Volunteers needed to shape new technology
We are currently seeking young people aged between 14 and 18 living with autistic spectrum conditions and their parents/carers to participate in a focus group.
What is involved?
During the focus group we'd like to share our proposals for a VR game to enhance social interaction with young people living with autistic spectrum conditions and their parents/carers. We will also demonstrate some of our schematics, talk about our plans and the different options that are feasible, and get the input and views of young people and their parents/carers in terms of the next steps in our work.
Where is it?
The focus group will be held at our office at the Sussex Innovation Centre, Brighton BN1 9SB, on Monday 22nd October 1pm-3pm.
We can offer a £60 Amazon voucher to each young person attending the focus group
If you want to get involved please complete the form at the bottom of this page and hit the submit button.
Approximately 1% of children and young people live with autistic spectrum conditions which are often characterised by behaviour and cognitive difficulties which make social interaction challenging. This has a negative impact on lives meaning that early intervention is essential.
Research has shown that people with autistic spectrum conditions have difficulty recognising facial expression, but that social interaction training can help. However, such training is problematic due to high cost, the risk of negative outcomes and the unpredictability of day-to-day interactions.
We believe that virtual reality technology offers a unique opportunity to facilitate social interaction training in a safe, controllable and supportive environment. To this end, we are currently working on a project to develop a VR game, delivered via a smart phone and head set, designed for young people living with autism to help with their social interaction.