Our 2019-2022 Strategy

We exist to improve the quality of life for autistic adults. We offer support, information and guidance through supported living and adult diagnosis. We want to use our expertise and influence to contribute to policy.  Follow the link to read our Autism at Kingwood 2019-22 strategy.

Celebrating 25 years!

In 2019, we celebrated 25 years. Read our booklet, where we celebrate or successes and achievements.

Housing Design for Adults with Autism

Living-in-the-communityAutism at Kingwood collaborated in an important piece of research with the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art and the University of Bangor, to explore the way in which housing and design can impact on the lives of people with autism and Asperger Syndrome.

We also considered how autistic people interact with an environment that has been specifically adapted and furnished to take account of their individual sensory issues, assessing whether these adaptations minimise stress and anxiety triggers.

The results from this study led to joint publications of this, and further publications:

Living in the Community Housing Design for Adults with Autism.

Exploring Sensory Preference

Exploring-Sensory-PreferencesExploring Sensory Preferences describes a design research project aimed at developing ways to support autistic adults to better manage relationships with their home environments and other people by creating living accommodation that is more sensitive to their sensory needs.

The publication draws findings from the published guide into making sensory props (Ready Steady Make).

Green Spaces

Green-SpacesA well-designed garden can enhance focus and attention, and reduce anxiety, thereby improving quality of life.

Green spaces the third publication in the series which explores outdoor environments for adults with Autism. The publication describes how design can create beneficial green spaces benefiting those that use them.

Designing Everyday-ActivitiesThis publication aims to improve the everyday experiences for autistic people through a better understanding of their needs, aspirations and physical environment.

The research investigates how those supported by Autism at Kingwood perceive everyday activities and engage with them. The project seeks to help support staff to develop a design framework that will help to transform or adapt everyday activities in the home. Everyday activities such as doing laundry, cleaning, cooking a meal or operating electrical appliances help us to develop life skills, to live independently and to keep our homes clean and enjoyable to live in. Most of us take this for granted even though performing these activities demands a substantial amount of body co-ordination, motivation and adaptive skills such as physical dexterity, motor skills, planning, organisational abilities and social communication skills.

Picture-ItThis publication addresses the sensory preferences and special interests of those with autism.