Making as Expression: Informing Design with People with Complex Communication Needs through Art Therapy

@article{Lazar2018MakingAE,
  title={Making as Expression: Informing Design with People with Complex Communication Needs through Art Therapy},
  author={Amanda Lazar and Jessica L. Feuston and Caroline Edasis and Anne Marie Piper},
  journal={Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
  year={2018}
}
There is a growing emphasis on designing with people with diverse health experiences rather than designing for them. Yet, collaborative design becomes difficult when working with individuals with health conditions (e.g., stroke, cancer, abuse, depression) that affect their ability or willingness to engage alongside researchers and verbally express themselves. The present paper analyzes how the clinical practice of art therapy engages these individuals in co-creative, visual expression of ideas… 

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