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A special issue of the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders seeks papers that address how digital technologies use context, interaction and embodiment to support the autistic community to negotiate the real world. More details can be found here.


Innovative technologies for autism – critical reflections on digital bubbles was a series of seven seminars funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Sarah Parsons (University of Southampton), Nicola Yuill and Judith Good (University of Sussex), and Mark Brosnan (University of Bath) organised the seminars, which featured national and international speakers from a range of disciplines. The series focused on why and how technologies are being developed, applied and evaluated for people with autism, exploring different ‘bubbles’ that exist within the field; for example, methods, disciplines, stage of life, and the use of different technologies.

Seminar 1 was held at the University of Southampton in November 2014 and focused on the social aspects of applying technologies for autism. More details can be found here.

Seminar 2 was held at the University of Sussex in March 2015 and focused on the development, technology and autism. More details can be found here.

Seminar 3 was held at the University of Bath in July 2015 and explored the theme of methodology. More details can be found here.

Seminar 4, which was held at the University of Southampton in November 2015, focused on technology, exploring the question “How do different kinds of technology support interaction and communication?”. More details can be found here.

Seminar 5, which was held at the University of Sussex in March 2016, invited constructive collaboration between different disciplines in examining the question “What is it that we are trying to do with the technology?”. More details can be found here.

Seminar 6, which was held at the University of Bath in July 2016, considered what we can learn from research being conducted with other groups of users and how this might inform a wider agenda of social inclusion. More details can be found here.

Seminar 7, which was held at Cumberland Lodge in November 2016, was an invitation-only symposium with a small number of previous participants from each of the previous six seminars, representing the many different groups of stakeholders who have been involved in the series. More details can be found here.