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Improving Social and Communication Skills of Adult Arabs with ASD through the Use of Social Media Technologies

  • Alaa Mashat
  • Mike Wald
  • Sarah Parsons
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8547)

Abstract

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) find it hard to communicate and interact with other people. Although technology has been involved in sup-porting people with ASD in developed countries, research on such technologies has been mainly related to Western culture. Arab adults with ASD require sup-port for improving their social skills. However, cultural differences could limit the usability of existing technologies. The proposed study aims to investigate the use of social networks for supporting Arab adults with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger syndrome in order to improve their abilities in social situations such as family relations and friendships, considering the influence of culture and tradition views on the usability and sociability of social media technologies.

Keywords

Accessibility Usability Autism Spectrum Disorder Arabs Adults Social Media Technology Social Skills Communication 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alaa Mashat
    • 1
  • Mike Wald
    • 1
  • Sarah Parsons
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonUK

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