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This Friday’s K-12 meeting will feature a presentation by Stuart Shell on designing for children with Autism.
A synopsis of the presentation and Stuart’s Bio are included below (Note: Stuart was good enough to get this qualified for Learning Units – for any of you coming up short at the end of the year…).
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Schools and Autism – An Overview
If school administrators, designers, and teachers are not thinking about people with autism, they probably will be soon. Individual diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD have the same rights to functional, comprehensible spaces that the non-ASD world enjoys. With 1 in 68 children diagnosed with autism in 2012, the issue is less about accommodation than it is about accessibility.
Including students diagnosed with ASD in general classrooms is a challenging mandate, and it necessitates an individualized approach. Architects are generally unaware of design strategies for this group. Even with the “perfect” building design, inhabitants must be empowered to interact with and modify spaces to meet their immediate needs – blurring the line between design and policy. This presentation highlights what we know about the how the built environment helps and hinders occupants with ASD. The literature also suggests that buildings designed around the needs of students with ASD work better for all students.
STUART SHELL AIA, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C
Stuart works with building owners and designers to create spaces of preference. His scholarship and practice target the specific needs of individuals regarding the physical environment. Stuart works at Forte Building Science, a division of M.E. GROUP.
Stuart works with building owners and designers to create spaces of preference. His background as a project architect informs innovate solutions that increase occupant health and productivity. Stuart’s scholarship and practice target the specific needs of individuals regarding the physical environment. A mastery of design for indoor environmental quality and keen interest in behavior assessment our foundational to his work. Stuart earned a Bachelors in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Masters in Science from University of Nebraska. He works at Forte Building Science, a division of M.E. GROUP and lives in Omaha.