Quality of the Built Environment from the Point of View of People with Autism Spectrum Disorder
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The features of the built environment that pose obstacles to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger Syndrome have been evaluated in recent times to a certain degree, however, the awareness of these problems are still not common among architects. An effective way that could change the social awareness seems to be the dissemination of direct personal experience of contact with people that have a different perception and response to the built environment. Such contact can evoke the emotional reaction of sympathy and desire to understand their specific problems, which should entail a permanent change in the awareness of those involved. In view of the above a participatory action research experiment has been launched to enable students of architecture to investigate selected problems of the design of the environment with teenagers with ASD/AS, and, at the same time, assist them in their direct experience of space.
KeywordsParticipatory action research Asperger syndrome Autism spectrum disorder Built environment features Quality of space Users’ needs
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