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Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Addressing Diversity

Volume 5614 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 344-352

Asperger Syndrome and Mobile Phone Behavior

  • Laura DaleyAffiliated withLancaster UniversityLincoln Social Computing (LiSC) Research Centre, Department of Computing & Informatics
  • , Shaun LawsonAffiliated withLancaster UniversityLincoln Social Computing (LiSC) Research Centre, Department of Computing & Informatics
  • , Emile van der ZeeAffiliated withLancaster UniversityDepartment of Psychology, University of Lincoln

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Abstract

This paper introduces the idea of using modern technology to work as an assistive tool for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and Higher-Functioning Autism (HFA) The study investigated the use of mobile phones by a neurotypical control group. Participants reported their pattern of phone use given specific social scenarios. Results showed that participants were more likely to use the text messaging facility on their phone to contact someone rather than call them. It also showed that their choice of communication mode did not differ given different social scenarios and neither did it when the information was given from the recipients’ perspective. Further investigation is described where this information will be compared to a group of AS individuals.

Keywords

Asperger’s Syndrome Autism Computer mediated communication mobile phones