Designing for- and with- vulnerable people

John Vines, Róisín McNaney, Rachel Clarke, Stephen Lindsay, John McCarthy, Steve Howard, Mario Romero, Jayne Wallace

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Increasingly ubiquitous technology coupled with a surge in empirical research on people who face cognitive, emotional, physical and social challenges increases the potential for HCI to enrich the lives of vulnerable people. Designing for people with vulnerabilities requires an approach to participation that is sensitive to the risks of possible stigmatization and an awareness of the challenges for participant involvement. This workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to explore the critical issues surrounding designing with and for vulnerable individuals. We aim to provoke discussion about how ‘vulnerability’ is defined in HCI, what methodological and ethical concerns are raised when working with specific cases, and ways of designing for future technologies that support vulnerable people in novel and sensitive ways.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2013 - Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationChanging Perspectives
EditorsMichel Beaudouin-Lafon, Patrick Baudisch, Wendy E. Mackay
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450318990
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2013
Event31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems:, CHI EA 2013 - Paris, France
Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Conference31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems:, CHI EA 2013


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