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A multi-sensory interactive reading experience for visually impaired children; a user evaluation

Edirisinghe, C., Podari, N. & Cheok, A. D. ORCID: 0000-0001-6316-2339 (2018). A multi-sensory interactive reading experience for visually impaired children; a user evaluation. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 26(3), pp. 807-819. doi: 10.1007/s00779-018-1127-4


© 2018 Springer-Verlag London Ltd., part of Springer Nature The children’s experience of reading is enhanced by visual displays, and through picture book experiences, young children expose themselves to develop socially, personally, intellectually, and culturally. While a sighted person’s mental imagining is constructed mostly through visual experiences, a visually impaired person’s mental images are a product of haptic, taste, smell, and sounds. In this paper, we are introducing a picture book with multi-sensory interactions for the visually impaired children. The key novelty in our concept is the integration of multi-sensory interactions (touch, sound, and smell) to create a new reading experience for visually impaired. Also, this concept is highlighting the lack of appropriately designed sensory reading experiences for visually impaired children. We have conducted a user study with 10 educators, and 25 children from a special school for visually impaired in Malaysia, and our evaluation revealed that this book is engaging and a novel experience of multi-sensory interactions to both children and educators.

Publication Type: Article
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Publisher Keywords: Children, Visual impairment, Multi-sensory, Storytelling Picture book, Assistive technologies, Participatory design
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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