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DSGN 395: Assistive Communication Design


This is an upper-level undergraduate course that introduces students to designing assistive technologies. The course has two components:  weekly lectures from experts in the field of assistive technology, and a quarter-long community-based design project. Guest speakers will cover topics such as autism, aphasia, vision impairments, older adults, and community organizations that support people with disabilities. Working alongside members of our local community, students will be assembled into interdisciplinary teams to complete an assistive communication design project. The course will expose students to the field of assistive technology while providing practical experience applying human-centered design techniques.
For Spring 2015, we have three experts lined up to work with student teams, including a child with hearing loss, a young adult who is blind, and a leading expert in autism therapy.



Quarter Offered


DSGN 395 Special Topics: Assistive Communication Design
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-12:20pm in Frances Searle Building 2-378

Instructor: Ann Marie Piper

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