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Prototyping 'clasp': implications for designing digital technology for and with adults with autism

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Publication date2014
Host publicationDIS '14 Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages10
ISBN (print)9781450329026
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper presents Clasp, a novel tactile anxiety management, communication and peer support tool developed with, by and for adults diagnosed with High Functioning Autism (HFA). Clasp connects a tactile anxiety coping device to a smartphone, which records and communicates anxiety levels for self-feedback and reflection. By adopting an iterative prototyping approach, we gained a deep insight into anxiety experienced by adults with HFA and evaluated the role of digital technology in its management. The paper describes our development approach, which we argue is unique to this multidisciplinary and multiorganizational design context involving hard-to-reach and vulnerable groups. Finally, we reflect on lessons learned from this process and share a set of design implications for the future development of digital tools that, like Clasp, are specifically designed with, by and for adults with HFA.