Understand and make others understand: Operationalizing an immersive design fiction tool to promote social participation by deaf people

This project was born out of a need expressed by the Association du Québec pour enfants avec problèmes auditifs (AQEPA) for a technological solution that would more effectively raise awareness of the sensory reality of young people with hearing loss, both for their families and for the professionals who work with them.

The aim of this project is to make the situation of deafness tangible and comprehensible, through the experience of an immersive fictional design tool, with the aim of raising awareness of the communication challenges faced by people living with deafness, to encourage their social participation.

More specifically, the project aims to improve the existing design fiction tool and expand its use for different population groups, with a view to facilitating its transferability in the future.

Backed by a multi-sectoral team and a social innovation approach, this research-creation project will be carried out in partnership with AQEPA and in active collaboration with people with experiential knowledge.

Global progress
Project coordination and Ethics certificate
Phase I: Improvements to the design fiction tool
Phase II: Conducting the experiment with 5 parents, and presenting and validating the results
Phase II (next) : Realization of the experiment with 5 AQEPA practitioners, and presentation and validation of the results
Phase III: Tutorial development and validation
Knowledge mobilization activity
Team members

Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi – Laval University – CIRRIS, CRDIG – IID, IEDS – IVPSA, OBVIA – NT

Serge Lacasse – OICRM-ULaval, OBVIA – Société et culture – Université Laval – SC

Andrée-Anne Blacutt, doctoral student in design and social innovation, Université Laval, and Associate Professor at the University of French Ontario.

Mrs Geneviève St-Germain – Executive Director (social work training) – L’AQEPA Québec Métro: L’Association du Québec pour enfants avec problèmes auditifs (Quebec association for children with hearing problems)

Stéphane Roche – Laval University (CRDIG, CRAD, IEDS (Director)) – OBVIA

Nicolas Rouleau – Audiologist and Clinical Coordinator – CHU de Québec – Université Laval

Ms Marguerite Morissette, peer researcher

Innovation stages
  • Expérimentation, Appropriation
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