Program

The full program will appear here closer to the date of the workshop. For the moment, we plan the day to loosely follow the following agenda:

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and introductions
09:15 – 10:30 Position paper madness session
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Terming special needs (Group work)
12:30 – 13:00 Feedback and discussion
13:00 – 14:00 Workshop lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Group case studies on methods to give voice
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Practical group activity, discussion of group work, and wrap-up

The workshop will consist of a mixture of presentations, group work, and design activities. The initial activity will be the position paper madness experience, which will allow participants to  contextualize their individual perspectives on designing for- and with- children with special needs. Workshop participants will then proceed to a discussion on terming special needs, based upon the questions highlighted in the main topics section.
The afternoon session will consist of participants working in groups to explore the methodological issues which arise when attempting to ‘give voice’ to children with special needs in specific settings  (e.g. mainstream school, mixed ability special needs school, hospital setting). The groups will then further explore the methodological and design considerations that come to light from this discussion  before engaging in a practical design activity as a response to this. An open discussion attempting to synthesize the ideas explored and generate new ideas for future research will conclude the study.

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