Empowering people with impairments

How participatory methods can inform the design of empowering artifacts


A workshop at the Participatory Design Conference 2016
Tue 16 Aug

New Deadline: 8 July!

About

Participatory Design has developed methods that empower people with impairments to actively take part in the design process. Many designed artifacts intended for the same target group likewise aim to empower their users in daily life. In this workshop we share and relate best practices of both empowering methods and empowering designs. What works to empower people in the design process, may in fact inform the way artifacts can empower persons with impairments in everyday life.


Participants are invited to bring along cases of designing for- and with people with sensory-, cognitive- or social impairments. Our one-day workshop has three parts:

  1. Forgrounding empowering elements in PD methods using method stories, containing the backstory of a method put into practice in a shareable format.
  2. Reflecting on technological artifacts, exploring the empowering qualities of person-artifact-context interaction.
  3. Constructing a critical synopsis of the various relationships between empowering products and -methods.

Read the full workshop proposal here for more details.

This workshop is organised by Jelle van Dijk, Niels Hendriks, Christopher Frauenberger, Karin Slegers, Fenne Verhoeven, Eva Brandt, Rita Maldonado Branco

Jelle van Dijk Niels Hendriks Chris Frauenberger Karin Slegers Fenne Verhoeven Eva Brandt Rita Maldonado Branco

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline 8 July 2016
  • Notifications of acceptance 12 July 2016
  • Camera ready: 20 July 2016
  • Workshop: Tue 16 Aug 2016

At least one author of an accepted submission is required to attend the workshop, and participants must register for both the workshop and at least one day of the main conference.

Call for Submissions

You can apply by sumbitting either a method story, or a description of an technological artefact.

A method story represents the making process of a method that you used for involving people with cognitive or sensory impairments in a design project. The submission format is open and we encourage you to carefully consider the most suitable format for your method story (e.g. written stories, videos, collages, audio stories, interviews, ...). More information about method stories, including examples and suggestions for elements to include in your method story, can be found here.

The description of a technological artefact can also take any suitable form. You can submit text, portfolios, video, even actual artefacts (we certainly encourage you to bring the artefact to the workshop, if possible). In the description, we would like authors to engage in a critical reflection on how the artefact is empowering and how these features were designed into the artefact.

Preferrably, submissions are digitally transferrable and sharable. Your method story or description should include those aspects of your methodological approach that are relevant to share with other researchers and designers and we encourage you to address personal reflection, trial-and-error experiences and adaptations to existing methodologies or artefacts.

Submissions should also come with a short description of authors and their backgrounds, what authors see as their contribution to the workshop and what they hope to get out of participating.

Please email your submission to the workshop organisers before the following deadline: 8 July 2016. If you have large files, please contact us so that we can send you a link to online storage space. The selection process will ensure that high quality contributions from a range of different perspectives are invited to participate.

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