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Premium feature: Designed for life - adding assistive technology to housing designs
In the drive towards supported living for adults with autism,the layout of the accommodation can be overlooked - but good design can be crucial in enhancing a person's quality of life, says Andrew Brand.
For adults with autism, the environment in which they live can have a profound impact on their wellbeing. If it does not suit their needs, it can exacerbate behaviours that may inhibit their progress and diminish motivation and confidence.
But housing that is designed around them and their condition has been shown to havea positive effect, helping them to feel more settled, enhancing their confidence and motivation to take part in their community.
Video: Ian Copeman on Housing Options
Ian Copeman, from Housing Options, gives a brief overview of the presentation he gave at the recent Learning Disability Today Conference and Exhibition in Manchester. In this video he talks about a housing menu - which explains the different types of accomodation and housing available, the challenges facing people with learning disabilities in accessing housing, and the success stories he's encountered.