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MOBILE-EYES FOR CHANGE Immersive Reality Technologies and the Design of Human Services: (A CASE STUDY IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER)

Hewitt, Shawn (2017) MOBILE-EYES FOR CHANGE Immersive Reality Technologies and the Design of Human Services: (A CASE STUDY IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER). [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Hewitt, Shawn
Abstract:

Virtual Reality (VR) is a nascent technology platform that through the use of headsets immerses users into feeling as though they are transported to a new world (or space) with a sense of presence and the fidelity of real life. The VR industry is expected by many to disrupt how we consume and experience media as well as reimagine countless industries including filmmaking, gaming, entertainment, education and healthcare.
The rise of immersive reality technology platforms like VR can be juxtaposed with the rising state of crisis that exists in the Autism Services System (ASD) in Ontario for both youth and adults. Currently in Ontario there is a complex system of services where many individuals need various degrees of support and treatment with few and difficult to navigate supports available for some and not for all. This includes assistance for aging adults with ASD and other developmental disabilities. The core of human services systems such as Ontario’s ASD system are the lived experiences of families/caregivers who navigate multiple services/ supports and provide care for their diagnosed loved ones. This major research project will explore the potential for VR technology to play a role in capturing and sharing the lived experience of families\caregivers to impact the design of services within human services systems in Ontario through the lens of the ASD system. The project will conclude by offering implications and directions for future research.

Date: April 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtual Reality, Autism, Learning, Innovation, Documentary, Disruption, Service Design, Futures, Foresight, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 18:01
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 18:01
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1872

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