Include Me

Include Me
Co-designing 'phygital' interactions for the social inclusion of children with autism

More than 600,000 people in the UK have autism, a condition associated with poor social and communication skills and restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour.  Children with autism are not easily included in mainstream youth activities provided by the community and their families. The range of challenges children with autism face varies amongst individuals, posing a challenge requiring the design of personalised interventions.

In this project we aim to investigate how several of these challenges can be addressed through a co-design process and the development of personalised proof-of-concept prototypes. Our main motivation is to empower families to become designers themselves in order to develop ideas and concepts that could potentially make a difference for their children. 

In the Include Me project we will be working with families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to co-design, develop and evaluate ‘phygital’ (physical and digital) proof-of-concept prototypes for social inclusion within the house and other social environments.

This project is supported by the LICA fund at Lancaster University.

Project Team

TseklevesTsekleves Emmanuel Tsekleves Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Ageing, Design Interactions, Global Challenge Design, Design Fictions, Playful Design, Digital Design
Cefn Hoile Cefn Hoile PhD Candidate at HighWire DTC and ShrimpingIt Instigator
Jackie Bell Jackie Bell Branch Officer, National Autistic Society – Furness Branch
Jemma Swales Jemma Swales Founding Member of Autus Cumbria and independent autism practitioner


Voting for the design theme to work with...

Voting for the design theme to work with...

..and the winner is: Other Bother!

In our second in a series of workshops our team of co-designers voted from a series of themes that emerged in the previous workshop.  From the list of key themes (boring snoring, sense intense, other bother, wiggle jiggle, unknown zone) other bother...Read full update

Great mad inventions and design themes..

Great mad inventions and design themes..

..emerged in our first co-design workshop

Our young co-designers engaged very well with the workshop activities and produced very inspiring ideas! Some of the most notable ideas that emerged from the 'mad inventions' session included the teleporter, the hypno walker, the power pal, the...Read full update