At Home with Autism offers a close look at current practices for designing housing that will support the needs and aspirations of people with autism, and it mounts a powerful case that there should not be a singular residential model or approach. Rather, the authors argue, residential design for autism should be flexible and varied, focused on quality of life and the expansion of residential choices for people on all parts of the autism spectrum.
About the Author
Kim Steele is a research and design consultant focused on improving quality of life through design.
Sherry Ahrentzen is the Shimberg Professor of Housing Studies at the University of Florida.
"Anyone seeking to create a home for an adult on the autism spectrum needs to read this book. Steele and Ahrentzen combine their extraordinary understanding of autism and design to provide a clear guide for crafting living environments that respond to the unique individual needs of those with ASD."
— Fred Karnas, Kresge Foundation
“In At Home with Autism Kim Steele and Sherry Ahrentzen deliver courageous, compassionate, and assiduously researched design guidelines in service to adults with a singularly challenging neurodevelopmental disorder, the first book to expressly address this topic.”
— Daniel S. Friedman, dean, School of Architecture, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
“This book offers a useful contribution to the design of housing for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions. The authors bring personal insight and available research. . . . Their book is practically oriented and well-referenced. . . . It is a helpful introductory resource for practitioners, and those interested in the important field of neuroatypical design.”
— Journal of Housing and the Built Environment