ACM - Computers in Entertainment

Playful Interactions for People with Intellectual Disabilities

By Peta Wyeth, Jennifer Summerville, Barbara Adkins
Theoretical and Practical Computer Applications in Entertainment, [Vol. 11, No. 3]

DOI: 10.1145/2582186.2633435

For people with intellectual disabilities, there are significant barriers to inclusion in socially cooperative endeavors. This paper investigates the effectiveness of Stomp, a tangible user interface (TUI) designed to provide new participatory experiences for people with intellectual disability. Results from an observational study reveal the extent to which the Stomp system supports social and physical interaction. The tangible, spatial, and embodied qualities of Stomp result in an experience that does not rely on the acquisition of specific competencies before interaction and engagement can occur.

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