Pushing the Boundaries of Participatory Design with Children: Call for participation

This is a one-day workshop organised as part of the IDC 2019 conference held in Boise, Idaho, USA between the 12th and 15th of June 2019. It aims to bring together researchers and stakeholders who are interested in sharing and reflecting on their experience in PD with children with special needs.

The topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. PD approaches and techniques developed for children with special needs;
  2. principles and guidelines for PD with general and specific groups of children with special needs;
  3. experiences in transferring PD approaches and activities between groups with different needs;
  4. using technology to support PD with children with special needs;
  5. extracting actionable information from PD sessions and translating children’s ideas (which are sometimes impractical or unrealistic from a technology perspective) into design possibilities;
  6. challenges and failures encountered during PD with specific groups of children, and potential remedies; and
  7. perceived and evidence-based benefits experienced by PD participants from specific groups, including evidence of acquired/developed skills through PD activities (e.g. communication, self-efficacy)

We would like to invite both participants and observers to attend the workshop.

Potential participants are invited to prepare a four-page position paper following the CHI Extended Abstract Format (to be submitted as pdf document) which describes their experience with PD with children with special needs. All potential attendees are asked to highlight the discussion topics which are of greatest interest to them, as their interests will be used to inform the design of the workshop.

Participants and observers are invited to apply via this form. Applicants will be evaluated based on the relevance of their experience and interest in the workshop theme and topics (all applicants), quality of presentation of position paper (participants) and potential to encourage debate (participants). Upon acceptance, at least one participant (position paper author) or observer must attend the workshop and register for it, as well as for at least one day of the conference.

Authors of accepted position papers will be invited to extend their position papers to submit to a special issue of an HCI-related journal.