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Southampton Education SchoolPostgraduate study
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V.C.S.Ward@soton.ac.uk

Mrs Verity C S Ward 

Postgraduate researcher

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Verity is an Integrated PhD student at Southampton Education School , University of Southampton, and a member of the ACoRNS research group

Research interests

In recent years those specialising in the design of technologies for autistic people have made increasing efforts to involve them in the design process through participatory design approaches. In doing so, they move away from deficit-focused thinking and value the knowledge and contribution which autistic people can make to their designs. However, researchers often encounter tensions between their desire to value autistic peoples’ contributions and objectives for the technological output of the projects.

Verity's research builds on calls by Parsons and Cobb (2014) to focus on the effects of participatory design as a process rather than the technological output of such projects. Rather than having specific goals for the technological output of projects, the aims of the research relate to exploring the mutual learning which can occur between adults and autistic children and young people when collaborating on participatory design projects. 

Following the ACoRNS model, which calls for collaboration between research and practice, Verity's research involves working closely with Fairmead School. The first study involves running a computer game design project, with the help of some local industry representatives. In doing so, the aim is to investigate how such projects can influence people’s expectations for the future employment of young autistic people, according to the different roles they play in the project.

Research group

Centre for Research in Inclusion

Mrs Verity C S Ward
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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