Autism Empathy Tools enable you to experience the sensitive visual, auditory, and vocal senses that autistic individuals live with. The tool has three components: a VR cardboard box and specially designed app for smartphones that reproduce autistic vision, earphones that emulate deafness and oversensitive hearing and a disposable tongue-tying candy, which disturbs pronunciation. Although Autism Empathy Tools can never fully emulate the autistic world, they serve as an accessible bridge towards an understanding between autistic and non-autistic people.
About the Designer
Heeju Kim is a designer who is deeply interested in inclusive design and interactive design. She received B.A from Ewha Women’s University in 2014, and M.A. from Royal College of Art in 2016. She believes design can serve as a bridge that connects isolated people and thoughts together. Through design both direct and indirect experience can be delivered, and through the delivered experience mutual understanding among different social groups can arise. Primarily, she is focusing on designs that encourage people to empathize with neglected social groups. She is also interested in educational design that conveys textbook knowledge in creative and entertaining ways.