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-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-SpacesA 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.

Designing Everyday-ActivitiesDesigning Everyday Activities 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. 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.

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