University of Twente Student Theses


Using Co-Design to Develop ‘Autshare’, an Online Solution-Sharing Platform for Autistic Individuals

Jarosinski, W.W. (2019) Using Co-Design to Develop ‘Autshare’, an Online Solution-Sharing Platform for Autistic Individuals.

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Abstract:Autistic individuals face a number of challenges on a daily basis. One of these is the fact that while solutions made for, with, and by autistic individuals do exist, users are oftentimes unaware of them. This results in autistic individuals missing out on solutions which could assist them in their daily life. The purpose of this project was to develop “Autshare”, an online platform for autistic individuals to share knowledge and solutions amongst each other. This thesis describes the development process of this platform. The methods used included co-design, as well as, the implementation of 3 iterations of online user testing. The key findings of this project were the obtained user requirements specific to tech-savvy autistic individuals, which were divided into three categories: content requirements, technical requirements, and co-design requirements. An evaluation performed at the end of the project indicated that: the website scored well with regards to usability; it implemented a majority of the defined requirements; users liked both the concept behind the platform, as well as, the participation process; and they would like to see the platform develop further in the future. Conclusively, the project succeeded in the creation of a solution-sharing platform for tech-savvy autistic individuals.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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