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The web experience in the autistic spectrum

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June 11, 2013

The web experience in the autistic spectrum

Designing with cognitively-impaired users in mind can be very illuminative, leading to a broader understanding of the role of UX/UI design in general. The presentation focuses on Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism, the perceptual issues involved for such web audience, and how their web experience can be the most sensitive test of good design.



June 11, 2013


  1. Natalia Berdys @batalia The web experience in the autistic spectrum

  2. Autism spectrum Severe autism High functioning autism Asperger syndrome Autism

  3. Asperger Syndrome Social skills Language Interests Perception

  4. Social skills Mind-blindness Lack of empathy Social rigidity

  5. Language Literal interpretation Verbose, idiosyncratic speech Acquired normally

  6. Learning Categorization and visualization Narrow interests Obsessed about detail

  7. Perception Unusual sensitivity Heightened visual/aural perception Pa ern-oriented

  8. The Web

  9. Structure

  10. Provide ways to bypass the structure

  11. Visible context is essential

  12. Do not break up long text into sections

  13. Group all navigation in one place

  14. Language

  15. Use direct and literal language

  16. Use clear titles and summaries

  17. Lists and indices = win

  18. Careful with imperatives

  19. Design

  20. Low arousal design

  21. No pa erns

  22. Branding vs. metaphors

  23. Rivers of white

  24. Allow speed control

  25. Interaction

  26. Online chat = win

  27. Forms vs. misinterpretation

  28. Control over presentation

  29. Aspies as testers • brutally honest • love to correct

    • obsessed about detail and control • hyperbolized hypersensitive user
  30. Thank you! @batalia