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Innovative technologies for autism – critical reflections on digital bubbles is a seminar series 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) will be organising seven seminars over the next two years, featuring national and international speakers from a range of disciplines. The series focuses 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 on Friday November 28th 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 on Monday March 23rd 2015 and focused on the development, technology and autism. More details can be found here.

Seminar 3 was held at the University of Bath on Thursday 9th of July 2015 and explored the theme of methodology; more details can be found here.

Seminar 4, which was held at the University of Southampton on Friday 20th 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 on Friday 18th 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 on Monday 11th 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.