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Designing for Neurodiversity


Between 15% and 20% of the population in the United States is neurodiverse. This panel of thought leaders will explore the intricacies of designing educational spaces tailored to accommodate the needs of neurodiverse populations.

The discussion will explore design strategies that prioritize inclusivity and well-being for all to ultimately foster well-being, enhance performance, and improve one’s experience of physical spaces. Our expert panelists will share insights on ways to incorporate flexible layouts, calming elements, and sensory-friendly materials to create spaces that foster comfort, productivity, and empowerment for all.

Learn important ways that lighting, acoustics, and furniture solutions can contribute to inclusive and accessible learning environments. Join us as we explore the intersection of architecture, design, and neurodiversity, aiming to create educational spaces that are more inclusive and support learning for all.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn ways neurodiverse students and faculty experience spaces differently and how that can affect both learning and feelings of belonging.
  2. Identify operational and design accommodations that make spaces more accessible to the neurodiverse.
  3. Understand how to evaluate educational spaces and improve the ways they support student mental health and neurodiversity.
  4. Learn why making neurodiversity a part of a universal design strategy will benefit all students.

Sally Augustin
, PhD
Design with Science

Carol Stolt, Allied ASID, WELL AP
Design Principal
FGM Architects

Oliva Danielson-Veed, NCIDQ
Senior Project Interior Designer

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Wednesday | 04.24.2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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AIA Members: Free
Non Members: $20.00
Students: Free

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