DIKO – the digital contact book is a two-year design and method development project to create a platform for digital diaries for children with developmental disabilities and their families.
The DIKO Project will offer new opportunities to these children, their families and school staff to exploit the potentials of today's Internet contact books and social networks.
The Project started in October 2010 in collaboration with the Furuboda Association, FUB (Swedish National Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability), Certec and an elementary school in the City of Lund. It is financed with support from the Swedish Inheritance Fund Commission.
- To develop a platform for digital contact books on the Internet.
- To test the DIKO platform with 5-8 families who have children with developmental disabilities and their teachers.
- To test the DIKO plaftorm with additional groups in the course of the project.
- To design the platform so that it is easy to use and is secure, and so that it can easily be supplemented with new features.
Families who have children between the ages of 4 and 17 with developmental disabilities.
Method and implementation
The DIKO platform
The new digital platform we are developing will have much in common with existing services for sharing pictures and messages on the Internet (such as Facebook and digital photo journals). The major difference is that we want to develop an interface that is both secure and easy to use for the target audience. Existing platforms contain advertising and a plethora of links that can distract the users and expose them to risks they do not understand nor can safeguard themselves from. This involves unsolicited contacts, paid services and risks of exposing their computers to intrusions and virus attacks.
The aim of the DIKO platform is to enable older children with developmental disabilities to photograph and add images and short videos to the system. It also needs to be accessible for people with physical limitations. For this to be possible, the interface has to be clearer, less cluttered, and contain features other than those available today.
It should also be possible to make a "book of my life" in the system, allowing users to navigate back to the important events, to remember and talk about them. For this, we need to come up with a way for them to orient themselves in time, a way that takes advantage of the knowledge available about how people with intellectual limitations think.
For more information about the DIKO Project, please contact the project manager, Bitte Rydeman, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The project is supported by the Swedish Inheritance Fund Commission.