Autism

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a range of conditions classified as neurodevelopmental disorders. People diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder present with two types of symptoms: problems in social communication and social interaction, and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities.

Design considerations

When we design for people with ASD, we need to provide:

  • Simple color palettes
  • Content written in plain English
  • Simple sentences and bullets
  • Descriptive buttons and links ("attach files")
  • Simple and consistent layouts

We need to avoid:

  • Using bright contrasting colors
  • Using figures of speech and idioms
  • Creating large blocks of text
  • Vague or unpredictable buttons or links ("click here")
  • Building complex and cluttered layouts

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