Healthcare Design Publishes Lamin-Art White Paper on Autism Design


Lamin-Art’s newest white paper discusses a rising design trend and provides guidelines to create stimulating environments for autistic individuals.

CHICAGO, 9/03/14 — Think of how you experience the world—it’s through touch, smell, and sight. For the 1 in 68 people born with autism, each sense is heightened so that walking into a room that isn’t designed thoughtfully can feel like a sensory minefield.

“As awareness of the condition grows, efforts to accommodate people on the spectrum should grow as well,” Ahrentzen says. “Several new residential developments designed specifically for adults with autism are bringing increased attention to how design can be a positive factor.”

To that end, the Lamin-Art team is proud to introduce their new white paper on Autism Design, a way for Interior designers to create environments that enable autistic individuals.

“We took a special interest in the topic after NeoCon, when we first listened to Randy Fiser, CEO of ASID, speak on the topic,” says Hans Mutzke, Design Director at Lamin-Art. “Since surfaces like laminates and veneers can create soothing atmospheres by use of color or texture, we found it critical to understand Autism Design more thoroughly.”

The white paper, titled “Impact of Interior Design on Autistic Adults and Children,” brings together numerous experts in multi-sensory disorders and interior design, discusses the importance of Autism Design, and reveals design goals and guidelines to successfully achieve a soothing and stimulating environment that enables autistic individuals.

“Autism Design is a deeper specialization of interior design around a special needs population,” says Randy Fiser, CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). “The approach is similar to designers that specialize in universal, human-centric or active design.”

Built on a foundation of principles that focus on the effect design has on perception and behavior, Autism Design has transformed from a design trend to a movement—specifically in commercial spaces like hospitals, education environments, and more.

The white paper, which is downloadable on Healthcare Design magazine’s website helps designers and architects understand the effect of design by highlighting cases where thoughtful interior design has improved the wellbeing of autistic individuals.

Thank you to each of the industry and area experts who helped advance our research.

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