The children’s prosthesis co-design toolkit: eliciting children’s needs for hand prosthesis using generative design tools

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2021-2-10
Dursun, Melis
When designing assistive devices for children with disabilities, designers mostly consider technical and functional aspects and overlook factors that affect their usage from children's perspective. Therefore, in most cases, assistive devices do not fully meet the needs of the children and may create a negative effect on children's well-being. To explore the opinions of children using 3D printed hand prosthetics in Turkey, individual co-design sessions were conducted with four children with upper limb deficiency. Generative tools are used to engage children and encourage them to express themselves in relation to prosthesis use. The main aim was to investigate how children provide design relevant information that may help designers to achieve improved assistive devices that support children's physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. Children's feedback related to prosthetic usage categorized under three topics; (i) daily prosthesis needs of children, (ii) prosthesis design expectations by children and (iii) children's priorities for the expectations related to prosthesis usage. The findings are argued to be useful and usable by NGOs, product designers and design researchers who work with children with disabilities.

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M. Dursun, “The children’s prosthesis co-design toolkit: eliciting children’s needs for hand prosthesis using generative design tools,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.