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Ambitious about Autism's first building design conference

Everything you need to know about Ambitious about Autism's first conference which looks at building within the education sector

Posted by Lucinda Reid | November 26, 2016 | Events

Ambitious about Autism will be holding its first design conference, Designed for Education on Tuesday 24 January 2017 at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London. The conference is aimed at those with an interest in designing and building inclusive environments for education.

Good building design has the potential to improve the quality of life for people with autism. Since 1997, Ambitious about Autism has been working with leading architects and developers to create their own schools and colleges, all dedicated to offering specialist education and support to children and young people with autism. The charity has also shared best practise and worked with a number of partners.

Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, said: 'Design has an incredibly important part to play in the educational outcomes for children and young people with autism. Architects and designers need to understand the sensory experiences of children and young people with autism so that they can create safe and enjoyable environments that will help them to learn, thrive and achieve.

With the trend towards the establishment of free schools and new academy chains, an increasing number of groups and organisations are looking to design and develop the most inclusive schools and colleges possible. At this conference, Ambitious about Autism, along with partners, will share their extensive knowledge, learning and expertise gathered over the last eight years to support others who are about to embark on similar projects.

There will be a presentation by Leena Haque, Neurodiversity Project Creative Lead at the BBC, who will discuss the effect that poor design can have on educational outcomes on children and young people with autism. The keynote presentation will be given by Kevin Oakhill, Director of Education Services and Kevin Filby, Deputy Director of Service Development, both from Ambitious about Autism.

There will be breakout sessions led by acknowledged experts in their field and topics that will be explored include: 

  • Gaining a better understanding of autism and the impact good design has on children and young people with autism in education.
  • Taking into account the sensory needs of children or young people with autism in the design process.
  • Overcoming the most common design problems in order to create inspiring learning environments by practical examples.
  • Creating autism friendly environments in the most cost effective way in a challenging fiscal climate.
  • There will also be a panel discussion with speakers including; Stephen Coleman, architect and director of 4orm, Mike Burke, Quantity Surveyor with Burke Hunter Adams, and Leena Haque from the BBC.

This conference is aimed at anyone who is interested in developing inclusive environments for education and ideal for: local authority commissioners and purchasers, project managers, construction companies, quantity surveyors, architects and designers and education providers. Tickets are priced at £250 and for booking or further information, please call 020 8815 5166 or visit their website.

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