Using Sound to Help Visually Impaired Children Play Independently

Freeman, E. and Brewster, S. (2016) Using Sound to Help Visually Impaired Children Play Independently. In: CHI 2016, San Jose, CA, USA, 7-12 May 2016, ISBN 9781450340823 (doi:10.1145/2851581.2892534)

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Abstract

Play is important in the early development of young children, as it encourages them to explore the world, develop skills and learn to socialise with their peers. Blind and visually impaired children face challenges that can stop them becoming involved in play activities at nursery and school, leading to dependence on adults and reducing the benefit of playtime. We are exploring the use of an audio bracelet for young children, which uses sound to help them overcome these challenges through better awareness of their surroundings. We describe the design and prototyping of our system and present scenarios which demonstrate its use.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brewster, Professor Stephen and Freeman, Dr Euan
Authors: Freeman, E., and Brewster, S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
ISBN:9781450340823
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 ACM
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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