Co-creation of a technological support system for intellectual disability



This study presents an inclusive research and development process aimed at the co-creation of a technological support system for cognitive accessibility in urban environments. It was conducted by MICARE researcher Vanessa Vega, together with Marcela Jarpa, Izaskun Álvarez-Aguado, María Ignacia von Unger, Antonella Pastén, Katherine Exss, and Herbert Spencer.

An inclusive research and co-design methodology is proposed, carried out by a multidisciplinary group from the fields of education, sociology, engineering, and design, together with an advisory group comprised of 11 adults with intellectual disabilities who participate as experts by experience, taking on the role of co-researchers and co-designers of supports that enhance independent living.

The results describe a pictographic language co-designed with the advisory group and the PICTOS app, to support and evaluate cognitive accessibility in face-to-face or physical services. The final discussion addresses the lessons learned on the impact of cognitive accessibility and inclusive research on co-design processes.

Foto de las manos de una persona diseñando una interfaz de un teléfono móvil sobre una pizarra con papeles adhesivos de colores