Designing Technologies for Neurodiverse Users: Considerations from Research Practice

  • Vivian Genaro MottiEmail author
  • Anna Evmenova
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1018)


This paper presents and discusses the perspectives of ten investigators experienced with design of technologies for and with neurodiverse users. Although the advances on emerging technologies improved their potential to assist users with neurodiverse needs, existing methods for participatory design, usability tests and evaluation have been created for, and validated with, able-bodied users. User-centered design methods are not always well-suited to meet the unique needs of neurodiverse individuals. Therefore, to involve neurodiverse users iteratively in the design process, investigators need to adapt traditional methods from HCI to successfully conduct user studies. Through an online questionnaire, we identified the experimental designs commonly adopted and the major problems investigators face during recruitment, data collection, analysis and design. Based on the analysis of the investigators’ experiences, we provide nine recommendations to conduct studies with neurodiverse users, aiming at engaging them as active participants front and center in the research and design process.


Accessibility Inclusive design Assistive technologies Neurodiverse users 



We thank all the respondents of the survey who contributed to this study sharing their experiences and recommendations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Volgenau School of EngineeringGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  2. 2.College of Education and Human DevelopmentGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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