Many people on the autism spectrum experience anxieties, which can have a big impact on their daily lives. This project aimed to engage in participatory design in order to conceptualise, prototype and evaluate a new assistive technology that may support young autistic adults with anxiety disorders to develop independence in daily living. In a research through design investigation, insights for design decisions were derived through multiple co-design sessions with a client, and sessions with healthcare experts, designers and a focus group.
The result is Unfold, a concept that is specifically targeting young adults with agoraphobia to help them to develop more independence. It does so by facilitating a more accessible way of exploring new places, while it motivates users to expand the area that they feel comfortable in.—