Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2013

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Debra Satterfield

Abstract

Diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are becoming more prevalent, both in the US and the world. As the Internet becomes necessary to fully participate in today's society, it is critical for people with ASD to be able to access and use online content and services. While there is a plethora of anecdotal evidence to indicate successful outcomes, there is currently little scientific research that examines Internet usage of people with ASD.

This pilot study compared students' cognitive traits associated with ASD, as reported in a survey, to their performance in a lab study that asked them to scan and evaluate web content. By observing eye-tracking data and differences in responses between participants, this study aimed to quantify differences of website evaluation between individuals with or without autism. The findings suggest that people with High Functioning Autism or Asperger's have equal opportunity to successfully evaluate websites as their neurotypical peers.

Copyright Owner

Hannah Joy Deering

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

121 pages

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