In the YouTube video below, Gillian Hayes discusses her work with technology with young people with autism spectrum disorders.
Photos from the STAR website:
The STAR group is researching the SenseCam, too!
About the SenseCam, from the Microsoft Research SenseCam Website:
"SenseCam is a wearable digital camera that is designed to take photographs passively, without user intervention, while it is being worn. Unlike a regular digital camera or a cameraphone, SenseCam does not have a viewfinder or a display that can be used to frame photos. Instead, it is fitted with a wide-angle (fish-eye) lens that maximizes its field-of-view. This ensures that nearly everything in the wearer’s view is captured by the camera, which is important because a regular wearable camera would likely produce many uninteresting images."
New study proves that Microsoft's sensory innovation aids memory recall
Technology Review Article
Images from Microsoft Research:
The SenseCam application has the potential to be a resource for people who have developmental delays, traumatic brain injury, severe attention deficits, and autism spectrum disorders. It would be a great tool for special educators, occupational and speech/language therapists, and rehabilitation specialists.
SenseCam Videos Research and Publications
STAR:: Social and Technology Action Research Group
Interactive Visual Supports for Children with Autism
Technology helps teach kids with autism: Informatics assistant professor designs computer devices to aid instruction, record-keeping.
Monibi, M., Hayes, G.R. Mocotos: Mobile Communication Tools for Children with Special Needs. Proceedings of Interaction Design and Children, pages 121-124 ACM, 2008
Sen H. Hirano, Michael T. Yeganyan, Gabriela Marcu, David H. Nguyen, Lou Anne Boyd, Gillian R. Hayes vSked: Evaluation of a System to Support Classroom Activities for Children with Autism. To Appear In CHI 2010 (Atlanta, GA, 2010).(pdf)
"Particularly interesting for students with autism who often struggle with group work and social interaction, we also uncovered the potential for these types of interactive classroom technologies to support these challenging focus areas."
Note: I think the following website contains the vSked prototype application. I poked around the site and it looks teacher-friendly.