Interior Design with Autism in Mind
Have you ever encountered an interior design issue when it came to your loved one with Autism? Or has it never occurred to you that such a type of design existed when moving into a new home or redecorating?
Interior Design Professor Dr. Kristi Gaines and her notable colleagues have created a manual just for that. Titled “Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorders”, the book incorporates Dr. Gaines’ knowledge on both topics of Autism and design. “I’ve known a lot of children with autism through the years, so I have seen firsthand how the physical environment impacts their behavior,” Gaines said in a press conference. “So, when I came back to school to work on my doctorate, I decided I wanted to pursue designing for autism.”
“Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorders explains the influence of the natural and man-made environment on individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other forms of intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD). Drawing on the latest research in the fields of environmental psychology and education, the authors show you how architecture and interior spaces can positively influence individuals with neurodiversities by modifying factors such as color, lighting, space organization, textures, acoustics, and ventilation.”
The book boasts accreditation through multiple awards: Winner of the 2017 IDEC Book Award, 2017 EDRA Great Places Award (Book Category), 2017 American Society of Interior Designers Joel Polsky Prize and the 2016 International Interior Design Association TXOK Research Award