School of Communication and the Arts


Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (MFA)


Edward E Green


autism, smart technology, ipad, non-verbal, nonverbal autism, application design, app design, childhood autism, non-verbal autism, communication technology


Art and Design


The Current state of communication based software designed to aid those with non-verbal autism is extremely limited or overly complex. The purpose of this research is to look into the world of communication based software aids that provide accessibility options for those with non-verbal autism. This paper looks to assess what is currently availability draw conclusions regarding gaps within the research and technology in order to derive a solution in the form of a mobile phone application that can serve to fill in the aforementioned gaps. The major focus of this study is to pinpoint exactly what elements of design work best regarding UI, UX, and aesthetics along with which elements do not. The goal is to then synthesize and amalgamate these elements into a visual solution that can serve the designated demographic in the best way possible. This thesis study looks at several different cases regarding accessibility based technology and draws many of its conclusions from the success rate of these projects in order to find what is believed to be the best solution in the form of a multi-platform mobile phone application that is both easy to use and widely distributed.