In Search of a Decision-Making Framework for Involving Users Who Have Learning Disabilities or Sensory Impairments in the Process of Designing Future Technologies

  • Jane SealeEmail author
  • Helena Garcia Carrizosa
  • Jonathan Rix
  • Kieron Sheehy
  • Simon Hayhoe
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1069)


A comprehensive literature review was undertaken in order to identify design approaches that have been employed with users who have learning disabilities or sensory impairment; the factors that influenced their choices and the extent to which the approaches and techniques adopted were successful. There was a huge variation across the corpus regarding whether a justification was offered for the choice of approach and the extent to which those justifications were supported by evidence. In addition there was a lack of comprehensive evaluation of the design approaches. Technology designers who intend working with users with learning disabilities or sensory impairments therefore currently have little to help them decide which design approach might be the most appropriate or effective.


Disability Design process User participation Decision-making 



This work was performed within the framework of the H2020 project ARCHES (, which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 693229.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Seale
    • 1
    Email author
  • Helena Garcia Carrizosa
    • 1
  • Jonathan Rix
    • 1
  • Kieron Sheehy
    • 1
  • Simon Hayhoe
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Wellness, Education and Language StudiesOpen UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  2. 2.Department of EducationUniversity of BathBathUK

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