Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Effective research is critical to the success of any design project. First person research will provide the student with a realistic expectation of what can be designed. Not-for-profit local or regional Vocational Rehabilitation service providers work as conduits to help assist young adults transition from the educational setting to the work setting. Finding and interviewing local providers ( see… for this list) will inform the design and is an integral part of understanding the needs of a person with cognitive disabilities as well as provide information as to typical training configurations.

Internet searches and continuing on to secondary sources such as texts, case studies, investigations of the design programs, and studies of existing facilities are important. Included below are a number of books, links and pdfs which may help inform the students of the needs of the person with autism, but the student should also seek out research on their own and use this information in their citations.

1- Grandin, T. (2006). Thinking in pictures: And other reports from my life with autism. New York: Vintage Books.

2- Bourne, A, Gaines, K., Pearson, M., & Kleibrink, M. (2016). Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Routledge.

3- Mostafa, M. (2014). Architecture for Autism: Autism ASPECTSS™ in School Design. International Journal of Architectural Research: ArchNet-IJAR, 8 (1), 143-158.

4- Vogel, C. (2008). Classroom design for living and learning with autism. Autism Asperger’s Digest, 7(1).

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13- OK Now, website: