Dr. Sylwia Frankowska-Takhari is a Research Fellow at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) of University College London. Sylwia has over 10 years’ hands-on experience doing accessibility research with people with disabilities and with Assistive Technology users, for organisations including the BBC, National Autistic Society, and the Art Council England. She was the lead researcher for the NAS case study, which included tailoring multiple research methods – including surveys, diary studies, usability testing and focus groups – for autistic people.
In her PhD at the HCID dept. at City, University of London, Sylwia explored user online information behaviour, while her previous academic work focused specifically on the needs and barriers experienced by autistic people on news websites. She is also a qualified teacher and has classroom experience in both primary and secondary SEN schools. As part of AT2030, Sylwia coordinates the research project “Community led solution in Informal settlements” in Freetown, Sierra Leone and in Banjarmasin, Indonesia.