Different buildings for different minds

Different buildings for different minds

Hundreds of thousands of people in Australia are on the autism spectrum, it is the largest single disability group in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) at 30% of participants. Even more people identify as having a neurological condition. For many of these people, our buildings, the built environment and even our homes are constant sources of varying challenges. Sensory overload, high levels of stress and anxiety and difficulty in concentration and the feeling of safety can have a detrimental effect on people’s mental wellbeing and the ability to go about day to day living.

Enabling Spaces provides consulting services to enable the design of homes and public spaces and buildings to support the sensory and cognitive needs of individuals with autism and other neurological conditions by providing an architectural strategy based on leading practice research which can then be applied by your architect or designer to the design and specification of the home or building project.

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The more science has taught us about neurodiversity, the more we have revealed about our humanity. Communities are built upon these observations, and nurturing this diversity is critical to our future. Without a doubt, our community will best be served by having a built

environment that can support the strengths and challenges of every individual. Shelly’s pioneering research reveals how this might be achieved for those living on the autism spectrum. This work is unparalleled, and has the potential to transform how the autism community can interact with the built environment.

Andrew Whitehouse

Angela Wright Bennett Professor of Autism Research, Telethon Kids Institute and The University of Western Australia

Email: shelly.dival@enablingspaces.com.au
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