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Honors Thesis


Individuals with autism spectrum disorder, specifically sensory disintegration disorder, have trouble adjusting to certain environments. As a result, certain environmental conditions are not conducive to relaxation for such individuals. Vcare is a mobile (Android) application that can be used by family members of people with autism, or even people with autism, to find suitable and “autism-friendly” recreational places to enjoy. The application allows users to make profiles, view their profiles, search among a list of places stored on the database, view the details of a place, rate the place, etc. The application also has Google Maps functionality incorporated in order to make it user-friendly. The intended audience for the application are individuals without disabilities, and individuals with disabilities, including individuals with autism. Amid a smorgasbord of mobile and web applications, Vcare is an innovative and disruptive technology that will make a major difference in the lives of individuals suffering from autism spectrum disorder. Since this is a digital application, user experience is critical to its success. One parameter which influences user experience or UX is accessibility. In design context, accessibility means that a product or service should be able to be used by everyone, regardless of a person’s physical, economic, or cultural status. Since people with disabilities form one of the largest user groups in the world, UX designers must investigate some key areas of disabilities and follow certain principles and guidelines in order to make accessible designs for such users.

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