Designing Interfaces for users with Intellectual Disabilities

Marian McDonnell

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology

Marian is a lecturer and researcher at IADT, Dun Laoghaire. She lectures on the B.Sc. in Creative Computing and the B.Sc. in Applied Psychology. She supervises Masters students in the area of User Experience design. Marian's current research interests are focused on the role of design, technology and psychology in User Experience and Interaction Design. She is particularly interested in the area of designing ,developing and evaluating instructional technologies for individuals with cognitive impairments. Recent innovative projects that Marian has researched included designing a mobile ambient awareness display application to support caregivers of the elderly with cognitive memory impairments. Another project focuses on developing and evaluating an innovative eLearning application for people with intellectual disabilities in collaboration with a local services provider in the South Dublin area. Recent national and international conferences at which Marian has presented papers have focused on interface design recommendations for individuals with intellectual disability.


Background Many people with intellectual disability (ID) are reliant on their carers/instructors for transport to educational institutions. This research project evaluates the usability of an innovative eLearning web... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Marian McDonnell (Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology)

Topic Area

Topics: Intellectual Disability


ID1 » Intellectual Disability 1 (10:30 - Thursday, 10th November, Lecture Theatre 2.57)