Issue No. 02 - Apr.-Jun. (2018 vol. 17)
Esma Mansouri Benssassi , University of St Andrews
Juan-Carlos Gomez , University of St Andrews
LouAnne E. Boyd , University of California, Irvine
Gillian R. Hayes , University of California, Irvine
Juan Ye , University of St Andrews
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Challenges with typical social engagement, common in the autism experience, can have a significant negative impact on the quality of life of individuals and families living with autism. Recent advances in sensing, intelligent, and interactive technologies can enable new forms of assistive and augmentative technologies to support social interactions. However, researchers have not yet demonstrated effectiveness of these technologies in long-term real-world use. This article presents an overview of the social and sensory challenges of autism, which offer great opportunities and challenges for the design and development of assistive technologies. We review existing work on developing wearable technologies for autism particularly to assist social interactions, analyze their potential and limitations, and discuss future research directions.
handicapped aids, social aspects of automation, wearable computers
E. M. Benssassi, J. Gomez, L. E. Boyd, G. R. Hayes and J. Ye, "Wearable Assistive Technologies for Autism: Opportunities and Challenges," in IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 11-21, 2018.