Technology as an Extension of the Self: Socialising Through Technology for Young People with Autism

  • Lye Ee NgEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10290)


Technology has a profound impact on the well-being of young people with autism. Through technology, they are able to socialise, learn and gain sensory relief, creating positive communication experiences and self-conceptions. Using qualitative participatory methods, this research illustrates how The Lab, a technology club for young people with autism, enables individuals on the spectrum to socialise beyond the perceived limitations of their disability through the use of technology. The findings of this research suggest that technology can provide young people with the avenue to learn, practice and define their own sociality, defying the medicalised notion of autism.


Autism Technology Video ethnography Online participatory ethnography Socialisation 



This research is sponsored by Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia) and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. An ethics application was submitted to and approved by Victoria University in early 2016 (ID: 0000024193). I would like to thank Associate Professor Timothy Corcoran and Dr Stefan Schutt for their supervision and advise to this research project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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