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Designing for and with vulnerable people

Lookup NU author(s): Professor John Vines, Dr Rosin McNaney


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HCI has started to explore the positive roles that technology can play in improving the lives of people facing cognitive, emotional, physical, and socioeconomic challenges. Despite this encompassing a large percentage of the population, an overarching characteristic that people facing such challenges likely share is that society considers them vulnerable in one way or another. Workshop participants represented a broad range of disciplines, including HCI, psychology, social science, psychiatry, and participatory design. Researchers aimed to develop a shared understanding of who we considered to be vulnerable and why, and how this enabled or required a sensitive and appropriate way of working with these people in research contexts. Examples discussed at the workshop included working with individuals experiencing Asperger's, dementia, homelessness, cerebral palsy, and grief. Despite the variety of people and conditions, many common themes were apparent.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Vines J, McNaney R, Lindsay S, Wallace J, McCarthy J

Publication type: Note

Publication status: Published

Journal: Interactions

Year: 2014

Volume: 21

Issue: 1

Pages: 44-46

Print publication date: 01/01/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 1072-5520

ISSN (electronic): 1558-3449


DOI: 10.1145/2543490