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Exploring What Would a City Designed for People with Autism Look Like

Typical urban environments add to sensory overload, have limited mass transit accessible to those with neurological disabilities, provide few affordable housing units, offer very little employment opportunity, and typically have few green spaces. In essence, these are not spaces for those with Autism to thrive.

That is why Elizabeth Florence Decker, MLA, a Master’s of Landscape Architecture student at Kansas State University, decided to explore the potential urban spaces may hold for those with Autism, a project inspired by her brother Marc who displays social communication deficits and repetitive behavior that affect his everyday life. Her Master’s report: A City for Marc:¬†An Inclusive Urban Design Approach to Planning for Adults with Autism, tries to understand her brother’s needs and potential roadblocks for success. Along the way she created a toolkit to help make cities inclusive of adults with autism.

Read more about her project and its potential impact on urban environments


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