FREE DOWNLOADS: Living in the Community – Housing Design for Adults with Autism

Autism 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 autistic people.

The results from this study led to joint publications of the following downloadable publications. If you would like hard copies, please email us at

Living in the Community This considers 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.

Exploring 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).

A well-designed garden can enhance focus and attention, and reduce anxiety, thereby improving quality of life. Green spaces explores outdoor environments for autistic adults. The publication describes how design can create beneficial green spaces benefiting those that use them.

Picture It addresses the sensory preferences and special interests of those with autism.

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It’s called AmazonSmile  and available in the Amazon Shopping app on iPhones and Android phones.

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile.

1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process and select Autism at Kingwood.
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