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Interactive sensory objects for and by people with learning disabilities

Hollinworth, N., Allen, K. ORCID:, Kwiatkowska, G., Minnion, A. and Hwang, F. ORCID: (2014) Interactive sensory objects for and by people with learning disabilities. ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing (109). pp. 11-20. ISSN 1558-2337

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1145/2637487.2637489


This project engages people with learning disabilities as co-researchers and co-designers in the development of multisensory interactive artworks, with the aim of making museums or heritage sites more interesting, meaningful, and fun. This article describes our explorations, within this context, of a range of technologies including squishy circuits, littleBits, and easy-build websites, and presents examples of objects created by the co-researchers such as “sensory boxes” and interactive buckets, baskets, and boots. Public engagement is an important part of the project and includes an annual public event and seminar day, a blog rich with photos and videos of the workshops, and an activities book to give people ideas for creating their own sensory explorations of museums and heritage sites.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Department of Bio-Engineering
ID Code:39683
Publisher:ACM New York, NY, USA

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