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Designing Assistive Technology: Engaging and involving stakeholders, users and participants in the design, process and outcome of research

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Assistive Technologies

Guest editor: Dr Nigel Newbutt, University of the West of England, UK

This call for papers reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the Journal of Assistive Technologies, picking up on health, education, teaching, and the broad range of participants (age, disability, etc…). However, the main focus for this call is on the role of user engagement in the design, testing and application of assistive technology for people with disabilities and health-related concerns.

This call particularly welcomes articles, case studies, and reviews of projects/research that have involved stakeholders and users in their research endeavors, in addition to user-centred design models of participation and inclusion. This is due to the immediate need for a variety of stakeholders (researchers, practitioners, users, teachers, care-givers, therapists, technologists, engineers, etc…) to work closely together on assistive technology projects, in addition to the role that these stakeholders and groups can play in this process (both design and evaluation). This approach, some have argued, can bring about research outputs that stand to have the greatest impact on the lives and outcomes of the people who stand to benefit.

This call also welcomes submissions from researchers or practitioners reporting on the role (or evaluation) of contextual-based research and work being carried out at locations where users might have a need for, or access to, tools and technologies. Therefore, this call welcomes material from a range of appropriate sources and contexts, where the foci are placed on stakeholders, users and participants in research processes and outcomes.

This call for papers would welcome work from across the following areas (although it is not limited to those listed):
  • Computer assisted technologies
  • Virtual worlds and virtual environment
  • Screen-based assistive technologies
  • Assisted living
  • Support in the home
  • Technologies to connect people
  • Dissemination and presentation of findings; innovative methods and approaches
  • Practice in the design and evaluation of assistive technology for users
  • In-context design; working within schools, hospitals, care homes, homes, etc…
  • User-centred design principles in practice
  • Methodological discussions and theoretical debates for future work in applied assistive technologies

It is the engagement with, and involvement of, user groups in the design and application of assistive technology that remains of core interest to this call.

For any queries or questions please contact the guest-editor for this special issue: Dr Nigel Newbutt: [email protected]

Submissions should be made via the journal's ScholarOne site at: (NB Please ensure that you submit to the special issue entitled 'Designing Assistive Technology')

Please view the journal's author guidelines before submitting:

Submission deadline: 4 Jan 2016