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The role of photos in social media interactions of adult Arabs with autism spectrum disorder

The role of photos in social media interactions of adult Arabs with autism spectrum disorder
The role of photos in social media interactions of adult Arabs with autism spectrum disorder
People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face difficulties in everyday life with their communication
and interaction skills. Due to preferences for visual stimuli, photos have been used to support
communication and to teach interaction and social skills. In Arab countries, adults on the autism
spectrum experience the same difficulties in addition to dealing with other issues, such as stigma
within society, a lack of services, cultural rules and the inability to sufficiently benefit from existing
technologies designed according to the culture and language of Western countries. Previous studies
have shown that social networks could be used by adults with ASD to help them build connections and
overcome their difficulties with social skills. However, the benefits of social networks have been largely
absent in the lives of Arab adults with ASD. This study focuses on the use of Facebook by Arab adults
with ASD and the role of photos on their communication and interactions; the help of family and
friends for preventing online vulnerability issues is taken into consideration. The study also focuses on
the cultural aspects that could have an impact on the use of social networks by adult Arabs with ASD.
social media, technology, accessibility, usability, communication, social skills, photos, arabs, autism
978-84-606-5763-7
2873-2879
Mashat, Alaa
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Wald, Mike
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Parsons, Sarah
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Mashat, Alaa
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Wald, Mike
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Parsons, Sarah
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Mashat, Alaa, Wald, Mike and Parsons, Sarah (2015) The role of photos in social media interactions of adult Arabs with autism spectrum disorder. INTED2015 Proceedings. 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Madrid, Spain. 02 - 04 Mar 2015. pp. 2873-2879 .

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Abstract

People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face difficulties in everyday life with their communication
and interaction skills. Due to preferences for visual stimuli, photos have been used to support
communication and to teach interaction and social skills. In Arab countries, adults on the autism
spectrum experience the same difficulties in addition to dealing with other issues, such as stigma
within society, a lack of services, cultural rules and the inability to sufficiently benefit from existing
technologies designed according to the culture and language of Western countries. Previous studies
have shown that social networks could be used by adults with ASD to help them build connections and
overcome their difficulties with social skills. However, the benefits of social networks have been largely
absent in the lives of Arab adults with ASD. This study focuses on the use of Facebook by Arab adults
with ASD and the role of photos on their communication and interactions; the help of family and
friends for preventing online vulnerability issues is taken into consideration. The study also focuses on
the cultural aspects that could have an impact on the use of social networks by adult Arabs with ASD.

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Published date: 2 March 2015
Venue - Dates: INTED2015 Proceedings. 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Madrid, Spain, 2015-03-02 - 2015-03-04
Keywords: social media, technology, accessibility, usability, communication, social skills, photos, arabs, autism
Organisations: Web & Internet Science, Southampton Education School

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Local EPrints ID: 385129
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/385129
ISBN: 978-84-606-5763-7
PURE UUID: 52965d00-c994-4844-bba9-e40a1e8cb5c4
ORCID for Sarah Parsons: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2542-4745

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Date deposited: 18 Dec 2015 17:27
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:16

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Author: Alaa Mashat
Author: Mike Wald
Author: Sarah Parsons ORCID iD

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