The triad of strengths

a strengths-based approach for designing with autistic adults with additional learning disabilities.

Katie Gaudion, Elizabeth Pellicano

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Abstract

Autism is a condition that is often defined in terms of difficulties in social interaction, social communication, social understanding and imagination. Much existing research in autism and design is still framed around these so-called Triad of Impairments [1] the goal of which is to improve a person’s deficits; for example, developing technologies and environments to enhance communication and social interaction. This paper supports and builds upon existing autism research that views autism through a person’s strengths and abilities. This project aims to broaden this discussion into the field of design and turn the deficit-based framework on its head, through the development of a less generalized and more personalised design approach termed the Triad of Strengths, that views autism through a positive and enabling light. The paper describes how a strengths-based approach can support tangible design outcomes to create a positive impact on everyday life for autistic adults.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign, user experience, and usability
Subtitle of host publicationdesign thinking and methods - 5th International Conference, DUXU 2016. Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Proceedings
EditorsAaron Marcus
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages266-280
Number of pages15
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9783319404097
ISBN (Print)9783319404080
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Design, User Experience and Usability: Held as Part of HCI International 2016 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 17 Jul 201622 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9746
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Design, User Experience and Usability
Abbreviated titleDUXU 2016
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period17/07/1622/07/16

Keywords

  • autism
  • design
  • strengths
  • environment
  • participation
  • interests
  • sensory preferences
  • action capabilities

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    Gaudion, K., & Pellicano, E. (2016). The triad of strengths: a strengths-based approach for designing with autistic adults with additional learning disabilities. In A. Marcus (Ed.), Design, user experience, and usability: design thinking and methods - 5th International Conference, DUXU 2016. Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Proceedings (Vol. 1, pp. 266-280). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 9746). Springer, Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40409-7_26