To develop technology with individualized solutions for people with reduced learning ability present is a complex task. Also, persons with intellectual disabilities have special challenges due to a reduced ability to learn. Therefore, the innovations will be developed through R&D activities based on Action Design Research. The methodology is a further development of action and design research and includes userneed mapping, co-creation, evaluation, and implementation through iterative processes whereby users participate in all the stages of development.

The method and the results will challenge current practice and relationships between persons with intellectual disabilities, the education sector, working life, and public services. User involvement will contribute to the development of good solutions and anchoring in the region, and thus strengthening the possibilities for realization and further implementation. A business model will be developed for the realization of the innovations.


Wass, S., and Safari, C M. (2020). Photovoice – towards engaging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities in innovation. Accepted to Life – Special issue on Advance on eHealth.

Wass, S., and Moe, C E. (2020). Knowledge Creation – a Perspective on the Development of Design PrinciplesResearch in progress paper accepted to the 15th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST).

Wass, S., Omland, H O., and Moe, C E. (2019). Understanding the problem – innovation in the welfare sector through action design research. 13th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS) proceedings,

Holen-Rabbersvik, E., Haugland, S., Omland, H O., Fredwall, T E., and Hansen, L. (2019). Fra behovskartlegging til innovasjon for personer med utviklingshemming – noen metodiske og etiske refleksjoner. Tidsskrift for omsorgsforskning. 5(3), 57-70.