Designing for Autistic Children (07-27-20)

Clouse’s team investigated the optimal design of spaces to be used by children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  They share that “Mostafa recommended seven design criteria known as ASPECTSS™: Acoustics, Spatial sequencing, Escape spaces, Compartmentalization, Transition spaces, Sensory zoning, and Safety, when designing for people with ASD. These classifications lay the groundwork for the established guidelines. . . . recommendations demonstrate that sensitivity to the needs of people with autism creates a solution that is better for all people.”

Joslin Clouse, Jeanneane Wood-Nartker, and Franklyn Rice.  2020. “Designing Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):  Creating an Autism-Friendly Vocational Center.”  HERD:  Health Environments Research and Design Journal, vol.13,no. 3, pp. 215-229, https://doi.org/10.1177/1937586719888502