Assessing Support Needs for Developing an App-Based Assistive System for Enhancing Independence in the Autism Spectrum: Results from a Mixed-Mode Study
The DATA project is intended to develop a compound digital assistive system, including a mobile app set, for increasing independence in people with autism. The objective of this study was to explore this target group’s support needs, as a basis for the system designing process. A mixed-mode study was implemented, with an on-line survey (N = 147), and with 3 focus groups. The support need profiles were different across levels of functioning, with only minor differences between profiles provided by parents vs professionals. One’s awareness of support methods emerged as an important factor.
KeywordsAutism Independence Mobile app Support needs assessment
This research complies with the guidelines of the Research Ethics Committee of the ‘Barczi Gusztav’ Faculty of Special Education, ELTE University. The project is funded via an EFOP grant, co-financed by the EU and the government of Hungary (EFOP-1.1.5-17-2017-00007). The work was supported by a grant from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences within its Content Pedagogy Programme.
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