Somatopia at CHI 2016, #chi4good

This is our first CHI conference, and taking part in the Workshops has been a great introduction to a packed schedule of events. In small groups we presented Method Stories for Involving People with Impairments in Design, which opened up discussions revealing the lack of inclusivity in the way we publish and present our work. The debate was lively and supportive, the Somatopia project was very well received, and it was particularly rewarding to hear other people’s genuine desire to promote inclusivity within their work. Great to at last meet Professor David Brown from Nottingham University, and to find synergies in both our approaches. Also really good to meet up with friends from the ECHOES project. Chris Frauenberger’s talk “Designing Smart Objects with Autistic Children: Four Design Exposès“, demonstrated that there some really excellent design principles emerging in autism research.

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