MEDIATE – a responsive environment designed for children with autism

Simone Gumtau, Paul Newland, Chris Creed

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MEDIATE is a multi-sensory environment design for an interface between autistic and typical expression. It was designed as a space for creative expression and exploration via three sensory interfaces: visual, aural and tactile. The interaction with this digitally augmented world is under the child's control allowing them a sensory dialogue. It is as much a space for the user with autism to enjoy as an interface for relatives and carers to observe interactions and expressions. MEDIATE is the outcome of a collaboration between Designers, Programmers and Psychologists from Spain, the Netherlands and the UK and was funded by the European Community. The expert psychology team on child development and autism informed the design process, which was essentially user- centred. The resulting outcome is successful for other user groups, but has benefited, in usability and innovation, from being constrained to a specific and challenging user group.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventAccessible Design in a Digital World - Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Aug 200525 Aug 2005


ConferenceAccessible Design in a Digital World
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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