I have always believed that a qualified designer should design products that can help society; therefore, I have kept my eye on core social issues. My graduate thesis is definitely a great opportunity for me to help minority groups in society through a designer's perspective.
As we all have noticed, the number of families that have a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing year by year, and these families are all struggling with difficult issues. That's why I chose ASD as my thesis topic. I want to help children with ASD through design.
Because ASD is a broad subject, my project started with plenty of research from books, online articles, and community activities, in order to narrow down the main topic and to decide on a target group. The design process included background research, research of children with ASD and their families, the creation of a problem definition, ideation, design advancement, and specifications. I hope my final design will not only help children with ASD with their physical performance, but also help them with their social and communication skills.
All in all, I think my thesis design shows how a product designer can care about individuals with unique needs in the society and originate a new product system that can help resolve issues for them. In the future, I also would like to develop this project into a universal design that can help all children, whether they are challenged or not.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Children with autism spectrum disorders--Services for; Children with autism spectrum disorders--Education; Educational games--Design; Tables--Design; Chair design
Industrial Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CIAS)
Daniel W. Mruzek
Zhu, Chunxiao, "Edutainment System for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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