This project focuses on developing an interactive design prototype for Autistic children. The design process emphasizes on collaborations with end-users and professional therapists. Through research and user collaborations, the design concept aims to provide assistance in day-to-day routines for families with Autistic children.
Thanks to a generous family in North Vancouver and the BC centre for Ability for their collaboration and support, the research process was able to compile valuable user insights and perspectives through therapy sessions, family visits, and research with support groups. Through weeks of user observations, interviews, and prototypes, the design concept seeks to address the transport issues of Autistic children's belongings.
Children with Autism require stability and routine in their daily schedule. Organisation and visibility can often provide a sense of security. Although each Autistic child may require specific areas of support, this design concept aims to address the specific need for structure and organisation in transitions.
Mary-Bean, a carrier designed to assist transitions between activities for Autistic children. The design focus is to improve the efficiency of transitions while promoting social interactions. The design concept derives from context research, collaboration with experts and autistic children, as well as prototype validation and testing.