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At Home with Autism


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Introduction; A research-informed approach for housing design; Quality of life design goals; Design guidelines; On the horizon.

About the Author

Sherry Ahrentzen, PhD, is Shimberg Professor of Housing Studies at University of Florida. Her work on housing for underserved populations has created a rigorous body of research that has influenced design, policy and practice. Kim Steele is a research and design consultant focused on improving quality of life through design. She works with residents, community leaders and organizations to tackle chronic health issues by improving the built environment. She is the parent of a daughter with autism.


"Anyone seeking to create a home for an adult on the autism spectrum needs to read this book. Steele and Ahrentzen combine their extraordinary understanding of autism and design to provide a clear guide for crafting living environments that respond to the unique individual needs of those with ASD." Fred G. Karnas, The Kresge Foundation
"In At Home with Autism Kim Steele and Sherry Ahrentzen deliver courageous, compassionate, and assiduously researched design guidelines in service to adults with a singularly challenging neurodevelopmental disorder, the first book to expressly address this topic." Daniel S. Friedman, School of Architecture, University of Hawai`i at M?noa
"This book offers a useful contribution to the design of housing for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions. The authors bring personal insight and available research... Their book is practically oriented and well-referenced... It is a helpful introductory resource for practitioners, and those interested in the important field of neuroatypical design." Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

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