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The possibility and importance of immersive technologies during COVID-19 for autistic people

Newbutt, Nigel; Schmidt, Matthew M.; Riva, Giuseppe; Schmidt, Carla

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Nigel Newbutt Nigel.Newbutt@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Digital Education

Matthew M. Schmidt

Giuseppe Riva

Carla Schmidt



Abstract

© 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify three key areas where autistic people may find themselves impacted through COVID-19, namely, education; employment; and anxiety. Design/methodology/approach: This paper provides some views based on the extensive experience of using immersive technologies for the utilisation and application with autistic groups during COVID-19. Findings: This paper offers some examples of immersive technology application that might be helpful for practitioners, services and others to consider in overcoming possible challenges faced by people with autism. Originality/value: This opinion piece offers expert insights to the role immersive technologies and virtual reality might play during COVID-19 in the lives of autistic groups.

Citation

Newbutt, N., Schmidt, M. M., Riva, G., & Schmidt, C. (2020). The possibility and importance of immersive technologies during COVID-19 for autistic people. Journal of Enabling Technologies, 14(3), 187-199. https://doi.org/10.1108/JET-07-2020-0028

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 27, 2020
Online Publication Date Oct 30, 2020
Publication Date Nov 2, 2020
Deposit Date Oct 1, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 1, 2020
Journal Journal of Enabling Technologies
Print ISSN 2398-6263
Electronic ISSN 2398-6263
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 3
Pages 187-199
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/JET-07-2020-0028
Keywords autism, virtual reality, covid-19, immersive technology, education, employment, mental well-being
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/6735576
Publisher URL https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/issn/2398-6263

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