At Home with Autism
Designing Housing for the Spectrum

Three: Quality of Life Design Goals

To establish a basis for design guidelines, ten quality of life design goals were crafted from a synthesis of the research gathered and examined. Each goal is associated with its own icon, which facilitates identifying those design guidelines in Chapter 4 that are particularly responsive to specific goals. Offering multiple and clearly delineated design goals provides the reader a robust platform for identifying and selecting design features that best respond to needs and aspirations of various individuals. The goals include: ensuring safety and security; maximizing familiarity, stability, predictability and clarity; enhancing sensory balance; offering multiple opportunities for controlling social interaction and privacy; providing adequate choice and independence; fostering health and wellness; enhancing one’s dignity; ensuring durability; achieving affordability; ensuring accessibility and support in the surrounding neighbourhood.

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