Call for Papers

Call for Participation:


IDC 2013 Workshop
New York, USA

— Submission by: 18/03/13 25/03/13
— Notification of Acceptance: 19/04/13
— Workshop: full day

Interaction design (ID) methodologies are being increasingly used in the design and development of novel technologies for children with special needs in a multitude of educational, clinical and social   settings. Combining the ubiquity of digital technologies with the depth of empirical knowledge we have gained in recent years, surrounding the etiology of many psychological, physical, and emotional  difficulties affecting children, places ID research in a unique position of impact. However, designing within this area remains complicated for a myriad of reasons. Any child requiring assistance due to  a physical, psychological or learning difficulty can be defined as having special needs. Yet, this umbrella term, under which a huge assortment of diagnoses and difficulties can be grouped, is not used  consistently across the literature. Consistently defining special needs, whilst remaining mindful of the intricacies and complexities of the term itself, will establish a community wide language that   bridges the gap between HCI, clinical and education literature.

Additionally, the methodological and ethical issues that arise when working with these  groups, and within different research contexts, are multifaceted when we consider the vast and complex needs  of the children that we come into contact with. Previous examples of HCI involving children with special needs has included, children with; autism, cerebral palsy, severe motor impairment, vision and auditory impairments, and physical disabilities.
The aim of this workshop is to synthesize this work, through the interaction of a diverse community. We aim to explore experiences around designing for- and with- children with special needs in  different settings to identify terminological and methodological implications that occur in this domain. Additionally we hope to identify potential avenues for future research in this area.

This full day workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers, designers and practitioners who are currently working to design technologies for and with children with special  needs within multiple settings in the field of interaction design, education or health care, or are interested in the topic. We invite the submission of 2-4 page position papers in ACM Extended Abstract  format ( offering perspectives on topics including (but not limited to):
• Reflections on the ethical and practical challenges of working in special needs contexts

• design concepts or developments of technologies designed for or with children with special needs

• user or case studies of how interaction designs have been appropriated to support design methodologies in the context of working with children with special needs

• Guidelines, implications or lessons learned for engaging users in the design process or evaluation of special needs supporting designs

Submissions should be sent to by the 18th March 2013 25th March 2013

Workshop submissions will be reviewed by the program committee and workshop organizers. Accepted position papers will be made available on the workshop website. We will ask participants to  read specific position papers prior to the workshop. Please also note that all workshop participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the main IDC 2013 conference. The  reason for this policy is that workshops are supposed to be a part of the IDC conference, not separate events that happen to be in the same location at the same time. The intention is that people will be
attending the conference as well.
Please email Róisín McNaney (, Madeline Balaam ( or any of the workshop organisers if you have any questions about the workshop.


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