Roberto MafriciIndustrial Design & Technology BA
Autism is on the rise but many children with autism are not getting diagnosed until later on in life. This has meant that more undiagnosed autistic children are entering the school system, which is ill equipped to deal with their condition. This hinders not only their own learning but also that of their peers creating a strain on teaching staff and in turn the taxpayer. To combat this, a ball toy has been designed that gives non-skilled professionals the ability to detect, document and diagnose children whilst still in preschool environments. It does this using a flexible, touch sensitive light membrane currently being developed by the EU in conjunction with a custom designed diagnostic play mat. Both of these solutions were arrived at after a lengthy human centred design process, seeking the guidance and expertise of autism and industry professionals.