ASID and Wiley Release Three Digital Shorts that Demonstrate How Interior Design Can Improve Living Experiences in the Autism Community

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Washington, D.C. (Dec. 3, 2013) | The American Society of Interior Designers and Wiley today announced the availability of a series of three short e-books “design shorts” explaining the ways in which the design of interior spaces can improve the experiences of autistic individuals. The digital shorts are Interior Design for Autism from Birth to Early Childhood, Interior Design for Autism from Childhood to Adolescence and Interior Design for Autism from Adulthood to Geriatrics by A.J. Paron-Wildes, ASID.

Over the past decade, a growing body of research has emerged indicating specific design strategies can be used to create optimal living and learning environments for people with autism, throughout various stages of life. Interior designers find themselves being asked to design these kinds of spaces and more.

"ASID members believe strongly in the contribution interior design can make to wellness across ages, life circumstances and health challenges,” said Randy Fiser, executive vice president and CEO of ASID. “So we are excited by ASID member A.J. Paron-Wildes’ new series of books that provides design strategies, based on research, that improve the built environment for autistic individuals. We applaud our colleague’s efforts and encourage interior designers everywhere to employ evidence-based design principles in their work with clients facing other health concerns as well."

The first e-book, Interior Design for Autism from Birth to Early Childhood, focuses on project types that are most important for autism in this age range, such as those in home environments, schools and clinical therapy centers. Interior Design for Autism from Childhood to Adolescence covers project types such as those in high schools, residential group homes and workplaces, while Interior Design for Autism from Adulthood to Geriatrics concentrates on workplaces, clinical settings and nursing homes. The e-books include:

  • Design techniques that help address the major neurofunctions of autism (such as impaired sensory integration, decreased imitative behavior and lack of interest in other people)
  • The role that toxins and material selection plays in designing environments for autism
  • Design strategies and best practices, presented in a concise, easy-to-navigate format
  • Examples of successfully completed projects

All three titles are essential reading for interior designers and interior architects as well as for stakeholders involved in treating and/or living with people with autism or other neurological impairments.

About the Author

A.J. Paron-Wildes, Stillwater, Minn., is a senior architecture and design manager at Allsteel and an interior design instructor at the University of Minnesota. She has 15 years of experience in researching and designing interiors for clients with autism and other neurological impairments. She is an ASID thought leader and distinguished speaker who frequently lectures and writes articles on this topic. Paron-Wildes also is an active member of other design organizations, including the International Interior Design Association, American Institute of Architects and U.S. Green Building Council. She is very involved and highly respected in the autism community, including at the American Society of Autism (ASA).

About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers is a community of people — designers, industry representatives, educators and students — committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 28,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters across the United States and Canada.

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