Stephen Lindsay

Lecturer - Swansea University

Design as Therapy – The Wellbeing Impact of Making with Meaning

The process of making new technology can be about more than just the end product. Although people living with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) need new technology, more than that, they need to be able to reclaim ownership of their own lives because of the way an ABI can inhibit their work-life, social-life and family-life. Design and making can enable these people to reclaim aspects of all of these areas through both the customised tool that they produce, and a range of therapeutic benefits that we are only just starting to understand.

In this talk, I will discuss the concept, the barriers to learning to engage with designing and making, the safety issues in making, the safety issues in the systems produced and legal aspects of this field.

About the speaker:

Dr Stephen Lindsay is a lecturer in the Future Interaction Technologies Lab at Swansea University. After an undergraduate degree in computing science, he did his PhD on the topic of engaging older adults living with dementia in the design of smart technologies using Participatory Design. His current research focuses on the role that design and making can play in the lives of people living with disability, particularly cognitive impairments.

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