel tools for teaching and learning
- social networking tools in teaching
- theoretical tools for the design and evaluation
- security and privacy
- service design and interaction design in teaching
- case studies

We target the special issue for researchers from various fields
working with technology development for children with special needs,
and also professionals needing research-based evidence to base their
decisions on.

Paper submission is open at
(, please select “SI: Design
with SEN Children” as the Article Type during the submission process.

1st of February 2016 Paper deadline (5:00pm GMT)
1st of March 2016 First reviewing deadline (5:00pm GMT)
1st of April 2016 Revised Paper deadline (minor, major corrections) (5:00pm GMT)
1st of May 2016 Second reviewing deadline (5:00pm GMT)
30th of August 2016 Notification (5:00pm GMT)
30th of November 2016 Camera-ready deadline(5:00pm GMT)

Dr. Andrea Alessandrini, University of Dundee, UK
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Dr. Alexandra I. Cristea, University of Warwick, UK
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Dr. Hannakaisa Isomäki, University of Jyväskylä, Filand
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